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  • Writer's pictureKaya Long

Pumpkin 3 Ways to Try This Fall Season

It’s that time of the year—pumpkin season! Get into the fall spirit with these 3 DIY pumpkin activities. These ideas will yield some aesthetic and tasty results. Not to mention, it’s a blast! Try to see if you can check off all three before winter comes around. For an extra challenge, try to accomplish all 3 of these fall activities in one day---it's possible.


Carve Pumpkins


Pumpkin carving is a Halloween staple. Jack-o-lanterns add a nice pop of festivity to your decorations. There are endless design possibilities and you can go as simple or detailed as you like.


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Materials Needed:

  • Pumpkin carving materials (if you don’t already carving tools, you can get a kit for $5 from Target)

  • Field pumpkin (this is the optimal kind of pumpkin for carving due to its bright orange exterior and relatively thin rind that makes it easy to carve)


Note:

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Save the seeds for roasting (more on this below).

  • I would suggest searching up some reference photos for inspiration. You can find some pretty cool designs!



Roast Pumpkin Seeds


Roasting pumpkin seeds is a great way to use all parts of the pumpkins you are carving. Instead of wasting the seeds, turn them into a tasty snack with minimal effort in less than 30 minutes!


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Ingredients Needed:

  • Field pumpkin seeds (harvested from carved pumpkin)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Paprika

  • Garlic powder



Note:

  • Keep in mind that you might need to roast the pumpkins for longer than suggested. I would suggest just keeping an eye on them while they are in the oven and checking for doneness if you are unsure.


Bake a Pumpkin Pie


Nothing signals the start of the fall season quite like the aroma of a pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven. Pumpkin pies are quick to throw together and incredibly scrumptious!


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Ingredients Needed:

Filling:

  • Eggs

  • Pumpkin puree

  • Full fat coconut milk

  • Vanilla extract

  • Light brown sugar

  • Sea salt

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Pumpkin pie spice

Pie Crust:

  • All-purpose flour

  • Sea salt

  • Granulated sugar

  • Butter

  • Cold water




Note:

  • This is a dairy-free recipe but I am sure that it would work with regular butter as well and of course there is no shortage of normal recipes online.

  • If you want to try to make a pumpkin pie from scratch then you need to use a very specific kind of pumpkin: a sugar pumpkin. These are distinct from field pumpkins, the kind of pumpkins that are used for carving. Small and round, sugar pumpkins are sweeter and denser than carving pumpkins.

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