Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Take a Break: Celebrate the Pumpkin

 There are many different and wonderful ways to carve pumpkins, but it’s a bit early to be carving a pumpkin and besides there are lots of websites that can offer tips and stencils for this activity. Today’s Halloween take a break is about making a pumpkin and using real pumpkins or pureed pumpkin to make a special dish.

• Marshmallow Pumpkin: Take a large marshmallow, dip it in warm water and then roll in orange sugar/sprinkles. Use a piece of pretzel stick to be the stem and make a green leaf from fondant or use a spearmint leaf candy. Don’t like spearmint, go for green fruit leathers and cut out a leaf shape.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins: These directions call for orange colored white chocolate, which you can buy in stores. However, don’t hesitate to use white chocolate and food coloring with a little bit of oil. 

• Pumpkin Vase: Hollow out the pumpkin. Insert a vase and fill with flowers.  

• 37 Pumpkin Recipes: You’re sure to find something you’d like to make for breakfast, lunch, supper or snack. Did you know that you can use ¼ cup canned pumpkin or squash in place of an egg? You’ll need to add ½ tsp baking powder to provide the leavening the egg would have provided. 

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