Angry Jack

Angry Jack. by SashaWarner
Angry Jack., a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.
We left the Jack-O-Lantern carving until the last minute. It was 4:30pm on Halloween and we only had a pumpkin. So instead of having a special destined-to-be-posted-on-facebook-to-prove-to-the-world-we-are-the-best-parents-in-town photo op of carving our pumpkin as a family, Shawn carved the pumpkin whilst I took the kids to visit my Grandmother. Doing both activities would have been ideal, but when time was short, it was an easy choice. The kids can't get an Oreo cookie from a Jack-O-Lantern.

Nevin is at the age where he knows things are coming, but is shocked and delighted when he sees it in real life. He knows about Jack-O-Lanterns, and had requested an angry face yesterday, but he hadn't connected the concepts that OUR plain pumpkin was going to be THE Jack-O-Lantern.

When we got home from Gram's and Nana's houses, Shawn had the Jack-O-Lantern carved and lit. Nevin gasped. He said, "Our pumpkin... is screaming!" He was thrilled.

Having left it all to the last minute, it was very tempting to do one of those really neat, quick and beautiful painted pumpkins as our Jack-O-Lantern this year. I couldn't though, because it felt like such a waste. You cannot eat painted pumpkins.

This morning I lopped off half Jack's face and put it in the slow cooker. We had easy, yummy pumpkin soup. I think it'll be our new tradition. I may not be the best parent in town, but by golly, I'm well fed.

Jack-O-Lantern Soup
(from Skinny Ms.)
8 ish cups pumpkin, chopped in large chunks (don't bother peeling it)
2 apples, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk, preferably not skim
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Put the first four ingredients in the crock pot. The original recipe said to cook on low for fours hours. I left it in the slow cooker for the entire work day, and it was fine.
After the first ingredients are cooked, puree them with the bottom four ingredients. Enjoy!
p.s. You could make this with canned pumpkin instead, but then you wouldn't need to use the slow cooked, because the pumpkin is already pureed.

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