Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Five ~ Pumpkin Edition

RevGal Singing Owl suggests the following 'seasonal' Friday Five:

1. How did you celebrate this time of year when you were a child?

First there was the church Halloween party where we would get all dressed up, bob for apples, eat donuts off strings, and have our pictures taken by Sunday School class. Then, on Halloween night, my Mom would drive me around town to trick-or-treat and we would meet my Dad at the town Halloween party where there would be games and a costume contest. It was a fun time of year.

2. Do you and/or your family “celebrate” Halloween? Why or why not? And if you do, has it changed from what you used to do?

Now I don't do anything for Halloween. In fact, Gary and I think we will go out to dinner this Wednesday so as to avoid any trick-or-treat-ers. The door bell constantly dinging upsets the dog and we don't know many of the kids in our neighborhood anyway. I know.... it's sad.

3. Pumpkins: Do you make Jack O’ Lanterns? Any ideas of what else to do with them?

We have a couple pumpkins out on our front steps. Usually the squirrels end up eating them or they get stolen and splattered in the street! So far, so good this year. We haven't made any Jack O' Lanterns, but we have had stuffed pumpkin and baked pumpkin seeds.

4. Do you decorate your home for fall or Halloween? If so, what do you do? Bonus points for pictures.

Yes. As I mentioned, our front steps are adorned with pumpkins. Also, we have some inside decorations.

5. Do you like pretending to be something different? Does a costume bring our an alternate personality?

No, I don't like to dress up. Maybe something small like a weird hat, but nothing elaborate. But, as you know from prior posts, this does not stop be from dressing up the pets.

"Bat Dog"

Bonus: Share your favorite recipe for an autumn food, particularly apple or pumpkin ones.

Stuffed Pumpkin

Clean one medium sized sugar or regular pumpkin.

1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. loose sausage
1 med. sized onion
1 med. sized pepper

Mix with four or five cups of mashed potatoes.


1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Dash celery salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash chili powder

Stuff pumpkin and bake in 350 degree oven for one and a half hours or until pumpkin is cooked. Slice and serve.



RevHRod said...

Love the picture of Bat Dog and the recipe made my stomach growl. ;-)

The Mollinator said...

Bat Dog is cool.

Jan said...

Love the picture! That's an interesting recipe--thanks!

Wyldth1ng said...

The dinner Idea is probably a smart one. That way you could run them over so they would ring your door bell next year.

Mary Beth said...

definitely must try that recipe!

Counselor in Process said...

The dog is the best.