See our masterpieces!!!! Ha, love them~!!!
Having trouble for pumpkin carving? If you’re new to pumpkin carving, just like me, here are some tips and really easy 6 steps for you!!
It’s an unbelievable thing to tell Americans that “Hey, I haven’t done pumpkin carving.“ or “I have no idea what the root beer floats is, is that beer?“ Ha, you should really see their surprised faces! So, I was lucky to have my colleagues held this party for me, and I really loved the lab fun time! Again, even though my proposal is still on fire, I decided to have some fun during this intense period.
Peach’s OS: Hey, why there’re so many fun times during October to December!!! My schedule is so full, man!
So, let’s do it, for them these are for nostalgic, but for us, it’s totally fresh and excited, whoop!!!
Okay, the followings are peach’s notes about the pumpkin carving, virus pumpkin will be my theme, cc!! Ha, it seems that procedure recording is one of the syndrome while you’re working on the proposal…
- Select your own lovely pumpkin! While picking a pumpkin, always find one that pleases you, but avoid any pumpkins with bruises or moldy stems as they will spoil much faster. We went to the Walmart for pumpkins, Jing and I conservatively chose a middle size one, and Kim chose a really huge one, cool!! And while we’re choosing the tools for carving, I found that they usually came with some carving templates, it’s so sweet but hey it’s cheating!!! Additionally, I found there’re much more creative patterns on line, and the pumpkin carvings they did are so awesome and versatile, OMG! But this time I would just try the basic carving though!
- Cut out the top! Draw a circle or hexagon, make some angle will be easier to find the right direction to fit in later, on top of the pumpkin in preparation for making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through. When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through (A lesson from Jing, hahaha).
- Scoop out the seeds and pulp. Remove the stem end, use a large spoon to scoop out any seeds or pulp from inside the pumpkin as well as the lid. This might be the most dirty part during the pumpkin carving, but it’s not hard though. Just hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.
- Draw a pattern on the clean pumpkin. There’re several ways for carving through the pattern. You can either print out your pattern, use small scissors to cut out the areas and tape the template onto the pumpkin, tracing the carving lines by a marker. Or you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin, and followed by connecting the dots as you carve. Alternatively, you can always Google it on line and just draw the pattern on the pumpkin. Just be sure to make the eyes, nose and mouth large enough; you’ll have a hard time cutting out tiny features.
- Follow your pattern as you cut all the way through the pumpkin. There’s no short cut here, just carefully carve it especially for the fine lines. A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue. Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.
- Jack’o’lantern!!! Put the lid back and place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to create an eerie glow.
WHOOP, THAT’S IT!!!
Enjoy our happy hours, including the root beer floats and pumpkin pies, Gig ‘Em Pishko group!! And, thanks everyone to help me complete my little dream for having some American traditions before Thanksgiving! You all are awesome, love you ^^