Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are great decorations for the Harvest and Halloween season.  And, not only that, they are a great thing to eat all year round!  Check out a few great recipes where you can enjoy that jack-o-lantern for a little bit longer!!

Jodi roasts/dehydrates her pumpkin seeds (with cayenne, pepper, garlic, yummy snack!) and this year will make pumpkin puree to dehydrate and store for use in the winter. Here are a couple of her recipes:

 Pumpkin and Cashew Stir Fry

  • 2 TBSP oil (we use grapeseed)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 leek, white part only (most of the time we use green onions!)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ~ 2 lb of sweet pumpkin, cubed (we use butternut squash the rest of the year)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • steamed rice, to serve

1. Heat a large wok or stainless steel pan until very hot. Add half the oil and swirl to coat the side. Stir-fry the cashews over medium heat until golden, then remove using a slotted spoon and drain.

2. Stir-fry the leek (or green onion!) for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from pan.

3. Reheat the pan, add the remaining oil and stir-fry the spices and garlic until fragrant and the mustard seeds begin to pop.

4. Add the pumpkin and stir to coat well. Stir fry until the pumpkin is brown and tender.

5. Add the orange juice and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Return the leek (or green onions), add most of the cashews and toss well.

Sprinkle with the remaining cashews and serve with steamed rice.

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Glitter Pumpkins: Crafting with Kids

Ever wonder what to do with the ornamental pumpkins you see in all the grocery stores?  I found this great project years ago in a Martha Stewart Magazine and have been creating them each year ever since.  They are soooo easy to create and look fabulous.  Plus it’s a great project you can do with kids of any age and they love to see the transformation from the good ole’ orange pumpkin they are used to change into any magical color they’d like (or whatever glitter colors you have.)  I did a few of these the other day with my 3-1/2 year old son and he had a ball playing in the glitter and changing the pumpkins colors, or in his language pumpmens.  I then display them in either a glass bowl, vase or arrange them on a plate as a center piece for Halloween, fall dinners or in my case the Canadian and American Thanksgivings.  Who doesn’t love a little glitter and pizazzz in their life?!?!

Materials Needed:

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November 2012 Newsletter

ElizabethElizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents. kamloopsparents.com

An Up-cycled Halloween

Here are some fast and fun Halloween upcycling projects from the Spark Your Imagination household!!

“We’d love to share a few of the Hallowe’en decorations we came up with using things we already had lying around the house (and in the basement, and in the garage, etc.).

Zombie Family Portrait
We took photo of ourselves (with our best crack at a zombie stare) and tinkered with the colour to spook-it-up. We had it printed poster size (Costco: under $10). Then we used a piece of cardboard (front and back) to create a frame. We spray painted the cardboard metallic gold.
Hallowe’en Tree
We had some branches kicking around and gathered them together and stuffed them into our Christmas tree stand. We strung orange lights on it and our boys decorated the branches with a variety of scary bits.

Ladybugz Slings ‘n’ Things

Ladybugz Slings ‘n’ Things is owned and operated by Shannon, a single mother of three. Shannon believes that carrying her little ones on a regular basis has helped with the intellectual and emotional development of all three of her children. Research shows that both moms AND babies are so much happier when continuously within their … Read more Ladybugz Slings ‘n’ Things