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And for this, I give thanks…

After a long weekend (4 nights, 5 days) away from home, Hubs and I are back in our little apartment and tucked in away from the cold.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We certainly did. And because so much has happened I’ve decided to do a quick recap of our Thanksgiving weekend, newlywed wife style. (In case you don’t know what that means, I’ll be throwing in my thoughts, insights, questions, ideas, opinions, etc. while sharing the stories of our trip home. Hope you don’t mind my sometimes random, sometimes wandering thoughts!)

1. We spent Thanksgiving day away from my family this year, which is hard. But that means we spent Thanksgiving with Wyatt’s family, which is great. We have so many wonderful family members that we want to spend time and that want to spend time with us. It really is a blessing we don’t take for granted.

(The holidays are both wonderful and hard because sharing our time is so important. More on this later.) However, since we were home for so many days this weekend, we were able to spend time at both parents’ houses. We headed to Sedalia on Wednesday after Hubs got home from work and spend that night and Thursday night at the in-laws. Then, we re-packed our suitcase and moved into my parents’ house for Friday and Saturday nights. It sucks moving around and living out of a suitcase, but it’s great to see both groups of people in one weekend, especially when we have no real plans and can just hang out, talk, and relax…and cook. And bake. Which brings me to my next point…

2. I love holiday baking. This year, Hubs and I made the pies for Thanksgiving dinner. Using our prize-winning recipe from my Grandma Lois. They turned out super yummy.

We're proud of our pies. Who wouldn't be?

We made pumpkin and two pecans. He’s saving one to take to work tomorrow. His coworkers are about to get super lucky. Or at least their taste buds are.

It's goodness and beauty and blessing all in one pie pan. Yum.

Baking or cooking with Wyatt is one of my favorite things to do. He’s great at so many things and I’m thankful he’s willing to spend time with me doing something I love, even if he’d rather do something else. He doesn’t love to bake as much as I do, and honestly, he’d rather eat more meat than dessert any day but he knows I consider dessert an important part of any meal and I love that he appreciates that about me.

I also made this pumpkin beauty the day after Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. It was divine.

Candied pecans, pumpkin, and cheesecake. Yup, I'm serious.

Oh my. I feel the holiday pounds packing on already. And you know what, I don’t care. Not one bit.

In fact, I wish no one did. People are supposed to eat delicious things for the next 2 months. (Not that you aren’t supposed to eat delicious things all year long…) I know that people try to watch their weight and stay healthy. I’m all for that. I try to eat as many healthy things as I can. I run, I do kick-boxing, and pilates as many days a week as I can, usually every day, but I also don’t ever make my mouth suffer for my stomach’s sake. It’s all about moderation, people. Eat the cheesecake if you want. Just not the whole one.

Or in my case, eat both slices of cheesecake, since Hubs decided he didn’t want it.

Yum. (The second slice was yummy, too.)

3. We got a jump start on our holiday spirit by “shopping” in my parents’ basement for old Christmas decorations they no longer use or want. We found this.

It's an old Christmas tree in need of some love!

We also found a bunch of stuff Hubs says we can’t have. I understand. Everything we bring into our apartment is something we’re going to have to carry out when we buy a house. And while I agree with that argument, I still want it to be our home, and feel like a home should feel.

Maybe this is the sentimental side of me, but I don’t want to live only thinking about how inconvenient something will be in the future. I’m all for planning, and thinking ahead to the future, but I’m also for making today the best it can be. It’s a point of discussion and contention for us every time I want to bring stuff home. And it isn’t that he doesn’t want or appreciate the stuff, he just knows how heavy it will be going back down those three flights of stairs…. (But this is a discussion for another whole blog post…)

4. We did a little black Friday shopping for the first time ever. And by little, I mean, we waited until noon, and went to look at what all was left, and what all had been cleared out. It was fun. We got in no fights, saw no cops, and were shoved or pushed or stolen from zero times. We bought 2 little things for Christmas gifts for family members. We stand by our decision to stay in and in bed the morning after Thanksgiving. Kudos to those who enjoy it. We just do not.

5. We made granola. It’s like my Christmas drug addiction. It’s a secret family recipe, and it’s the most addicting thing I’ve ever eaten. I’ll show you.

We sometimes give this stuff as gifts to friends for Christmas. Those people are lucky, let me tell you.

The picture doesn’t do it justice. At all. Wyatt doesn’t like it as much as I do, but that’s because his love affair with pecans hasn’t really begun yet. He’ll come around. Someday.

6. I realized I need to get moving on my gift for Hubs’s birthday. I have less than one week until we celebrate. He doesn’t even want to celebrate. He’s not very festive or excited about birthdays. We’re EXACT opposites there. I love celebrating birthdays.

7. I also realized we need to find a good compromise for Christmas festivities. He doesn’t like decorations as much as me. I love them. He doesn’t love giving or getting presents. I love them. He doesn’t like Christmas music. I love it. He’s not Mr. Scrooge, but I might start calling him that if he doesn’t perk up on the festivities after his birthday. I knew this long before I married him though, so it’s not a surprise. More on this later.

8. We reflected on our blessings. As is appropriate for every day, especially Thanksgiving. And we are truly blessed. Check out this page for my list!

9. I got a whole bunch of new craft supplies and ideas. I also made a couple more trees. I’m taking pictures and notes, and can’t wait to share all my adventures soon! I also went bridesmaid dress shopping for my best friend’s wedding (it will be way better than the movie by that name!). I can’t believe it’s getting so close to time. I can’t wait to celebrate and watch you begin your life with your husband! We have so much planning and showering and bachelorette-ing to do!

10. We’re now home, after this long, fantastic weekend of giving thanks and having fun. And you know what? I think I’m somehow even happier when I’m able to wrap up my weekend doing just this. Having a quick, quiet dinner with just the two of us after a weekend full of family and friends.

At home, eating frozen pizza and snuggling on the couch.

This is us, this is home, and this is our little family. Blessed? I think so.

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In a Thanksgiving State of Mind

Yesterday I told you that I’d added to my Fall and Thanksgiving decorations.

Before you roll your eyes (which is what Wyatt did), here’s what happened.

I was at the church I am volunteering at and they are redecorating their lobby area. So I took down the Fall decor, and the live pumpkins and little squash things? They were going to throw them out!

But they still looked so good!

Naturally, I couldn’t let that happen, so I offered to give them a new home. In my tiny apartment.

Here’s how my apartment was decorated before:

Nice, and mostly free, except the apples.

Here’s how it looks now.

Overkill? You tell me. I think not.

The little ones are my favorite.

If this doesn't make you want Thanksgiving, I don't know what will.

Perhaps the smell of cooking turkey…but that’s another blog post.

More of my little cuties. They've spread over our living room.

And these?

I bought them at Hobby Lobby for $1 and $2. I think that's cheap enough.

I think it really completed the look.

No matter how many eye rolls I get from Wyatt.

I’m ready for Thanksgiving. Are you?

Our apartment is ready for Thanksgiving too. My poor kitchen should have taken these as a warning...

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Confessions of a Bad Housewife…or rather, a happy one

I try to be pretty positive overall, but sometimes, I just need to get my complaints out in the open so I can move on.

So, in order to satisfy both my need to whine a little and my desire to be happy and joyful in all circumstances, I’m going to list pairs of both bad AND good stuff for you guys this Monday morning. We’ll consider it an exercise in finding the silver lining of any situation.

1. I do so much laundry! I’m unsure how a household of only two people can make this much dirty laundry! What will it be like when we have kids? It’s a good thing we (and by that I mean, “I”) have so many clothes because it means I don’t have to wash everything as often. Wyatt runs out of stuff so fast I have to keep washing and washing and washing…

That's a mountain of laundry for me to fold. Good grief!

The good part of this complaint? Well, I actually like to do laundry. I mean, I wouldn’t pick that over fun stuff like playing games or date nights or sleeping in, but as far as household chores go, it’s not a bad deal. I like things that show immediate progress, and I like how fast I can empty our hamper with just a few loads. Folding is the worst part because I don’t like turning clothes right-side out. I’m working on having Wyatt turn his before they go in the hamper, but even I sometimes don’t mess with turning sweaty workout clothes right side out. Anyway, I also like laundry because it smells nice (when it’s done) and it’s warm. I wish I could curl up in laundry fresh from the dryer and take a nap.

2. Cleaning the kitchen is a never-ending job. I don’t know how it gets so messy so fast.

Actually, I do. It’s because I cook a lot and our kitchen is tiny. And yes, we have a dishwasher, which is great, but it doesn’t really work that well. We end up having to pre-wash everything anyway, and still not everything comes clean, especially silverware…and plates…and cups.

Yes, apparently today I am baring all to show you my messy kitchen.

But the good part of a messy kitchen? It means we ate well, we have good food, and a place to cook. I love to cook and bake and cleaning the kitchen is sort of calming (when I’m not in a hurry to make the next meal or wash a dish so I can keep working on whatever meal I’m currently fixing) and I actually don’t mind washing dishes. I wish we had better scrubbing brushes (we are using cheap sponges that we wash all the time in our washing machine so they are starting to fall apart).

3. It’s too early (Wyatt says) to decorate our apartment for Christmas. And he’s right. But I’m impatient. I wish I had money to go buy a lot of new beautiful things or even supplies to make things, but I think it’s more important that we save right now, especially with the holidays coming up.

But the blessing of this? I decorated for Thanksgiving. Sort of, as much as I can for relatively free.

Fruit in our cool bowl from the in-laws and pumpkins, free from my grandma's garden.

Not super creative, but I don’t have anything else, and these were free (except the apples…)

What I did spend my money on, decor-wise.

It’s a free design from eighteen25, a cool blog I found on Pinterest. Speaking of that? Do you follow me?

I just bought a cheap wood frame from Walmart for $4 and painted it white with leftover paint from our wedding DIY projects. And the candlestick? It was a prop for my Miss Scarlet costume that Hubs spray painted white for me.

And the bird? He’s our (my) love bird. I found him at a local garage sale one day when I was running in the neighborhood by our apartment. He’s exactly what I wanted. I know he isn’t fall-themed, but I still like him and didn’t want to remove him from his roost.

4. Wyatt forgot his lunch. Again.

Dangit.

Not only do I feel bad for not noticing until after he left, but it means he has to buy his lunch today when we have this perfectly good one here at home.

But the hidden silver lining? I will have this one ready tomorrow morning already. And he doesn’t mind buying lunch, he actually likes that better I think.

5. I had to put the spider traps back down today since I forgot to have Wyatt do it. Touching those things gives me the creeps? Why? Because they both have like 5 dead poisonous spiders in them!

There's 5 or so dead spiders "living" under our hamper...but don't worry, when we have guests, we hide them away.

But the good part is that I haven’t seen any new spiders in there or anywhere for months. Though I did kill a wasp in our bathtub the other day. Ick.

6. This is my coffee table at it’s current state.

See that stack of bills and other mail to take care of? Oh joy.

But that’s okay, because my Husband is off at work today to earn the money to pay those bills, and you know what? I opened my first check from freelancing today. So, yes, I am blessed today to pay these bills, because for the first time in a long time, I have income.

(“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19)

And while we’re talking money, you know what else? I fed Mr. Giraffe E. Pig seventeen cents a couple of days ago. And a twenty-five cents the day after that.

 

This is Mr. Giraffe E. Pig. I like to feed him pennies, but he prefers quarters, of course.

Saving cents is one of my favorite pastimes.

So there’s my list for the day. I’m feeling better all ready. Because yes, I got out my Monday morning grumps, but I also took the time to look past the problems and see some good stuff, because let’s face it, there’s always more good stuff if you choose to find it, right?

And what’s even better? As I was sitting at home this morning, I realized what a blessing it is that I can stay here and take care of our home. I have the blessing of not doing laundry on the weekends if I don’t want to, because I can do it on Monday. And I don’t have to do dishes on Sunday nights if I don’t want to, because they’ll be there in the morning and I’d rather spend Sunday nights on the couch cuddling with my Hubs.

Yes, it’s been hard to figure out how to redefine my place in the world with no job, but I’m getting there, and every day brings new possibilities, whether it’s volunteer work, or a freelancing job. And I’m trusting in the sovereignty of the Master’s plan.

What about you? What are you seeing the silver lining in today? Any housekeeping confessions you’d like to share to make me feel better about my mess this morning?

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Dinner with Friends, and more…

Last night, Wyatt and I had the blessing of having my best friend and her fiance over for dinner. It was our first time cooking for others in our little apartment (other than breakfast or dessert of something small like that) and I admit I was a little nervous because we don’t really have an open kitchen so it’s hard to talk to people while we’re cooking. Still, it was super fun to have them over for good conversation and good food.

(Is it wrong for me to call my own food good like that? I don’t think so…)

We had burgers topped with blue cheese butter (that I made), bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes, twice baked potatoes, and baked zucchini fries. (You’ve seen several of these recipes before, so I’m not going to worry about pictures and recipes, except for this one.)

Pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. Oh. My. Yum.

I used the last of my fresh pumpkin I roasted (read about that adventure here) instead of the canned puree that the recipe calls for. And I didn’t use toffee bits to top them, I used a little pumpkin cookie mix I had leftover from the crust of the four layer pumpkin dessert I made and some pumpkin pie spice. I also substituted the ginger and nutmeg with pumpkin pie spice.

And I admit I used canned cream cheese frosting and added, real maple syrup (more than it called for), vanilla, and a pinch of salt to make my frosting. I wanted to make the real stuff, but I already had the cream cheese frosting and I wanted to get it out of my cabinet. Don’t judge me.

Also, I used my little mini cupcake maker I got last year from Christmas.

How cute, right?

It makes the cupcakes a bit more dense, but still pretty good.

They take only a few minutes to bake, but you have to check them because they don't cook evenly.

But they are super yummy when they come out. And hot. Watch out, they’ll burn you.

Like little muffins, but cake.

And I got to use my pretty serving platter. Liz, my best friend, said they looked like something from Martha Stewart. I don’t know about that, but it made me feel good, none the less.

YUM. YUM. YUM.

Needless to say, I’ll be making these again. Maybe for my family for thanksgiving, if they’re lucky.

Oh, and in case you haven’t had enough of Halloween yet, I wanted to show you some more pictures of our Halloween parties.

Here’s my friend Liz and her fiance. At Halloween party number 1.

They’re Jack and Sally from Nightmare before Christmas.

At party number 2, Drew Woolery, our host, had a photo booth set up. So there were tons of crazy awesome pictures. Here’s some to share with you guys. (Thanks, Drew, for letting me post your photos!)

Good times with good friends.

It was a fun time.

I like the Ms. Frizzle outfit. Nice!

Perhaps a bit too much fun for the little one…

Poor thing! All those shirtless guys!

There was lots of creative costumes.

Mr. and Mrs. Pacman.

And of course, your newlyweds…

Our clue characters made another appearance.

Anyway, I have more stuff to share with you guys, so be on the lookout for more posts to come soon!

Don’t forget about the opportunity to ask us questions (Yes, US, Wyatt said he would answer questions, too!) so we can all get to know each other better!

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Our Engagement Story

Since it’s that time of year, I wanted to share my story of when Wyatt asked me to marry him.

We had just celebrated our 6 year anniversary on October 9th. We were still doing the distance thing while we were both finishing school. He was going to graduate in December, me in May. It was the end of October, and time for carve our pumpkins.

(If you’ve been following along, you know how much we love to carve pumpkins. If not, you can catch up here.)

To give you a bit more background, here’s some of our carving masterpieces from the past 6 years.

Our first "jack-o-lanterns"

And of course, as we got older, they got better.

I bet you can't guess whose is whose...

Wyatt always likes to carve some sort of video game or cartoon thing. I started out much less creative…with a traditional face.

Here's where Wyatt's pumpkins start to look WAY better than mine.

Bonus points if you guys know what his characters are or what they’re from…

My "Moo Boo" and Wyatt's alarm clock, set at 11:11, the wishing time.

I told you we were pretty creative.

Our candle in the window pumpkin we did together as an extra in 2009.

And of course, that brings us to last year, October 29th, 2010.

Wyatt's pumpkin. It's so smooth it looks like it was lasered in there.

I didn’t really notice he had anything up his sleeve, other than that he was a bit quiet, and that he was dressed nicer than I thought he should be for pumpkin carving. I just thought he was focused, and that he really like that shirt.

And my leaf. (Which turned out pretty well, I think!)

But, as we were admiring our pumpkins, the light in his went out. And Wyatt innocently asked me to go relight his. I was thinking to myself, “Why me?” But I happily went over anyway.

And inside, I found, not a candle, as I was expecting, but this:

A battery-powered light...hooked up to a timer, but I had no idea what I was seeing...

And when I turned around to see what was going on, Wyatt was down on one knee, holding this.

It was too dark in there to really see it, but I got the idea and I saw it later!

I don’t remember a lot of what he said, something about waiting a long time and it finally being time, or something like that. I was too excited to really think that much about it. I was just trying to get myself to calm down and focus enough to say, “Yes! Of course I’ll marry you!”

And then of course, there was a great big hug and some kissing action. Actually, I remember practically pulling him up off his knee so I could kiss him.

After a while, Wyatt asked if I wanted to see the ring. I hadn’t even noticed it was too dark to see!

And wow!

It's the most beautiful thing I've ever owned.

II have to admit that I’m not sure I was thinking all the way clearly, because after seeing it, I couldn’t believe it was really mine.

I think I said, “Do I get to keep this?”

And Wyatt laughed and said, “Yes, it’s yours.”

I know it isn’t what you’re supposed to say, but I couldn’t help thanking him, as silly as it seems. It’s just that it was the nicest gift anyone has ever given me. I felt I HAD to say thank you!

And then we headed inside to show my parents, who already knew because Wyatt had asked my dad for permission earlier that week.

I don't think I'd ever felt that happy.

Too bad I wasn’t dressed nicer. He had known we’d be taking pictures. I had just had my hair cut though, so it was all pretty.

I still get butterflies when I think about this night.

And of course we had to start telling other people. His parents, my sister, planning who to tell first, and when, and how.

Yay for us!

And of course, we needed a picture with our pumpkins!

A very special memory.

And now we’re married. It’s hard to believe how fast time goes. It’s getting close to the holiday season. This will be our first Christmas together (well, not our first one together, but our first one being married, and living together).

What about you? What’s your favorite pumpkin carving memory? What about the story of how you got engaged? I’d love to hear it!

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Pumpkin Seed Specials

So, remember when I posted all about roasting my own pumpkin and said I couldn’t tell you about what I did with the seeds yet because they were a special surprise for a friend?

Well, if not, that’s what happened, and you should check it out here.

Anyway, it’s time to spread the news about my special seeds. I have to admit that I don’t really like pumpkin seeds. They’re a bit too crunchy for me I think. But I also think they’re a bit…boring.

So I decided to divide my seeds into three groups and make three different flavors. I’d love if any pumpkin seed lovers tried them and let me know what you thought. I tasted them, but since I still don’t really love them (something about the texture I think…) I’m not sure which is the best recipe.

So, recipe number one: Almost Basic Pumpkin Seeds

Before roasting...

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed

1 Tbs olive oil

salt and pepper

Instructions:

Place the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet, top with oil, salt and pepper (sea salt and fresh ground black pepper will make this better!) and mix with clean hands to make sure seeds are evenly coated.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, “stirring” every fifteen minutes to prevent burning. Add extra salt on the last two stirrings.

 

After roasting! I love how golden they turn.

Recipe number two: Hot and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

See those red pepper flakes? These are too hot for me!

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed

2 Tbs butter

1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper

Instructions:

Melt butter in a small sauce pan on stove, add Worcestershire sauce, spices, seeds, and salt and pepper (again, sea salt and fresh ground if possible!) Mix until seeds are evenly coated.

Spread onto a baking sheet and roast for 60 minutes at 350 degrees, “stirring” every fifteen minutes to avoid burning. Sprinkle with extra salt and pepper for the last two stirrings.

Ready to eat! (But not for me..)

Recipe number 3: Maple Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

All ready for roasting. These smelled SO GOOD. I wanted to lick the skillet clean!

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed

2 Tbs butter

1 Tbs REAL maple syrup

2 Tbs brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

salt

granulated sugar

Instructions:

Melt butter in a small sauce pan, add maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and seeds. Stir until evenly coated.

Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with the salt and sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Add extra sugar the last two stirrings.

These have an almost candy-like coating and they stay a bit sticky until they're cooled.

And there ya have it! My special seeds. Hope you guys enjoy!

They look so festive on our table in my pretty serving dish.

(Because as delicious as they were, Hubs and I still don’t love them. But I hope you do!)

 

 

 

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Plenty of Pumpkin: How to Roast Your Own

I love pumpkin. I love carving pumpkins (see this post) and I love to eat pumpkin. That being said, I’ve never made anything pumpkin myself. I’ve always just enjoyed the lovely delicious treats others have made. And I’ve certainly never considered roasting my own pumpkin to make my own puree…until this year.

Then again, there’s a lot of things I’ve never done until this year…

Anyway, once I got it into my head that I was going to cook from real pumpkin and not the canned stuff, I did some research and set out to buy a “pie pumpkin.” (You can use a regular jack-o-lantern pumpkin, but we had already carved ours and didn’t want to “waste” them by turning them into puree. You can’t use the stringy inside part of the jack-o-lantern that you scoop out–it’s too stringy–you have to use the meat of the pumpkin, the part you carve.)

So on Saturday while Wyatt was across the parking lot helping a new neighbor try to get his way-too-big couch into his apartment, I set to work with the roasting.

To start, I chopped the pumpkin in half with a big knife (thanks to Wyatt who made sure we had big knives on our registry).

See how few "guts" there are? That's because it's a pie pumpkin!

And then, just like when making a jack-o-lantern, you scoop out the “guts” and seeds. (You can reserve the seeds if you’re into roasting them.)

This was the hardest step for me. It just didn't want to come out of there. Then again, all I had was a spoon...

When you’re done, it should look like this.

Ready for roasting!

And then, just put the pumpkin upside down in a large roasting pan and add about a quarter-inch of water to the bottom. Cover and roast at 350 degrees for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of your pumpkin and your oven settings.

In the meantime, I used the time to sort out the seeds from the guts, including the guts from the two big pumpkins we had carved Friday night.

I rinsed them in the sink in our colander to help get off any extra pumpkin mush.

This would have been easier if the pumpkin didn't blend in, but orange is all we have.

And then, I have to admit, that at one time in this process, I dropped the pan I was keeping the seeds in…and this happened.

Aw man...I guess those are going into the trash...

It was a HUGE mess. I was both annoyed and embarrassed and tickled. I mean, it was something out of a movie. The way they flew up into the air and pitter-pattered all over my floor as they fell…oh man.

And before long, the pumpkin was ready to take out of the oven. It turns a bit darker and gets very soft.

It reminds me of the color and consistency of cooked sweet potatoes at this point.

You’ll know it’s done when it’s soft to the touch, and the meat part is fork tender.

Slides in like butter!

By this point, our whole apartment smelled like wonderful Fall goodness. Too bad Wyatt missed it all since he was away at the neighbor’s all afternoon.

While the pumpkin was cooling a bit, I worked on my seeds some more. And since they are going to be a surprise for a friend (Miss Liz!) I won’t give away my secrets just yet…

There will be more later in this post, but for now, here’s a sneak peek.

Ready for roasting...and with secrets mixed right in!

By this time, the pumpkin was ready to be scooped out. This was a fun part of the process.

It just scoops right out! How neat!

I got really excited at this point because I realized I had succeeded at what seemed like a pretty scary endeavor. And it wasn’t even that scary!

See? I'm not scared, I'm happy!

And at this point, you can run it through a food processor or blender to have it ready to use in recipes. I decided to just keep mine as is until I was ready to use it.

Yay for fresh pumpkin mush!

It was certainly an adventure. And I guess it was worth it, but I’m not sure I’d do it every time I want to make something with pumpkin. It took me several hours, and honestly, it doesn’t taste that different to me once it’s all cooked into whatever you make.

And what did I make?

Well, aside from the smoothie attempt that we threw out, prompting me to ask my good friend Alysa for her recipe, which I’m sure will be much better, I made a four layer dessert, with a recipe I created myself. Yay.

Bottom later: pumpkin cookie mix and graham cracker crust, baked to make it crispy.

Second layer; creamy pumpkin pie filling (hard with no recipe, next time I’ll find something to copy!)

Third layer: no bake cheesecake mixture (note, allow the pumpkin layer to cool before putting this layer on!)

Top layer: fresh homemade vanilla whipped cream. Yum.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I was worried, but it came out great!

And last night was the night to prove it, relaxing with Hubs on the couch while he played video games and I read Jane Austen. and enjoyed a bit of homemade “apple pie,” i.e. spiked cider.

A great end to any Fall night. Trust me.

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Pumpkin adventures

Wyatt and I love to carve pumpkins. More about that later… It’s our favorite tradition. (It used to be our only tradition…)

And on Friday, we bought some pumpkins and did some carving…in our little apartment…in our living room. (We may do some more carving this weekend with some pumpkins my grandma dropped off for us at my mom’s house.)

Good thing I save all our ads and newspapers for recycling (or in this case reusing to save me from having to clean our carpets!)

We usually pick sort of random things to carve into our pumpkins. We don’t like to do the traditional basic faces…though every year when our hands are sore and tired from cutting and scraping, we wish we would have!

Wyatt’s really the carving genius. I enjoy the creative part and the fun of how unique it is to use vegetables into art. But this is Wyatt’s thing. He would do it all year round if he could. Probably. That’s an inference on my part.

My happy hubby. We love pumpkin carving!

The one negative to carving? The mess. Yikes.

It's all sticky and stringy and gooey and gross. But awesome.

Aren’t things that are messy usually more fun anyway?

We didn't have these last year at this time!

And after a few hours, a big mess, and a good time, we had our newest carved creations.

For effect, here’s the before…

And the after!

The fast food pumpkins! (Wyatt's is the hamburger...even better in person!)

And of course, the view of them outside by our door.

Who cares if only our neighbors see them since we live on the third floor? We see them!

There’s something so exciting about seeing lit pumpkins. It just makes me smile.

Our first "married" pumpkins!

What about you? Did you already carve your pumpkins? Any tips or tricks? Special memories or ideas? 

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