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Clay Pot Pumpkin – Terracotta Pumpkin Candy Dish

Finished clay pot pumpkin

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  This clay pot pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish.  Win – win in my book! Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a…

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks – Carve a Pumpkin Easily

Pumpkin carving tips and tricks for your Halloween project

These pumpkin carving tips will bring out the artist in any budding Halloween decorator and give you a fun decor item to share in your home. If you have tried your hand at pumpkin carving, you will know that an easy Jack o Lantern design is not too difficult. But attempting more elaborate designs may…

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween Pumpkin cookies

These Halloween Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect treat for your family or neighborhood friends. They have a cute pumpkin face and are filled with rich chocolate frosting. I love this time of the year.  Our neighborhood kids are out playing most of the time, and it is a lot of fun to treat them to…

DIY Pumpkin Projects and Crafts

Pumpkin projects

I love fall. The smells and colors abound and it’s the beginning of festive holidays for the rest of the year.  And of course it is the beginning of Everything Pumpkin Time!  These DIY pumpkin projects will add lots of seasonal decor to your home with very little cost. You can carve pumpkins and there…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail box post that was left over when I gave our front mail box a makeover this summer. I just…

Pumpkin Chili for Fall – Crock Pot Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Turkey chili with pumpkin puree

I use pumpkin a lot in the fall, both for decor and in my recipes, but most of the recipes that I have made in the past have been sweet pumpkin desserts. This tasty pumpkin chili uses pumpkin puree to make a more savory dish that your whole family will enjoy. Cooking chili in the…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake will…

No Carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

No carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, especially when you do it with children, but it is also messy.  Fortunately, there are many alternatives for a carved pumpkins that will still set a fall theme around your home.  This no carve autumn leaf pumpkin project is fast and easy to do and looks great when…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Healthy cooking Recipe

How to roast pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy and nutritious snack. They are filled with nutritional goodness and are very easy to do and are a great project to do with the kids, when pumpkins are in season. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a great snack and are also a fun choice to add to antipasti.  (See my…

Turtle Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenTheSeason #CollectiveBias It’s time to make a Turtle Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake! The holidays are a time for me to bring out the big guns when it comes to desserts.   There is nothing quite like having family or friends…

Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

These pumpkin swirl mini cheesecakes are the perfect size for your Thanksgiving guests. They are a delicious blend of cream cheese, pumpkin puree and seasonal spices. thegardeningcook.com

One of my mother’s favorite desserts at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. I’ve never been much of a fan of a whole pie, (I usually eat just the filling of the pie and leave the crust – I’m quirky that way…) and my husband doesn’t like pumpkin pie all at so I have to improvise a bit.…

DIY No Carve Sunflower Pumpkin

No Carve Sun Flower Pumpkin

Here is another idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of the pumpkin. Silk flowers make the decoration last…

Festive Dip in a Pumpkin Shell

Festive pumpkin dip

Use your Pumpkin shell as a Dip holder. There is certainly no shortage of pumpkins this time of the year.   We can carve them, paint them or cook them.  How about using your pumpkin in a different way?  Scoop it out and make a dip and then serve the dip right in the pumpkin shell.…

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

No carve pumpkin ideas.

Every fall, the pumpkins abound and people start thinking about how to carve and decorate them.  But that can be messy and eventually kind of smelly too.  Instead of all that mess, why not try one of these no carve pumpkin ideas.  All use other supplies to decorate the pumpkin without the need of getting…

DIY Book Page Pumpkin

Book Page Pumpkin

Today’s featured DIY post comes to use from Painted up Glam.  Her project is easy and yet very cute and one that I’d love to see displayed.  It would be suitable for either Halloween or Thanksgiving. Easy Book Page Pumpkin To make a book page pumpkin of your own you will need just a few…

Pumpkin Carving Ideas – 10 Carved Pumpkin Designs

Top 12 Pumpkin Carvings

Each year at this time, we seem to discover new and unusual ways to carve a pumpkin.  Gone are the traditional Jack 0 Lantern pumpkins, and roll in the new ideas! Looking for some Halloween inspiration? Check out these 10 pumpkin carving ideas. It seems that pumpkin carving gets more and more intricate each year.…

Butternut Pumpkin by the Buckets in my Garden

My butternut pumpkin patch

Butternut pumpkin (also known as butternut squash) is one of my favorite vegetables to roast. Cooking this vegetable in the oven brings out the sweetness in it.  It looks as though it will be the star of my vegetable garden this year!  Butternut pumpkins are one of my favorite fall vegetables. I love to roast them,…

Creative Gardening Ideas – 20+ Recycled Garden Decor Ideas

I love to recycle existing items from around the house for my garden decor ideas. Creative gardening ideas really appeal to the whimsical side of me. I must admit that I am not a normal gardener.  I don’t enjoy conventional landscape plans. I don’t invest in fancy garden structures or planters.   To me, garden…

Food Art – Fruit and Vegetable Carving – Food Sculpting and More

Yellow watermelon carving

Food art is the act of preparing, cooking and presenting food in creative ways.  It incorporates everything from elaborate plating that we see in fine dining establishments to both simple and intricate fruit and vegetable carvings that are meant to be decorative in nature. It is hard to say exactly when food art, vegetable carving,…

Growing Sunflower Plants – Sunflower Care Tips for Big Beautiful Blooms

Sunflowers come in many colors

Growing Sunflower plants is one of the really fun parts of summer time gardening. These cheery sun-facing flowers are a delight to gardeners who wish to attract birds.  What are sunflower plants? Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a member of the Aster family. These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular…

Vegetable Steaming Times – 4 Ways to Steam Veggies

steamed vegetables in a pot

A steamer basket is a great way to cook a single vegetable or several of them at once by cooking them over boiling water. But to do this correctly, you need to have a good idea of vegetable steaming times. One of the joys of summer is cooking fresh vegetables from my vegetable garden.  The…

How to Care for Succulents – Succulent Plant Care

Tips for growing succulents

This guide will show you everything from how to care for succulents through to containers for their display, some DIY projects, and how to propagate them to get plants for free. If you have always considered that a green thumb is something that other gardeners have, but not you, it’s quite likely you have never…