Pumpkins galore!

The weekend before Halloween and that means pumpkin carving! Of course, these will have to sit in buckets of water to keep from shriveling until Thursday, but who is to pass up a chance to get together, right?

Last minute pumpkin shopping. My mother clued us in to a sale of $3 pumpkins. I thought they would be picked over, but there were still a lot left!

We got 3 pumpkins because at $3, why wouldn’t you? :mrgreen:

We made the pumpkin dump cake for the family since they never got to try any of the one I made for my garden club and John wanted it again.


We also had apple slices and my sister brought pumpkin bread.  Plus I made a loaded baked potato dip. (My family will never starve when we get together 🙄  )This is just cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and a bit of hot sauce.


My father said this may have supplanted his favorite onion dip!  I figured he would enjoy this and I was right.

The mess being made!


Pixie seemed like she didn’t quite know what to do.


My planned design:


I always worry about cutting it out wrong once the pattern is transferred to the pumpkin! All turned out good, though.


My sister brought a pumpkin kit that I can’t remember the name of where you just do a design in the skin without cutting all the way through. Here is that:


After carving, the nieces got manicures and my  mom put on her black widow costume, which I should have gotten a picture of 😀

All the pumpkins in a row:




John decided to do a Broncos pumpkin, which came out really good!


I have one other pumpkin to carve that I will probably do on Wednesday night.

Always a fun time getting together!  Biking update – this week was slim pickings, but I did get in some riding and mileage sits at 2388  – that’s 112 miles to go!

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28 thoughts on “Pumpkins galore!

  1. Lori's Mom

    We had a great time! Thanks for hosting another fun party! Pixie is so cute. Looks like she has turned her back on all of us.

  2. Kimberley

    I am all caught up again. Love the Pixie pics! She is just lovely. The dip looks so good! I was hoping to see close ups of the pumpkins and my wish was granted. What a great job!

  3. Kim

    So very cool that y’all get together and turn pumpkin carving into a big event!!!
    Love the picture of all the pumpkins on the rail – we haven’t carved pumpkins this year – not sure it will happen this week either.
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  4. Helen

    You make me want to carve a pumpkin! When Little Helen was home we did it and always looked forward to roasting the seeds afterwards. I do think that in-shell pumpkin seeds are a bit fibrous and you definitely have to have a taste for them.
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  5. Shelley B

    How fun! You make me want to go carve a pumpkin…haven’t done one in a few years (coincidentally since the kids left home). I’ve also wanted to try that skin carving technique (sounds a little gruesome out of context, haha) – they all look great.

    Oh and I love pumpkin seeds, so there’s that. Hmmm, I think I will head out to the store!
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  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    The pumpkins look amazing! Love the Enter If You Dare one! I don’t know if I would have dared carving it… 🙂 And you got such a great deal on your pumpkins! I took the kid to an overpriced pumpkin patch, and we paid $5 for a pretty small one…
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  7. deb

    No more pumpkin carving for this kid! Did it all the while daughter was growing up but once she left
    home i said no more for me! Now i buy the fake kind. Light them up at night and you can’t
    tell the difference. But it must be so much fun doing it with your family…Daughter would stick
    her hand in it and go ‘Eewwwww’ and mom did the rest…..sigh…. Yours look terriffic!! Happy Halloween Lori!!! Hugs! deb
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