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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Cayce over at Chickatees sent us an adorable idea for a Pumpkin Carving Party that we wanted to share with you:

“I do a pumpkin carving party every year, and have for the last eight years.  The first one I ever did was a month before Jonathan and I got married and he actually carved wedding bells into the pumpkin.  Then in 2001 after 9/11 we did an American flag.  I always do cute invitations and say BYOP (pumpkin).  We usually keep it in the neighborhood and I do chili and cornbread and have the kids vote anonymously for the best one and that person goes home with a prize.”

How fun!  Such a great idea for creating an easy get-together with your friends at this exciting time of year! 


invitations (;carving kit (;honey cornbread muffins (; pumpkin spiced cider (;spicy pumpkin bars (

You can print out TONS of clever pumpkin carving stencils at the fun website HomeStarRunner.

My all-time favorite EASY chili recipe literally takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes:


1 lb ground beef or turkey

2 (15 oz) cans black beans, undrained

1 cup medium or hot chunky salsa

2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

1 TBL chili seasoning mix

Cook meat in large saucepan over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly.  Drain if necessary.

While meat cooks, drain and mash 1 can of beans.  Add mashed beans, can of undrained beans, salso, tomato sauce and seasoning mix to cooked meat saucepan; stir well.  Cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until heated.

Spoon into serving bowls.  If desired top and sour cream and shredded cheese.  Makes 7 (1 cup) servings.

Good luck and send me pictures of YOUR pumpkin carving bash!