So I wanted to title this post "Christmas Eve." Because you know tomorrow is the start of the holiday season, right?! RIGHT!?! WHEEEEEEEEEE!
But first, some pumpkin pi:
This afternoon we carved pumpkins
My gosh, this was the most relaxing thing I have done in MONTHS!!!!!!!! I am much more of a hands on person than a thinker. Probably why I like photography more than writing.
Sifting through the pumpkin meat for the seeds was the most soothing task
Ready to roast!
Pretty soon we had two carved punkins
Candy was put out, but I held off till after dinner
Costume time! Guess I just dressed up for you guys since no one else seemed to notice
I found my old glasses (for reading) and retainer!!
Flamingo socks and all (oh wait, I wear these regularly!)
Faith + Tate came over for some Halloween hooligans
Bearing gifts of apples. I put out some spiced popcorn with the apples for an appetizer.
Along with the pumpkin seeds. We roasted them for 45 minutes at 275* (which was 3x as long as most recipes said!) covered in unknown proportions of cinnamon, cayenne, coconut oil, salt and more. Once they were finally done (the recipe we followed was not accurate for our seeds!), they were quite good! Rather fibrousy, but good.
We whipped up some Pumpkin Martinis too! They were inspired by this recipe. Sadly they were also not the best recipe. Well, we also didn’t have apple cider or maple syrup, so it was probably our fault. We mixed a shaker of pumpkin, Makers Mark, sweet vermouth, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and more and found them to be tasty, but not perfect.
I found myself reaching more for Matt’s giant glass of white wine!
The star of the night was pumpkin pizza!!
My sister Larbs had a pumpkin + sage pizza in a restaurant recently and I knew I wanted to recreate it.
We used Matt’s whole wheat pizza dough recipe and added a mixture of pumpkin (maybe half a cup per pizza) with parmesan and salt + pepper as the base.
Then we added cooked mushrooms (1 pint divided by 2 big pizzas) and eggplant (1 small) on top and a mixture of leftover cheeses, including bleu cheese. We topped the pizzas with chopped walnuts and grated parmesan and baked for about 10 minutes.
The end produce was AMAZING!!!!!!!!
I probably had 3-4 pieces of pizza plus a big plate of salad that Karen brought over topped with pumpkin seeds, and more wine!
We got a handful of trick-or-treaters, but not many
And who was counting how many chocolate wrappers we all devoured? I have a stomachache now
Too bad my mom wasn’t here to remind me of that chocolate side effect!