What can't modern technology do?? If you didn't get around to carving a pumpkin this Halloween, you can indulge in this mess free option.
I couldn't even remember the last time I had carved a pumpkin, so Michelle and I decided this was the year. There's a fruit and vegetable store on the bottom floor of my apartment building which makes tasks like these almost too easy. It's 24 hours too -- just in case you have that 4 a.m. craving for an apple! I still don't quite get the 24 hour thing but at least it's good security for the building. So I sent Michelle downstairs to purchase a pumpkin. Her enthusiasm took the reigns, and she proceeded to buy the biggest pumpkin there. Good for the mass of pumpkin seeds inside but a little challenging for carving.
I've always free-formed my pumpkin's face before to okay results. This time, we downloaded a pattern. You pin the pattern onto the pumpkin and stencil it in with a nail. I got bored halfway through so it was good that Ryan and Michelle were there to pick up the slack.
I have to say this was one of the nicest pumpkins I've ever (jointly) carved. I'll go the stencil route in the future.
Unfortunately, when we went to move the pumpkin from one corner to another two days later, we discovered it had already begun to rot. Who knew? Warm apartments and carved pumpkins don't mix. Or maybe we just got a bad pumpkin?
At least the pumkin produced lots of seeds because the best thing about carving a pumpkin is roasting the seeds, in my opinion. I just sprinkled some Cajun spice on mine, along with a touch of chili powder and roasted them until golden and crispy. Ta da.