Repurpose Your Pumpkins

If your house is overrun with pumpkins, you may be wondering what to do with them all.

A few of our favorite Studio 5 contributors show us how to recycle and reuse all those jack-o-lanterns once the Halloween festivities are over.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Many of our favorite fall recipes call for pumpkin puree, and Blogger Aimee Krey says it’s easy to make your own.

· Step #1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Halve your pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.

· Step #2: Place the pumpkin halves cut side down and roast the pumpkin until it is completely tender inside, about 45 minutes.

· Step #3: Scrape the pumpkin flesh off the skin and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Make a Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Studio 5 Style & Fashion Contributor, Holly Stone says a homemade scrub is a lovely way to put pumpkin puree to good use.

· ½ c. Pureed pumpkin
· ½ c. Brown sugar
· 1 T. Olive oil
· 1 T. Honey

Combine all ingredients and package in a pretty jar. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Enjoy a Pumpkin Smoothie

Studio 5 Health & Fitness Contributor, Melanie Douglass loves pumpkin for its health benefits and one of her favorite ways to enjoy is in this 50 calorie snack.

· ½ c. Canned pumpkin
· ½ c. Low-fat milk or low-fat vanilla yogurt
· ½ Banana
· ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
· 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
· 2 tsp. Brown sugar
· 4 – 6 Ice cubes

Wrap Your Pumpkin in a Fabric

· Pumpkin
· Fabric
· Needle and thread
· Wire or twine
· Berries, wheat, buttons

Cut a fabric circle about three times the width of the pumpkin. Gather around the pumpkin and tie off with wire or twine. Accessorize with berries, wheat, floral picks, etc.

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