I did some pumpkin carving Saturday evening. I carved one first but then I felt he needed a buddy to party with so I carved the other pumpkin as well. I managed to find my pumpkin carving tool from Crate and Barrel, and that sure made the job a whole lot easier than just using the spoon I had started with. Tonight I will light my pumpkin friends and celebrate Halloween.
We have the candy in case the kids get it right and show up. Actually one of our neighbors that is American came by yesterday and asked if it was ok if came by with a group of kids for trick and treat. He brought candy in case we did not have any but we told him we had plenty of candy. Heck we know how to do this :-)
Tonight for dinner I am making pumpkin soup using my favorite pumpkin, the butternut squash. I love to just slice it up and roast it in the oven with some herbs, salt and pepper. When I do it in the oven I don't bother peeling it because the peel does become tender and soft enough so you can eat it. But as I am making soup today I did peel it. I also collected the seeds that are really yummy and crunchy.
I roasted the seeds from the pumpkins that I carved for Halloween in the oven. You just spread them out in a baking pan, set the oven on 175 C (350 F). You can add some spices if you like or drizzle a little olive oil on them. This time I just added some cinnamon and orange peel. Make sure they don't burn and toss them around once or twice. They are done in about 15 minutes. These made the entire kitchen smell divine. These will be perfect to add to some oatmeal or to add to breakfast cereal. You can also add salt and some herbs and then use them on salad.
So tonight I have to be home in time for the kids that are coming around 6:30
pm. Here are some of the costumes I have had when celebrating Halloween in the States. Tonight I won't be wearing any costume but at least I am wearing black and orange (Halloween colors) today.
Happy Halloween y'all!