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Another first

October 24th, 2010 · 28 Comments · pizza

Last weekend I had my very first apple cider donut. This weekend I experienced another first – pumpkin carving! Yup, I have never carved a pumpkin. Obviously someone didn’t grow up in this country 😉 The second my friends heard this, we immediately put “pumpkin carving” on our agendas. What else was on the agenda? Making Thanksgiving pizzas!! You see, last weekend we were all brainstorming creative pizza toppings for challenge 5 of Project Food Blog and the idea of Thanksgiving pizza came up. I obviously ended up going in a different direction* but none of us could get Thanksgiving pizza out of our minds. So pumpkin carving + Thanksgiving pizzas it was! :mrgreen:

While the girls were cooking…

The boys were playing video games…

Typical! :roll: haha

Cranberry sauce, stuffing, apple cider roasted turkey and mashed potatoes… this was going to be a monster pizza!

Mmm, I want you in my belly!

With a holiday spirit and full bellies, it was time for the main event. Let’s carve these babies!

I feel very comfortable with a knife in my kitchen but this was quite scary. Check out Kyle’s face (on right) – doesn’t he look concerned? Haha. The boys actually ended up taking the top off for me.

Much better!

I’m such a girl sometimes. I was saying how while this was fun, I was looking way too cute in my clothes for such a messy job. Kyle gave me his old t-shirt and then I was ready to get down & dirty!

My template of choice:

Working diligently:

Voila! I’m such a proud pumpkin mama. I think my little guy is SO CUTE. I’m mildly obsessed. 😀

Everyone else took much more ambitious projects on… pretty cool, huh?

Can I keep him forever?

Have you ever carved a pumpkin? What’s your most impressive pumpkin carving accomplishment? Kyle carved Homer Simpson 2 years ago – that was pretty sick. :) I can’t WAIT to do this again next year. I’m going to try something more ambitious next time now that I’m a pro. Ha!

*I was eliminated from the Project Food Blog competition on this last round. Thank you all SO much for voting for me and giving me the opportunity to get that far!! 😀

PS – Tomorrow I am unveiling a project I’ve been working on for a while. I can’t wait to share it with you! Come back here to check it out. :)

PPS – Hi Karley! Thank you for working up the courage to say hello to me today. I am always really happy to meet my readers in person! I promise, guys, I don’t bite! 😉

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28 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kerstin

    Thanksgiving pizza is such an awesome idea! Glad you had fun carving pumpkins too – love that you put that tshirt on so you wouldn’t get messy :)

  • #2 - Megan

    Your pumpkin is adorable! I haven’t carved a pumpkin since I was a little kid. My dad would always do the cutting, but we kids would duke it out over what we wanted the pumpkin to look like.

    Love the Thanksgiving pizza. I’m so hungry right now but trying not to eat since it’s pretty much time for bed!

    Hope you had a good weekend.

  • #3 - Alice

    Hehe aw yours is cute! I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years – it’s not so popular here in Australia (even though we seem to have pumpkin year-round).

  • #4 - MelissaNibbles

    Yours is cute! I’ve never thought to use a stencil.
    The Thanksgiving pizzas are very creative. I’m voting for you in my mind. Congratulations on making it as far as you did. You should be very proud :)

  • #5 - Michelle

    Your pumpkin is adorable and the pizza looks delish! I’m so proud of how far you went in Project Food Blog – you did great!

  • #6 - Lee

    It’s impressive that you got so far in PFB. You should be proud of yourself!

    Cute pumpkin, btw.

  • #7 - Di

    Thanksgiving pizza is a really cool idea.

    I’m not sure I’ve ever carved a pumpkin! Maybe next year?

    And congrats on making it so far in PFB. You did great!

  • #8 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Thanksgiving pizzas are SUCH a cool idea! Were they as delicious as they sound?

    • #9 - Elina

      I had mine without stuffing so I was very bread-y. Everyone else LOVED it. I think I’d like to add some cubed sweet potatoes to the mix next time. Mmmm :)

  • #10 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    i haven’t carved pumpkins since i was a kid, and i can assure you they were not anything more complex than a face

  • #11 - Shannon

    sorry you didn’t make it to the next round :( but so many great entries, proud of you!!

    love carving pumpkins :) glad you had fun! that pizza looks pretty awesome, too, w/o the stuffing 😉 (not a fan!)

    • #12 - Elina

      Hehe, you KNOW I didn’t have any stuffing either (with onions and all). I knew I liked you 😉

  • #13 - Hillary

    Congrats on making it so far on PFB, my favorite entry was your dinner party – exquisite~

  • #15 - sister inna

    that pumpkin really is adorable! love your “concentrating” face 😉
    i think you should try thanksgiving ice cream next — omit the onions haha

    • #16 - Elina

      Eww, what would that be? I think cranberry ice cream and sweet potato ice cream sounds pretty good. From there, you lost me! 😆

  • #17 - Laura

    Carving pumpkins is SUCH a workout!! I remember my friend and I did one last year and my muscles ached the next day!

  • #18 - Karley

    It was great to see you in class at Healthworks! Hopefully I’ll see you again soon. By the way, the pumpkin is too cute. That’s always so much fun.

    • #19 - Elina

      I’m sure we’ll run into each other again soon. As you know, I’m all over HW’s classes lately 😉 PS – I corrected the spelling of your name in the post. :)

  • #20 - Tiffany

    That was such a fun night, and the pizza definitely fulfilled the Thanksgiving dinner craving I think a few of us had…Well, for the next month, at least :)

    Cranberry ice cream sounds intriguing, but I’m still pulling for Kevin and Jere to make a cranberry beer! How tasty would that be?!

  • #22 - Sues

    Yay, I love that you made a Thanksgiving pizza!! Looks awesome! I actually carved a pumpkin for my first time this year too. OK, so my family used to carve pumpkins when I was little, but I really just sat and watched :)

    Can’t wait to hear about your news :) :) And I just read your above comment… Cranberry beer?? That’s amazing!

  • #24 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I LOVE carving pumpkins! My sisters and I have a tradition that was always go get pumpkins and carve them together every year.

  • #25 - joy

    I carved pumpkins this year too! It was so much fun!
    I made wild horses
    http://privatelyiamjoy.blogspot.com/2010/10/wild-horses-couldn-keep-me-from_12.html

  • #26 - Rachel Wilkerson

    Cuuuuute pumpkins!!

  • #28 - Car

    um, yum! I’d have a slice of that. One of my favorite pizzas is also very autumn-inspired. It comes from a local pizza shop and it has very thinly sliced butternut squash, sausage, caramelized onions, pepitas, just a little cheese, and a balsamic brown sugar drizzle. mmm. And hey, if you want to see some very impressive pumpkins, totally head down to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence to see their Jack-o-Lantern spectacular. We’ve gone two years in a row – so fun!