01 November 2011

Pumpkins and costumes and candy, oh my!

Our Hallo-week looked a little something like this---
Pumpkin carving accompanied by cider and homemade donuts (tradition!).
Treats for preschool.

Super Why! and Raggedy Ann.

The traditional Dinner in a Pumpkin before trick-or-treating.
This is how I make it (if you don't already have the easy recipe):

Dinner in a Pumpkin

1lb ground beef, browned
2ish cups cooked rice*
1 onion, diced and sauteed (with beef)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Optional add-ins:
mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
sauteed spinach.
1 can water chesnuts, chopped
1 can corn
salt and pepper

*I prefer brown rice since it has more fiber and nutrients before the sugar high... 
somehow that makes me feel better about the candy overload!

Scoop seeds out of pumpkin*.
Preheat oven to 350.
Get rice cooking (2 cups water, 1 cup rice).
Brown beef and onions with a little seasoning salt.
Add mushrooms and spinach.
Add cooked rice, can of soup, corn and water chestnuts.
Season with S/P to taste.

Put entire mixture into hollow pumpkin and replace top.
Place on cookie sheet or casserole dish and bake for 1 hour. 

Serve with a big scoop of the cooked pumpkin flesh and a fresh salad. 

*I usually do this on pumpkin carving night so I can skip the step 
when things get busy Halloween afternoon

I hope you enjoyed a spooky Halloween! 
Now, welcome "Holiday Season"! (I cannot believe that.)

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