|Sammy as Clifford|
We did our pumpkins this morning so I'll have to share pics of those too...
Sammy isn't too interested in getting dirty so I scraped the insides loose and he helped scoop the guts out into a bowl. That was about the extent of his interest in pumpkin carving this year so I pretty much did all the work, which is fine, because I love carving pumpkins!
We saved a bowl full of seeds to roast later. You can find a recipe on my Junk Mail Gems blog here, as well as instructions and recipes to turn your pumpkin into pie and bread after Halloween.
If you're new to pumpkin carving, here are a few tips...
1) as shown above, don't just cut a circle, put a "V" shape somewhere around your circle. This will help you line the lid up perfectly every time when you cover it. Little trick I learned from my dad!
2) Cut at an angle as shown above. If you cut straight, your lid won't sit on top; it'll fall inside!
3) Make sure you cut the hole big enough for your hand to get in, and more importantly, out of the pumpkin to clean it out!
So, Here's what I did this year...
Toby loves George, as we've established earlier, so I made him a George pumpkin! I was gonna just do a face, but found this image of George floating away on his kite on a Google image search and liked it. I used some brown acrylic paint and a sharpie for the black.
I found it on Pinterest! The original link can be found here, on Country Living. Such a fun idea. I didn't use their templates but they are easy enough! I used a drill for the little holes and a permanent marker for the black. Much simpler than they look.
And last but certainly not least, the semi-truck monster truck pumpkin! Sammy is currently obsessed with monster trucks, and wanted a monster truck pumpkin. We scrolled through images of monster trucks on the web and chose this one that looks like a big rig. I think my new favorite pumpkin carving tool is my cordless drill! I used it for all the round lights, and also for the corners of all the spots I cut out. I used some paint pens for the color and the metallic silver, which worked great!
After a little pumpkin carving, fun with Play Doh, and playing in the yard, we had lunch. I made some "super special cheesy Halloween toast"...
So, that's our day so far! The boys are resting up now so they'll have lots of energy to go trick-or-treating with Daddy after supper!
Hope you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!!