Animated Cat Halloween 2014: Time To Carve The Pumpkins

Slice And Dice... Laugh And Giggle

Carving Pumpkins May Now Begin (Page Six)

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We all come back to our home where sixteen pumpkins are awaiting their demise. We have a load of patterns and tools from previous years and two tables set up inside for carving and one table setup outside for "gutting".

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Bob has the sharp knife and cuts the tops

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Liahna is kept at a safe distance

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
"Hey guys! What can I do now?"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Bob is an expert at this process

Did You Know? - Secrets are let out of the bag

• When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through.

• When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy as well as tasty snack. Use a large, heavy metal serving spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the insides. If you will be lighting the pumpkin, the back wall should be scraped as smooth as possible since this is where the light will be reflected. A 1-inch thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum.

 

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Scrapping sounds begin... Seeds are flying everywhere

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Serious pumpkin discussions are underway

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Ladies.... Start your scrapping

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Fiona cleans her seeds as she pulls them out of the pumpkin

Did You Know? - Pepita (from Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, "little seed of squash") is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash (genus Cucurbita).

The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color inside a white hull. The word can refer either to the hulled kernel or unhulled whole seed, and most commonly refers to the roasted end product.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
"Are you sure about this???"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Faces of determination

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Looking pretty good

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Theo wore his shirt... because "it is the only one I have with orange in it"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
"Hey... What about us?"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Under construction

Did You Know? - Pumpkin seeds rival sunflower seeds as the most popular snack in Russia and Ukraine. They are sold in Russian drugstores as a remedy for quelling parasitic infestations such as tapeworms.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
It's a beehive of activity

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
"He he... I got the adults to work so now Theo and I can play!"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Frank enjoys seeing the activities

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
In the kitchen, Mitch is cleaning the seeds so they can be roasted

Did You Know? - The seeds are also good sources of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium.

25 grams of pepitas can provide over 20 percent of the recommended daily iron intake.

Furthermore, just one-fourth cup of pepitas provides approximately 185 mg of magnesium, nearly 50% of the Recommended Daily Intake.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Busy busy

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Meanwhile inside the house

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
"This is looking pretty good!"

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Fiona cleans the lid... Prevents burning

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Lots of seeds are being prepared for roasting

Quotation To Remember: "The Pumpkin is always oranger on the other side of the patch. "

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Do not be afraid.... I will not bite... yet!

Quotation To Remember: People with glass Pumpkins shouldn't throw gourds.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Nick found the blue candy... Scary!

Quotation To Remember: "Pumpkin light, Pumpkin bright, first pumpkin I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, Wish I had a prizewinner tonight. "

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
The first batch is soaking away... Second batch is being cleaned

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Fiona has the most complex pattern we have ever seen

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
A glass of wine helps before the carving begins...

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Prepared to go into the oven... Sprinkled with various spices...
Garlic powder, fajita powder, whatever looks good

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Scrappers make it to Mitch's sink

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Grandma Sue prepares apple sauce from fresh picked apples

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Must have exact tools

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
We are awash in pumpkins

Jokes Not To Tell -

What did one Jack-o-lantern say to the other?
Cut it out!

What is a pumpkin's favorite sport?
Squash

Why do Jack-o-lanterns have stupid smiles on their faces?
You'd have a stupid smile, too, if you had just had all your brains scooped out!

What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi (3.1428571428571428571428571428571)

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
Frostbite!

How do you repair a broken Jack-o-lantern?
Buy a pumpkin patch!

What's black, white, orange, and waddles?
A penguin carrying a Jack-o-lantern.

Why do pumpkins never quarrel?
Because they have no stomach for fighting.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Frank supervises table #2

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Concentration

Quotation To Remember: There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch. ~Robert Brault

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
All the real work is in the planning....

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Little Lisa gets right down to business

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Greg gets some hands-on assistance and expert advice from Liahna

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Luisa has a good one going... Frank enjoys his coffee

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Liahna helps by stirring the seeds....
Mitch makes sure she stays away form the heat

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
The boys are creating masterpieces

Quotation To Remember: Where there is no imagination there is no horror. ~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Fiona begins to cut with precision

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
The banter is enjoyable to hear.... We love family

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Gregor is trying a new technique

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Bob remains very quiet....

Quotation To Remember: There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ~George Carlin

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
More tool selections

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
Paul has the best seat in the house... Can see everything

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
A flurry of activities

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family
What! Franklyn got Paul's perch???

Pumpkin carving October 26th 2014 with family

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