Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Party and Potluck + Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

On Wednesday evening we hosted our annual Pumpkin Carving Party and Potluck. It was fun, but smaller, less crazy that in years past.

They carved pumpkins, of course.

With the advent of Pinterest, the artistic expectations of pumpkin carving art has certainly risen.

I put together a party soundtrack in Grooveshark.You can enjoy it, too, by using this link.

There was some silly dancing to songs from various Halloweeny-ish movies.

And of course there was the lighting of the pumpkins. I think this might be my favorite part.

I provided stuff to make Frito pie (Frito corn chips topped with Hormel chili and cheddar cheese), as well as stuff for rootbeer floats. Our guests brought desserts and other main dishes.

After the carving was complete, the kids played games and I prepared the pumpkin seeds for roasting. I put the pumpkin guts and seeds in cold water to I let them dry for a day before roasting them. I coated them with butter, dusted them with salt (some people suggested using garlic powder) and roasted them at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

And of course we missed Ethan who is now sailing in the waters off of the Mexican coast.



2 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs, well beaten
3 1/2 c. flour
2 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. applesauce with 2 tsp. soda added
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. raisins
2 c. walnuts

Cream sugar and shortening; add the eggs. Add the applesauce/soda mixture and mix well. Sift together flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon and add. Add oatmeal, raisins and nuts last. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheets and bake in 400°F oven for about 12 minutes.
Makes 7 dozen cookies.

Our Party Soundtrack via Grooveshark!

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