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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

pumpkin carvin'

We carved pumpkins last night. I practically had to beg Darren, but he was a good sport about it in the end. Although he did complain about not having a "pumpkin carving kit." What kind of nonsense is that? I'm all about the freestyle. (No offense to those of you who use kits; your pumpkins will always look much better than mine. It's just the principle of the thing.)

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Last year I carved pumpkins with Darren's family. I cut a circle in the top and they all stared at me like I was crazy. They cut squares in the top and I stared at them like they were crazy. To each his own, I suppose.

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Digging out the goo.

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Getting ready to start the fun part. Examine how I'm holding the knife. It isn't a tea party, for crying out loud.

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Now this is more like it. Stab that pumpkin! Stab! Stab!

No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this post.

Although they were harmed last night when I scooped out their insides and chopped them up.

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Our beautiful, beautiful pumpkins. I told Darren his looks like a bat. He told me I was crazy.

I just realized how creepy a smile my pumpkin has. Sort of like a serial killer. Or ax murderer.

That was not my intent.

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Afterwards we pulled out some seeds and cooked 'em up real nice. Very tasty. Here's how you do it:

Wash seeds (duh)
For every 1/2 cup seeds, put 2 cups water in a pot
For every 1 cup water, put in 1/2 tablespoon salt
(Don't look at me; I didn't write these instructions. Yes, it takes some thinking.)
Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and drain.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spread 1 tablespoon olive oil on a baking pan. Spread seeds out in a single layer.
Bake on top rack 10-20 minutes or until nicely browned.
(Darren baked ours for about 15 minutes and told me they should have been baked for longer.)

Enjoy. And believe me, you will.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you...who carves a square into the top?!?! I enjoyed your commentary on all of it :)