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The Cone’s Carved Pumpkin & How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds

Take a look at our 2010 carved pumpkin:

Britton's pirate pumpkin face
Kariss' princess pumpkin

Yes, Britton’s Pre-K class took a field trip to Gentry Farm in Franklin this week and he brought back this beauty. Since we have two kids and one pumpkin, this is what you get: a two-faced, half pirate, half princess pumpkin!

Though I’m not a fan of eating pumpkin (sorry, no pumpkin recipes in this post!), I have always loved salted pumpkin seeds. So we started by cutting open the top of the pumpkin and extracting all those pumpkin seeds. If you’re wondering how to cook pumpkin seeds, it’s easy.

How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds

1. Remove pumpkin seeds and separate from pumpkin flesh.
2. Rinse and lay out to dry on a clean dish towel (let dry overnight for best results)
3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
4. Toss pumpkin seeds in medium bowl with olive oil and sea salt to taste
5. Spread in single layer on cookie sheet covered in parchment paper
6. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Now on to the part that’s more fun (and slightly challenging with little ones)

How to Carve a Pumpkin

1. Cut a hole in the top around the stem to create a lid that can be removed

Cut a hole around the stem

2. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin and make roasted pumpkin seeds (as detailed above!)
3. Sketch out your design on the pumpkin itself with a washable marker (if you’re not comfortable with your design skills, check out these Halloween pumpkin ideas)
4. Use your pumpkin carving tools or small kitchen knife to cut out your design (make sure to help small children with this)
5. Remove cut-outs
6. Place small candle or light inside of pumpkin and VOILA!

If you’d like to see the entire process start to finish (and get a few laughs at how Britton tries to light our pumpkin), check out our pumpkin carving video:


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