Some of you may be wondering what to do with your pumpkins once you have them. In fact, there are many things that you can do with them, even after the autumn holidays are over.
We carve some, but not all, of our pumpkins. This year, we are going to try our hand at roasting the seeds. When Halloween is over, we will cut these carved pumpkins into chunks and put them on the tree line for the birds and animals.
The ones that are not carved will be used differently. When we are done using them as decorations, we will bring them in and clean them out. Again, we will try roasting the seeds. Then we will slice the pumpkins and bake them. We will scoop out the usable part and make pumpkin puree in the blender from it. (From what I hear, you can also boil. I am wondering if this will make it too runny, though) We will then freeze the puree and try new recipes with it over the winter; Soups, cookies, pies, breads, muffins, pancakes, pumpkin bars and more. The shell will be places out in the dirt heap.
I may try some other recipes before baking. Rather than pureeing it all, I may use some chunks for an autumn soup. For the smaller pumpkins, I have seen the outside used as a bowl for things like soup, chili and beans. This would be great on the Thanksgiving table.
Smaller candles can be used as candle holders. Just clean them out, reserving the seeds for roasted pumkin seeds.