Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Fun!

Tonight was a very busy night tonight!  I made pumpkin shaped sandwiches for Marcus' class tomorrow.  They are having their class party in the morning.  We also carved the pumpkin we selected at Yesterland Farm.  Marcus was very eager to help with everything!  I just couldn't let the seeds go to waste.  So, I decided to make Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds.

These are very easy to make and are a delicious snack!  You clean and dry the seeds.  It's ok it they're still slightly moist.  Melt 1-2 tsp butter and add to seeds.  I used 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp sugar.  They turned out pretty good, but next time we will add a little more sugar.  Next, you bake for about an hour at 300 degrees.  Stir about every 15 minutes. Cool and serve! 

For those who know Marcus best, they know Elmo is a "must have" in our home.  So naturally, we found an Elmo pumpkin pattern to use!  It turned out really great!  Marcus hasn't seen it yet, because I put him to bed while Daddy was still carving.  I can't wait until the morning when he discovers his Elmo pumpkin!  I can already hear his little voice saying it!

Tonight was a success and I can't wait to see Marcus' face light up while he's discovering the magic of the holiday for the first time!

Pumpkin shaped sandwich

Daddy digging out seeds.  Mommy separating pulp from seeds.  Marcus thinking we're nuts! 
It's a dirty job, but someone had to do it!

Marcus just had to have a bite!  He wasn't impressed!
Helping Daddy map out the jack o lantern.

Elmo Jack o Lantern!!! 

Adding melted butter to the cleaned and dried seeds.

Sprinkling cinnamon and sugar.

Stirring the mixture.

Pour to bake.

Finished product.  Yummy!

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