I approach Halloween with a bit of trepidation due to the massive pumpkin-carving spree I must undertake. I'm not quite sure when carving ALL the pumpkins became my job, but it has been that way for several years now. At least this year my mom was in town to help (and she did an awesome job on the Obama pumpkin). On top of the mess, I tend to get complaints from the kids for my less than perfect renditions of their desired design. I am definitely not an artist LOL. Of course the fun is not over after the pumpkins are carved. Then it's time to roast pumpkin seeds (mmm) and, the day after Halloween, cut the jack o'lanterns up and roast them and puree them for some future homemade pumpkin pie. James took over pumpkin pureeing duties with some help from the boys.