I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! We had a wonderful evening. We took a long walk late in the afternoon, then came home and make hot tea and cider, grab our Halloween candy and a book and sat on the front porch until the trick-or-treaters came along. It was fun too because all of our neighbors did the same thing and we have some cool neighbors. So we all hung out and talked and oohed and awwwed over the cute little kiddos in thier costumes.
Once it got dark and the trick-or-treating crowd transitioned into teens and adults in street clothes carrying trash sacks, we packed it up and brought our pumpkins inside to carve. One of the things I will never understand about this holiday is how absurd it looks from a food stand point. We Americans, set perfectly good food out on our front porches to rot, which encouraging our kids to go door to door collecting items that are basically chemicals and sugar. Baffles me, but anyhow. My favorite part of Halloween is gutting all of our pumpkins and pulling the seeds out and roasting them. Its such a yummy treat we only get once a year! One year, we went a got a dozen of left over pumpkins the church was just going to toss in the dumpster after the Pumpkin Patch and gutted every single one for the seeds! This year we just had the ones from our front steps though so we took them into to carve while we watched the Wizard of Oz.
After we had gutted and carved our largest pumpkins, I had an idea. I asked T if we could put Ranger in a pumpkin. T was pretty apprehensive at first and worried Ranger would be mad, but after a little coaxing, he agreed.* Ranger was actually pretty non-challant about the whole thing. He just sort of hung out until we were done snapping pics. And the only thing that got messy were his paws.
Oh, and if you are interested in how we roast our seeds here's the basic idea:
Pumpkins seeds cleaned and patted dry
Melted butter (just enough to coat the seeds very lighly)
Wostishire Sauce (same as butter--just enough to lightly coat)
Preheat oven to 350 lay seeds out in a roasting pan and place in oven. Roast for about 20 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and turning and moving with a spatula, or until golden brown.
Lay on a towel to cool and salt to preference.
On the whole it was a great Halloween! How was your Halloween?
*Basically by "a little bit of coaxing" I explained to T that it was either Ranger this year or the baby the next, but that I needed to get putting the dog and or baby in a carved out fruit or veggitable out of my system after seeing this YouTube video. Hehe!