Pumpkin Decorating Ideas + Delicious Fall Treat

Fall Decorations
Fall Decorations

Thanks to a mild summer and plenty of rainfall, we have a bountiful crop of jack-o-lantern sized pumpkins this year at Eckert’s on all three of our farms. In celebration of a perfect pumpkin crop, we are offering an unprecedented savings early in the picking season. This week only, pick-your-own pumpkins are 50% off, making them only 24 cents per pound. There is no better time to put your fall decorating hat on and load up on pumpkins. **Sale ends 10/5/14**

Last night our family drove out to the pumpkin patch and filled the John Deere Gator with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. I spent the morning getting inspired by my coworkers Adam and Sabine. We joined creative forces and the result was a handful of surprisingly simple ways to transform my porch. I hope you will give a few of these of these decorating ideas a try. My porch looks cuter than EVER if I do say so myself!

Angie’s Fall Porch Features

Address on Pumpkins
Address on Pumpkins

Address Pumpkin Stack TIP: Select fat and short pumpkins. Trim the stems if needed to allow for better stacking. Use a paint marker to create your house number. (Adam free-handed the numbers but you can also print out numbers from your favorite font, trace the outline and shade it in with paint marker.)

Owl Pumpkin
Owl Pumpkin

Owl Pumpkin TIP: Use thumb tacks to secure burlap flowers and leaves. Hot-glued pine cones are a fun addition for ears.

Scarecrow Pumpkin
Scarecrow Pumpkin

Scarecrow Pumpkin Stack TIP: Trim the stems for better pumpkin stacking. Use a paint marker to create the face. Dress him up with burning bush branches and a festive hat! We used thumb tacks to secure the hat. Take it a step further by adding stalks of dried corn or small brooms for arms.

Mum in a Pumpkin
Mum in a Pumpkin

Mum in a Carved Pumpkin TIP: A little burlap and raffia add some fall flair to the classic mum.

Owl Pumpkin Decoratioin
Owl Pumpkin Decoratioin

Owl in a Pumpkin Cage (my daughter’s favorite of the grouping) TIP: Carve the pumpkin and create a small hole to fish the lights inside. Secure a stick in the flesh of the bottom of the pumpkin for a bird perch. Place your bird and fence him in with wooden kabob skewers. (String lights add a nice touch for night time.)

After our spirited decorating escapade, we returned to the cooking classroom to roast the seeds from our carvings. Sabine shared a savory version of pumpkin seeds and we all fell in love. She served the seeds in a pumpkin of course!

Have some decorating and snacking fun this fall, Angie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, separated from the pumpkin flesh
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While seeds are still moist, toss with remaining ingredients to coat. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until browned. About 10 minutes.