Fabric Pumpkins with Cinnamon Stems

It is still time for a beautiful pumpkins. Today I’ll show you cute sewn pumpkins that would be a perfect addition to any seasonal display.

For fabric pumpkins you’ll need:

  • Assorted fabrics

  • Batting

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Ribbons, lace, cute pendants

You need to do:

Cut out a fabric rectangle at least twice as long as it is wide. Fold in half across the length and sew short ends together

Sew a running stitch around one end of fabric and pull together and knot tightly. Turn right side outStuff with batting. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew around open end; pull thread and stitch to secureUse cinnamon sticks for stemsEmbellish further with lace, ribbons and cute pendants

Enjoy your beautiful and even more pumpkin Fall!

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Pumpkin Juice

Halloween, and all this magical Fall! This time is perfect for the HP books, movies, knitted striped scarves and pumpkin juice.

I really like the concept of this Bottle Pumpkin Juice, but I’m not sure that it is healthy as the original wizarding beverage. You know, the students at Hogwarts drink it all the time: on breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions.

Well, in our world there is still no ‘London Pumpkins & Sons’, but instead we have Dinah Bucholz’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. So, let’s make our own HP pumpkin juice!

You need:

  • 1 small pie pumpkin (or 1 cup canned pumpkin)

  • 2 cups apple juice

  • 1 cup white grape juice

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

You need to do:

For fresh pumpkin, preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Split pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and place pumpkin on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until soft.

When pumpkin is cool, scoop out the flesh. Discard the skin. Using a spatula, press flesh through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Scrape and mash as you push until you have 1 cup of pumpkin. Discard the pulpy mass in the sieve.

Pour apple juice, grape juice, pineapple juice and pumpkin into a pitcher; stir well until combined completely. Chill your juice until it’s very cold. Enjoy!

And… Happy Halloween!

Golden Cake

3Do you have a bit of pumpkin? Let’s bake the Golden cake. You don’t even need a blender!

You need to have:

  • 1 sugar pumpkin (about 1 lb)

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 stick of butter

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp powdered sugar12208381_1238685586146907_4284312298968981158_n copy

You need to do:

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs, flour and baking powder.

Add lemon zest and juice.

Finely grate pumpkin and add to the dough0

Bake your cake 30-40 minutes at 390° F (200° C).

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy your Golden cake!2

More Pumpkins!

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This Autumn I have a lot of pumpkins. Some of them are used to cook the Pumpkin Soup, some are good for home decoration. But I want more! More pumpkins this fall and Thanksgiving Day! So I sew them from the fabric. And even put some flavor into my pumpkins.

I’ll show you two kinds of fabric pumpkins. And you’ll decide what you want to make!DSC_0236

You need to have:

  • Fabric

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • Material for filling

  • Flavored filler (I used one of Fresh Scents)

  • Thin rope, straw lace and a bit of felt to make leaf and twig.DSC_0015

You need to do:

First Pumpkin

Cut out fabric rectangleDSC_0008

Sew the edgesDSC_0010

Gather the fabric from one side and pull the rope tightDSC_0011

Turn inside outDSC_0012

Fill this bag with filling and flavored fillerDSC_0035

Pull the other side with the needle and thread. You’ll get cute ballDSC_0041

Neatly pull a rope around the ball to get a pumpkinDSC_0043

Make the imitation of leaves and your pumpkin is finished!DSC_0047

Second Pumpkin

Cut two identical circles out of different fabrics. Cut each circle into quartersDSC_0004

Combine quarters like thisDSC_0005

Sew them together on sequence. Leave a hole for the fillingDSC_0031

After the filling sew up the hole. You’ll get this pillowDSC_0039

Neatly pull a thread around the pillow to get a pumpkinDSC_0045

Make the imitation of leaf and twig and your pumpkin is finished!DSC_0048

Two funny pumpkinsDSC_0052

Many pumpkins? Doesn’t happen!DSC_0064

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

It’s time to cook creamy, velvety smooth and delicious pumpkin soup!

This is very easy pumpkin soup and it’s also without any chicken or vegetable broth.

So, you need to have:

  • 1 lb pumpkin chopped into large chunks (remove skin and seeds)

  • 1 large leek

  • 1-2 potatoes, 1-2 carrots (optional)

  •  8-10 cloves of garlic

  • 0.5 pint heavy cream –

  • Salt, pepper, your favorite seasonings

  • Vegetable oil – 4-5 tbsp

6815428547_4648f0b722_o-copyYou need to do:

Cut leek into slices.

In a large pot over medium heat add vegetable oil, sauté leeks and for about 5 minutes.

Add chopped potatoes and carrots. Simmer for 3-4 minutes (optional).

Add pumpkin and garlic. Simmer for another 5-7 minutes.Pour water, bring to a boil. Water should cover the vegetables. Add salt, pepper and seasonings, cover the lid. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes.

Blend your soup with a stick blender. Reduce heat to low and simmer for more 20 minutes, uncovered.

Turn off the heat, add heavy cream and mix everything well. Cover the lid and leave pumpkin soup for more 10 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add some yoghurt or sour cream and serve with bread or croutons.6815428547_4648f0b722_o

Enjoy your delicious pumpkin soup!