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Note to self:  If you take pictures of food, it might be worthwhile to find out if your camera has a food option in its menu.  Well, life is full of discoveries, and my camera does indeed have a “take photos of food” option. So, here’s hoping yellow foods won’t always look orange, red foods won’t always look blue, and white foods will be discernible in future pictures.

I’ve heard people say they are a little pumpkined out with all the recipes floating around the Internet for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I can’t say I blame them.  We’re not even halfway through November, and, yes, a little pumpkin goes a long way.

But, I came across this awesome pumpkin parfait recipe by chance when Toodlebug and I attended a kids’ cooking class at our local zoo.  And it has the word “parfait” in it, so you know it has to be good.  It’s so high brow.  So high society.  Parfait.  You can wow your guests this holiday season with references to parfait and palate and delicious and addicting and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Toodlebug has a “discerning” palate, so, naturally, she didn’t try it.  This was the turning point because had she eaten it herself, I would never have known the joy that is a pumpkin parfait.  I mean, it was just sitting right there, looking at me in all its cookie goodness, so I had to eat it. Sure, it was for kids, but let’s be honest with ourselves, some of the best snacks in the world are supposedly for kids.  Like Nilla Wafers and vanilla frosting.  You’re welcome.

After inhaling it and holding myself back from licking the little container it was in, I found I was thinking about it the rest of the afternoon.  The next day just happened to be grocery day, so I stocked up on ingredients to make this as often as K-Hubs and I wish.  However, I did forget the gingersnaps, and I will say the parfait is better with them.  K-Hubs says it’s like eating pumpkin pie.  I would agree.

Parfait Final Product

Ingredients

¼ AND ¼ cup pumpkin, keep separate
½ AND ⅓ cup vanilla yogurt, keep separate (depending on size of your container, you could make each portion ½)
⅛ AND ⅛ tsp cinnamon (adjust up or down for personal preference), keep separate
3-4 graham cracker wedges
3-4 gingersnap cookies

Top with graham crackers, gingersnaps, or your favorite cookie, crumbled.

Almost finished. Top with graham crackers, gingersnaps, or your favorite cookie, crumbled.

Directions

  • Mix ¼ cup pumpkin and ⅛ tsp cinnamon, set aside
  • Repeat with remaining ¼ cup pumpkin and ⅛ tsp cinnamon, set aside
  • Pour ¼ cup pumpkin mixture into glass
  • Pour ½ cup vanilla yogurt on top of pumpkin mixture
  • Pour remaining ¼ cup pumpkin mixture on top of yogurt
  • Top with remaining ⅓ cup yogurt
  • Decorate or serve with graham cracker wedges and gingersnap cookies

Yields one parfait

Variations

  • Add dash of ground cloves for flavor
  • Add sugar to cinnamon (I didn’t do this but found I needed to really watch how much cinnamon I added to the mixture because when mixed with the pumpkin it was a little tart.)
  • Eat layered as it is or crush the crackers and combine all ingredients (The latter is an especially good choice if the cinnamon is too strong for your liking – the vanilla yogurt tames it)
When I make this now, I combine the cinnamon with the pumpkin.  It gives it an even flavor.  If the vanilla yogurt doesn't sweeten it enough, add a little sugar.

When I make this now, I combine the cinnamon with the pumpkin (unlike what you see in this photo). It gives it an even flavor. If the vanilla yogurt doesn’t sweeten it enough, add a little sugar.

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The craft was such a good idea in my head.  Like floral stirrup pants or the hair brushes with the hairspray pump in the handle.  And easy, too.  I even thought maybe it would be too easy to blog about.

I was mistaken.

I’ve gone on craft sprees before.  Like the wicker sun-bonnet craze that spread through the 80s and 90s and adorned the walls of many a home.  I was in on that.  I decorated my own room in them, and when I ran out of space, God love Mom, she let me spread my love of wicker, ribbon, and floral accouterments throughout the rest of our house. Mauve and green bonnets, country blue and baby pink bonnets.  Gingham.  You could never go wrong with gingham. Don’t look at me like that.  I was 12.  Okay, maybe 16.  I don’t remember.

Glitter felt like a natural segue.

I wasn’t kidding last week when I said I wanted hot pink glitter pumpkins.  Since I couldn’t find any in stores, I had the brilliant idea to make my own.  I wanted a styrofoam pumpkin like this.

Pumpkin I wanted

Note the gouge.  This pumpkin was actually Mom’s.  Then I inherited it. And then Toodlebug found it a few years back, thought it was an apple and tried to eat it.

Bite Mark

Anyway, I found this ceramic pumpkin after Halloween on sale for 80% off and decided one wasn’t enough.  I really needed two.  I can’t imagine why they’d be so cheap or why they were still on the shelf.  Look at it, it’s gorgeous.

Ceramic Pumpkins

Gorgeous.

Anyway, I found them on sale, and they weren’t really what I was going for, but since they were $1.79 each, I thought I’d better take them.

I was really going for something that could be finished to look like this.

Purple Pumpkin

And this.

Orange Pumpkin

I already own these, but they aren’t pink, so they don’t count.

You’ll really need about a gallon of glitter.  And make sure you put down something like newspaper on your work surface before you start.  I almost forgot that step.  Can you just see K-Hubs’ face if I told him I glued hot pink glitter to our kitchen table?  Probably not since you’ve never seen his face.  But it would be bad.

Anyway, I inadvertently glued the pumpkin to the cup.  I think the plastic really adds a touch of class as do the ceramic leaves and flower.  You agree.  I know you do.  And that’s K-Hubs’ hand.  So I guess you’ve seen part of him.

Pumpkin Stuck to Cup

The adhesive I used was really strong.  In the chilly fall weather I had to open all the windows and doors so we didn’t pass out from the fumes.

Because I used spray adhesive, the extra glitter stuck to the newspaper. Somehow I was smart enough to protect the table in the beginning but then forgot why I was protecting it and then labored under the assumption the spray adhesive would just vanish into thin air.  For the record, spray adhesive does not vanish into thin air.  More glitter adhered to the paper than the pumpkin.

Glitter Stuck to Paper

And now I owe Toodlebug more pink glitter since I used all of hers to do about 1/80th of this project.  And the glitter doesn’t even look pink.  It looks purple.  But according to the label, it’s pink.  And really, I thought I’d have lots left over.  I didn’t actually think it would take that much goo to do the project.

Pumpkin Cup Centerpiece

I keep meaning to store the pumpkins elsewhere so I can finish them later.  I honestly have no idea what I was thinking when I decided it was a bright idea to try this.  But here they are, still sitting on the kitchen table like the messes they are, the one still glued to the cup.  Maybe by Christmas I’ll have a better centerpiece.  Maybe a neighbor kid will be selling greenery for a school fundraiser.

Centerpiece2

Oh my God!  Imagine the damage I could do with greenery.