Confetti Pumpkin

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If you want to decorate a pumpkin with the kiddos this Halloween but aren’t up for carving, consider adorning just the outside of your pumpkin. The effect of this design is particularly dazzling!

You can use this method on tiny pumpkins or on big ones, although I have to say my patience wore out covering an entire large pumpkin with confetti, so choose your size accordingly.

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To start, we painted our pumpkins white. This step isn’t strictly necessary, but the white was such a lovely background for the sparkly confetti we had, and I was afraid a bold orange would compete too heavily. Besides which, Travis enjoyed the painting!

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Once the white paint dries, dip a paintbrush in glue and make dots all over your pumpkin. Cover each dot with confetti.

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Travis preferred to make big globs of glue and then sprinkle on handfuls of confetti, which worked just as well. As always, I like seeing his creative response to projects these days, as opposed to having him just follow along.

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For additional security, dab over the confetti with a second layer of glue, then set aside to dry before adding to your Halloween decor.

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Another boo-tiful project!

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Spiked Hummus

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Take your hummus to the next level with a little jolt – of barbecue sauce that is! This recipe doubles easily, so just double each ingredient below if you’re feeding a crowd.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) rinsed and rained can chickpeas
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Spoon into serving bowls

We like this one with warm pita wedges and lightly steamed carrot sticks.

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Overnight Pumpkin Oats

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Steel-cut oats are a wonderfully hearty way to start the day, but since they require 20 to 25 minutes to simmer on the stove, they aren’t always practical. You can get a head start with this recipe – the oats soak overnight, which cuts the cooking time nearly in half come morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin pie puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, until the oats are tender, stirring occasionally.