Patterns are for Amateurs
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Over here it was packed with a lot of impromptu fun
- I talked about how I’m breaking the fast a little bit later than usual lately
- I ate at my fav Thai restaurant for dinner
- Shane and I went on an adventure and discovered a new winery nearby
- I shot a gun for the first time
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
Hope everyone has a happy Halloween!
Did you carve a pumpkin this year? Do you use a pattern or just wing it?