October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Weight Limits

A few years ago, my moms of multiples group had its annual Halloween party at a local pumpkin farm. This place is awesome. You can go out to various fields, pick your pumpkin and cut it yourself. We've been going to that farm ever since the party. 
The first time we went, Hubby and I were having so much fun that we let the girls each pick whatever pumpkin they wanted. Watching Hubby struggle to carry each of the pumpkins to the car made us realize we had to set some limits. There was no way I could help him with any of the pumpkins that year because they were so big. Carving them was a real challenge, too. So much pulp to pull out... but plenty of pumpkin seeds to roast.
This year we steered our girls toward smaller pumpkins. If they couldn't lift them, we weren't taking them. (By the way, this particular pumpkin farm charges you by the pumpkin, not by the pound, which makes for a relatively cheap outing, especially since there's no admission fee). They found reasonable pumpkins, thank goodness. On Sunday we got out markers and let them draw the faces they wanted, then Hubby and I carved them. 
I think they turned out pretty nice. You can't tell in this picture, but the pumpkin on the far left has eyelashes. Roo added those with a marker because she wanted to make sure everyone knew it's a girl pumpkin.
This is the first year my girls have enjoyed roasted pumpkin seeds. In the past they would try one and that was it. This time Hubby and I were fighting them for the last few seeds! (I coated the seeds with olive oil, sprinkled on some seasoned salt and roasted them for 30 minutes at 300. Perfect!) I would say we're ready for Halloween!
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3 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love how unique each pumpkin is! And Roo's eyelashes are cute - and the kind of thing Emma would do.

Holly Ann said...

I love the pumpkins! We carved ours last night and we had a lot of fun. Plus, for my 3-year-old twins, it was a great activity for reinforcing recognition of shapes. :)

reanbean said...

My kids still aren't able to do much when it comes to making jack-o'-lanterns. T and I still have to do most of the work, but they do enjoy seeing the glowing faces once they're done. So, to me, it's all worth it.

Happy Halloween!

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