So you've carved your pumpkins with your kids and effectively made a mess of your kitchen. Instead of throwing away the icky goop that is so fun to play with, check out this list of eight things you can do with your leftover pumpkin innards.
1. Make roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most popular fall foods for a reason! Not only are they crunchy and delicious, but they also contain multiple health benefits! They're low in fat and contain potassium, magnesium and iron. Click here to see a recipe from Oh She Glows or check out our Pumpkin Seed Central!
2. Compost it. If you don't have a compost in your backyard, what better time than now to start one? Composting is good for the environment and even enriches the soil in your garden. Just make sure that you don't compost any pumpkin seeds, unless you want a pumpkin patch in your backyard!
3. Make a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. Skip the line at Starbucks and make your own PSL! You'll save some serious dough, and this is one of our favorite recipes.
4. Make a pumpkin planter. Your home will look like it was lifted straight out of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine with this adorable pumpkin planter. Simply carve out the innards and plant some of your favorite fall flowers in potting soil inside the pumpkin! It can serve as a festive decoration for a while until it starts to decompose, and then you can just place it in your yard, where it will naturally decompose into fertilizer.
5. Use it as a face mask. Cut the cost of an expensive spa visit and have your own spa day at home! Pumpkins are full of vitamins A, C and E and zinc, which are all great for your skin and will give your face a refreshing glow. Find out how to make a pumpkin face mask here.
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6. Spread some pumpkin butter. Looking for a fall alternative for butter or margarine? Make a delicious and nutritious pumpkin butter that will delight your family!
7. Make potpourri. Love that pumpkin pie smell? Want it to linger in your house even when there's nothing in the oven? Here's how!
8. Make a pumpkin bird feeder. You'll feel like a Disney princess with the birds on this pumpkin bird feeder in your backyard!