Carving Dem Punkin's

After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers. ~Emily Luchetti

Here Come The Pumpkins (Page Two)

Our tummies are full and the knives are sharp... It is time to become artists and make beautifully scary pumpkins to scare off the gouls and ghosts!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016


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See the video of all the "carrings on"!!

Did You Know? - the name Duda is Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, and Slovak: nickname for a player of the bagpipes, from Slavic duda 'bagpipe'.

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Sue readies everything for the pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
The knives come out!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Nick watches the "Ol 'Master"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Ready, willing, and able!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
The equipment is out!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Irene is really getting into the grandma mode!   Here comes Tristan!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Disguised as a "Mild Mannered Little Ol' Grandma"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
The house was ready to receive...

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
She is on a mission!

Quotation To Remember: I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids. ~Robert Brault

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Elbow deep in pumpkin guts!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Work is occuring at an amazing pace

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Grandma... What in the world are they doing to those poor pumpkins?"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Ah ha.... Seed soup!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Seeds and guts! What next!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Lisa delivers the first batch of seeds to the processing facility!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
After cleaning (Paul's job) Sue applies oil to the outside of the seeds
before roasting so the herbs and spices will stick!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
What? The Lone Rangers???

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Work now moves indoors...

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Bob and the ladies...

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Bottle and a tequila glass... DO NOT get them confused!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Robin joins us after the dentist appointment

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Robin must have had some candy a little earlier

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Irene is hard at work creating a beauty!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Another grandma takes over!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
The girls are up to something very different...

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
A black pumpkin?

Quotation To Remember:
As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night,
Let loose upon the Earth till it be light...
~Nicholas Gordon

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Nick has his work cut out for him.... No pun intended!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
They are deciding what the next steps should be!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
See.... There is a difference between boys and girls!
They are reading the instructions!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Irene is just a little cut-up

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
It's taking shape

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Don't get excited... I am just drying!"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Nick picked a great pattern

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Who? Me?"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Mr. Toothy

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Silly looking grin... Just perfect!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Sue brings out the special honey

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
...and jams from our neighbors

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

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 and may have a white outer hull. Some cultivars are hulless, and are grown only for their seed.

The seeds are nutrient-rich, with especially high content of protein, dietary fiber and numerous micronutrients. The word can refer either to the hulled kernel or unhulled whole seed, and most commonly refers to the roasted end product.

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Each tray has two different seasoning on the seeds...

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Oven hot....

Did You Know? - In a 100 gram serving, the seeds are calorie-dense (574 kcal) and an excellent source (20% of the Daily Value, DV, and higher) of protein, dietary fiber, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus (table).

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Paul is selling dental-floss at the front door

Did You Know? - The earliest known evidence of the domestication of Cucurbita dates back 8,000–10,000 years ago, predating the domestication of other crops such as maize and common beans in the region by about 4,000 years. Changes in fruit shape and color indicate intentional breeding of C. pepo occurred by no later than 8,000 years ago

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Yep! I have decided to take him home!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Piles of smiles!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Still reading the instructions?

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
Looks like the carving activities are coming to an end!

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Hey... This is pretty good!"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
The grandma's got an idea....

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Ok already... Let's go inside"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Hey... Quick! I am about to fall over!"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Maybe the pumpkin is about to fall over?"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016
"Oh no! What is she doing now?"

Pumpkin carving with family 10/29/2016