Patterns are for Amateurs

Happy Halloween!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Over here it was packed with a lot of impromptu fun Smile

But the fun didn’t stop there! Last night Shane and I finally got around to doing something we’ve been meaning to do for weeks now. We picked out our pumpkin in the beginning of October, but we finally just carved them last night – the night before Halloween.



We set up shop in the garage, complete with a folding table and chair, Hallowine, Halloween candy, and carving materials.

Silliness ensued:


My favorite part of carving pumpkins is that first scoop in with my hand. I love feeling the pumpkin guts for the first time!

When Shane asked if we should use stencil patterns or just wing it, I obviously said wing it. Patterns are for amateurs.


Which we clearly are not Winking smile

I present to you, Angry Pumpkin and Hill Billy-Jean. lol


I’m not sure about you, but I think these guys could win competitions. But I don’t want to embarrass anyone else’s abilities or anything, so I won’t even enter them Winking smile

This year I also did something I’ve yet to do in past year’s pumpkin carving festivities:


Roasted the pumpkin seeds! Usually I just throw them out, but this year I decided to try roasting them:


I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, so I Googled a bit (by the way, today’s Google homepage is too cool!) to see how to roast them and the recipes varied greatly. Here’s what I did:

seeds from pumpkin

1 tbsp. coconut butter, melted

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. sugar

Wash the pumpkin off of the seeds and lay out to dry on a paper towel for about an hour. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, and then add the seeds. Lay out on a parchment paper-lined pan, and cook for about 45 minutes.


They turned out really good! Slightly sweet and super crispy Smile


When dinner time rolled around, I was feeling extra lazy. In fact, I’d planned on having a bowl of cereal and was actually peeved when I started craving something more savory.

Luckily, there was a quick and easy solution in the pantry:



Doesn’t get much easier than dumping in pan and heating up Smile


I jazzed it up with some shredded cheese + half an avocado.


This morning I just finished training a client, and am now about to head to spin class before getting ready for work. Spin wasn’t on the workout plan, but I’ll be near that gym anyway, and it just sounds really fun today! Open-mouthed smile

Hope everyone has a happy Halloween!

Did you carve a pumpkin this year? Do you use a pattern or just wing it?

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  1. I like HIll Billy-Jean 😉
    We didn’t even get a pumpkin this year! How bad is that? With snow and no power still I’m just not in the spirit of Halloween right now!

  2. We caved pumpkins! I did a kitty face and used a pattern, I am a cheater 😉 haha

  3. Can see that you two don’t need stencils – those pumpkins look good :)
    We don’t do Halloween here in South Africa. It’s not a tradition here.

  4. lol…they could DEFINITELY win! But wise decision – best to let others win!

  5. Nicely done! lol

    I never really got that into carving pumpkins. I think it must be connected to my slight nervousness when it comes to really sharp knives and such. But people are SO good at it!

  6. We still haven’t carved our pumpkins! Life has been too crazy lately. I have a feeling ours will just remain pumpkin fall decoration and lose the Halloween special treatment.

    have a good one!

  7. I didn’t even get to carve a pumpkin this year! My dad left it to the last minute and when he went out to get one, they were all sold out/only the rotten ones were left.

    Last year I carved an amazing pumpkin, freehand, by drawing on it first, and did the Star Trek badge logo (to go with my bf and mine’s matching Star Trek costumes, of course!). Haha :)

  8. Cute pumpkins P!!! We were hoping to carve ours too, but alas, there are just not enough hours in the day :) Maybe we will carve them later this week just for the heck of it – we have a bottle of halloWINE and 4 pumpkins that have been staring at us for 2 weeks (well, the wine has had 3 years to age at our house)!!

  9. I want some hallo-wine too! I have a stash of candy at my desk, which I better give away soon or it’s going to be dangerous hehehe

  10. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever carved a pumpkin before! It does look like fun. :-)

  11. We did not carve pumpkins this year. We have been having a CRAZY autumn and things are going to get even crazier before the end of the year. Maybe next year we’ll carve some pumpkins?

  12. I used a template, no shame in that! =P But… I threw my seeds away. =(

  13. Virginia Chowdary says:

    Happy Halloween Paige!! glad you had a great weekend. I also see you ate an great looking quinoa salad. where can i find that in your blog? thanks!

  14. We carved our pumpkin last night too. We did use a pattern because my stepson wanted a ‘bat kitty.’ It turned out pretty cool. I also roasted the pumpkin seeds because it looked super easy. I’d never had them before in my life and really liked them.
    Your chili looks a lot like mine. Avocado all the way, baby!

  15. cute pumpkins! somehow I didnt carve a pumpkin this year and Im so sad :( maybe I should carve one and just do a turkey or something so that I get my fix. i love pumpkin seeds

    • You know, we didn’t carve one for the past 3 years! I think this might have been our second pumpkin carving session in the (almost 9) years we’ve been together :)

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