Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin Possibilities

Pumpkins are so much fun and versatile.
Here are a few of the things I think are great about them

Topping my list is decorating with them

Halloween Night Dinner *

One pumpkin hallowed out and cleaned, remove seeds, string etc.
One cup instant rice plus needed water
1 lb hamburger, garlic, bell pepper, onions, salt and pepper to taste
(this is kind of a do your own thing mixture depending on what your kids like.)
1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup plus a little H2O
Add veggies if desired

Poke hole in lid of pumpkin. Grease outside of pumpkin and place in a roasting pan. Cover stem with foil. Fill pumpkin and bake at 350 degrees for 1-2 hours until pumpkin scoops out easily like potatoes. Good for the little goblins before they go out Trick or Treating on a cold dark night.

Gramma Jo's Pumpkin Bread Recipe **
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 Teasoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs well beaten
1/2 vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin non-spiced OK
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in wet ingredients and blend well. Pour batter into greased and floured pans. Either 2- 7 inch pans or 3 or 4 mini loaf pans or muffin tins. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Adjust baking time according to size of pans.) Cool 5 minutes in pans and then remove to a cooling rack. Recipe can be doubled or tripled and freezes nicely wrapped in foil.

Follow your favorite recipe ( I go to Costco!) ***

And my all time personal favorite
~get away car with a handsome prince!

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Laura said...

I love the dinner idea for Halloween night. So festive. I also love the idea of anything Costco. Thanks for the fun Halloween tips.

laura.elizabeth said...

I love your pumpkin ideas! I was trying to think of something fun to make for Halloween to give to a few friends- Grandma Jo's pumpkin bread will be the perfect thing! I must admit that you last idea is also my favorite idea. Though I imagine we both struggle with the same thing- getting our "prince" to come for the ride. Can you just imagine Robert in a pumpkin!?! The thought makes me LOL.

Deanna said...

Oh I love love love pumpkin bread. I will make it for sure this weekend. Thanks for the great recipes!