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Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Night

Some years we host a party with friends and some years we simply have a family night, but we always have a pumpkin carving night at the end of October. Its just one of our traditions. This year it was a family night that included my parents and sister.

We almost always have the same menu each year, too, but whatever the menu is it always includes white chili. Tonight's menu was:

Bread Pot Fondue
with Spicy Saltines Roasted Pumpkin Seeds White Chili Cornbreadand
Butter Cookies

Boy, was it yummy! I'll have to share that Bread Pot Fondue with Spicy Saltines with you soon. And maybe the Butter Cookies, too. Those are one of my all-time fave cookies.


After the food, we got down to business with the carving.

The Princess with Aunt KariMr. B and Vince

Nana and Papi chilled out with *It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown*. Bless their hearts, they just got home today from an almost-24-hour trip back home from Alaska. They were a little tired, to say the least.

And without further ado, here are our family pumpkins for 2009:


Vince's *Toothy Guy*:
My *Mickey Mouse*:

The Princess' *Pumpkin Snowman Stack*:
Mr. B's *Fib*(as in Larry-Boy and the Fib From Outer Space:)
How about you and your family? Do you enjoy carving pumpkins? Leave me a comment!

This post is linked to Show and Tell at My Romantic Home.

Comments

Hi Lora,

Okay, so let me get this straight so, I can mark my calendar...Same time next year, be at your house for pumpkin carving and AWESOME food! Got, it! LOL

All your pumpkins came out great and he food looks so yummy and perfect for the occasion!

Have a wonderful Day!
Hootin' Anni said…
Amazing works of art!!!

And ps....has anyone told him [your father?] that he's a spittin' image of John McCain?


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Glenda/MidSouth said…
Great job on the pumpkins and the food sounds so good.
{oc cottage} said…
Wow! You guys are awesome!! Great job!


m ^..^
Becky said…
I love your pumpkins! Way more creative that ours will be for sure (we're carving ours tonight I think). I can't wait to roast seeds too. And what a fun tradition for your family.... tons of great memories I'm sure.

Did your parents go on a cruise or a tour while here in Alaska? They picked the right time to come... still no snow and I love it! Although they're calling for snow earlier next week. And I know how tired they must be... it's such a long long trip (I have family in NY but have glown AK to FL too).
Kayren said…
I was waiting to see what you'd come up with this year. I had a feeling I'd see a Veggietales character from Mr. B!
Becky~
Yes, it took them about 24 hours to get home with all the delays and layovers.
My dad was speaking in a church in Wasilla. They've done the cruise before though and loved that.
yummy dishes! cornbread and chilis.. my fave! and your pumpkins carving super fun & cute!

thanks for sharing
It's so great to spend quality time with family creating memories and sharing laughter. We did the same thing at our Pumpkin Palooza last Sunday. I posted photos at The Old Parsonage. Please stop by.

Leann
steviewren said…
The pumpkins are great. All the food looks fantastic but the fondue is making my mouth water. I can't wait to read how you make it.

Happy Halloween.
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Michelle M. said…
I wish I lived near you because I would totally crash that party :) It looks like a blast!
Abramyan Avenue said…
WOW!! The goodies, especially the white chili, the pumpkins, the family.... it looks like a wonderful evening! The Mickey Mouse pumpkin and the 3-stack pumpkins are my favorite! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!-April
Christie said…
What a FUN family night! The food looks like it was DELICIOUS! and your pumpkins turned out great! I can't wait to see how you make the Bread Pot Fondue. =)
Cindy said…
That looks like so much fun! I love Vince's! Those teeth are hilarious!

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