Carvin' Dem Punkins 2017

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

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!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
No supervision required!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Robin is making her choice for the afternoon

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
We tried something new... Using the patio table... Worked just fine!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Beer and sharp instruments?

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Irene gets right down to work!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Grandma Luisa is working hard!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Hard at work!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
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.

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Paul found out about this technique on the Internet!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Paul used the Makita... Works great!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
We hope Sue did not find out what Paul has been up too!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Nick provides the necessary level of kibitzing

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Working pretty well.. The pumplin was cleaned out in two minutes flat

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The strings seem to fall off with ease... No more scraping!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Miss Lilly assists in the cleaning process

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Paul gets ready to turn over the cleaning chore to the next generations!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Paul & Sue had great ideas... We
better get some new mixers from Amazon

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
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.

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Working off the calories

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Zack goes modern...

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Pete stays with traditional methods

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Slicer... A great a.k.a.

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"Ah Bob... That's the top! Not the behind!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"Silly people... On a pumpkin, the top is the behind!"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
They look a wee bit worried

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Meanwhile back inside the ladies are going full tilt

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Miss Lilly explains to Daddy how to mark the pumpkins!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Parents & Grandparents provide adult supervision!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Lilly offers a new special tool!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The guys are carving up a storm

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Luisa gets a start on her masterpiece!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Bob is doing the Steelers with a football! Looking good!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The business end of the patio!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The beater blade worked just fine!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The boys compare notes!

 

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
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.

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Working hard!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
...and over in corner #1 we have "The Candy Kid"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
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.

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Covers the smell of the Hot Glue Gun

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Irene is working hard!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The "Freehand Tree" is looking good!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"I am surrounded by artists!"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

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 Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The Dentist is busy!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Next comes the nose!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Looking good!!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Picking your nose if pretty tasty, say what??

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Finishing touches...

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Concentration

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Michele stopped cleaning up and began her carving activities!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"I am taking my baby home!"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Heading out with the new baby!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Looking real good...

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Pure talents!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Nice football, a determined grin, and the free-form tree

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Lilly wanted to be a pumpkin!!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Who is the ham?

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
It's a lineup

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Which one is the scariest???
Human or pumpkin?

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
The workers show their work!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Off and running to the next destination

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"Oh dear... Which one is mine??"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Grandma inspects the pumpkins!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
"Wow... You are such a sweetie!"

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Pete teases Lilly...

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Cleanup was easy as we have been doing this so many years now!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Sue and Michele... Looking fresh as daisy's

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Bob has a serious moment!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
It was a very short moment!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
All smiles!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017
Just one more tookie for the road!

The Liles' Family pumplin carving 10/28/2017

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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