Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Carving is Much Easier on TV

As we were covering the kitchen table in paper bags and getting the tools and other fine, sharp accessories out for carving pumpkins my son says: "Mom, they make pumpkin carving look much easier on TV." 


Me: "Really?  How's that?"


"You know, they start it and then there's one already magically done and waiting for them to show you the finished product right away..they don't show you all the time that goes into it."


He is absolutely right - our first half hour looked like this:    











And This:


Then the next half hour was spent tracing the pattern onto the pumpkin and the actual carving took at least another 45 minutes which put us way past bedtime but the end result was worth all the time and effort..



The TV version would have been painlessly over and done with in a half hour or less.  I would for the sake of arthritis like to be able to do the TV version of carving from now on...what would you like to see the TV version of in your house instead of the long version?


18 comments:

Maggie Hames said...

This is VERY funny and your blog design is GREAT. Many congrats! Happy to be following you.

Kate Fineske said...

Wow! I'm impressed :) Now you've inspired me for this weekend when we carve ours!

Kimberly said...

Those pumpkins look great! I hate carving them. And cleaning them out? Ick.

She'sWrite said...

Nice job mama! We don't carve ours. We paint them. It's easier, quicker and cleaner. Isn't that terrible? I normally love traditions, but I've painted for years now that it seems like that's my tradition. As far as what I'd like to have be the TV version, I think I would like any extravagant meal prepared in the 5 minutes that it's shown on TV, instead of the hour it would take to recreate in my kitchen.

Julie said...

LOVE the alien pumpkin! Is Halloween coming up soon? I should probably look into getting my kids a costume huh?!

Amy Curtis said...

I personally want to see the TV version of after cooking cleaning in my house. You know, the kind where I get to sit and enjoy my meal while the dishes just seem to magically disappear? Yeah. That.

Kathyradigan said...

I'm extremely impressed!! They are gorgeous! Way beyond my wildest ability!! I love the pictures of your son, so cute!!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks for stopping by Maggie! I hope you come back soon!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Kate! It's worth the effort once you finally get done, and as long as you can overlook the pain in your hand..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

The kids do the cleaning - they love the squishyness of the whole mess...the paper bags all over the table make for easier clean up too!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Paint could go either way with being messy here - but the guts are pretty nasty which is why that is the kiddies' job every year..I like your tradition!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

The other is supposed to be a witch on a broomstick...it's hard to tell I know, I did that one...good luck finding a costume - my husband and I are supposed to be going to a party saturday and have no idea what we might go as...

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Right, I juts asked my husband today about whether he had a fairy godmother in his pocket to poof things the way they should be...Samantha Stevens powers would be good about now - oh to be able to twitch my nose and have it be all done..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks Kathy! He really loved squishing the guts between his fingers this year. There's nothing like being elbow deep in a pumpkin!

Jessica said...

Those are some impressive pumpkins. I agree that the TV does not accurately portray how much time goes into pumpkin carving. Cleaning out the guts takes so much time.

MamaRiceCake said...

Those look great! What fun!

And hey... you can use power tools... that's how they do it so fast on TV. Drill bits cut faster than those little knives in the kits AND the ones we already have in our kitchen. They're handy for tiny little detail bits too!

Kudos on the fabulous jack o'lanterns! They look great!

And thanks for linking up for #SundayFunday!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

That's their favorite part too - I hope it is for years to come!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Good tip Sarah - like a dremel tool? My husband would be even more into it then!

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