Tag Archive: pumpkins

Halloween Style

At Spring Rose Cottage we love Fall colors and decorating, especially when it comes to Halloween. This is the first year we have done any decorations on the house since we moved back in. Because of work commitments this year, the decorating fell to the kids.

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First they strung color lights on the porch posts. The left side post is covered in purple lights and the right side is covered in Candy Corn painted lights.

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Then they placed the pumpkins that they had carved on the porch. The two pumpkins closest to the posts were connected into the post lights, so there is no need for a bunch of cords draped across the porch.

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This Witch pumpkin wasn’t cut all the way through, but the design was scraped and carved to show when lit by a big bundle of string lights that is placed inside.

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This Cat pumpkin is a great example of a design that is cut all the way through the pumpkin rind. It is lit by candle placed inside the pumpkin.

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This Spider pumpkin is scraped (not cut out) and the spider has multiple red eyes.

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This Bat pumpkin is cut through and is candle lit.  The lid started to burn, so they removed the lid to allow the heat to escape. The kids enjoyed making the pumpkin designs, decorating, and giving out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. They are already planning what to do for next year.

 

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you are carving a pumpkin for Halloween or Fall Festival, you have to scoop the seeds out anyway, so you may as well collect them up and roast them.

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You don’t have to wash the seeds, but you can if you want. If you wash them, don’t dry them off too much so the salt and spices will stick to them. If you don’t wash them, you can put 2 teaspoons of oil in a small bowl and coat the pumpkin seeds lightly in oil.

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Pre-heat the oven for 300 degrees.

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While the oven is heating up, take the pumpkin seeds and arrange them on an oiled sheet pan in a single layer. You can add salt and any kind of spice flavor that you want. We used curry powder and cayenne pepper. Cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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The Pumpkin Carving Book

By Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell; Photography by Debbie Patterson; Text by Tessa Evelegh

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This is a great little book. It has tips on carving all kinds of squashes, gourds, melons, and pumpkins. Many of the pictures are folk art patterns or whimsical. The book explains the basics about each type of squash and ways to carve them. Also very helpful is the list of tools and how to use them.

 

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This is a pumpkin that we carved this Halloween season, using the techniques described in the book.

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