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It's All About The O - Aloha Friday / Friday Follow

Yes it is all about the O for orange. Everywhere I look it's orange, leaves and trees and pumpkins and decor! Whoo! Let's enjoy this bright season of food and fun and beauty.

Millions of pounds of pumpkin pulp is scraped from pumpkins throughout the Halloween season, resulting in yummy pies, creative jack-o'-lanterns... and plumbing nightmares.

Every year, plumbers get lots of calls to repair garbage disposers and kitchen sink drains that have been clogged with slimy, stringy pumpkin pulp and seeds.

Follow these tips to guard against Halloween drain disasters

  • Never put pumpkin pulp or seeds down the toilet, sink drain or in the garbage disposer. The stringy, sticky gunk hardens and clogs drains and disposers.

  • Carve pumpkins on a thick bed of newspaper. Wrap up pumpkin-related materials and throw away in the garbage can or compost pile.

  • Separate the seeds, then roast for a tasty treat. Or grow your own pumpkins by planting this year's seeds early next spring.
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Fun Facts, according to Guinness World Records

The world's largest jack-o'-lantern was carved from a 1,469 lb pumpkin on October 31, 2005.

The fastest time carving a face into a pumpkin is 24.03 seconds, recorded July 23, 2006.

Do you carve your own pumpkin?
2. Do you make your own pumpkin pies? And do you plant the seeds?
1. I've never carved a pumpkin before. Dh bought this one and says he will carve it but based on his schedule,, I doubt it so I might cook it or try carving it or something...not sure but it can't remain in our pantry. 

2. I've not made pumpkin pies before, but would love to try. I love learning and trying new things. I might plant the seeds this time around since the kids are older and do want to get it done.

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  1. I didn't know pumpkin guts hardened up in the sink! Yikes!

    I do carve pumpkins and I make pumpkin pies but only from canned pumpkin, not from my pumpkin's guts! I roast the seeds and eat them!

  2. I do not carve pumpkins since I am not big on Halloween, but my boys do. They really enjoy it. They are boys and they're allow to have knives and carve stuff, so that's no brainer,lol.

    I love pumpkin pie, but I leave the baking of it up to Costco. Why mess with perfection?

    We roast pumpkin seeds, they are yummy.

  3. I love, love, love carving pumpkins and I love toasting the pumpkin seeds...yummy.

    I make an awesome pumpkin pie but I use canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling).

  4. Pumpkin always remind me to the halloween...!!

    I love pumpkin in every taste!
    xx, nensa

  5. Don't know if I'll be carving one this year. We've just moved house and live in an area where there aren't many small kids. Since I did the pumpkin thing for trick or treaters anyway, I don't see the point of doing one any more.

  6. No pumpkins or carving or pie at my house. Not much of a fan.

  7. I use to do all of that when my kids were younger and I was less busy with work.

    Have a great Friday!

  8. Marc carves our pumpkins!!!
    but... we dont do anything with the guts, except throw them away!

  9. I have carved a pumpkin before but with the kids so far we've only done markers, mr potato head inserts, etc. as they are still kind of young for me to want to whip out a big carving knife with them awake! haha

    I haven't made a pumpkin pie yet but I do love eating it!

  10. I did when the kids were little, but don't anymore.

  11. We do! we carve our own pumpkins and we love to roast the seads!
    Happy Aloha Friday! and Happy Halloween!

  12. No carving in this house and no we do not make pumpkin pie from the pumpkins. I do not even buy them. I use to roast the seeds years ago. My Aloha Friday link for you

  13. Yes, we do all three. Being gardeners, we grow and carve our own pumpkins. I usually can or freeze the pumpkin for later use and roast the seeds or save them for gardening. Save the pulp and shells for compost or animal treats.

  14. Yes, sometimes I carve, this year we got a kit that is a Mr. Potato Head and did that.

    I rarely make my own pies

    And I never plant seeds

  15. we carve them. and Grandpa picks them up from WIsconsin Pumpkin farms and brings them home for the kids so we don't have to buy them.

    Sometimes we bake the seeds but no pumpkin pies Yalk

  16. Okay, one of my favorite pies is pumpkin with whipped cream please. I use to carve our pumpkins and make roasted pumpkin seeds for the kids. Today I have a witch head I poke in the top, arms I poke in the side (one is holding a broom), and 2 little star buttons I poke in the front & I put it on my porch. The last couple of years the chipmunks have been eating a whole through it and have a feast & when they're done the ants & bees take over. Not sure what to do about that yet. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! See Monday for Monday's Music Moves Me.

  17. We always carve a pumpkin, but we toss the seeds and guts. I love pumpkin pie but I always used canned??

  18. i've never carved a pumpkin in my entire life!
    i like pumpkin pie, i buy the canned pumpkin and follow directions ... :)

  19. It's funny because we used to carve our pumpkins and for some reason we just stopped, but last year and this year I started back up-Probably cause it's with my friends :)

    Last year I made my first organic pumpkin pie (completely by happenstance). I had the pumpkin and I was afraid it was going to go to waist, so I just thought what the heck; I'll try it! It took 2 days of 'this isn't going to turn out,' but it was incredible!

    I hope to do it again this year :)

    Happy Friday!

  20. I have carved, toasted, roasted, and baked up some pumpkin very recently. I made pumpkin cupcakes just yesterday.

  21. I've carved a pumpkin. Last year my 6 year old carved his own almost by himself. He worked at it forever to get it just the way he wanted, and got a hand cramp from it.

  22. Not anymore. Carved pumpkins when the boys were young.

  23. We didn't get a pumpkin to carve this year. :( We have every other year but this time I've been WAY too sick and the hubster kind of looks to me for the "creative" activities. Boo.

  24. We carve our pumpkins. I love the creativity of it. We did 3 this year. I've roasted the seeds before, but didn't do so this time. We did plant pumpkin seeds last spring in hopes of growing our own pumpkins this year. The vines did great for most of the summer and they flowered, then for some reason one week they just died. It was strange because they were so healthy, taking over most of my flower bed. Sigh. I've never been much of a green thumb, but I was hopeful.

    Have a Happy Halloween!

  25. I hate to admit it Colette, but I have never or any of my SO(s) carve the pumpkins. We don't even buy pumpkins, but somehow we always get them at Halloween. As a matter of fact I got two this year!

    We don't make pies, or eat any of the traditional Halloween food, candy only. hehe

  26. We love to roast the pumpkin seeds after carving them- yum! We don't tend to plan them though. I don't think I knew you couldn't put the seeds down the drain though!


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