Last year I had the pleasure of attending an entirely different type of pumpkin fest – The Glass Pumpkin Patch at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. This year's fest is this upcoming weekend: October 15th to the 19th. I am definitely going and plan on bringing one of them home with me this time.
|Pick a color - ANY color|
|Shannon Morgan of Sacramento, CA and Daniel Sviland of Waukegan, IL working their magic at the furnace|
|Stretching molten glass to form the stem|
|Wrapping it round and round|
|An almost completed mini pumpkin|
Over 3000 pumpkins, gourds, etc. – all glass, and all made for the Arboretum's fest - will be on display, most of them for sale. Since they are handmade, no two will ever be identical. Although the Fest runs the 15th - 19th, the first two days will be display days. Demonstrations will be given daily 10 am - 5 pm. Sale days will be the 17th - 19th when you can pick up your work of art.
|My personal favorites - gorgeous in green!|
I have found that there are glass pumpkin patches hosted in a variety of states. With a little research you might be lucky enough to find one near you! Don't miss it.
Did you know that pumpkin seeds are one of the best foods you can eat? They are a natural source of beneficial carbohydrates, amino acids, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. They have been used to treat prostate problems, bladder problems, learning disabilities and depression. Pumpkins are native to
north America and the original native Americans knew their benefits and used the seeds, known as Cucurbita, to treat kidney problems.
Making your own pumpkin seeds is pretty easy. There are dozens of recipes online – like this one
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