I had plans of blogging about our fun fall weekend, featuring homemade apple pies, a trip to the pumpkin patch and a gorgeous afternoon at Animal Kingdom. But then I left my camera at work today, and well, you can’t really tell a good story without the picture proof, right?
So, for the sake of story arcs, pretend you saw us visit a pumpkin patch. Here’s one picture that tells you all you need to know about how I’m doing in the battle for E’s heart and mind — I’m losing. To a bunch of princesses. I mean, what says fall like head-to-toe princess gear?
It was a fight I just didn’t feel like having. It’s not like we were going to be drudging through fields, digging pumpkins out of the mud. We get them at a nearby church. They have wagons. And people to carry them to your car. It’s all very civilized. And I learned a valuable lesson — E is never getting another Halloween shirt again. How dare she refuse to wear the cute one I got her specifically for this outing? Kids. They love to torpedo your plans.
Tonight was the main event though — pumpkin carving. We’re traditionalists around here. No fancy monograms, stenciling or cartoon characters for us. Just good old-fashioned scary, crooked faces.
Up first, DadJovi was charged with cutting the perfect lid. I’ve found the lid can make or break a pumpkin. It can’t be too small or your hands won’t fit in. And it can’t be too big because then your pumpkin will cave in sooner. It has to be just right.
Next, it was time for my favorite part — digging the guts out.
E. wasn’t so sure about it at first.
But she finally started to get the hang of it. As DadJovi and I took turns getting that pumpkin cleaned completely out, we also helped E. with the other two pumpkins. We picked up a pack of Pumpkin Push-Ins at CVS. DadJovi was skeptical but we both loved how easy it was. Plus, E. felt like she was playing with a Mr. Potato Head, so she loved it.
Spookily cute! Best $5 I’ve spent in awhile.
We also tried something else new this year — LED tea lights to light up the jack-o-latern. I always worry about leaving a candle burning on our front porch so this is a perfect solution.
OK, ready for the big reveal. Ready, set, BOO!
NOW it feels like Halloween. Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part — the seeds! Our entire house smells of roasted, garlicky pumpkin seeds. I predict they’re gone by morning. So good. Oh so good.
Do you carve pumpkins? What does your pumpkin’s face look like this year? Or has Pinterest made pumpkins like ours a thing of the past? Damn those crafty crafters!