Monday’s Musings #81 & Everything Pumpkin


I love pumpkins! I love to bake and cook with them. I love to decorate with them. I love to use them to share the gospel. I read this bit of history from the History Channel online: References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” Shakespeare referred to the “pumpion” in his Merry Wives of Windsor. American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” The “pumpkin” is referred to in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater and Cinderella. Interesting, yes? Language usually works like that. Anyhow, the pumpkin is from the gourd family. It is used for cooking and baking. It is low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. It is a good source of vitamin A & B, protein, iron and potassium. Lastly, the seeds as well as the pulp are edible so little is wasted.


Some pumpkin ideas for you to do with your children: Recycle soup cans into pumpkins. How about Paper Plate Pumpkins (easy for young children)? This Pumpkin Activity Pack would be a good unit study. This is a neat way to use Colored Pumpkin Seeds in your crafts. Your toddler, with supervision, will have fun making this Button and Ribbon Pumpkin. Pasta wheels make fun Glittered and Orange Pasta that you can use to make pumpkins with. Oh, you can Decoupage Pumpkins as well.


Sweet pumpkin recipes for your family: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies…my son will love these. You can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These Pumpkin Bread Mini Pumpkins are just cute. This Pumpkin and Cheese Bread looks delish. Who wouldn’t enjoy this Simple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie?

These recipes are savory: This Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup has a jalapeno touch to give it a spicy flavor. You could always leave it out if spicy is not your thing. Pumpkin Lasagna? Why yes! Now this sounds good, Pumpkin and Chicken Chowder. I do enjoy pasta so I will be trying this Pumpkin-Sage Cream Sauce on top. (This recipe would fall into the THM plan if you’re doing that. ) Lastly, Savory Pumpkin Pancakes would make a great dinner treat.


The last set of links I want to share are decorating your home with pumpkins. If you love pumpkins, this pumpkin patch idea is for you. I like this painted pumpkin idea. This pumpkin/gourd arrangement would look lovely in any room. The white pumpkin here is easy to do and I may be doing it myself. Last but not least is using little pumpkins around a candle. I couldn’t find the link to that but it is in the photo collage above and you can see how easy it is to do.

You can find all these ideas and more on my Autumn pinterest page as well as my Homeschool page.

Most importantly, let’s remember that a pumpkin can be used to share the gospel. Check out this PAGE or this PAGE for ideas.


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  1. says

    I LOVE pumpkins too! There is something really special about them, and I absolutely love the stories about pumpkins that help us share the Gospel with children and adults too. Thank you for this refreshing post. Fall and I have a very “special” relationship : ) but I do enjoy it deep inside. It is such a bittersweet season…just like life. Blessings!

    • says

      Gisela…autumn for the past 10 years, now, has been bittersweet for me as well. But you know I try to lean on the JOY of it even amid the reminder of a loss during this time of year. I pray you will know that peace and joy as well. Blessings to you. Glad you stopped by.

  2. says

    Hi Naomi! I haven’t been linking or visiting in awhile because of computer problems. I was hoping they were solved, but it doesn’t look like it. :( But I just HAD to pop over this morning — it’s been too long since I’ve been here. I also love pumpkins and your pumpkin post is so much fun!!!

    Blessings to you, dear friend, and congrats on being part of Jolene’s 31 series!

    • says

      Kate…I’m thankful you could stop by. I do hope the computer stuff gets fixed soon. We just sent off one of our new computers to be fixed and we use that one for school!!! Can’t wait to get it back. And I’m thrilled you love pumpkins too. God bless you my friend.

  3. says

    Fun and cute fall decorations! I haven’t pulled out any of my decorations yet and don’t know if I will be decorating this fall. I still have so much to do to completely empty my mom’s rooms (of stuffy she doesn’t have room for in the nursing home) and then we will have to decide what we’re doing with her empty rooms and our son’s empty room (now that he’s married). Just moving things around and figuring that all out will be enough! Thanks for hosting today.

    • says

      Nan…I hear ya. When our son moved out, I had an extra room to re-do. It took me a couple of months but I got it done. Now my mom uses that room when she stays up at our house. If you don’t go all out decorating, at least get one pumpkin to put on your porch and seasonal scented candles to encourage the autumn feel. Praying you get it done and organized sweet friend. Blessings.

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