As much as I enjoy celebrating Halloween, we're not really big pumpkin carvers. I think it's because the girls are not really big on the mess that is pumpkin carving...mainly the sticking their hands inside a slimy pumpkin to pull out it's guts part. (Need proof? Watch this.) But this year we have special pumpkins from Nebraska that were grown by the girls' Great Grandpa, so there was no question as to if there would be carving or not.
I'm thankful for Scott's help in both getting the pumpkins ready for carving (which some how ended up being my job) and a little clean-up detailing after I got the designs cut in.
We cheated a little with the design step, using free templates we printed from cyberspace rather than coming up with original designs. But in the end the girls were each very happy with their chosen designs and that's all that matters. After cleaning up I washed and roasted the seeds, half of which I spiced with some salt, smoked paprika, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and Sarracha. The are only slightly addicting.
(Now if only we had a handle on this year's costumes.)
Happy haunting all!