I have been MIA for the past few weeks as I have been struggling with the mom job I have. My oldest has been keeping me on my toes with his adjustment into adolescence. His head is full of mush and the homework fights began a few weeks into the new school year. I have had to take away a lot of fun things from him. There’s a lot of fighting and crying and hugging going on. Sometimes it really sucks being a parent.
But life goes on.
We still have school and homework. The kids still have their projects and extra-curricular activities. One of them is scouting.
Middle-Child is still a cub scout and his pack had a pumpkin carving contest this week. This was his pumpkin (inspired by this pumpkin).
Cute, isn’t it?
It may not make it to Halloween, but we had a lot of fun carving it. For a good witch, you will need to look for a good stem and a nice flat top. The deep grooves of the pumpkin give your witch great wrinkles! The hair is rebar wire – what, you don’t have that in your garage?! A giant roll is like $5 at Home Depot. The hat is homemade with poster board. My beautiful boy drew out the face and carved it himself, with a few small touchups from Daddy.
And of course, we do not waste anything. I toasted the seeds.
Middle-Easterners love their seeds. My husband snacks on them all of the time. Me? I do not have patience to crack them open. But, my kids love ’em, so I toast ’em.
A Persian favorite are these lemony pumpkin seeds. My family is a lemon addict. They suck on the seeds and suck off the lemony goodness before cracking open the seeds for the nugget inside.
I’ve burned many seeds in the process, but I think I finally got the recipe down.
It’s pretty simple and quick to prepare. And I hope you like sucking on these lemony pumpkin seeds as much as my family does!