Sunday, 1 November 2009

Behind the curve, as usual


I hope all that observe it had a lovely Halloween. We went a bit Martha Stewart this year and carved haunted houses instead of scary faces. It always ends up that the children draw their desired patterns on the pumpkins and I end up scooping out the pumpkin guts and wielding a not quite sharp enough knife while they wander off, distracted by shiny things. We even had our own pumpkins ready to carve but in the end they were just a teeny bit small so they'll end up as pie one day this week.


We went to a huge party with my sister and her family, and bagged quite a lot of sweeties, but not so many that Tiny Small couldn't scoff them all while my back was turned. Little monkey. She didn't give me a single one!

21 comments:

  1. I made mine scoop out their own innards this year and they were apalled. 'But it's yukky'.

    Your houses are lovely.

    I ate a great deal of sweets so as to avoid the children eating them all. Well, that's my excuse.

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  2. Your pumpkins look so good, we didn't do any this year but we did get the halloween decorations out and had our own little party.loved the sweets too. Jane x

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  3. I really like the houses, especially the attic wiindows how clever. We didnt do any trick or treating this year, the boys are still too small for that, but we have had a nice wekk making decorations etc

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  4. We do our pumpkins with a power drill.

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  5. Despite not having little people I still carved out a pumpkin this year. Love the houses.

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  6. What wonderful pumpkin houses. Very Martha!

    We saw the most wonderful costumes around town all day Friday and Saturday. My favorite was a teensy little boy dressed as the UPS man!

    K x

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  7. I love the houses :)
    I have to admit that we were halloween scrooges, as we shut the door to the front room and switched off the doorbell in the quest of a quiet night, but, as a minor redeemer, we did eat pumpkin last weekend!
    xxx

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  8. Your houses are just beautiful Val! I love those little attic windows. I'd rather like to live the smalls' pumpkin.

    MissP, determined for a pink, anti-halloween, stuck flowers and berries in her pumpkin. We did not light it. She dressed as a very pink fairy last night, with a strawberry hat to keep out the chill.

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  9. oh how I love those attic windows xoxox
    I was offered one peice of halloween loot, I expect it was flavour the little person didn't like........

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  10. Those are impressive pumpkins. I leave the carving to the Husband and every year we get the same face. I did manage to swap some of the sweets (mini chocolate bars and Parma violets, not an ideal combination) in the Hallowe'en bowl for some Penguins (biscuits, that is) before they all went to the trick or treaters.
    (Don't know where the comment I left earlier disappeared to. Hope this isn't a duplicate).

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  11. cute pumpkin houses. I managed to avoid pumpkin carving this year by arranging to go to a friend's halloween party - I'm quite pleased to have missed out on the slimy scooping! Bad luck on missing out on the sweeties - you'll have to treat yourself when they're back at school!

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  12. pumpkin houses! to be honest, ours were lucky to have a face. I'm glad I'm not the only one who ended up doing all the work.

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  13. You know, there's something terribly wrong here. Do all the work, get none of the candy. Harsh! Ah, the many sacrifices of motherhood...

    (LOVE the haunted houses.)

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  14. I left my two to carve their own pumpkins for the first time ever. They did a great job ....although I did have to do a bit more scooping to have enough for soup!

    I love your spooky houses - what a lovely idea :)

    My two have such a stash of sweets now and are driving me mad asking for them every five minutes.

    xxx

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  15. Ooo...lovely punkpkin glow, DottyCookie. We didn't do much for Halloween this year, and we had hardly any trick-or-treaters come ot the door--it was a nasty, cold, wet weekend. But I do love Halloween. Hope you & your little had a Spooktacular time! :o) ((HUGS))

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  16. I love that you 'went a bit Martha Stewart'!
    I carved a pumpkin for my friend and forgot to photograph it! Bad blogger!!!

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  17. Sounds like you had a lovely Halloween! I love the haunted houses -- what a fun change!

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  18. wow ,fantastic pumpkins and nice to be different!

    xxx

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  19. Those pumpkins are fabulous! I, too, did all the scraping and carving - Pah!

    But at least they were homegrown pumpkins and I got to make soup from them too!

    Lucy x

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  20. What a great pumkin!
    In answering your query, yes it was my own bunting! (got to be done really! We stayed at the hampshire one, the people who now run the uk ones own that particular farm and they were so nice. It was perfect!

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  21. I didn't even get around to pumpkins this year.

    They sell these cheapy pumpkin carving kits over here, which contain this ridiculously blunt looking tool, with wiggles rather than a serated edge but... it cuts through pumpkin like butter. Seriously. I couldn't believe it. After years of using everything from saws to the too sharp veggie knife (that I normally refuse to use as it gave me a bad cut), I find that this flimsy looking thing works wonders.

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