Picking out your pumpkin from the supermarket is a time-honoured tradition. But once the trick or treating is over, what do you do with your left over pumpkin?
#1 Eat it
There are hundreds of delicious pumpkin recipes for you to try. Our favourite is a Pumpkin Lasagne Recipe. A very tasty and comforting dish!
See the recipe here
#2 Turn It Into A Planter
Post Halloween pumpkins that haven’t been carved make a great addition to the garden. Cut a large hole in the top and drill a small hole in the base for drainage. Fill the pumpkin half full with potting soil and add some seasonal plants
#3 Pumpkin Bird Feeder
There are a few different design ideas for these, some more complicated than others. A simple but effective one is to cut the pumpkin into two pieces. Drill four holes into the sides and slide two sticks into these holes with a little extra poking out. Tie string to the four points and hang from a tree. Filled with bird seeds, these local birds will love this in your garden.
#4 Make a Frosty the Pumpkinman
Three different sized pumpkins stuck together on top of each other. Spray paint the pumpkins white and then stick on buttons and other various decorations for face features. Add a bit of ribbon around his neck and you have a simple way to recycle your pumpkins into a brilliant winter design.
#5 Roasted seeds- a tasty snack
A delicious yet tasty snack for the children. Full of iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and fiber.
Find the recipe here.
#6 Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte
You know winter is well and truly here when your favourite coffee shops start to advertise pumpkin spiced lattes. But why not enjoy them in the comfort of your own home. Not as simple as you would think as it involves making your own pumpkin puree, but once that is out the way, sit back and enjoy your little bit of winter in a mug.
Spiced Latte recipe.
#7 Rolling Pumpkin Painting
Get creative in the garden by making your very own pumpkin art. A large piece of paper on the floor, a pumpkin covered in paint, and a very happy (and most probably messy) child bowling the pumpkin along the floor. If the paper doesn't get too dirty than why not hang it up on the wall as a bit of autumn abstract art?
#8 Pumpkin Bowls
A great way to serve some wintry soup or some warming apple juice. First of all you need the perfect pumpkin, not too small, not too big and when set on a table it is not tilting to either side. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Bake at 200c for 30 to 40 minutes, cooking is less for smaller pumpkins so check for tenderness while they cook. Once the soup or the juice is finished, you will then be left with lovely flesh- ready for your next pumpkin recipe!