~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~
*poor picture quality, sorry*
I love the fall, well I love all the seasons but I think the light in fall is especially gorgeous. We had such a fun time carving our Saint O Lanterns this year. Inspired as always by Jessica and her sweet family at Shower of Roses, we set out this year to make sure our pumpkins reflected our faith. We did not carve pumpkins for the past 2 years due to theater commitments. We all made a promise last year that we would enjoy this time of year and all the fun things we missed before (not that we don't enjoy our theater times) Carving Saint O Lanterns was such a hit. Even my son Jonah saw the whale pumpkin on facebook and let us know it made him feel like he was home with us. Many years ago at an Eve of All Saints party he took a Jonah carved pumpkin and won the contest in his age group. All our designs came from Shower of Roses Scribd account or from The Pumpkin Lady.
Joining friends at the park early this week was just the thing to make for happy kids.
We are wrapping up this quarter and all that entails - a break was much appreciated.
Back to pumpkin carving. I decided to make it a party night just for us.
I mean who doesn't love party food, perfect weather, and getting their hands slimy.
Everybody is happy, happy, happy.
Way too much fun with carving.
He insisted he needed his own photo with his pumpkin.
I have more outtakes than the memory on my phone can handle. They would not just look at me and smile. We finally got a great photo because Pete was doing something funny behind me - I don't even want to know what.
We had our Chili Cook Off. Seven chilis to sample and judge.
It was absolutely delicious and SO MUCH FUN.
There was a pork/jalapeno sausage chili (the winner)
Deer chili with tequila
Irish chili with Dubliner cheese
and a few more. I was so impressed with all the creative and delicious ways the chili was prepared.
Pete and I provided basics and family brought in fritos, cheese, sour cream and many other fixins.
Pete also shared his first batch of home brewed beer, it turned out great. He had one other batch this Summer that we don't count because he was learning, this was his first to really go from start to finish and what better way to share than at a chili cook off.
We have scheduled the next cook off for January and the kids voted for a pizza theme. We are going to let it be a contest for the kids this time, I can't wait.
Finally, the best part about carving pumpkins are the roasted pumpkin seeds.
To prepare these:
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Wash seeds really well and try to remove all stringy pumpkin
Blot with paper towels to dry as best you can.
Melt butter (I used 1 stick of butter for the amount you see here, I just guess and there is no way to do this wrong)
Place Seeds in bowl and toss with butter.
Spread out onto prepared cookie sheets
Sprinkle a generous amount of kosher salt
Roast at 375 for about 10 mins, then stir and roast about 5 mins more
Watch closely, they can burn quickly but if you pull them out just before burned they are amazing.