A couple of years ago, I had a newborn, a young toddler and a burning desire to do everything just right. Can you say 4th trimester hormones??? So, one morning I suddenly decided that we just had to carve a pumpkin. The problem was, I am not well blessed in knife skills myself and I couldn't figure out how to allow my daughter to carve a pumpkin without putting a death instrument into her chubby, clumsy little hand.
Suddenly, I had a moment of brillance! For some reason I have a ton of cookie cutters. It's doubly strange because I do NOT bake. We leave that to Hubby in this house. So I busted out some star cookie cutters in various sizes, strapped Baby in his bouncy seat and got myself set to "carve" a pumpkin.
Here were my supplies:
1 small to medium pie pumpkin
Paper, for the goo
1 large spoon, for scooping
Several metal cookie cutters
1 small, sharp knife, for touch-ups
1 meat mallet (In revisiting this idea again this year, I discovered that I did not invent the wheel on this. Here is a great link with extra carving tips. Note that they use a rubber mallet. We will be trying this method this year as the metal mallet sometimes can damage the cookie cutters.)
Not bad for a crazy sleep-deprived mom of "two under two!" If I can do this, anyone can. Break out those cookie cutters and carve yourself a pumpkin! Happy Halloween!