Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Carving

We finally worked our way around to carving those pumpkins we "picked" last weekend. To include the younger ones in on the fun, we also painted little pumpkins. Skipper made a face. Critter started out making one but ended up in a fall patchwork. And Miss Bear just had fun dabbling and mixing. Hey, it's modern art. I brought out the acrylics and once it dries, I will spray with a seal coating to help protect against the elements.

Critter on the left, Miss Bear on the right.

Skipper - whose orange face blends in a little too well.

For the carving, Skipper was old enough this year to try his hand. All the kids helped us scoop and clear out the innards. While I separated the seeds for roasting, Skipper, with the help of dad, drew on a face, and cut it out. He opted for a traditional pumpkin face. I think he looks friendly.

The saint-o-lantern was my project this year. I was drawn to the mother and child image. The kids saw the face right away but my husband still has a difficult time seeing it. What do you think?

If you do a saint-o-lantern, submit your picture at Catholic Cuisine's Saint-O-Lantern Link-Up. It is so fun to see what others come up with!

And do not forget to keep those seeds to roast for a healthy, tasty snack! Do a quick clean. Toss some seeds, canola oil, and seasonings (we like sugar/cinnamon and simple salt versions) in a bowl. Spread in one layer on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Slow roast them at 200 degrees for 2 hours, or more if needed, stirring now and then, until seeds start to dry and get a crunch to them. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


  1. beautiful pumpkin carvings. thanks for sharing.

  2. Great Job Nicole! I can definitely see mother and child! Love, Lori


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