In the spirit of Fall and Halloween this month’s preschool project for mini me was to design a pumpkin. We purchased our pumpkin from Walmart at an affordable $2.98 and decided to personalize it by having mini me draw on it with a sharpie before designing a face, his initials and carving it allowing us to add a tea light candle making the perfect personalized jack-o-lantern! Last year we carved out three small pumpkins and roasted pumpkin seeds. See last years Pumpkin Carving Halloween Fun or our Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe. Below enjoy some pictures from this adventure…
1 1/2 – 2 cups whole pumpkin seeds
vegetable oil spray or melted butter
dash of sea salt or iodized salt to taste
Preheat oven to 300 degrees, mix seeds in bowl
with melted butter or spray with vegetable oil.
Add salt and spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet.
bake for 30-45 minutes or until seeds are golden brown,
We visited Ganyard Hill Farm recently and picked three pumpkins. The next thing we planned to do was design and make jack-o-lanterns and lastly roast the pumpkin seeds. I bought a pumpkin carving party kit and we planned a weekend pumpkin carving event.
The patterns that came in the kit were too big for our pumpkins, so we (actually my sister) had to improvise and draw freehand with a Sharpie on the pumpkins.
Once the patterns were drawn we had to create an opening at the top of the pumpkins and cut it out, then we had to scoop out all the flesh and pumpkin seeds.
Once the flesh and seeds were scooped out we used the saw to carve out the designs.
Once we were done, we let them sit for a while before we placed tea candles in them to be lit. The pumpkins are now living on our front porch by the front door.
Happy Halloween! Stay Tuned for the Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe.