We had our annual carve the pumpkin night. Yippee! I wonder who ever thought of cutting open a pumpkin, scooping out all of the gook, then carving scary faces into the side? Hmmm.. GREAT idea! Or at least it would be if I had the right TOOLS. I seem to have packed mine (along with almost everything else in my life) so I had to make do with some steak knives and a nail!
We tried something different this year – cutting the hole in the BOTTOM of the pumpkin! WHY did I not think of this before? Why bother with trying to fit the lid back on, when you can simply cut a hole in the bottom, then stick the whole thing overtop a LIT candle. No more burning yourself trying lit the silly little candle! Ha! Fabulous! Oh, and another trick, when using a template. After you poke the holes along the pattern and remove the paper – sprinkle flour over the -pumpkin, then wipe away. The flour fills the holes and makes them SO much easier to see. Smart, smart, smart! And one more thing – if you don’t want the cuts to wilt and curl in, just rub some vaseline on the edges for them to stay moist and firm.