Pumpkin Packed

Updated: Nov 14

A full field of orange pumpkins with sheep grazing in the distance.
Pumpkins ©MDHarding

It's a bumper season for pumpkin picking! Did you know Pumpkins originated in Mexico, where fragments dated between 7,000 and 5,500 BC have been found? Isn't that incredible? Here's more about pumpkins, where to go picking, carving, and pumpkin-delicious recipes.

Pumpkin Packed

In the U.S.A there are hundreds of items now including pumpkin! Can you imagine eating pumpkin spice spam? Yes, it's a thing.

Pumpkin Picking

Craigies Farm, by South Queensferry, Scotland is a firm favourite with tractor rides, large pumpkin fields, hairy coos, and more!

Balgone Estate Pumpkins located by North Berwick, East Lothian is also really good.

Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife has been producing pumpkins for 23 years! Did you know they are also hosting a Halloween Torchlight Maze?

Balgone Estate Pumpkins ©MDHarding

Pumpkin Crafts

Crochet Pumpkins

Crochet pumpkins are very cute. This is one still on my to-do list. Have you made them?

Pumpkin Spice Candles

Did you know you can make your own candles at home with easy kits from Refill My Candles? Everything you need is included but to make your candles specific for the seasons add your own fragrance such as pumpkin spice essential oil.

You can read more about Refill My candles kit.

Decoupage Pumpkins

Hobby Craft sells amazing little decoupage pumpkins which can either be used natural or with colourful paper. They are just the right size for window displays, on a mantle or possibly for a tiered tray.

Painted Pumpkin 3-D Laser Cut Designs

A couple of weeks ago I put together a 3-D laser-cut pumpkin design I had purchased some time ago. So pleased with the results! You might have seen the finished piece all glued together and painted on my Facebook page. There are loads of designs available. You can check them out here at Madhatters Laser Cut Designs.

Pumpkin Floral Arrangements

I love playing in the garden and didn't want to throw away the empty pumpkin. How about this autumn planter? Very easy to do. Fill with compost, pop in your winter plants (pansies, Gaultheria procumbens - Partridge Berry) and there you have a great autumn display for your patio or by the front door.

Pumpkin Autumnal Planter ©MDHarding

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Soup

This was my first time making pumpkin soup and wow, it was so easy, I wondered why I had never made it before. Here is the recipe for Pumpkin Soup I followed from BBC Good Food.

Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Soup ©MDHarding

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fancy a healthy nibble to keep you going through the day? Have you tried pumpkin seeds?

Well, maybe not that healthy as I coated them with brown sugar. Very tasty.

Here is the recipe from BBC Good Food recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. I also added some nutmeg and cinnamon Yum!