Things To Do
 
Fall Pumpkin Party Plan
 
The pumpkins are the star of the show, so plan something simple like Sloppy Joes with Pumpkin Bars (see recipe below).
The Plan:
 
  • Pick up pumpkins (9-10 in. high for safe candle burning) for carving or painting. Avoid broken stems or bruises, as they can cause faster spoilage.
  • Collect supplies: Permanent markers, tempera paints, small paint brushes, carving tools, stickers, sponges, votives with candles
  • Prepare make-ahead foods
  • Draw out or print out pumpkin-carving templates from internet Halloween sites
  • Set up a carving table covered with layers of newspaper, taped down.
  • Fill a few containers with water and set out for painters.
  • Cut out tops for smaller children. Have children scoop out the pumpkin seeds and design pumpkin as wished.
  • Put votive light into pumpkin. Put lid on pumpkin and light candle. If it goes out, cut some wider cuts in pumpkin for better air flow.
 

 Nutrition Information

Pumpkin Nutritional Facts Squash Nutritional Facts
1 cup of cooked pumpkin as the following nutrients: 1 cup of cooked squash has the following nutrients:
Calories 49 Calories 79.95
Protein 2 grams Protein 1.82 grams
Carbohydrates 12 grams Carbohydrates 17.94 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams Dietary Fiber 5.74 grams
Calcium 37 mg Calcium 28.7 mg
Iron 1.4 mg Iron 0.67 mg
Potassium 564 mg Potassium 895.85 mg
Vitamin A 2650 Vitamin A 7291.85
Vitamin E 3 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
 
Recipes

Pumpkin Bars

2 c. sugar 1 tsp. salt
2 c. pumpkin
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. salad oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
c. nuts (optional) tsp. nutmeg (optional)
4 eggs

Mix well; pour into cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

2 c. powdered sugar
tsp. vanilla
c. margarine or butter
1 tsp. milk
3 oz. cream cheese

Mix together until smooth and spread over bars.

Pumpkin Muffins

4 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cup of oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
14 oz. pumpkin (fresh or canned may be used)
2 cups raisins

Mix eggs, white sugar and oil together, set aside. Mix dry ingredients together and then into previous mixture. Add pumpkin and raisins. Do not overmix. Fill muffin papers 2/3 full and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Note: Fresh pumpkin can be cooked in the microwave by simply cutting the pumpkin horizontally in half, seeding it, and placing cut side down on a plate. Cook on high until the pulp is soft and easily scooped out of the shell (10-15 minutes, dependant on size of pumpkin). Puree in blender to achieve consistency necessary for baking.

 
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