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It’s that golden time of year, the time when the stores and our gardens are filled with the warm hues of pumpkins and squashes. My appreciation for pumpkins began at a young age, when every year I would look forward to the fall and winter when my grandma would bake pumpkin pie. As I grew, my affection for pumpkins matured and I found myself appreciating all sorts of squash delights. My healthy obsession (literally healthy) has inspired me this autumn to fully embrace these somewhat strange fruits in a variety of ways. So if you’re looking to add more gourds into your life, let me help you out:

1. Pumpkin Carving
Get creative with it, seriously, go all out. This doesn’t just need to be for Halloween, use these ideas to have carved pumpkins for decorating throughout the whole season.

2. Butternut Squash Soup
Use this recipe to warm yourself on a cold day.

3. Butternut Squash Loaf
All the spices of a pumpkin spice latte in this loaf, do I need to say more?

4. Pumpkin Pie
I can’t share my recipe for this one; it’s a family secret.

5. Gourd Crafts
This blog shows you how to turn your new obsession into candleholders.

6. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Not only are these seeds tasty, but they also can help in your production of serotonin, giving you a nice mood boost.

If you still need convincing of the magic of pumpkins, just remember, Cinderella had a pumpkin that was a carriage, proving that pumpkins can really do anything.

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