Had a couple friends over to gut and cut up some gourds last night. There was also a six-pack of Lakefront Pumpkin Lager involved...
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We cheated and used some of the carving kits available at the local large-box store. I went with a "3 out of 4 Pumpkin" difficulty pattern. I even managed to overcome temptation and decided not to buy the powered pumpkin saw (although I still am plagued by lingering regret. There's something about using power tools for somethings you normally wouldn't...)
I managed to keep all the fingers attached to my hands, and removed the correct pumpkin bits.
Carving between the lines...
We also had a couple Halloween-ish (well, Tim Burton anyway) movies running while we did it. (I wanted to go with Rocky Horror, but the choice was vetoed with a reference to "you'll be singing loudly and obnoxiously the whole time..." For the record, I don't think it's that obnoxious.)
Lakefront Pumpkin Lager is also a pretty decent brew. There's a definite note of pumpkin and pumpkin pie style spices. It takes a couple sips to warm up to it, but once you come to terms with the pumpkin flavor it's an obvious choice for a Jack-o-lantern makin' party.
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