Grover Pumpkin Festival

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, so it didn’t take much convincing for me to check out the Pumpkin festival in the neighboring city of Grover, North Carolina. Just a short drive away,it was a small and friendly little place that had transformed it’s main street into a fall wonderland. There was live music, food, vendors, a corn maze, and virtually every form of activity that involved a pumpkin.

After enjoying the festival, we came home and carved MORE pumpkins and made some of our own treats!

Roasted Rats:

2 lbs ground beef, poultry or pork
1/2  bell pepper, chopped fin
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 cup  crushed crackers 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
 
Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
 1 tsp ground mustard
 
Decoration:
1 ounce uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths
1/2 carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
1 tablespoon frozen green peas
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, pepper, onion, crackers, egg,  and Worcestershire until well mixed. Form into 6 egg shaped ovals and place in shallow pan.
Bake 45 minutes. Pour off fat. Glaze, and use  noodles to form whiskers, carrots for ears, and peas for eyes.   Bake 10 minutes more.

Candy Corn Bark

 
1 sleeve cream filled chocolate cookies, crushed
1/2 thin pretzels,  gently crushed
2 16 oz bags semi sweet chocolate, melted in a double boiler
1 bag candy corns
In a parchment lined pan, make a layer of cookie and pretzel crumbs. Pour melted chocolate over the crumbs and sprinkle candy corns. Using a spatula, smooth mixture and allow to cool. After candy has completely cooled, remove from parchment and break into bite size “bark” pieces.

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