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7 Uses for Pumpkins

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7 Uses for Pumpkins

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

We’ve all had pumpkin pie, but let’s step it this year with a homemade pumpkin cheesecake. Download the pdf below for the delicious recipe.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I am more of a chocolate person. Add a little bit of chocolate to your pumpkin dessert with pumpkin brownies.

Pumpkin Brownie Recipe

Make a Pumpkin Planter

In the spirit of fall and pumpkin spice lattes ditch the boring clay planters and opt for a pumpkin planter. Start by cutting a hole in your pumpkin around the stem (as wide as you need for your plants), hollow out the pumpkin (make sure to get all the seeds out), and add in some soil and your plant of choice. Voilà, you have your new planter for fall!

DIY Face Mask

Speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, why not make that a face mask? Here are the ingredients.

Pumpkin (obviously) – Pumpkin is full of vitamins and enzymes that get rid of dead skin cells, leaving you with glowing skin. So it’s great for helping get rid of dark spots.

Coffee – Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce redness.

Honey – in its raw form honey hydrates and softens skin and has antibacterial properties.

Brown sugar – Sugar is a powerful exfoliant and moisturizes the skin.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon also has antibacterial properties which helps fight the bacteria that causes pimples and acne. However, cinnamon can be a skin-irritant so if you have sensitive skin, you may want to forget about the cinnamon.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add pumpkin and honey and stir until all the dry ingredients have made contact with the wet ingredients. The mixture should be thick and hold up on its own on a spoon.
  3. Apply mixture to face with a small spatula or the back of a spoon.
  4. Wait 10-20 minutes or until the mask dries. Rinse your face with water, gently exfoliating in small circles with your fingers. Wipe off any excess mask with a damp cloth. 

Pumpkin Centerpieces

Check out this awesome Pinterest board showing you some awesome ways you can use pumpkins as centerpieces. Pumpkin Centerpiece Pinterest Board

Pet Dietary Supplement

Pumpkin is also great for dogs and dogs love the yummy snack!

  • Urinary Health – Oils found in pumpkin seeds are believes to support urinary health. Dogs with urinary incontinence may benefit from pumpkin in their diet.
  • Digestive Health – Canned natural pumpkin is a great source of fiber and helps with digestive regularity.
  • Weight Management – Ask your veterinarian if replacing a portion of your dog’s regular diet with canned pumpkin – which is low in calories – will help your pup trim the waistline. 

Feed the Wildlife

Whether you carve pumpkins, use them for yummy treats, or face masks, don’t just throw them in the trash when you’re done! There are so many ways to recycle them. You can leave the seeds for birds and small mammals. Let the seeds dry and don’t use any salt of seasoning on them. Place them on a shallow dish and start bird watching! Another option is to cut up the pumpkins into pieces for animals. Don’t do this if large animals such as bears might be attracted to your yard (in most places brown and black bears are dormant by the time Halloween passes). You can also plant pumpkin seeds. This can feed bees who visit the pumpkin flowers.