Pumpkin: More Than Just A Pie

Today really felt like fall in Los Angeles.  It was cool (and rainy) and I actually wore a pair of boots and a scarf (although these were probably fashion driven decisions, not weather ones).  With the advent of true autumn it feels right to take a closer look at a quintessential fall item: the pumpkin.  Not just for jack-o-lanterns and carriages made by fairy godmothers, this squash has an identity beyond the pie.  Now you ask, what other uses do pumpkins have?  Well, I am glad you ask.  Like a fairy godmother I come baring gifts: a list of unusual uses for the pumpkin!

  • Pumpkin Spiced Lattes: Now I know your neighborhood Starbucks provides this seasonal treat, but they are not alone!  You can make it yourself!  At home! For all you caffeine addicts: you are welcome.
  • Pumpkin Stew: One other pumpkin treat not found on a traditional harvest table, is pumpkin stew.  This savory dish is a feast, for both the stomach and the eyes.  It is sure to impress your guests!
  • Pumpkin Centerpieces: A beautiful and festive way to decorate your holiday table.  I am partial to the white pumpkins for this task.  They are somehow whimsical and elegant at the same time.
  • Pumpkin Pie Potpourri: Another Martha Stewart invention is this carved out pumpkin pie potpourri candle.  It creates an aroma that is just as tasty as the pie, but without all the calories.
  • Pumpkin Facial: Yes, you read that correctly.  We are talking about your very own homemade pumpkin face mask.  Vitamin rich, moisture rich, and completely customizable!  This mask is sure to leave you with a healthy glow.

Comments

  1. brandonchristopher says:

    Loved it…great blog! I heart pumpkins! Do u have a recipe for pumpkin stew…would like to try it?

  2. Brandon- 1st, thanks for all the blog love!! I really appreciate it!
    All the “how to’s” are linked to the blog. So if you just click on the blue “Pumpkin Stew” it will take you right to the recipe. That was seems pretty cool as you actually serve it in a hollowed out pumpkin! I haven’t tried it yet, but am looking forward to it. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. I’m getting on that facial!!!

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