I love pumpkins! I love to bake and cook with them. I love to decorate with them. I love to use them to share the gospel. I read this bit of history from the History Channel online: References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” Shakespeare referred to the “pumpion” in his Merry Wives of Windsor. American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” The “pumpkin” is referred to in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater and Cinderella. Interesting, yes? Language usually works like that. Anyhow, the pumpkin is from the gourd family. It is used for cooking and baking. It is low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. It is a good source of vitamin A & B, protein, iron and potassium. Lastly, the seeds as well as the pulp are edible so little is wasted.
Some pumpkin ideas for you to do with your children: Recycle soup cans into pumpkins. How about Paper Plate Pumpkins (easy for young children)? This Pumpkin Activity Pack would be a good unit study. This is a neat way to use Colored Pumpkin Seeds in your crafts. Your toddler, with supervision, will have fun making this Button and Ribbon Pumpkin. Pasta wheels make fun Glittered and Orange Pasta that you can use to make pumpkins with. Oh, you can Decoupage Pumpkins as well.
Sweet pumpkin recipes for your family: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies…my son will love these. You can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These Pumpkin Bread Mini Pumpkins are just cute. This Pumpkin and Cheese Bread looks delish. Who wouldn’t enjoy this Simple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie?
These recipes are savory: This Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup has a jalapeno touch to give it a spicy flavor. You could always leave it out if spicy is not your thing. Pumpkin Lasagna? Why yes! Now this sounds good, Pumpkin and Chicken Chowder. I do enjoy pasta so I will be trying this Pumpkin-Sage Cream Sauce on top. (This recipe would fall into the THM plan if you’re doing that. ) Lastly, Savory Pumpkin Pancakes would make a great dinner treat.
The last set of links I want to share are decorating your home with pumpkins. If you love pumpkins, this pumpkin patch idea is for you. I like this painted pumpkin idea. This pumpkin/gourd arrangement would look lovely in any room. The white pumpkin here is easy to do and I may be doing it myself. Last but not least is using little pumpkins around a candle. I couldn’t find the link to that but it is in the photo collage above and you can see how easy it is to do.
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