Carving Pumpkins

brandiecraig_pumpkins - CopyWe had tons of folks visiting the pumpkin patch this weekend in search of ‘the perfect pumpkin’.  There were tiny ones going home in the hands of kiddos, and giant ones having to be rolled out of the patch by wheel barrow.

So, some of you may be thinking… Ok, I bought a pumpkin, now what do I do?  Carve it!!  We found some really neat patterns you can trace on your pumpkin and carve.  Check out these free, printable pumpkin carving stencils.  Then, after you cut a hole in the top, scoop out all the ooey-gooey stuff (and seeds) on the inside – try this!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled, raw pumpkin seeds*
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Rinse seeds, and pat dry. Toss together seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Spread in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toasted. Cool completely in pan (about 15 minutes).
  • *Fresh pumpkin seeds may be substituted.
Source: Free, printable pumpkin carving stencils from Better Homes & Gardens bhg.com
Source: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and others from MyRecipies.com

Once you’re all done, show us your carved pumpkin creation!  Share a picture with us on Facebook!!

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