Before I start, don't forget our giveaway! We will pick our winner November 7th, when I get home from my trip to Kansas.
Lindsey's Pumpkin Party was last night and it was a lot of fun. We didn't do most of the stuff we thought we would, but we got to eat lots of food and have wonderful conversation, which, it turned out, was enough! Here are some of the things we did to make this party very pumpkiny:
We greeted everyone with our festive fall arrangement in the front of the house. (see picture above). I created it in the front flower bed. We didn't carve the pumpkins because this wasn't a Halloween Party, it was a pumpkin party. The lights gave the nod to Halloween. I will carve the pumpkins Monday to give the Halloween spookiness. Here is how it looked at night.
My son-in-law brought me a few owls to add to the arrangement.
There was so much food! Here are a few shots of the food!
The pumpkin chicken dish was really a last minute decision on my part. I had made the cupcakes and started thinking about what else to make to use up the rest of the pumpkin I had opened. I started searching recipes and I found one with chicken breasts and pumpkin chunks. I decided that the flavors looked good and that maybe I could do my own version of it. Here is what I came up with.
Chicken Drumsticks with Pumpkin Sauce
(Crock Pot Recipe)
In a skillet, melt 2 T. butter. Saute 1 chopped small onion and 1 c. mushrooms. Set aside.
Spray or line your crock pot. Put 1 c. pureed pumpkin in the bottom of the crock. Mix in 1/2 c. milk or cream, 1 T. Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken flavor, 2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, 1 T. thyme.
When all mixed, add 2 c. water.
Add the mushrooms and onions to the mix.
Stir in one package Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice with garlic.
Now lay about a dozen chicken legs in the sauce. A double layer is fine.
I put my crock pot on high and cooked it for about 6 hours. You could put it on low and cook it longer.
This was a very tasty dish!
You could use breasts instead of drumsticks I guess, but this was an economical way to serve a lot of people who were taking a little bit of this and that.
So, Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter! This has been quite a year for her! She is a lawyer, a new wife and so many other things that I can't even begin to tell you all that she has on her plate. I am so proud of her and love her so much.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Give some pumpkin food and fun a try. Talk to you again on Monday!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!