Not Just for Kids

Vol. 8, No. 46
Nov. 16-22, 2000
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From Halloween to Thanksgiving

A Jack-O’-Lantern’s JourneyHalloween is over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.
Your costume is balled up in the closet, the yard is filling with leaves and your old
Jack-O’-Lantern is wasting away.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Consider these choices:
1. Leave it for squirrels, birds and ants fight over it.
2. Go to a pumpkin chucking contest.
3. Follow some zoos’ example and feed it to an elephant.

Scary Jack-O-Lantern to Thanksgiving spotlight.

Chances are you don’t have a pumpkin chucking machine or an elephant, so let’s look at some other possibilities. Behind the scary face of that perfect pumpkin lies some luscious yellow pumpkin meat just waiting to be put to good use. Really big pumpkins give you lots of meat, but first you have to cook it.

Now comes the fun part. Look for some creative pumpkin recipes. Make a savory pumpkin stew as an appetizer with Thanksgiving dinner or make that all time fall favorite, a spicy pumpkin pie.

Use your imagination and let your Jack-O’Lantern light up your Thanksgiving dinner too!

Bake Your Pumpkin

  • Take your pumpkin and cut it into 4 or 5 pieces.
  • Bake on a cookie sheet at 300 F until tender.
  • Cool and scrape the meat away from the skin.
  • Puree in a blender and it’s ready for your recipe or...
  • Store in freezer bags for another day.

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

3/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp.salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
4 eggs
2C fresh pumpkin
1 1/2 C milk

Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake for 15 mins. Turn oven temperature down and bake for another 45 mins until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool and serve with whipped cream.

Keep ‘Em Coming

Pets in costume answer our call.

Star and Peppi Gordon, of Annapolis, looked pretty comfortable in their Halloween garb as they greeted “trick or treaters” at a local nursing home this past Halloween. Both bride and groom, brought lots and lots of smiles. Thanks to Nancy Gordon, Star and Peppi’s Mom, for the great pics.

Kids' Calendar

Thanksgiving Fun
Tues. Nov. 21 (9:30- 11am)-Come join us for silly turkey stories and unusual turkey adventures. You can make a turkey decoration to take home. Ages 3-6. North County Library, Glen Burnie: rsvp:410/222-6270

Hayride Happenin'
Tues. Nov. 21 (10:30-noon)-Come for an Autumn hayride as we look for critters making their lunch and enjoying a fall day. Ages 3-5. Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. $3. rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Nature's Paintbrush
Wed. Nov. 22 (10-11am)(2-3pm)-Explore a meadow and bring back some of nature's very own paintbrushes. Then, use paint to create prints of your treasures. Wear clothes to paint in. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Port Republic.$ 410/535-5327.

Harry Potter Party
Thurs. Nov. 30 (7pm)- Join us for a celebration at Hogwarts. Test your trivia and meet characters like Moaning Myrtle and even Nearly Headless Nick. Make a wand and a hat. If you know the Gryffindor password you can enter a special drawing. (Psst: Don't tell the Muggles.) Ages 5+. Annapolis Library, Annapolis. rsvp: 410/222-1750.

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