Last night was my friend Erin’s annual pumpkin carving party, I think this might be the first year I actually carved. Probably because I could not join in the tasty bevies so I had nothing else to do. Chris and I could not decide on what to carve on our pumpkin for the life of us until the idea of the baby came to mind. I summoned Hope to draw from memory what she had seen on the ultra sound pictures and Fetalkins was born. Fetus + Pumpkin = Fetalkin.
I can’t wait to light this baby up Friday night for all the neighborhood to see. Some people at the party thought I carved a jelly bean and one person even suggested it was a motorcycle but once I pointed out all the features and especially the little umbilical cord that goes up to the cord of the pumpkin it was all clear.
Other favorites of the night included my friend Dave’s Satan hearts the USA pumpkin with an upside down cross. Ya know satanic jokes and pumpkin carving never get old, especially since he and I had been singing a little Iron Maiden “Number of the Beast” earlier in the evening. Hope carved an amazing Biggie smalls, my blurry picture does not do it justice. Neil made a glitter and pom pom covered pumpkin and carved Zatarans into it to make fun of Hope, which was a hilarious inside joke.
Chris and I tried out a new and exciting recipe to take to the party that was a big hit, truffles. We made a white chocolate gingersnap batch as well as a dark chocolate Oreo cookie batch. The recipe was so super easy, a little messy, but really easy. Plus with my new Cuisinart I chopped those cookies up in a jiffy.
1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
2 pkg. (8 squares each) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
MIX 3 cups of the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls.
DIP balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover melted chocolate can be stored in tightly covered container at room temperature and saved for another use.) Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store any leftover truffles in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
For the second batch we just used Gingersnaps instead of Oreos and white instead of semi-sweet dark chocolate.
What did you carve into your pumpkin this year? Did you even carve one?