I carved my pumpkin yesterday. We had retrieved the large orange guy from the Farmer’s Market in Raleigh.  The Farmer’s Market this time of year is a wealth of “pumpkinness”.

Before I started, I went to several sites online to find some patterns or ideas for carving the Jack-O-Lantern.  I found the right one.

I went to Wal-Mart and bought a small carving tool for less than $2, but I misplaced it, so it was a simple serrated-edged knife that helped in the carving.

I sawed the top off,

dipped my hand inside and pulled out the innards, discarding everything but most of the seeds.

A yucky job, but someone has to do it. I’m a little alergic to pumpkin, on my skin, that is. And, I guess I remember after I carve the pumpkin every year. Oh well, one allergy pill down and “A Okay”.

The seeds, I’ll try my Cinnamon-Cayenne spices later when I bake them….always a good TREAT.

So, for the TRICK, cutting out eyeballs without them breaking. One fell off, “eeek,” I exclaimed. Then with the help of a knowledgeable handyman, screwed in the “eyeball” securely into the pumpkin. (Oblivious to anyone just passing by the pumpkin while it’s lit up at night).

So, now we have a Jack on the front porch. Boo Scary!! 


About amrecipes

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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