Punkins 2010

Is it a regional thing for people to say, “punkin”?  I can’t decide where all I have heard people say pumpkin that way.  Anyhow, we carved our punkins/pumpkins this weekend.  The kids are super squeamish when it comes to…well, about everything.  Abigail assured us that she could not continue the carving (or even start it really) without nitrile gloves.  Neither kid could bear to actually put their hands into the pumpkins to remove the stuff in fact.

Just to assert my awesomeness (and to remind the kids that I am not mentally stable), I grabbed a handful of the goo and pretended to eat it.  In fact, I did eat some of it which really sealed the deal for the kids!

They did a great job carving their pumpkins.  I saved a bunch of seeds…some for roasting and some for saving to plant next year.  We’ll see how both endeavors turn out later…

I have never seen seeds sprouting inside a pumpkin before but this year, we found several seeds which had good sprouts developing within the parent pumpkin.  I guess it is possible that the pumpkins we got were cannibals but I figure it’s just that the seeds got impatient and started to grow.

So, we lit the jack-o-lanterns and had big fun making spooky sounds and such.  I tried taking pictures and was able to get a few good ones.  I looked at the ones where I moved and believe that they may be even cooler…they sort of have a bit of spookiness to them, don’t you think?

I moved a bunch on purpose…I think it looks like they are leaking fire or something

8 thoughts on “Punkins 2010

  1. Pumpkin GUTS are great fun, your kids don’t realize all of the fun they are missing by wearing gloves. All of that squishy stuff is to the hands like walking barefoot through a barnyard is to the feet.

  2. So awesome!
    Roast those seeds! Yum. I preheat the oven when we carve pumpkins. The seeds get a splash of kosher salt, then in they go… dirty! makes them more flavorful. Love your jolly jack-o-lanterns and the ghostly photo stylin’s!

  3. Cool Jack O’Lanterns, kids!!
    My kids never liked ‘gutting’ the pumpkins either. I always loved doing that part when I was a kid, but I had gutted animals during hunting. The scent is something all it’s own.

  4. Love these pics, especially the leaking ones. I wonder why those seeds were sprouting inside the pumpkin? There has to be a reason for that. Sure wasn’t all the rain because there hasn’t been any.

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