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Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Carving 2011

From L to R: Ben's, mine, and Patrick's
It's that time of the year again, when my children and I bring in the huge pumpkins from the porch so we could carve out Halloween themes on them.
Our pumpkins
I selected these pumpkins from Hannaford grocery store probably a month ago, along with a new pumpkin carving kit (so that this time we had two sets of kits to work with).  It's the fourth year that we have been doing this, and so now it has become a tradition. I have been getting the kits only in the most recent years, though. The kit enabled use to make more complicated and pretty patterns.

working on our pumpkins

We had to pause for the photo.
After we were done, we lit them and placed them out on the porch. Hopefully, they will still be firm by tomorrow night.

I gathered the seeds and brined them, to try roasting them later. The cut out flesh, I also gathered, peeled, boiled, and mashed, because I promised the boys I would make pumpkin whoopie pies that they can have for breakfast tomorrow.


  1. You all did a very good job...very artistic group! Manang, you're so pretty with your short hair. I like you huge kitchen too!!

  2. Thank you, foodbin and MaMely!

    MaMely, with my short hair, pwede na siguro pagkamalan na I'm a older sister of the two boys. Haha! My kitchen is not that huge, really...that area is the dining room already. :) We made a big mess afterwards, but we had fun!


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