PUMPKIN 101: CARVING AND COOKING | BLOGTOBER 25

I love pumpkin carving. It's one of my favourite things to do around Halloween and is the one thing that I do every single year to mark the occasion. Where when I was a kid, my pumpkins would often be of the triangle eye and jagged open mouth variety, I now get a little more obsessive over my designs. Yep, I'm that slightly deranged person who spends three hours carving their pumpkin and ends up seeing orange when they close their eyes. But, there's something so fun and creative about carving pumpkins and so this halloween tradition was one which I couldn't possibly just leave behind in my childhood. Wanna hear my tips and tricks on how to have the best pumpkin going this year and also the best things to cook from the remains? Then read on my friend.

Get inspo from Pinterest. I spend an abnormal amount of time looking through other peoples pumpkin designs on Pinterest and Instagram. I don't know what it is about the skill which just completely baffles me. I honestly think really intricate pumpkin carvings just look amazing! I usually make a Pinterest board of all of the designs that I'd like to try and then narrow it down to which one I'm going to attempt.

Use a stencil. Once you've found a design you like online, the easiest thing to do is probably to find a similar stencil and print it out to use on your own pumpkin. Alternatively, if you're a bit of an art whizz, draw it out yourself onto a piece of paper or directly onto the pumpkin if you're feeling super confident. A stencil literally makes like 10000x easier when it comes to the cutting stage!

Take your time. I'm not joking when I say I spend literally hours carving my pumpkins each year. But that's partly because I'm a perfectionist and I like to make things harder for myself. Once you've got your design drawn on, I usually like to poke holes through the paper onto the pumpkin, so that you can take the stencil off and still have a guide where you need to cut. This takes time but honestly makes life so much easier!



We all know that bloggers love pumpkins. With autumn seeming to have become such a big online trend, trips to a pumpkin patch for photos and bringing pumpkins home to carve and use as blog props has become a huge thing in the blogging world. Which I love! Honestly, I couldn't be happier to see this season being celebrated. However, it's super important that we don't allow this trend to become something which has an impact on the environment. Food waste has never been as apparent as it is in 2017, and I know that that's not something that I want to contribute further to because I wanted to carve a pumpkin.

The good news is, there are loads of amazing recipes and things that you can make with the insides of your pumpkin when you've finished carving it, instead of throwing it all in the bin! I've saved up a few of my own to use this year, so I thought I'd leave a few of my favourite ideas I've found below!

1. BBC Good Food Pumpkin Pie Recipe

2. Genius Kitchen Pumpkin Soup Recipe

3. Pumpkin Spiced Latte Recipe

4. Pumpkin face mask

5. Roasted pumpkin wedges



Happy Halloween week! What will you be making from your pumpkin this year?

4 comments :

  1. Are these photos of pumpkins that you have previously carved?! You're a pumpkin carving pro!! The Frenchie pumpkin is my fav. I have never thought to look on Pinterest for pumpkin carving ideas before!
    Amber x
    www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes they are!! Those are my pumpkins from the past 3 years haha. Honestly, Pinterest is the best for pumpkin inspo!x

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  2. Your pumpkins are so detailed! I didn't use a stensil so that could have been the problem, but it's actually so much harder than I thought it would be. Halloween is such a great holiday xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

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    1. Thanks Diana! Stencils are the secret, honestly!xx

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