Playdates with Pumpkins: Annie’s Fave 13
I am new mom and never learned the fun ways that my mother used pumpkins with us when we were kids, and I am looking for ideas. Can you help? –Dana, MA
You are in for a treat. Over my lifetime I’ve found that fun with pumpkins goes way beyond food and jack-o-lanterns, although making my mother’s slow roasted pumpkin seeds is my all-time favorite pumpkin activity. I am learning new ways of using pumpkins all the time, such as how to use pumpkin on my skin. (Why not give yourself from fun, too?) And, the pumpkin’s bright sunny orange color makes it the perfect decorating item, one to radiate its presence in any scheme. I particularly love to put them, uncarved, on the steps to my front porch as their color is so vibrant.
Try making floating pumpkin candles using the miniature pumpkins found at this time of year in most supermarkets. My daughter and I have had no end of pleasure making these for dinner parties over the years, and we float them in blue-glass bowls.
Pumpkin air fresheners are also fun to make, using, of course, pure essential oils.
Decorating ideas just scratch the surface of unusual ways to use pumpkin. See below for ways to use pumpkin on your body (girls love this, too), and for sublime pumpkin soup and dessert dishes.
Pumpkin is incredibly healing for the skin because the pumpkin enzymes work so powerfully as a skin peel.
There are more nutrients in pumpkins than Vitamin A to make them the perfect comfort food in the fall, especially when combined with ginger and cinnamon. They’re rich in a variety of nutrients including vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin B6, niacin-vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid. Sitting down to pumpkin-anything is a perfect pleasure.