This is going to make a lot of people mad but…I strongly dislike pumpkins. I don’t mind carving them up or putting them on my tiny patio. Heck, I don’t even mind going to the farm to pick one out. But I can’t, won’t, and never will like eating them. I think it goes back to the time my daycare lady fed me “applesauce.” Lies! All lies! It was squash. Ack! Ever since, the taste of all things squashy makes me gag.
That’s why fall is such a hard time for me. Thanksgiving dessert is always pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake. Pass! All of my friends have me over for dinner and pull stuffed acorn squash out of their oven. Pass! Starbucks unveils their pumpkin lattes. Pass!
But I know that I’m weird and that all of you love pumpkins, so here are some lovely links to get you in the fall mood.
- Carving your pumpkin is a daunting task because you only get to do it once a year. The Huffington Post shared some crazy pumpkin carving ideas. If you had been considering a Justin Beiber pumpkin this year, you’ll want to check it out.
- A soy firestarter is a great way to fuse your campfire (or wooden stove fire) with the best autumn candle. These little balls of pumpkin and spice scent go under your logs. Then you just light the wick and soon you’ll have a sweet-smelling fire.
- Nothing says, “Good morning!” like a nice, warm doughnut. These pumpkin spelt doughnuts by Angie’s Recipes are baked and easy to make. Plus, they look festive enough to make a great dish for the morning after a holiday gathering.
- After Halloween, it’s always a question of what to do with the pumpkin. How long do you let it rot before you freak out your neighbors? If you have kids, they might enjoy this rotting pumpkin activity where they draw out the pumpkin day by day as it turns to mush.
- Glass pumpkins are all the rage still. If you’ve ever wondered how they’re made, you’ll enjoy this short video of two artists creating a glass pumpkin in 6 minutes.