Get You Knifes & Creative Juices Ready... 10/28/2017
We arrived home after a big Nepalese meal and are ready to carve the pumpkins. We have eighteen of them to cleanup and carve! Becca is looking for a special stencil on-line for Lilly.... Bet it's a Disney theme! Beauty and the Beast!
Grandma Sue looks on... After so many years, everyone is on "automatic". Grandma can just sit and watch the activities!
No supervision required!
Robin is making her choice for the afternoon
We tried something new... Using the patio table... Worked just fine!
Beer and sharp instruments?
Irene gets right down to work!
Grandma Luisa is working hard!
Hard at work!
Nick has got this down to a science!
Did You Know? - Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop. The more of the pumpkin you scrape away, the more light will shine through the surface. Make sure you scrape the bottom until it is flat so your light source won't fall over inside the pumpkin.
Paul found out about this technique on the Internet!
Paul used the Makita... Works great!
We hope Sue did not find out what Paul has been up too!
Nick provides the necessary level of kibitzing
Working pretty well.. The pumplin was cleaned out in two minutes flat
The strings seem to fall off with ease... No more scraping!
Miss Lilly assists in the cleaning process
Paul gets ready to turn over the cleaning chore to the next generations!
Paul & Sue had great ideas... We
better get some new mixers from Amazon
The seeds are ready for roasting
Did You Know? - A pumpkin seed, also known as a pepita (from the Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, "little seed of squash"), is the edible seed of a pumpkin or certain other cultivars of squash. 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.
Working off the calories
Zack goes modern...
Pete stays with traditional methods
Slicer... A great a.k.a.
"Ah Bob... That's the top! Not the behind!
"Silly people... On a pumpkin, the top is the behind!"
They look a wee bit worried
Meanwhile back inside the ladies are going full tilt
Miss Lilly explains to Daddy how to mark the pumpkins!
Parents & Grandparents provide adult supervision!
Lilly offers a new special tool!
The guys are carving up a storm
Luisa gets a start on her masterpiece!
Bob is doing the Steelers with a football! Looking good!
The business end of the patio!
The beater blade worked just fine!
The boys compare notes!
The candle really works quite well!
Did You Know? - A candle is an ignitable wick embedded in wax or another flammable solid substance such as tallow that provides light, and in some cases, a fragrance. It can also be used to provide heat, or used as a method of keeping time.
A candle manufacturer is traditionally known as a chandler. Various devices have been invented to hold candles, from simple tabletop candle holders to elaborate chandeliers.
For a candle to burn, a heat source (commonly a naked flame) is used to light the candle's wick, which melts and vaporizes a small amount of fuel (the wax). Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to ignite and form a constant flame. This flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel; the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action; the liquefied fuel finally vaporizes to burn within the candle's flame.
...and over in corner #1 we have "The Candy Kid"
Glue gun in hand!
Did You Know? - Hot melt adhesive (HMA), also known as hot glue, is a form of thermoplastic adhesive that is commonly sold as solid cylindrical sticks of various diameters designed to be applied using a hot glue gun. The gun uses a continuous-duty heating element to melt the plastic glue, which the user pushes through the gun either with a mechanical trigger mechanism on the gun, or with direct finger pressure. The glue squeezed out of the heated nozzle is initially hot enough to burn and even blister skin. The glue is tacky when hot, and solidifies in a few seconds to one minute. Hot melt adhesives can also be applied by dipping or spraying.
Covers the smell of the Hot Glue Gun
Irene is working hard!
The "Freehand Tree" is looking good!
"I am surrounded by artists!"
Did You Know? - "Chicken Feed" was the original name of the candy with production starting in the 1880's. Wunderlee Candy Company was the first to produce the candy.
Following the 19th century, the Goelitz Confectionary Company (now called Jelly Belly) manufactured the product. Along with other agriculture-inspired treats at the time, the late 19th century, Americas' confectioners sought to market candy corn to a largely rural society.
The Dentist is busy!
Next comes the nose!
Picking your nose if pretty tasty, say what??
Michele stopped cleaning up and began her carving activities!
"I am taking my baby home!"
Heading out with the new baby!
Looking real good...
Nice football, a determined grin, and the free-form tree
Lilly wanted to be a pumpkin!!
Who is the ham?
It's a lineup
Which one is the scariest???
Human or pumpkin?
The workers show their work!
Off and running to the next destination
"Oh dear... Which one is mine??"
Grandma inspects the pumpkins!
"Wow... You are such a sweetie!"
Pete teases Lilly...
Cleanup was easy as we have been doing this so many years now!
Sue and Michele... Looking fresh as daisy's
Bob has a serious moment!
It was a very short moment!
Just one more tookie for the road!
We went to Santa Ana but it was only the Branders, us, and Jan Mongel. we stayed for "dinner", danced a few dances, and went home early. We watched some TV and crashed for the night!
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