Pumpkin Foods with Pumpkin Pie In A Shell Recipe

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Find the 46 manually placed words hidden within this pumpkin foods themed word search with a bonus pumpkin pie in a shell recipe.

This is an Instant Download – A Digital File. No physical item will be shipped.

Upon payment, you will receive:

1 – 4 page PDF file that includes:

1 – Full page word search with words related to pumpkins and pumpkin foods. This page has a picture behind the puzzle and can be framed and left out as a decorative item. All the words in this puzzle have been manually placed – this puzzle has not been generated with a puzzle program.

1 – Full page printer friendly version of the same word search with an orange border.

1 – Full page Pumpkin Pie In A Shell Recipe with a decorative background. This is a delicious recipe.

1 – Answer/information page.

The decorative word search page in this file can be placed in a certificate frame or laminated and worked on with a dry erase marker.

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many puzzles as you like, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit.

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Artichokes

Artichoke

Artichokes are a species of thistle whose edible portion is the flower bud, before
the flowers come into bloom.

How to grow: The instructions below are for zone 9, more information can be found for other regions in the “more info” section below. Look for the Bonnie plants link.


Growing Information

Planting time: Spring/Fall

Sow:
Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost date, late November – early January
Direct sow: Mid-Feb – March
Transplant: Late Feb – late March (after frost)

Germination Time: 10-20 days

Grow Height: 3-4′ tall and 4′ wide.

Spacing: 3′ – 5′ apart. Plant can grow for up to 5 years where they are planted.

Soil: Fertile, well draining soil – sandy or loamy. 5″ of compost into a trench 8″ deep and equally wide.

Sun: Full to partial shade.

Fertilizer: Apply a liquid high-potassium fertilizer (potash) every 2 weeks during periods of active growth. When buds begin to form, apply a 4″ thick layer of compost around each plant, outward 12″.

Harvest: 85-100 days.

Companion Plants: Cucumber, sunflower, corn, peas, tarragon, and members of the cabbage family.

Avoid: Potatoes

Pests/Problems: Slugs, aphids, and botrytis blight
Solutions: Cut off leaves infected with botrytis blight and destroy them. Treat the plant with neem oil (fungicide).
Treat aphids with insecticidal soap.
Use slug traps or baits.

Water: Water about once a week. If soil is heavy and holds moisture, water less often. Hot regions, water more often. Plants won’t survive over watering, and too little will result in loose buds with poor taste. Avoid summer droughts and winter waterlog.

Zones 8 and warmer: After fall harvest, cut plants down to the ground level and mulch with 3-4″ of organic material (dry grass clippings, straw, leaves, ages manure, etc.).


Propagation: Allow plant to bloom and shrivel to brown. Cut dried flower, place it a paper bag indoors for 2 wks, shatter it and gather the seeds. Seed can remain viable for up to 6 years.


Nutrition Facts: 1 Medium Artichoke

60 calories, 13 carbs, .2g fat, 4.2g protein
Vit C 25%, Vit B6 5%, Calcium 5%, Iron 8%, Magnesium 19%

Health Benefits: Artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K, folic acid, manganese, and potassium. They can help with digestive issues, lower cholesterol levels, protect the liver, and may help prevent cancer.

Videos: How to grow, prepare, & eat:

Pizza Project




Pizza History: Timelines, articles, & videos:




Bella Napoli: History of Pizza

History.com: A Slice of History: Pizza Through the Ages

Life In Italy: History of Pizza

Wikipedia: History of Pizza



Cooking and Growing Pizza: 


Make your own pita pizza.


How does a Pizza Garden grow?

How to grow a Pizza Garden.


Fun and Games: 


Pizza Game – Pin the Toppings on the Pizza

Set-Up
Cut out 3 large circles from posterboard or construction paper, each an inch or two smaller than the other; make the largest brown (crust), the next red (sauce), and the smallest white (cheese). Glue them together.

Cut out pizza toppings from a magazine or store flyer, put removeable glue on the back of each piece and store them on waxed paper until you are ready to use them.

How to Play

Have the player remove a topping from the waxed paper and put on a blindfold. Spin them around a few times and head them in the direction of the pizza. Have them stick the topping to the pizza.

Tip: Play this game while waiting for pita pizzas to cook up or for the delivery person.

Pizza Activity – Dough Throwing


Videos



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Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Putty

Here’s a fun way to explore chemistry with this glow-in-the-dark experiment.

You will need:

1T Glue, 1T liquid laundry starch, ½-1 tsp non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint, a 4oz disposable cup, and a craft stick

Directions: Put glow-in-the-dark paint in a small cup, add glue and liquid laundry starch and mix with a craft stick. Put the cup in a sunny window and play with it in a dark place. When it stops glowing, put it back in the sun or shine light on it. When not in use, store in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. More glow paint can be added if needed.

Find out the chemistry behind fun putty and get some fun ways to use it.

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Chocolate Activities

Chocolate Activities by Fran W.
Make a day out of learning about chocolate in some really fun ways!

Learn about chocolate, make an old time chocolate egg cream, find out if chocolate is a fruit or a veggie, and get links to other chocolate resources such as virtual field trips, puzzles and historical information.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Make your own delicious hot cocoa mix and get tips on how to make an extra special treat out of it!

Learn how to make delicious chocolate covered pretzels.

Directions for making your own cocoa lip balm. 

Make your own body wash or bubble bath.
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Chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels by Fran W

Chocolate covered pretzels are really easy and fun to make at any age, and they make a great gift too!

To make your own, you will need…

1-2 1lb Bags of real chocolate chips

Pretzel Rods or your favorite shaped pretzel – 1 Large bag/container or 2 small

Bowl or heat-proof container

Spoon or a fork

Parchment paper

Flat pan

Plastic zip-top bags or long air-tight containers

Optional: Mini chocolate chips, nuts, cookie pieces, crushed peppermint sticks, shredded coconut, candy bits, white chocolate chips, nonpareils candy (sprinkles), sugar crystals, crushed candy such malted milk balls, toffee bars, etc.


What to do…

Melt chocolate in a heat proof container in either the microwave or a double boiler, dip pretzels in chocolate, knock off excess chocolate, place on a parchment covered pan and sprinkle with a favorite topping. When the chocolate hardens put pretzels in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.

Try different types of flavored melting chips too: Milk Chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch chips, peanut butter, etc.

Helpful Tips…

For best results, use real chocolate or melting chips.

When using the double boiler method to melt chocolate, do not get chocolate wet! Water will make the chocolate unusable for dipping pretzels!

If you decide to use small pretzels, put them in the melted chocolate and take them out with a fork. Tap off excess chocolate before putting them on parchment paper and decorate while wet.

To dip pretzel logs, use a tall heat-proof cup or mug and tilt it to cover as much of the pretzel as possible. Use a spoon to cover more space and leave a little pretzel on the bottom so it can be picked up and held easily. Tap off excess before placing on parchment paper.

If needed, put chocolate covered pretzels in a refrigerator for a 5-10 minutes to speed up the cooling process. Warning, if kept in the refrigerator too long, the chocolate may turn white, if this happens, they can still be eaten.

To give as a gift, put pretzels in an air-tight bag or container.

Related activities on Fran’s World of Discovery…

Chocolate Activities
Holiday Gift Wrap

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

One of our favorite winter treats is a steamy hot cup of cocoa and to meet the needs and tastes of everyone in the house, we make our own hot cocoa base and add the items we like the most. 

1/2 c Powdered cocoa
3/4 c Natural sugar
1/2 c Real semi-sweet chocolate chips
Bowl
Spoon
Jars or air-tight container


What to do…

Mix cocoa, sugar and chips in a bowl, then put it into an air-tight container, and add a label. Use 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of boiling water or hot milk. 

Note: Double or triple the recipe if needed.

Tip: Alternative milks go really well with this cocoa.

Turn an ordinary cup of cocoa into a special treat…

We think the best part of hot cocoa is turning each cup into our own special treat! Here are some of the fun combinations we enjoy…

Marshmallow Cream: Mini-marshmallows or marshmallow cream topped with whipped cream.

Candy Cane Swirl: Mini-marshmallows and whipped cream, stir and enjoy with a peppermint candy cane.

Cocoa Caramel: Caramel chips, candy or Nips and mini-marshmallows, topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with a little fresh cocoa.

Mocha Cocoa: Add a little instant or fresh coffee to a cup of hot cocoa, top with fresh whipped cream and sprinkle with finely ground coffee.

Super Chocolaty Cocoa: Add a piece or two of your favorite chocolate bar or a tablespoon or two of chocolate morsels to a cup of hot cocoa, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Coconut Cocoa: 1 tsp of extra virgin coconut oil or coconut creme added to a cup of hot cocoa, topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Toffee Cocoa: Toffee or Heath bits mixed in a cup of hot cocoa and topped with whipped cream.

Other suggestions: Peppermint or other hard candies, vanilla, almond or peppermint extract, candy bits, your favorite chocolate candy, non-dairy creamer, non-dairy whipped topping, coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon, eggnog, etc..

I invite you to experiment with various items until you find the cocoa combo you like the most, then write down your recipe. Share it with us in comments too!

Gift giving…

After making the base, put your mix in an air-tight container, add a label and directions and give it as a gift.

Label making items: Paper, markers/crayons, double-stick tape and yarn.


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Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are a BIG favorite in my family, and my kids and I often make large batches to give to family and friends. 
I hope your family and friends enjoy them as well!

To make them, you will need…


2 T Melted Butter
1/4 c Honey
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 lb Raw Spanish Peanuts or Almonds
Mixing bowl
Spoon or spatula
9×13 Pan
Optional: Parchment paper


What to do…

Mix the butter, honey, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt together in a bowl, then add nuts and mix until they are thoroughly coated. Pour onto parchment paper, place pan a 325 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Be sure to mix the nuts every 10 minutes with a heat-proof spatula.
Leave them on the pan until cooled, then store in an air-tight container.

Helpful tips…

Use parchment paper.

As the honey cools, it creates a delicious candy-like coating. Parchment paper not only makes the nuts much easier to remove, it makes clean-up faster and easier too!

Store nuts in an air-tight container.

An air-tight container keeps the nuts fresh and crunchy for up to 2 weeks….if they last that long!

Adjust the recipe to taste.

Quite a few of my family members LOVE really spicy nuts, so I’ll add much as a tablespoon+ of cayenne pepper to their batch. If you want to kick-up the heat, add an extra 1/8 tsp at a time until you get to the heat level your family enjoys.

If you have family members that don’t like garlic, then leave it out. The sweet, spicy flavor can hold its own! Consider adding a bit more salt instead.

Adjust the salt level to fit the needs of family and friends.

If peanuts are a problem, then use another kind of nut. I’ve made these these with raw almonds and the results are just as delicious, if not more so!

A great gift or party snack!

I’ve been known to put these nuts in jars or festive containers and add them to my gift baskets as a sweet and spicy treat, but they make a great party snack too!

My kids enjoy making their own labels and gift wrap for an extra special touch when gifting them to friends and family members!



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Apple Resources

Mixed Apples by Fran W.


General Information & Facts About Apples & Apple History



Vermont Apples

Washington Apples
Varieties of apples

Apples and More
University of Illinois – Apple facts

Nutritional Information about Apples

Whole Foods: Apples

Apple and Johnny Appleseed Crafts

Apples and Johnny Appleseed Crafts and Coloring
DLTK

Apple Lesson Plans

Michigan Apple Committee: Teacher Resources
Site offers a downloadable PDF

Apples, Apples, Apples Lesson Plan
Scholastic – Most activities do not require the book

Apple Craft
First School

Apple Activities



How to Pick Apples
PickYourOwn.org offers tips for picking apples.
Apple Videos

If you have apple resources to share, please leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the post! Thank you in advance for helping to make this post better!

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Homemade Apple Cider

This beverage is so rich and delicious, it’s like have warm apple pie in a glass!

Ingredients:


2c Apple juice or cider
1T Brown sugar (packed) 
½T Maple syrup
¼tsp Pumpkin pie spice 
1tsp Butter 
Cinnamon stick for stirring  (optional)
Whipped cream

Directions:
Pour apple juice/cider into a medium saucepan and heat on a low setting for about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Heat until steam rises out of the pot (do not boil), and the sugar has melted (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until melted.
Pour cider into heat-proof cups, top with whipped cream, and serve with a cinnamon stick. 

This delicious recipe makes 4 – 1/2 c servings.

Related Apple Activities on Fran’s World:


Fran’s World of Discovery: Apple Resources
Fran’s World of Discovery has created an apple resource page filled with links to other apples sites and videos about apples: How to make an apple puzzle, the health benefits of apples, and how apples grow.


This yummy recipe is an example of one of the activities that can be found in the Johnny Appleseed ebook written by Fran Wisniewski. Click on the link above to learn more or click on the link below to purchase.  

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