No Stress Pumpkin Carving
I adore most things autumn. Cool, crisp weather. Hot drinks. Pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies. Butternut squash soup. Football games. Changing leaves. It’s all so wonderful and romantic.
But do you know what is not wonderful and romantic to me? Carving pumpkins. As soon as the youngin’s start clamoring about carving pumpkins – can we mom, please, please, please- I shudder inside. Gooey mess. Trying to use a not-quite-sharp enough knife to cut out pieces of the pumpkin, sawing, sawing until I can finally knock that lopsided triangle eye out. Then, having to display ugly pumpkin for the whole neighborhood to see, a daily reminder that I am no pumpkin artist.
Ah-hem. This year is different, folks. I have discovered the drill.
While the ooey gooey mess is still involved, after the pumpkin innards are ripped out (I know, it’s even gross to type about it!), you can put away that knife and instead use a power drill to make holes of varying sizes to make pictures. You can make things like flowers or letters OR you can be abstract and just make designs. One hint is that when drilling, drill at an angle downwards towards where the candles will be— it will allow more light to come out.
Or, if you are unlike me, but are more like my husband, you probably love to carve pumpkins the old-fashioned way. My husband has been working on the art of scoring and peeling, so instead of cutting all the way through, you see the white flesh of the pumpkin. It creates some layers that I think look really nice!