Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pumple Fest '09

We were inspired by our friends the Polks to have a Pumple Fest for our Mi Casa group the week of Halloween (Mi Casa - a group of people from church who come hang out at our house each week). The rule of the Pumple Fest is that everyone must bring something to eat and each dish must include pumpkin or apple. Josh was afraid our Pumple Fest would turn out to be just a bunch of desserts so I looked into making some sort of pumpkin dish that included meat. After searching for a bit I found this recipe on for a casserole made in a pumpkin!
I was a bit skeptical but it turned out fabulous! (as long as you like mushrooms) We had a great
Pumple Fest with all sorts of amazing food including: apple pie, homemade applesauce; apple
stuffing; apple juice; pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter with bread, and pumpkin cupcakes. Our Pumple Fest also included wearing costumes, watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, listening to the Mannheim Steamroller Halloween album, carving pumpkins, and watching The Office Halloween episode from 2005. Really it was just all around a really fun night!

Here are a few pictures of Pumple Fest '09 and the recipe for the Dinner in a Pumkin!

The pumpkin being cooked, it took up nearly my entire oven!

Ready to eat!

Here's what it looked like on the inside, you could also scoop some of the cooked pumpkin out to eat with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, since our pumpkin was a 'field' pumpkin instead of a 'sugar' pumpkin it didn't have much flavor.

1 med. size pumpkin, topped and cleaned out
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1 pkg. UNCLE BEN'S® long and wild rice, fixed according to directions
1 can mushrooms or 1 c. fresh mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Combine ingredients and put in pumpkin. Put top on pumpkin. Place pumpkin on cookie sheet in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 2 hours.

Serve dinner in pumpkin. May use pumpkin as vegetable and serve with butter and brown sugar or honey. Do not open pumpkin while baking or it will expand and top will not fit on pumpkin again.

Pumpkin carving!

Roy and daddy digging in!

Lilli exploring pumpkin guts for the first time!

Our spectacular Mi Casa group!

Our beatiful Jack-o-Lanterns

Roy and Lilli's pumpkins, Lilli's is supposed to look like her - 8 teeth and pigtails - but somehow it turned out looking a bit more like Shrek :o)

Jacob's Christmas tribute pumpkin

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