Pirates and Pumpkins Oh My!

by on September 20th, 2012
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Yesterday’s Talk Like a Pirate Day hop was so exciting! Thank you to all who joined us. If you haven’t yet, you can complete the hop and enter for the Bento Booty Treasure before Midnight on Sunday, September 23rd (2012)!

Today, however, is all about pumpkins!

On a recent shopping excursion my little guy Trevor talked me into buying some pumpkin food picks. They are the disposable types (which I don’t buy a lot of) but I thought it would be fun to have a few seasonal picks. Plus they were only a dollar! I have plans to make some pumpkin foods within the next week so I am sure I will find a way to use these!

I figured I would throw a few pumpkin items into Brendan’s lunch today for fun! It is a beautiful, sunny Fall day here in New England so why not? His lunch is packed in my brand new Lunchbots Trio. I love this container! His lunch includes:

  • Fresh Fruit (Grapes, Mango and cucumbers)
  • Crunchies (Banana chips and Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies) in pumpkin silicon cups.
  • Pizza rolls (made with Crescent rolls, pureed veggies in pizza sauce and mozzarella stick cheese) and there you have it, a pumpkin pick!
  • Horizon Organic Vanilla Milk


Speaking of pumpkin foods I decided to try an experiment with pumpkin flavored popcorn. I have a tradition of making different types of popcorn during the holiday season and have some new ideas I am excited to try for this year! I made my first batch today and it came out pretty good!

First create a pumpkin sprinkle for the popcorn by mixing the following:

  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 & 1/2  tablespoons of powdered pumpkin (I had a hard time finding this locally and ordered it online)
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (or make your own using all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)

Then melt and have standing by 2-3 tablespoons of melted butter!

Next microwave a bag of unbuttered salted popcorn (you could use buttered but we are adding some anyway).

When finished transfer immediately (while hot) to a gallon size slider lock (or zip lock) bag.

Add the melted butter and then the sprinkle.

Seal the bag and shake to mix until well coated! All done!

You can experiment with the ingredients in the sprinkle mix to find the flavor that you like! I think next time I might add some cinnamon coated nuts and drizzle (not coat) with white chocolate. I’m crazy like that! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it!



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