Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Pumpkin Time Again!

It's that time of year again! Bring on the pumpkins! I love pumpkins! I've always been on the fence about Halloween (yes to having fun, no to being ghoulish!), but I've never had one problem with pumpkins! The picture to the left is our pumpkin from last year with all three kids' handprints cut out. (Stay tuned for this year's pumpkin carving.)
I really like this prayer for carving pumpkins adapted from Mary Kate Warner's Sunday School site:
Dear God,
Open my mind so I can learn about You. (Cut the top of the pumpkin.)
Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do. (Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your Love I will see. (Cut out eyes.)
I'm sorry for turning up my nose to all You've given me. (Cut out a nose.)
Open my ears so Your Word I will hear. (Cut out ears.)
Open my mouth so I can tell others You're near. (Cut a mouth.)
Let Your Light shine in all I say and do! Amen. (Place a candle and light in the pumpkin.)
I also love pumpkin recipes! My newest experiment was the 3-part Pumpkin Cake:
Part I:
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 c. butter
1 egg
Take out 1 cup cake mix, set aside for Part III. Mix remaining cake mix, butter, and egg. Press in bottom of 9 x 13 inch greased cake pan.
Part II:
2 c. pumpkin
3 eggs
2/3 c. milk
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all together, pour over 1st layer.
Part III:
1 c. cake mix
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
Crumble and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
And of course, as with any other subject, I love books about pumpkins! The Pumpkin Patch Parable is a great one by Liz Curtis Higgs. The farmer plants, harvests, washes, cleans out, and lights up his pumpkin as a parable about God doing the same for his people. It is illustrated well and has applicable Bible verses on every page.
This blog is linked with Things I Love Thursday on The Diaper Diaries.

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE that idea for a pumpkin. Might have to steal that one. And that cake recipe too. Looks super yummy!!!!

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  2. Your post has given me two ideas: 1) carving hands on a pumpkin (looks neat!) and 2) I'll look for that book at the library. Thanks!

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