Just before Halloween my girls and I went to a pumpkin patch for a hayride and we each brought home one pie pumpkin. The girls all carved theirs and set them out for Halloween but I kept mine back to make something sweet and a little crafting.
First things first we cut it open and cleaned out all the goop and seeds. We put the pumpkin in the oven to become soft and, after cleaning them, we briefly dried the seeds in the oven as well.
Once our seeds were nice and dry we covered them in an Autumn wash of watercolor paints and then let the paint dry. Meanwhile I took blank note cards and drew a tree branch on each with gel glue. We covered the glue with brown glitter and then let that dry, as well.
For the pumpkin itself we tried out this pumpkin bread recipe.
Julie Hunter is a single mama raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.