Monday, October 31, 2011

The Great Pumpkin Carve 2011

The guest began to arrive at 4:30pm with pumpkins in hand. I was already rolling out and shaping donuts and was just about ready to start them cooking. The ladies joined me in the kitchen while the men and children gravitated to the BBQ and pumpkin carving tables. For dinner we had hot dogs and chili, chips and veggies, and root beer. The kids made some amazing pumpkins with a little help from the dads.  When the donuts were done cooking "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" was turned on and the mom's snuck out to judge the pumpkins.  The movie was followed by the pumpkin lighting ceremony and certificates and goody bags were presented to all the participants.  We gorged ourselves on more than 8 dozen homemade donuts, bars, twists and holes all decorated with various glazes, sprinkles, and toppings. While the parents rested from their labors--sat out on the cool lanai and visited--the kids snuck back into the house and turned on another movie, not Halloween themed.  We all had a great time and went to bed with full tummies and satisfied sweet tooths.

Yummy glazed donuts. One of the kids bragged that they had eaten 13 donuts. Another boy said that he ate all the donut holes by himself. I purposely lost count after eating three.
The donut making station manned by Bitsy, Jenny and Kelsy. Meg, Michelle and I also took our turns rolling out, proofing, frying and decorating.
Kalani had a special order: coconut AND sprinkles. Yummy!
Try as we might we couldn't get a tray full of donuts.  They were gobbled up too quickly. 
Look at that goopy mess.  Kids just love it!
WATCH OUT TRISTAN! It's the GREAT orange shark PUMPKIN!
All snuggled up to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".  Only got about half the crowd in this pic.

Indie is so proud of her certificate and her pumpkin.

It's the Great Pumpkin!

 (My)Donut Recipe--it's not really mine, it's Alton Brown's but it is the one I have used for the last 4 years with excellent results.



2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. Sure wish we could have come over and met your new friends. Even at Trunk or Treat, Sasha and Jayson were mentioning that they missed going over to your house and getting together for the great pumpkin party. Miss you all.

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  2. Oh my! This post made me so happy. Your doughnots look AMAZING! Looks like a great party Dani-way to go :)

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