Countdown to Halloween: Easy homemade pumpkin puree…don’t carve your pumpkins, paint them! Plus tons of pumpkin decorating ideas.

AHH! Only 20 days left!
Are we getting excited yet?
Today I wanted to remind you of this tip I brought you last year. Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Seeing as how it's officially Fall, I'm sure you are starting to smell the cider and pumpkin 
EVERYWHERE.
While I, personally, thoroughly enjoy taking advantage of the bazillions of amazing pumpkin recipes out there, cans of pumpkin can be expensive and can certainly add up if you are making loads of those great recipes! 
Today's tip is bound to save you a ton of money. 
Ready for it?? It's simpler than you'd think…
Today's tip:
Make your own pumpkin puree by NOT carving your Halloween pumpkins!
**NOTE!!! You canNOT bake pumpkins with paint on them, so you'll have to take the longer (but still easy) route of crock-potting your pumpkin (see HERE)
  • First step, decorate your pumpkin all cutesy-like WITHOUT carving it. See loads of cute ideas below.
  • Second, after Halloween cook your pumpkin!
Here's how I did it last year:
1. Cut your pumpkin in half.
2. Scoop out all the gunk. Be sure to save your seeds so you can roast them!
3. Place the two halves cut-side down on a roasting pan with 1C water.
4. Bake at 350 degrees until super tender and mushy, about 90 minutes.
5. Scoop the pumpkin out of the shell and puree in a food processor. 
6. Freeze, or use within a few days. That's it!
I saved my baby food jars and froze them in jars. I also froze 1C at a time in ziplock baggies, but I recommend the jars for sure. Remember how to make your own cheap and easy labels HERE.
Don't have baby food at your house? Ask friends to save theirs for you, or look on ebay or craigslist, or even post on Facebook that you are looking for free jars and ask people to save them for you. Remember to take advantage of resources! If you end up having to buy baby food just be sure to use a coupon. If you sign up for Beechnut's email list they send you coupons every month.
Note: You can also chop up your pumpkin (like when you cut up a cantaloupe) and cook it in a crockpot like I did HERE…but the cutting was pretty labor-intensive. Either way, though!
Cooking just one big pumpkin will give you about a years supply of puree! It's not only tasty, but is super healthy. You'll be surprised at how many recipes (baking and non-baking alike) there are with pumpkin. 
Click HERE for loads of pumpkin recipes!
Gift ideas:
Make mini loaves of pumpkin bread, or make pumpkin cupcakes/muffins in cute wrappers as treats for friends. 
OR…you can make a cute label, add ribbon and embellishments to your baby food jar, and give your friends homemade PURE pumpkin puree as a little gift!
Cute or what??
Non-Carving Pumpkin Decorating Ideas:
You can make glittery pumpkins (HERE)
Paint your pumpkins (HERE are some ideas)
Moral of the story?
Don't carve your pumpkin and you will get a year supply of puree out of it! 
Woo hoo!
Enjoy 🙂
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