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pumpkin.2014:gilligan

Each year I carve a pumpkin. Not necessarily the standard jack-o-lantern, but we do roast the seeds and light it up for as long as the poor thing will last in the elements. I had a hard time choosing a design this year and had to go with the Text Poll Your a Friends method. In the end Gilligan won hands down. (And this was definitely a faster project than that 3 hour cruise…).

First one needs to poke some holes into the pumpkin around the pertinent areas in the pattern and slowly begin to remove the sections.

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A little direction from the Skipper and Ginger and we’re ready to give it a go!

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These are just a few of my favorites from over the years. Definitely a lot of fun. And my parents are so proud – think of all that money they spent on art school for me to carve pumpkins!! (though I did win a $20 gift card to a Thai restaurant in a carving contest though…..)

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napoleon.pumpkin.&.seeds

Every few years I take some time to carve a fun pumpkin. 2 years ago it was the pope, and in years past Bill Cosby as well as Hillary Clinton have been featured. It’s a bit of work, and a lot of fun, and of course my parents are super impressed with all the money they spent on “art school” for me to carve pumpkins. I won a $20 gift card to a Thai restaurant in a contest once (totally helps with those student loans!)

I was torn between RuPaul, the Last Supper and Napoleon…but we obviously know who won.

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These kinds of pumpkins always look pretty terrible when not lit in the almost complete dark (as you can see), but the seeds are amazing when roasted no matter what’s happening with daylight savings time.

  • Rinse and separate seeds from guts
  • Spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet, sprinkle with salt & pepper, drizzle a bit more oil
  • Bake @ 350* for 30-45 minutes, pushing them around every 10 minutes or so to toast equally
  • Stuff face

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