Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Soup Bowls and Spicy Cheese Soup

Here is a super fun tradition that a good friend of ours does for her family every Halloween.
Thanks Jamie for sharing with us and our readers today!
Pumpkin Soup Bowls
*Pie Pumpkin(s)
* Knife
* Spoon
* 1 recipe of your favorite soup
This is one of our families most favorite traditions! We have soup in a pumpkin every Halloween before going out to trick-or-treat! I'm thrilled to share it with you here on Everyday Art!
 First your going to want to knock of the stem stub. I've learned through the years that it is easier to knock it off by hitting it against the edge of your counter or taking your knife (broadside) and hitting it a couple times until it pops off.

 After you've got the stem off cut your pumpkin in half. Cleavers work nice but any sharp knife will work just fine. And to get nice round bowls be sure to cut down the middle of the pumpkin so that the stem side and bottom side of pumpkin will be the bottom of your bowls..make sense?

Now for the fun out the pumpkins!
This is where your kiddos can get involved! My kids love to help me clean out the pumpkins. 

They scoop out most of the "guts"separating the seeds in one bowl and guts in another.
(We save our seeds to roast in the oven for a little snack before dinner!)
Then I take over with a spoon (which are awesome for cleaning out pumpkins), scraping out all the extras making a nice clean soup bowl.

And've got yourself a festive soup bowl!
You can do these a day ahead and save them in the refrigerator covered if needed. And for those wondering...No, your soup will not taste like the inside of the pumpkin!

Now enjoy a nice warm bowl delicious Spicy Cheese soup......
in a pumpkin!
Spicy Cheese Soup
1 1/2 C. diced Carrots
1/2 C. diced Onions
1C. diced Celery
1-2 diced Potatoes
2 Tbs. Butter
1 C. Bisquick
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/8 tsp. Red pepper flakes
 (eliminate if kids are sensitive to spicy. This is the only reason it's called Spicy cheese soup)
3 Cans Chicken Broth
2 C Half and Half
2 C. Velveeta cheese, cubed
* Put all chopped veggies in a pot and cover with water. Just enough water to cover the veggies. Add butter and cook until tender. Stir in Bisquick and spices, stirring constantly so Bisquick doesn't stick to bottom of the pot. Remove from heat and gradually stir in chicken broth. Heat to boiling stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute then reduce heat. Add Half and Half and cheese. Cook until melted.
What a fun idea! Jamie also guest-posted her fun "snail art" here on Everyday Art a while back. As you can see, she is one fun gal. :) Glad she is our friend.
What do you serve your family for Halloween night?

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