The tools of the trade... I feel like every year I talk myself into buying one of those kits... which lands me with about 10 serrated crappy knives. Remember when our parents would use the kitchen knives, and we'd be ORIGINAL!? Well, my husband went with that this year... I did a stencil and though it looks cool, I always feel a bit awkward about it. I mean, Jack-o-Lanterns... three triagles and a mouth... TRADITIONAL.
In Keeping with tradition, Aquaman decided to lick himself silly on pumpkins. Later in the evening I caught him with a small piece of it chewing it like a bone. This dog loves himself some pumpkin!
We ended up carving 3 of the 4 pumpkins. The big round one took more effort, than we thought, and it was getting late!
This year though I tried something different with the seeds... They are TO DIE FOR!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then follow these steps:
Step 1 : Clean most of the gunk off the seeds
Step 2: Boil the Seeds in hot water and salt (season to taste) for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Strain boiled seeds, and remove any additional "gunk". Then, toss with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and if you don't mind a little spice, Cayenne Pepper.
Step 4: Flatten out seeds on a cookie sheet, and top them with a little more salt, pepper and cayenne.
Step 5: Bake for 5 Minutes, then toss and spread flat again, then bake for 7 Minutes and toss, bake for 4 minutes, and toss and then bake for 3 minutes and toss.
Depending on the heat of your oven, keep your eye out on the last few increments though... We like ours crispy! I usually only eat a couple seeds a season, and I couldn't quit putting these seeds in my tummy last night!
Sorry guys - We didn't get around to carving our pumpkins last night... so I'm kind of out of my posting groove this morning. I don't have to work tomorrow morning, so we're going to hack into them tonight, so I'll have to get pictures up!
I get up stupid early for work so I always have to watch my episode of the Walking Dead on Tuesday evenings... so Please, don't spoil it for me ever, but can we just say HOLY CRAP to the season this year?!!!
Every time I think this show cannot surprise me more, it has an episode like this past week... Muahahaha Tainted Meat!
I wanna know, WHO is your favorite WD character?
Mine changes what feels like every week - but I think Daryl will always have my heart.... the hick is just so bad ass!
Traditions have always played a big part in what defines any holiday. Christmas brings unique traditions like putting up a tree and singing carols for strangers. Thanksgiving typically involves football and more food than should be consumed in one sitting. Independence Day is all about fireworks and backyard cookouts. But Halloween
may be richer in tradition than any other holiday.
Children dress up in
costumes and go house to house, asking for candy handouts with the
familiar cry of "trick or treat." There's another Halloween tradition
from Ireland that you can spot on porches all over the United States on
Oct. 31 -- the jack-o'-lantern.
Like most folklore, the history of
the jack-o'-lantern varies a little bit depending on who's telling the
story. But all stories involve a clever drunkard that pulls one over on
Legend has it, in 18th-century Ireland, a foul-mouthed drunk
and disreputable miser named Stingy Jack asked the devil to go have a
drink with him. The devil obliged and when the bill came, there was that
awkward moment that we're all so familiar with. Jack expected the devil
to take care of things, and the devil thought Jack should pony up.
Seeing as how Jack had no money anyway, he convinced the devil to turn
himself into a six pence coin to pay the bill. The devil fell for it and
Jack skipped on the bill and kept the devil at bay by sliding the coin
into his pocket to lay at rest beside a silver cross.
was stuck in Jack's pocket, trapped by the cross, but Jack decided to be
a good egg and let him out, providing that the devil wouldn't come
after Jack for a period of one to 10 years, depending on who you ask.
The devil had no choice but to agree and once the coin was removed, he
turned himself back into the devil and went on his not-so-merry way. At
the end of the agreed upon timeframe, the devil found Jack for a little
Somehow, Jack convinced him to climb a tree in search of an
apple for Jack before they set off for hell. The horned one once again
obliged, only to see Jack carve a cross into the tree trunk, and leaving
the beast stranded again.
Jack must have felt bad, because he
agreed to let the devil down if he promised to never claim his soul for
Hell. The devil was caught between a rock and hard place once again, so
he agreed. When Jack died, St. Peter rejected him at the pearly gates
because of his suspect credentials. The devil wouldn't and couldn't let
Jack in to hell, per their agreement at the tree. In the end, Jack was
given a lump of burning coal by the devil to light his way through
purgatory. Jack carried the coal inside a hollowed out turnip.
families told the tale and began to put carved out turnips in their
windows to prevent Stingy Jack and other ghouls from entering the home.
Some had scary faces carved into them to frighten away any comers. Once
the tradition hit the United States, Irish immigrants soon realized that
the pumpkin, native to the states, was an ideal fruit for carving.
That's why you see jack-o'-lanterns on porches around Halloween.
It's time to launch this year's give away! I don't want to spoil the whole surprise, but I will start with this package of Mini Mates - Frankenstein Monster and Dr. Henry Frankenstein.
There will be a few other Halloween goodies in the box for you as well!
What do you need to do to enter, you may ask?
Well, leave me a comment between now and Halloween, Send me an e-mail or find me on Instagram and let me know you wanna be part of the give away! I will put your name in a bucket and draw the winner on Halloween (Friday)!
You may enter once a day - and if you refer friends over here, I'll give you an additional entry - your friends just have to tell me who referred them!
It's as easy as 1-2-3... comment, Instagram (mrsronnebeck) or
send me an e-mail (Spooky-Scary@outlook(dot)com).