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Pumpkin Season Has Arrived at Riverscape Apartments in Odenton

A painted pumpkin
October has arrived here in Odenton, Maryland bringing with it pumpkin season. The aroma of pumpkin-spice is in the air, and we love it! This month the Riverscape Blog is sharing some ideas to spark your imagination for decorating your jack-o’lantern to display in your apartment; plus we have some recipes to create your own pumpkin-spice treat. So, head out to your favorite Odenton area pumpkin patch to get the raw material for your pumpkin-inspired adventures today! Let’s start with some ideas for decorating your pumpkin.

Decorating Pumpkins

Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin

All you need to make this fun craft is a white pumpkin, 16-20 crayons in a variety of colors, tacky glue, a blowdryer, and a trash bag or surface covering. The colored melted wax gives your pumpkin a super cool look!

Decoupaged Pumpkin

Follow this tutorial from Country Living to transfer printed images onto your pumpkin to create impressive works of art.

Pumpkin-Based Recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles from The Recipe Critic

Snickerdoodles are the perfect cookie for Fall, and eating these pumpkin cheesecake filled snickerdoodles is like biting into a donut and discovering there is a delicious cream inside. Seriously, is there any better sort of surprise? Ingredients you will need: flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsalted butter, sugar, light brown sugar, pumpkin puree, egg, vanilla extract, ground ginger, and allspice.

Pumpkin Cobbler from Creations by Kara

This fantastic pumpkin cobbler is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Make it using flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ginger, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, and vanilla. For the topping, you will need brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped pecans or walnuts, and hot water.

Creative Uses for Pumpkins

  • Use your hollowed out pumpkin as a planter for potted plants. As your pumpkin begins to deteriorate transfer your plant into a pot or to a flower bed. Afterward, use your pumpkin as compost.

  • Puree your pumpkin and make a moisturizing pumpkin face mask. What you will need to make this mask: pumpkin puree, organic honey, and skim milk (almond or soy milk works too).

  • You may think the innards of your pumpkin are a gross inconvenience. They might be if you don’t use them, but hold up before you throw them away and think of how you can! The stringy guts of your pumpkin can make a flavorful vegetable stock that you can use to make some delicious homemade soup.

What are your favorite ways to decorate with pumpkins or create a pumpkin-based dish to eat? Let us know in the comments. We hope you enjoy pumpkins all month long! Happy Halloween to everyone in our Riverscape apartment community.