We spent a lovely afternoon, Carol, I and Little D carving out the pumpkin (Carol did it this year, we take turns. This year Carol does the pumpkin and I do Christmas dinner). I scooped out the seeds to make a wonderful and tasty roasted pumpkin seed mix. You can see the images below for all of this but we will spare you the ones of Little D who sat at the table all afternoon munching anything he could get his hands on. We never suspected he would like roasted pumpkin seeds but he does.
Getting down and dirty with the scooping of flesh.
You don't need expensive pumpkin carving kits, just a sharp knife, a felt pen and a steady hand.
There is nothing like a lit pumpkin on top of a washing machine to frighten away the dead. If that doesn't work I will turn it onto spin dry and watch those zombies shuffle away.
That was Carol's work this afternoon, as she was doing this I was busy making the sweet, sticky and very tasty pumpkin seed mix.
Washed seeds are a wonderful thing.
Even better when you add them to a pan of butter, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The results speak for themselves and Little D had to be pulled bodily away from them.
I bet you think that pumpkin carving is a waste of good vegetable. It is if you throw away the pulp, why throw away anything that can make a cake? Here's Carol's wonderful pumpkin cake prior to construction.
And the finished article. All hail the cake!