R. cut out the top and I helped him remove the seeds and the goop. And then I had the honor of designing the face. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I carved a pumpkin. In fact, I can't remember if I've ever done it before. Crazy, I know. So given my limited experience, I decided to go with a simple and safe design:
|My first jack-o-lantern that I can remember!|
It works, no? ;)
Now what to do with the seeds? R. called up his mom for help, who suggested paprika, garlic powder, salt, and olive oil. So we laid the pumpkin seeds out on a cookie sheet and sprinkled on the various ingredients until the seeds looked well-seasoned. We then baked the seeds at 250 degrees, checking and turning every 10 minutes, until the seeds were crunchy. In all, it took about 40 minutes of baking time.
|Roasted Pumpkin Seeds|
The pumpkin seeds were glorious! How could I have missed the tradition of pumpkin carving/seed roasting all these years? I have to say, I was skeptical that I would enjoy carving a pumpkin, but it ended being quite a lot fun.
We'll have to do it again next year. :) I might even try a fancier design for our jack-o-lantern!