Pumpkin carving with the Kiddos….and what to do with the seeds
So I finally gave in after a couple of days of the crumbs aka kiddos asking to carve pumpkins, dinner was cooking in the crock-pot and making the house smell yummy, so today is the day for pumpkin carving! We brought the pumpkin carving bag in from the Halloween storage – yes I have a dedicated bag, those who know me will not be surprised by that at all! Anyway the bag, I keep a plastic Ziploc bag with all the carving tools, a rubber mallet, a few star-shaped metal cookie cutters, carving stencils and a table cover.
You might wonder why a rubber mallet and cookie cutters? Well I like to add something extra to the back of my pumpkin…..party in the front and party in the back. I use the cookie cutters to make a wonderful star display on the wall behind the pumpkin when its lit up (hammer them in with the mallet to cut the shape in the pumpkin).
Our pumpkin carving crew started; put the table-cloth down, set out the tools each will use and put the pumpkin to be carved on the table. Now time to let the fun begin, this is the first year all three kiddos carved their own pumpkin! I supervised and helped my youngest son a tad, but all in all they did all the work! Proud mama/tantee here! They gutted…….
They designed their very own carving and they carved themselves……the joy going on during this process is absolutely priceless and I am beyond thankful for every second of these moments.
They could not wait until it was dark enough to put a light in their masterpieces – mama did the clean up as my boys admired their work. While my boys were in the bath I set up their pumpkins…..the squeals when they saw the jack-o-lanterns was amazing!
Now onto what to do with those seeds, usually I save all the pumpkins seeds for a friend of mine, let’s call her Robyn. Well this year sorry Robyn I am keeping most of them. As much as I love Halloween I have never tried roasted pumpkin seeds, I probably should have my Halloween card revoked for that, it is about time I gave it a try. I followed a recipe (not sure I can really call it a recipe since it’s so stinking simple), here is the recipe:
- preheat oven to 300 degrees
- clean off major pumpkin chunks from the seeds
- toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with melted butter (2 tsp per 1-1/2 cup seeds), salt and garlic powder (optional)
- spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet
- bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown
Seeds all baked…..sitting on the counter and the hubs tries one and says “eh not bad” – so I try one – let me just say – Robyn you will get all the seeds next time – I am not a fan – maybe it was the “recipe” or maybe not – all I know is Robyn the seeds are all yours girlfriend!
If you have a pumpkin seed recipe that you love, please share – I want to love pumpkin seeds I really do – but the recipe I tried isn’t making that happen!
Bye for now!