We've been growing a garden with our friends, and out of the pumpkin seeds we planted, two pumpkins grew…and grew. Good thing it wasn't just one, hey? So I watched them grow and worried about the white fungus on all the leaves, wondering if the insides would have turned to mush. I harvested them the weekend of Halloween and left the one that seemed most non-mildew specked with the other family, hoping for the best. Well, ours at least was fine inside! Whew. So Mikko had a grand time carving it up with Sam.
And/or stabbing it to death.
Even the pumpkin guts smelled nice. Must be something to do with organic and home-grown. We roasted the seeds, and Sam made a little puree out of some of the flesh.
Mikko has a carving knife that's supposed to be child-friendly. I have a knife phobia, so I stay out of the way and trust to Sam's judgment and supervision!
Sam asked Mikko whether he wanted a scary or happy pumpkin. "Scawy," says Mikko. Then he sees it carved. "Too scawy," he says. He doesn't like the teeth, or the ears.
So Sam carves it down into a happy pumpkin. Mikko admires it for a second, then says, "I want scawy."
So Sam turns the pumpkin around and carves a second scary face on the opposite side. As it turns out, the mildew warts really helped enhance the scary side. We kept rotating the jack-o'-lantern according to Mikko's whims. And we really liked the effect a couple of days had on the ears!
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