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Jack O' Lanterns are a pain! 
Oct. 25, 2011 10:40 pm 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2011 12:27 pm
I was so excited to see all the comments on my blog! Thank you so very much for taking the time to send some encouragement and advice my way! This journey I am about to take sure seems a whole lot easier since I now know there are a whole lot of allrecipes.com members who have already taken the journey or are right there by my side along the way. I responded to some of the comments and put them at the bottom of tonight's blog.

I got so excited about Halloween that I forgot to eat dinner tonight! The girls ate at Grandma's house because I had to work until 8pm. When I got home I took the two pumpkins and gutted them, separated seeds from pumpkin flesh (3 hour long chore!), and scrubbed and bleached the gutted pumpkin shell so the girls can paint them tomorrow. If you are wondering why I bleached them, a farmer from the field where we picked them said, "Take 1 cup bleach to 5 cups water and scrub 'em real good after they been gutted 'n you'll have a pumpkin that last up to 3 months!" He also said, "Carvin' 'em or not, they gonna rott if ya don't gutt 'em." I Thought I should pass those words of wisdom along your way if your making a Jack O' Lantern this Halloween.

Please don't get on to me for forgetting to eat dinner. It is midnight and I just finished my pumpkins. If I decided to eat now, I would have to stay up two more hours before I could sleep. However, I will include a link on a pumpkin seed recipe to try. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are a natural source of carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids? They contain B, C, D, E, and K vitamins. They also have calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds are used to treat prostate and bladder problems, and have been known to help with depression and learning disabilities! This is a serious health food.

I am going to give you an update on Halloween to let you know if using fresh pumpkin is even worth all the hassle or if you should just buy it canned. On the other hand, I am not sure if you can buy pumpkin seeds. If you can, I'm sure it is a better substitution because I think I just lost 5 pounds in my arms and 3 hours of my free time doing all that hard work. Woops, time for bed. My 3 and 4 year old girls are in a preschool program and I have to be up at 7am. :(

Thank you so much for reading,
To Marvel's Kitchen, my mom and I are both size 14 and we tell each other to remember that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14 at least once a week. That comment will stick with me forever. Thank you!

To Rachel_SD, Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

To dragonfly22, Thank you so very much for your kind words. I am so glad I'm not the only one who plans meals in my nightly routine. My family and extended family were very lucky to not be affected by the storms. I want to tell you a very heart felt story from the storms in Alabama. I am the front desk personnel at a Hotel and a tornado hit 1 mile from where we were. There was a Piggly Wiggly grocery store out that way located in Toney, AL. Approximately 40 people were shopping in the building at the time the storms hit. The wind blew so hard a car in the parking lot smashed into the front of the building blocking all the exits. Looking out of the windows at the front of my work emergency vehicles of all kinds passed. They arrived at the Piggly Wiggly and were able to push the car out of the doors and get everyone out of the building safely. Exactly 5 minutes later a category 4 tornado wiped out the building and left no trace of the grocery store.

Tonight's Modification:
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Gutting
Photo Detail
Oct. 26, 2011 9:06 am
I had to LOL when I read that you forgot to eat. Long ago, I read a quote that went something like "We all forget our car keys sometimes, or forget an appointment now and then, but it takes a special kind of stupid to forget to eat." I totally agreed, because I'd never in my life forgotten to eat. Then one day after dropping many, many pounds, I went shopping for clothes at 10am, thinking to grab lunch in the food court. At 5pm, I realized I needed to get home and fix dinner, and oh by the way, I never ate LUNCH! Now I count myself among the 'special stupid' crowd, because I've done it many times since. It's good to know I'm not alone. Thank you so much for sharing the storm story. I personally think our first responders are rock stars and should have salaries to match. They've earned it, many times over. :)
Oct. 26, 2011 10:08 am
You are not alone in the assessment that Jack O' Lanterns are a pain. I'm not sure why we do it???? Probably because our fore-mothers before us did it - so we have to do it. Maybe it's just so we can say "yes, I've gutted and carved a pumpkin" - - like that solved the eternal riddle of the universe. Or . . maybe just because it's something we did as kids and we want to make sure the annual "butchering of the pumpkin" is passed on to our kids. Oh well, whatever the reason, it usually makes for some great pictures that we treasure forever . . and some funny stories that we pass on. So enjoy the gutting, the carving and especially toasted pumpkin seeds . . yum!!!!
Oct. 26, 2011 5:07 pm
Last night at 7pm, like normal my wife went to draw the bath, she came back and set our little timer for 16 mins, this is when our tub should be just right. when the alarm when off sue went to go turn off the water, she came back laughing, then she told me she forgot to turn the water on. so we had to start the timer over.
Oct. 27, 2011 6:56 am
MommySmith, I'm going to have to try the bleach trick. That story was unbelievable, God works in mysterious ways! No rhyme or reason to spare one and not the other. Can't wait for your future blogs.
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