Family Night: Pumpkins!

My friend Lauriena served some yummy pumpkin cookies when she hosted a coffee night last week.

Then my friend Cheri successfully pulled off the “house-o-lantern” from Family Fun magazine.

So naturally I stole those two things as Family Night activities this week.

We started the night with modifying another activity from Family Fun magazine, “Mr. Pumpkin Head.”

Using a cardboard box, we created tack-on features for a couple of small pumpkins. The kids drew eyes, noses, and mouths, and cut them out of cardboard. Then after we stuck a tack threw the cardboard, we used hot glue to cover the cardboard with black cardstock. Like such:

Now the kids have some pieces they can use to decorate their pumpkins, ala Mr Potato Head:


The House-O-Lantern was fun as well, but my art skills were found terribly lacking. I was going for a “goofy” look; instead I got slightly angry-ish. I think it’s the eyebrows….oh well. The kids helped me draw, cut and tape the “house-o-lantern” in the living room window.

Inside:

Outside:

Next we got to work de-gutting a pumpkin.

Ryan was put in charge of pulling out the seeds so we could roast them. Ryan tends to ham it up for the camera at times, as evidenced by the expression he wore during this entire slimy task. Not sure where he gets the tendency toward the dramatic. (cough, cough)


Dylan, meanwhile, was happily pulling out pumpkin guts for his brother to sort through.


Lauryn wanted nothing to do with slimy pumpkin guts, but she was happy to help with cookie preparation.
Speaking of the cookies, they are just lovely. The make the house smell terrific and taste yummy too. Here’s the recipe:

1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. canned pumpkin
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(or use pumpkin pie spice in place of allspice and nutmeg if ya got it)

Cook at 375 for 10 minutes

Lastly, we went outside to place the candle in the the Jonathan Cliff Jack-o-Lantern Masterpiece of 2009:

I would have liked to end our evening with some Pumpkin Spice Latte for Jonathan and I; but, alas, Wal-Mart was fresh out of the Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer. And that my friends, is the only way I know how to make a latte.

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