For her present Mia chose a twirling ballerina jewelry/music box
Stuffed pumpkin makes a nice presentation
Mia's party is Sunday, but today was her birthday. Three years old! Jaime and I took her to Cold Stone Creamery for a free ice cream. Then we went to the grocery store. Mia got lots of attention with her Tinkerbell outfit and her jewelry box. Everyone could tell she was a special girl today.
I have been wanting to make a stuffed pumpkin. It was not too hard (except for taking the top off that little sugar pumpkin - hard as a gourd!) I cleaned the pumpkin inside and out and rubbed the inside with butter and seasoning. Then I cooked some link sausages and sauteed some onions in the drippings. I cooked a white/wild rice mix and added the sausages, onions and golden raisins and put the whole thing into the pumpkin. I sprayed the outside of the pumpkin with a little cooking oil and baked the whole thing for an hour. I think it looked great and tasted OK, but not a show stopper. BTW - the pumpkin part tastes a lot like acorn squash when baked this way.