Friday, October 30, 2009



Get out your pumpkin carving tools, because with these stencils it's hard not to want to carve a pumpkin!

Better Homes and Gardens online has a big selection of dog breed pumpkin carving stencils. You can just download the PDFs. There's everything from Pug to Golden Retriever to Poodle and Scottish Terrier! There are 13 breeds to choose from, and with a few simple edits you could easily transform one of these stencils into a different breed - think, extend the ears on the Beagle for a Basset.

There are even some tips on how to design your own.

Last night I carved the Golden Retriever, baked some pumpkin seeds, and whipped up a batch of homemade dog bones. Here's my pumpkin all lit up!

As a Halloween treat here is my top secret pumpkin seed recipe:

Ingredients: Italian seasoning, Garlic Salt, Mrs. Dash, Sea Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions: Remove seeds from pumpkin, rinse in collander and remove most of the pumpkin guts. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice 1.5-2 tablespoons of butter and lay on baking sheet, spread out pumpkin seeds on cookie sheet, and sprinkle all of the seasonings (do the salt and pepper last) across seeds, lightly, lightly, lightly drizzle olive oil on seeds, gently stir and spred back out on baking sheet. Bake for 45-mins to 1 hour, removing every 10-15 minutes to stir and flip the seeds. Bake until light golden brown and crispy. If you like extra seasoning you can taste the seeds raw or mid bake and add another drizzle of olive oil and more seasonings and stir.


  1. Wow!! You been busy. Can almost smell the fresh baked dog bones and the pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin looks awesome all lit up. Need to try your seed recipe.
    Ernie & Sasha

  2. Very cool pumkin faces...we wern't organized enough to follow through with the faces....but did buy the pumpkin! And, the seeds look super tasty to mom!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  3. Thanks for that tip! I'm going to try that. The dog bones look good! I have never made anything like dog treats! But I do love to cook pumkin seeds! Happy Halloween!

  4. I had great plans this year to carve a real pumpkin and munch on seeds. I have no talent for that sort of thing... The recipe looks great and I love your pumpkin!


  5. Woof! Thanks for sharing. Will sure try the recipe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  6. We is hopin' that you had just the bestest HOWL-o-weenie ever and ever with lots and lots of treats!