Pumpkins are one of the best fall decorations, and you'll see them from the first day of autumn through Thanksgiving. You'll probably see some if you're touring Southport homes for sale. But our real estate agents know there's more to pumpkins than simply placing them on your porch. Here are fun ways you can repurpose your pumpkins this season.
- Make The Perfect Fall Snack
Pumpkin seeds are a nutritious option for a snack, and they taste that much better when you make them yourself. Start by gathering your pumpkin seeds by removing the pulp from inside the pumpkin. While it may be messy, it's easiest to use your hands to remove the seeds. You can remove more of the pulp placing them in your colander and rinsing them with water.
After that, spread the seeds out on a paper towel so they can dry. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees, and once dry, put your seeds on a cookie sheet and spray them with oil or a little melted butter. Then, add your preferred seasonings. Sea salt is a traditional seasoning, but this year you may want to shake things up with garlic salt or fall seasonings like cinnamon and allspice.
Roast the seeds until they're golden-brown; this usually takes about 10 or 20 minutes, and make sure you agitate them every 5 minutes so that they don't burn.
- Craft A Pumpkin Planter
Did you know pumpkins make fantastic planters for your favorite autumn flowers? They're also easy to make. Remove the top of the pumpkin, scoop out the pulp, and fill the cavity about halfway full with potting soil. Put your plants on top of the soil and fill in the rest of the space. These planters aren't made to last, but they're beautiful when they're healthy. Once they do start fading, you can leave them out in your garden to recycle the nutrients.
- Up Your Carving Game
You may be familiar with carving kits, but there are more ways to decorate your jack-o'-lanterns. You can use a mallet and some spooky cookie cutters to carve shapes into your pumpkin (you may need to thin the walls depending on the thickness of your pumpkin).
Position your cookie cutter in place, and tap it with the mallet until it's all the way through. Then, use a knife to carve around the cookie cutter and remove the cutout. You can do as many or as few as you'd like on the same pumpkin. This is a great technique too if you're short on time.
- Turn Pumpkins Into Candles
Making your own festive-smelling candles becomes that much more fun with pumpkins. You'll probably want small pumpkins for this project. Remove the tops of the pumpkins, and scoop out the pulp. Put your candle wick at the bottom of the pumpkin, and use a pencil to hold it upright. Melt your wax and add a couple of drops of candle oil or cinnamon essential oil. Let the wax harden, trim your wicks, and enjoy your fall candle.
- Bake Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin cookies are a delicious, easy-to-make fall treat. You can even customize the cookies with chocolate chips or cream cheese frosting. You'll need about a cup of pumpkin for your recipe. Use it in place of canned pumpkin (cup for cup) in your favorite pumpkin cookie recipe if you want the best flavor. Or, try out this tasty recipe for soft pumpkin cookies.
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