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Pumpkins galore!

We narrowly escaped the snow for the Northeast!  We were predicted for a lot of snow, but it just skirted us and we only had a dusting.  Thank goodness because twice in 1 week for October would have been too much to handle.   I feel for the people a little south and east of us that were pounded.

It was a more quiet weekend around here.  What better thing to do than to carve pumpkins right before Halloween?

We use the Pumpkin Master patterns and bought a new booklet this year for a change.

 

Pumpkin carving tip:  Photocopy the pattern and reduce or enlarge to the size of your pumpkin so the pattern fits.

You put the pattern on the pumpkin and poke little holes through the pattern to transfer it to the pumpkin.

 

Then you can open the top and clean out the guts.

Thick pumpkin!!! I am saying right here and now that pumpkins stink when you open them up. I love pumpkins, love looking at pumpkins, love eating pumpkin,  but they smell when raw.

We don’t save the seeds.  I remember toasting pumpkin seeds and then never really liking them.  The seeds aren’t the same as the pepitas anyway.  Too fibrous.

Pumpkin carving tip: After you have transferred the pattern, wipe it with cornstarch so you can see the pattern.

Then cut out the pattern, making reference to the paper pattern so you don’t cut the wrong stuff.  Not that I have ever done that!

You can take a break from the carving with some homemade kettle corn, too!  Use oil to pop your corn (coconut is best!). When you put the kernels in to the hot oil, add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the kernels and pop as usual. Sprinkle with salt when it is done.  Voila, homemade kettle corn super easy!

Optional, but tasty!

Pumpkin carving tip:  Scrape the inner wall of the pumpkin thinner behind your pattern.  This will make it easier to carve and easier to see when back lit.

This one is one of my new favorite patterns, it came out so cool!

This witch is stirring a pot, but John said she looks like she is rocking out with a guitar.

John did an ad lib with his pattern and added a couple things. He made the RIP headstone and added a crescent moon. He is such a rebel!

Who says kids get all the fun on Halloween?

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