Fall Centerpieces: Easy Jack-o’-lan·terns & Other Fun Uses for Zucchinis

I’ve always loved doing crafts and projects with my kids.

In the fall, I’ve always wanted to do a jack-o’-lanterns with them. We have done them from time to time, but it was always so hard to do and that’s why we didn’t do one every year.

Cutting into a pumpkin is not the easiest thing to do and you cannot give the kind of knife it takes to make the pumpkin cuts to a child. So, it seemed to be more of a project to watch then to contribute in.

I am going to share something with you that made me so happy to see and try.

Instead of using pumpkins we can use overgrown Zucchinis!

I got this idea from Pam young, author of the famed Sidetracked Home Executives best selling book and founder of ClubOrganized.Com.

Pam was recently on a daily NBC TV show in her state of Washington called Afternoon Live.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO “Afternoon Live!” Show

…and as a bonus, here is a recipe for the use of zucchini seeds that is posted on KATU, the TV Station that “The Afternoon Live Show” is on.

I can’t wait to make them!!!!


The spicing is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. You’ll need a large zucchini. The seeds of small zucchini are soft and juicy and will not work for this.

  • Seeds from a giant zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt to taste (about half teaspoon)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

To remove the seeds from your giant zucchini, scrape out the fleshy, seed-riddled center portion of the vegetable with a melon baller. Separate the large, woody seeds from the flesh. Soak in a bowl of water for a few minutes to remove more of the flesh and strings. Bring salted water to a boil, add the seeds, simmer for 10 minutes, drain.

Preheat the oven to 250 F. Spread the drained (but still wet) seeds on a baking sheet. Bake them for about 15 minutes until they are somewhat dry.

Meanwhile, combine the spices, salt and sugar. When the seeds are no longer soaked, remove them from the oven.

Turn the oven up to 325 F. Drizzle – but don’t douse – the seeds with olive oil to coat, sprinkle the seeds with the spice mixture (you may not need all of it) and mix thoroughly. Bake for about 15 minutes until the seeds are nice and toasty, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully as they can burn easily.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve done!

Pam and I are doing a LIVE ONLINE prepare for the Holidays workshop on October 26th CLICK HERE to be a part of it!

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jeannine - Reply

love you kathy !!!!!!

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    Thanks! Are you going to try and make one?

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