Bonnie Lee What to do with a decorative pumpkin.

Pumpkins make beautiful Fall decorations.

What is October without a trip to the pumpkin patch to choose the best of the harvest?

We use Pumpkins inside and outside the house for Seasonal Spirit.

Until a few years ago I just threw those beautiful orange globes away or fed them to the squirrels. Then a head desk moment had me running to the internet to find the best way to cook them.

How to Roast a Pumpkin

Wash the pumpkin then cut it in half.  Scoop out all the strings and seeds. Save the seeds.

Place the pumpkin cut edges down on a baking sheet. You will want to have an edge on it as these things get juicy. Cover the sheet with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours. Large pumpkins will take longer. You can tell they are done when a toothpick can easily go through the skin.

Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop the soft pulp from the skin with a spoon.

I like my pumpkin as a  coarse mix so just use an old fashioned potato masher. If you prefer a finer texture you can press the mix through a ricer or use a food processor.

Freeze in 1 1/2 cup portions for pies and 3/4 cup portions for muffins.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

While your pumpkin is roasting wash the seeds and separate them from the strings. Lay them out on a tea towel to dry.

Once dry put the seeds in a bowl add a tablespoon of olive oil and your favorite seasonings.

Roast in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.

These make excellent salad toppers.

Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters or 2 eggs or 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin mash
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir until just combined. Spoon into muffin cups. This recipe will make 12 standard or 6 Texas size muffins.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes


I hope that you enjoy fresh roasted pumpkin as much as I do. This Pumpkin Cookie Recipe was published in a prior post.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?





This post was written by

Bonnie Lee – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
I am wife, mother and grandmother, RN , avid gardener and jewelry designer. My life is blessed with family, friends and the ability to do the things that make me happy. Few things make me happier than finding small bits and pieces of the past, things that others would consider trash, and repurposing them into jewelry.



  1. Thanks Linda. He is a cutie and one of a set. They have a brother who is 5. My little boys are the light of my life.

  2. Love the pic of your grandson! I want to try the muffin recipe.

  3. Pumpkin muffins are one of the reasons I love this season! They are the taste of fall to me now.

  4. Thank you. The photo is of my grandson RJ at our local pumpkin patch. He is also a lover of the pumpkin muffins.

  5. Thanks for this very informative post! I will share it with our grown daughters. Our hens love to clean out what is left of the pumpkin after cooking.
    What a lovely photo!