Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkins and bows

We picked up MORE pumpkins today after the soccer game. Madi and I carved hers as soon as Mallory went down for her nap. I will help Mallory carve hers tomorrow after church, but I could not do both of the girls at once. Daddy was watching Georgia Football, so we knew we were not getting anything out of him! Perfect time to ask him if I can go shopping! "sure,sure honey,what ever,OK, shhhh..., what the @%$#@*%$#@ Stafford! Who are you throwing to?"

Yes, Madi has on a sleeveless pink tank top, blue and white checkered shorts, and no bow! It is still so hot here. The girls were swimming with Bill last night at 8:30!

Do not throw away those pumpkin seeds!
Preheat oven to 300ยบ F. While it's O.K. to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (it adds flavor), clean off any major chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. You can do garlic salt or go the sweet way with cinnamon and sugar. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. (or spray with cooking spray).
Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
These are still drying. I let them dry out over night before I season and bake.

Madi with her pumpkin! She is so proud of herself. This was really fun. I enjoyed spending some one on one time with her. It will be Mallory's turn tomorrow.
Please ignore my dirt porch. I had to replace a topiary tree, and I haven't cleaned it up yet!

The pumpkin is shiny because Martha Stewart said to rub chapstick along the edges where you cut and it will help it last longer. We will see. I used Vaseline and Madi helped. Can you tell?

Yes ladies, my pumpkins have always had bows. What did you expect?

Just 3 more pumpkins to go.

Ashlyn,Mallory and Allie Grace


The Pink Owl said...

I love carving pumpkins! Hope you have a great weekend!

melissa said...

Just can across your blog through another blogging friend. We are almost neighbors! - I live in Winter Park.
You have a such beautiful family - your girls are just darling!! Precious pup too! Oh what I would give to have even just one girl to dress in bishop dresses, monograms and bows! It's an obsession with me, but not meanat to be - I have 3 boys! ;)
Love you pumpkins. I also tie a bow on mine:) and we finally have some cool weather today. Looks like a beautiful day in Florida!!

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Kiss My Tiara said...

Pumpkins with bows on them! I think we are soul mates!

Lori said...

Your jack-o-lanterns are beautiful! I tried the Vaseline thing this year but it didn't work for me, maybe I waited too long?
These pictures are gorgeous, bow or not! :)

Lori said...

Oh and we love pumpkin seeds too, the boys gobble them up!

Mel said...

of course the pumpkins have bows! ya, pictures, know if I missed any part of mom's Thanksgiving she would tell the world she never had a daughter ;-) I seriously hope to see you soon though ,its been OVER a year..

Montee said...

Great pumpkins! Thanks for the Martha tip. It is warm here too but the evenings are getting nice and cool.We are still wearing shorts. I bought a couple of big pumpkins and some smaller ones this past Saturday. I painted the big pumpkins off-white and sprinkled glitter on them. They are in urns on my dining room table.

The Golf Widow said...

Great carving job! My girls love to roast the seeds,too. Sweet Cinnamon ones sound yummy!
Bows make the pumpkins look finished. My girls get up set when I put a bow on their "daddy's" pumkpin(the largest one we have)because it's a boy pumpkin.Even they know he's out numbered :)

Jo said...

I love the jack~o~lanterns with the bows! Everything is always better with a bow!


ilovepink said...

Sooo cute! I put bows on my pumpkins too!