Pumpkin Poem Gift Idea with Recipes & Printable Pattern

Posted by Irene Delano on 10/10/2017

 

The Pumpkin Poem is such a fun gift to share during the month of October. The Pumpkin Poem itself is unique because it uses such a sweet illustration of how we are before God, and simply shares the gospel.

I was given this poem about 10 years ago and have shared it over the years with friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers. Typically, I will give the whole pumpkin gift to my recipients who have children still at home. For anyone without children, I love to bake pumpkin spice bread, no-bake cookies, or seasonal treats and place into disposable bags or containers and attach the poem card tied with a huge seasonal satin bow.

Both gift options will bring joy, and perhaps God will use you to spark a conversation within those who you’ve shown the love of Christ and hospitality.

Irene Delano

Note: Do you love ideas and posts like this one? Do you want more ideas on how to be purposeful in your gifts to others? If you do, then you will definitely want to see Irene live at our next Keepers Connection! Save the date of January 25, 2018 and join other ladies around Oklahoma and surrounding states as we gather to learn and laugh together. 

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Pumpkin Poem Pattern

Click for Pumpkin Poem Pattern that you can print and use.

  • Be sure to check the 'Open in a New Window' checkbox. 
  • The actual pattern has 4 pumpkins on it so you just make a few trims and they are ready to use.

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Pumpkin Poem & Gifting Pumpkin 

Supplies:

  • White medium sized pumpkin- one that sits upright is best
  • Two yards, one of each color of contrasting tulle mesh netting, can have sparkles, glitter or normal tulle fabric netting
  • Inexpensive pumpkin carving tool or kits
  • Various seasonal ribbons use at least two styles for contrast. Can be scraps, approximately 12 inches is needed
  • White printer paper or White card stock –Printer with colored ink
  • Scissors

*Optional items to use if you have them, but not needed *

  • Hole punch for poem cards *
  • Pumpkin face stickers to include *
  • Small white candle *
  • Clear cello party bag to hold or attach the stickers, tool or candle *

Steps:

  1. If needed wipe or wash off pumpkin so it’s clean
  2. Next place both pieces of tulle opposite of each other so you have 8 corners showing, instead of two squares of tulle stacked. This gives the flowy top effect.
  3. Gather up all your tulle ends neatly so the fabric is smooth and tightly pulled up centered with top.
  4. Tie a scrap piece of ribbon first tightly, holding the fabric or you can use a rubber band if that’s easier to secure
  5. Next hole punch or make a small hole into the top corner of your pumpkin poem card and attach to Pumpkin using your longer piece of decorative ribbon, tie in a bow. Card should hang in front
  6. If using stickers, tool and candle, assemble in clear bag and give with pumpkin independently or you can tie bag closed and attach to pumpkin with addition scraps of coordinating ribbon.

Additional options for friends, neighbors or teachers, just print off poem cards and attach with ribbon to any seasonal treats.

 Supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store or Wal-Mart

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

  • 1-3/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups Granulated sugar
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon or Nutmeg
  • ½ of a can of pureed pure pumpkin, not sweetened pie filling
  • ¼ cup melted butter, cooled down
  • 2 eggs, beaten

In a medium bowl combine the first six dry ingredients.

In another smaller bowl combine the pumpkin, cooled butter and beaten eggs until well mixed.  Add wet mixture into dry mixture until well blended. Pour mixture into a well-greased or sprayed 9x5 loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 mins. Checking bread near 40 minutes.

 

No-Bake Cookies

  • 1 stick of real butter
  • 1-1/2 cups of Granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of Cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of Milk –(not fat free) whole, 1 or 2% is fine
  • 1 teaspoon of real Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ cup of store bought creamy or crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups of Quick Oats, can use certified Gluten Free Oats as well
  • Long handled wooden spoon

In a medium size sauce- pan add the first four ingredients, mix well on medium heat over stovetop. As butter melts mixture will be about ready to reach boiling stage. When mixture comes to a full boil set timer at 1 minute, gently stirring bubbling mixture with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat after 1 minute and add Vanilla, Salt, and Peanut Butter first until mostly melted, then add Oats last. Quickly incorporate Oats, scoop out onto sheets of wax paper. You can use a large or small scoop depending on preference. Let cool about 1-2 hours before eating and at least 3 hours before gift giving. Store in zip bags or sealed container.

 

 

2 Comments

Sandy Rodriguez Says:
October 10th, 2017 at 8:30 am
Thank you! I love this!

Leigh Ann Hudson Says:
October 11th, 2017 at 7:42 pm
You are very welcome Sandy! We are so blessed to have Irene share her gifts literally and figuratively with us. Thanks for writing and encouraging all of us
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