Tuesday, October 26, 2010

National Pumpkin Day Recipes & Reviews

Thanks to Punchbowl for keeping me updated on what is going on each day! Today is National Pumpkin Day (and get ready because tomorrow is National Beer Day)!  I love Fall/Autumn for all the pumpkin goodness it brings!  I love the colors of the pumpkins as well as all the tasty recipes we share.
Here is something I pulled from their site:
During the fall, the world's most common crops appear at full force: pumpkins. Did you know that the word pumpkin means "large melon" in Greek? The oldest known evidence of this fruit (yes, pumpkins are a fruit) dates back to between 7000 and 5500 B.C.  

Pumpkins are commonly cultivated during the autumn months. About 1.5 billion pounds are grown each year in the United States, though they can be grown worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. The largest pumpkin ever grown was by a Wisconsin farmer who claims he used seaweed, cow manure, and fish emulsion to grow his pumpkin. This pumpkin weighed a total of 1,810 pounds and was the size of a dumpster!
Celebrate National Pumpkin Day by carving a pumpkin in time for Halloween and bake the tasty seeds!
I've always carved pumpkins with my girls.  We usually purchase the pumpkin ahead of time and I let them paint on their pumpkin with acrylic paint.  Then when it is time to cut, you can wash it off or use the other side of the pumpkin. 
This year we carved one pumpkin early to review tools from Pumpkin Masters.  We were sent Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit with 12 Patterns & Tools,  It's Alive Pumpkin Light - Pumpkin Masters and FOLLOW YOU EYES kits. 

Emily and her friend had fun carving.  We found out that this was the first time her friend had ever carved a pumpkin.  My girls have used patterns before to carve so the pattern book was really helpful to teach Alexis how to follow it and carve.  

My Emily did a fantastic job showing her friend how to carve. They used the pattern book and made a really cool Owl silhouette.  Some of the pictures include the eyes.  They weren't made for this pattern but we stuck the on the pumpkin to take pictures.  They are cool!








I love the pumpkin carving tools.  As the mom, they always let me cut open the top of the pumpkin with my huge momma knife.  From there they do the rest from scooping to scrapping, pattern choosing to application and then cutting with the Pumpkin Master tools.  They are always careful and the tools are perfect for their little hands.  

Here are two of the new products:
“Follow You” Eyes: Attach these glow-in-the-dark pumpkin eyes that watch your every move! The special shape of the eyes creates an optical illusion, so it seems like they are following you as you walk by.
  
It’s Alive! Pumpkin Light: Shaped like a spooky brain, this pumpkin light uses three bright red LEDs to bring your creation to life. The LEDs slowly pulse on and off, creating the effect that your pumpkin has a mind of its own!


How are you dressing up for Halloween? Here are some recipes,too!

Pumpkin Dump Cake 

Pumpkin Seeds - 20+ ways to cook them!


 Do you have some pumpkin recipe to share? Link them up on my Fall/Halloween Link up! There are more Pumpkin recipes there, too!  

I was sent Pumpkin Master tools to review. It in no way influence my tasty words and opinions. We've been using these tools for years. IF you haven't tried them I hope you do!


4 comments:

tawna6988 said...

LOVE Halloween treats, especially pumpkin ice cream and coffee.

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Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Wow, those pumpkin treats look so delicious!

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Following back.
I also thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. :)

Nice to meet you and have a great Wednesday!

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Chicken Recipes said...

Nice Collection.

JESmith said...

You have your Beer Drinking holidays mixed up. National Beer Day isn't until April 7th.

There are a lot of unofficial random beer drinking holidays in the US.

New Beer's Eve - April 6th
National Beer Day - April 7th
National Homebrew Day - May 7th
American Craft Beer Week - Starts on the 3rd Monday in May and goes for a week
International Beer Day - Aug. 5th
National Beer Lover's Day - Sept. 7th
National Drink a Beer Day - Sept. 28th
American Beer Day - Oct. 27th

National Beer Day (April 7th) is the only with with a historically significant date.

April 7th is National Beer Day here in the US. In 1933 during the prohibition era, the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23rd. That law was enacted on April 7th allowing the brewing and sale of beer in the United States again as long as it was < 3.2% (4% ABV). It's said that people waited in line overnight on April 6th outside Milwaukee breweries in order to legally buy beer for the first time in over 13 years. As a result, April 7th is known as National Beer Day and April 6th is called New Beers Eve.


National Beer Days around the world -

March 1st - Iceland
April 6th - England
April 7th - USA
April 23rd - Germany

www.facebook.com/USNationalBeerDay

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