The flavor of the season is pumpkin, so why not inject a Pumpkin Poetry unit into your lesson plans and then enjoy some pumpkin pie ice cream!
Pumpkin Poetry is a colorful 28 page Language Arts unit which students can use to create several forms of poetry: Acrostic, Diamante, Haiku, Limerick, Monorhyme, Cinquain, Minute, Tanka and Shape. (Preview the Pumpkin Poetry unit here) To download the unit, go to: Available Downloads (under the Holiday and Seasonal Related category).
When you are ready to make some delicious pumpkin pie ice cream, just follow the recipe below:
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
- 4 cups half and half
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 vanilla beans
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 7.5 oz canned pumpkin
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Combine all dairy into a saucepan along with the sugar. Split and scrape the vanilla beans into the dairy and sugar mixture. Bring to 170 degrees F. to dissolve sugar then let cool at room temperature. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. While dairy is heating, grate nutmeg into pumpkin and add the other spices. Mix in a bowl to combine and chill overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, take pumpkin and dairy mixture out. Filter dairy mixture to remove large vanilla bean pieces. Add some of the dairy mixture to the pumpkin and mix well to loosen it up. Then mix both the dairy and pumpkin together. Freeze in your ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the ice cream harden for at least two hours unless serving all immediately.
Looking for a great place to find that perfect pumpkin? Check out these Colorado farms/patches:
- Cottonwood Farm, Boulder CO
- Berry Patch Farms, Brighton CO
- Hill’s Harvest, Thornton CO
- Rock Creek Farms, Broomfield CO
- Carpenter’s Helper Pumpkin, Littleton CO
- The Great Pumpkin Patch, Lakewood CO
- Flat Acres Farm Amazing Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Parker CO
- May Farms, Byers CO (This is probably the recommended one out East)
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