Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy, Happy Pumpkin Day!

Welcome to the second annual Pumpkin Day festivities! I hope you're ready for some fun because there's a wide range of activities to take part in. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and most of all...enjoy :o)

Did you know?

- that pumpkins are 90% water.
- that pumpkin flowers are edible.
- that six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins (can you guess which one can't?).
- that pumpkins are actually a fruit.

Recipes -

Besides being used for the classic Pumpkin Pie, pumpkins are versatile in so many other ways. Maybe give one of these recipes a try for yourself :o)

Baked Harvest Pumpkin & Sage Risotto is one dish I've been anxious to try. DH makes a mean risotto so I figure this new twist could prove to be quite delicious!

I have personally tried this recipe - Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. When I say 'tried', I mean eaten ;o) My SIL made it one year and it was fan-tas-tique.

When it comes to pumpkin, the fruit is not the only thing you can eat! The seeds are just as yummy and how good does Coriander & Pumpkin Seed Crusted Scallops sound? Mmmmmm...

Games -

Okay, maybe not the most highly entertaining but hey, what's a party without games? LOL!

In Pumpkin Run, the aim of the game is to gather as much candy as you can without the bats and ghosts interfering.

This is by far my favourite! As The Pumpkin, it's your job to scare the kiddies and grab their candy :o) Am I evil or what?

Pumpkin Carving -

Try out your carving skills either here or here. How good are you at making a Jack-O-Lantern?

Contests -

How good are you at making a Jack-O-Lantern? Are you ready to be put to the test? In order to enter this contest, leave a comment (on this post only) with a link to your entry :o) Be creative! Carve a real pumpkin, draw a picture or just take a picture of a stitched pumpkin. Let's see what you've got!

Want to be entered into the second giveaway? It's simple! Either be or become a Pumpkin Stalker :o) Don't know how? Visit your Blogger Dashboard page and at the bottom it gives you a chance to add the address of the Blog you want to follow. Just remember, leave a separate comment (on this post only) saying that you've done this!

In order to give everyone a fair chance, these contests will be open until Friday, October 23 at midnight EST.


A treat bag will be awarded to the winner of each contest :o) What's in them you ask? HA! That's a surprise. Let's just say there will be sweets, smiles and stitchy stuff. Have fun and good luck!


Anonymous said...

Have to count myself in

Aussie Stitcher said...

Love your Pumpkin Days. I am already a stalker of yours, does this mean that I qualify? Have a great day!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Happy Pumpkin Day, Cathey! You've prepared a lot of fun for the party! Thank you.

Daffycat said...

Happy Pumpkin Day, Cathey!

It's late...almost missed this! I'll post my entry on my blog tomorrow and leave another comment!

Myra said...

Such interesting information about pumpkins! Here's the link to a pumpkin I carved.
The pic isn't that great - it is tough to get a good picture of a glowing pumpkin. LOL Please enter me in your contest/drawing.

Chiloe said...

Happy pumpking day !!!!!!!! You look great in your pumpkin field ;-)

Am I in your giveaway or do I need to do something? I'm lost ... oops!

Rachel S said...

Great facts about pumpkins! Happy pumpkin day

Ranae said...

I love Pumpkin day.
Here's my link
This is so much fun

Ranae said...

I am a proud pumpkin stalker

Karen said...

I like taking candy lol that game is addictive

Karen said...

I think I am already a stalker :O)

Daffycat said...

Posted my pumpkin on my blog today!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Cathey,

We had this yummy, low cal
dessert during the stitcher's
gathering at Kathy's in
Sept. As a lover of all
things pumpkin I thought you
might be interested. It's
quite delicious, with a nice
flavor that's not too strong
but sort of builds in your
mouth. It's a Weight Watchers

Pumpkin Mousse

2 small packages of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding
2 cups of no-fat (skim) milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
15 ounce can of pumpkin
8 ounces of fat-free Cool Whip

Make pudding first, then fold in ingredients. Serve!

I love your Chickadee. You're
right that the addition of the
leaves and berries really makes
the bird pop. It is a sweet
design, and I can't wait to see
the next bird in this series.

I do so enjoy your posts. You
always manage to come up with
the most interesting topics,
and of course then there's your
occasional jokes. Your "Favourite
Things" post was great fun. That
iron looks pretty cool, and the
fact that it changes colors is
amazing. Where did you get yours?

The Ben & Jerry's ice cream looks
super delicious, but I simply
dare not!!! Breyers 98% fat free
ice cream is scrumptious and all
but guilt free. I love the
cookies and cream flavor best.

Belated Happy Pumpkin Day best
wishes to you and your DH and
Duncan, the wonder dog!


Teena in Toronto said...

Not a fan of pumpkins ... they are fun to look at, though.

Rachael said...

Happy Pumpkin day,
Can I enter by posting a pick of my new pussy cat who I am calling Pumpkin,even if Hubby says he is not standing calling that out when it food time lol ;0)

Patti said...

Love your Pumpkin Day blog but please don't enter me because even if I could find a pumpkin I have absolutely no idea how to carve one! Sorry but I just need to leave a note on your blog and I am so sorry you are broken hearted. I hope your heart heals real soon.
Patti xxx
P.S. I love your fish tank!

Cindy said...

Happy Pumpkin Day!!

My first thought was to enter my little mini pumpkins that I decorated a few weeks ago.

Then I thought of a better idea this morning. I think you will like the pumpkin that I "carved" ;)

Cindy said...

I am already a Pumpkin Stalker, so here's my entry for that :)

Irene said...

Happy Pumpkin Day ! Can't grow pumpkins in Antartica. Love the games.

Blu said...

Happy Pumpkin Day.
They don't grow in Antarctica (although I wonder why the scientists there haven't grown a mutant one in a pot yet...)

Anyway my Dracula pumpkin

Blu said...

PS. I'm now a Stalker dun dun DUN!!!

Parsley said...

I've posted a picture of a cute pumpkin for this contest on my blog.

I too am having a giveaway. CHOCOLATE!

Parsley said...

I also follow now.

♥ Nia said...

I'm already a stalker! :p
And you're really a pumpkin fan!!! LOL!!! :D

Have fun!!!

RuthB said...

I'd go with Antarctica -- all that water would not be happy there :)

Thanks for the 13 days of pumpkins-- it's great fun!

JOLENE said...

Where have I been???? Sorry I missed this post Pumpkin, but I want to send you a photo of some really cool pumpkins I have carved. Keep your eye out!

stitcherw said...

Fun facts, and the pumpkin cheesecake pie sounds wonderful. You finished birds and berries in your earlier post looked great. Looking forward to see what the next one in the series looks like.

Kathryn said...

This is NOT my pumpkin, but you really should see this.

Parsley said...

Love the Pumpkin Day pattern. I'm going to pick up supplies this weekend. Perfect! Thanks.

♥ Nia said...

Thank you sweetie! =)
Have a lovely weekend! :D