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Halloween: Carving Pumpkins and Roasting Seeds

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Awesome pumpkin carving.

Awesome pumpkin carving.

Carve Awesome Pumpkins!

Autumn: a time when the weather starts to cool, the leaves change and fall, and children run into leaf piles with reckless abandon.

They also like to carve pumpkins, too.

Did you ever want to try to do a fancy pumpkin carving? You’ve seen those kits in the stores and wondered if they really work - you know you have.

I decided to buy one and see if I could carve like a pro. I mean I can chop wood like a pro, what’s it to me to wield a little saw as compared to a big one?

Well, I found out that there’s a lot to it. While you can create a great pumpkin carving, the directions on those kits leave a lot to be desired.

With a little time and patience, you can impress friends and family with your orange-globed carvings. But, it won’t happen overnight. I also found that it’s not a job for little fingers.

Yes, little ones shouldn’t be wielding knives, but you can give them some other fun things to do – like helping out with the design, separating the seeds from the pulp, drying out pumpkin seeds to be eaten later, or even using a blender (if they’re a little older) to chop up the pulp to make some pumpkin bread or pumpkin whoopie pies!

In this article, I’ll show you how to carve a pumpkin like a pro, roast pumpkin seeds and make pumpkin bread – all from one pumpkin!

Prep the Pumpkin

Before you even think about taking a knife to a pumpkin, let me be the first to tell you that no matter how clean you like things, the end result will have you running to the sink trying to get orange stringy pulp off your hands. Fun if you like that sort of thing, but I’m not big on getting my tools sticky.

Do yourself a favor: get your work area ready. Your life will be less of a stringy orange mess and your work move along a little easier.

What You’ll Need:

Newspaper

A solution of 1:1 distilled vinegar and water (optional) - you can just use water or a bit of soapy water

Medium-sized knife

Sharpie

Paper towels

Pumpkin carving kit

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