Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. While I haven’t dug out the totes of decorations from storage yet, I have gotten a little start on decorating already. My daughter, J., and I were out piddling around town one day last week and stopped into Dollar General for something. While there we found these really cute Halloween-themed window clings for $1.00 a sheet so we picked up a few. As I was cleaning the windows in preparation to hang them up, I saw this Mama Spider in the kitchen window between the glass and the screen with her little pod of spider eggs. I cleaned around her web so I wouldn’t disturb her. I just couldn’t bring myself to kill her. In any case, her web is not inside the house and we rarely have the windows open due to the seasonal allergies others in my house suffer from, so I left her alone.
A few days ago, we took the kids to a local farmer’s market to choose their pumpkins. We had fun doing that and looking around at all the neat stuff they were selling. I picked up some small gourds and a mini-pumpkin to make a Fall-themed centerpiece as well as some pear preserves, rhubarb strawberry jam and some pumpkin butter…YUM!
I have already tried the rhubarb strawberry jam on a peanut butter sandwich. It was my first time trying this combination and I have to say I really liked it.
We went to my mother-in-law’s house to carve the pumpkins because she really enjoys watching the kids do it. She saved the seeds for me to roast later. I can’t wait to look up some recipes to make some fun flavors for that project later!
My kids are older and were able to take on carving these beauties on their own, without help. The solid orange pumpkin on the left is my son’s. C. is 15 and was the most excited about carving pumpkins this year. As a matter of fact, a few days ago when we were at Target he found a pumpkin carving set that came with it’s own storage box and insisted that we buy it. I didn’t think he was serious (he’s a great straight-face kidder at times) but he was totally serious. I was surprised because the last few years no one has seemed to keen on pumpkin carving. He got his carving set and it really did come in pretty handy.
The middle, warty-looking pumpkin was chosen by my middle child. A. is 12 and she was intent at the farmer’s market on getting the ugliest, bumpiest pumpkin she could find. I think she succeeded. It’s so ugly it’s cute. How she was able to get such straight lines with all of those bumps, I have no idea!
The far-right pumpkin belongs to my oldest. J. is 21 and though she still lives at home, she is busy with her own life most of the time. So, I was really happy she was into this fun family activity.
We had a great day at the farmer’s market. While I usually don’t post pictures of my kids online (outside of my personal private Facebook page) this is such a great picture that I can’t resist. It’s even a not-so-bad picture of me, for once. My husband took the picture because no one was nearby to ask to photograph all of us, so he escaped without having to be in it.
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