Johnny Pumpkinseed

Crafted by Lori with the help of a stencil

The idea of carving pumpkins is very appealing to me. Actually carving them? Not so much. It might have something to do with the stringy pulp that you have to scoop out of the innards. Or maybe it’s the inexact science of carving. How you have one thing in mind and end up with something not quite right. And then there’s the clean-up. And, for me, the guilt of relying on a prefab stencil to generate my pumpkin this year. But I’ll have to get over that one. Because it surely made the process a lot easier than past carving sessions.

There’s one overwhelming benefit in all of this, though: Pumpkin seeds! A tasty treat we’ll enjoy tonight.