Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Night!

~This Saint-O-Lantern is dedicated to the Mother of God: St. Mary, Most Holy~
*Ave Maria~Hail Mary*

Tonight was Pumpkin Night!

~We carved Pumpkins and ate Pumpkin Cake~
Hubby will be gone to the Firehouse for the next several nights so we had to seize the moment and take advantage of his time home with us...  
(We miss him when he is away!)
It was a fun night with only a couple of small glitches...
Oldest son was very tired from playing Water Polo so he didn't want to be photographed and
I was a little sad that 2 yo missed out on the fun as she was already in bed.  We also didn't have much time to print out some of the saintly pumpkin patterns that I wanted to try so we just did our best with "free hand." It's a little early so the pumpkins might rot before the end of the week but the memories will remain...

I just love this little poem that circulates every year about this time.  You have probably seen it but I think it's perfect for pumpkin night:

Being a Christian...Is like being a pumpkin. God picks you
from the patch, brings you in, washes all the dirt off you. Then He
cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. 

He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. Then He carves you
a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world
to see.

~Here are a few more photos from our evening and the recipe for our Pumpkin Cake below~
Cleaning pumpkins is my favorite part!
Not much of a fancy stencil but I gave it a good, honest, try...
Saint-O-Lantern complete!
 Army Dude (Age 11) did his pumpkin without Dad's help this year.  He's an experienced Boy Scout when it comes to using a knife!
Superboy had some help but he designed the face and gave his pumpkin the "original" name of Jack!
Princess and her handsome and holy pumpkin...
Then we closed out the evening with Pumpkin Cake
This is a Fall favorite at our house!
Pumpkin Cake
6 eggs,  slightly beaten
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1 large can pumpkin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 cans condensed milk

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 Cup melted margarine or butter
Cool whip topping (optional)

Mix all ingredients together, except for cake mix and butter.  Pour into greased 9X13 pan.
Place yellow cake mix into a separate bowl and melt the butter.  Pour melted butter over the cake mix and use fork or fingers to moisten the cake.  Cake should be moist but lumpy.  Slowly drop cake mixture on top of the pumpkin mixture until the pumpkin surface is covered.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

I was so mad at myself that we forgot to pray the Pumpkin Carving Prayer!
I printed it out from DLTK and everything.
But hero hubby saved the day, even though it was the "next" day.
He helped 2yo Angel Baby carve her pumpkin before heading off to work.  We had a second chance to do the prayer and carve a pumpkin accordingly! 
(Hint: The Christian face matches the prayer)
We named him "Bible Pumpkin"~
Dear God,
As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)
Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
(Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(Cut the eyes out in heart shapes)
I'm so sorry for turning up my nose to all you've given me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of a cross)
Open my ears so your word I will hear.
(Cut the ears shaped like the Bible)
Open my mouth so I can tell others You're near
(Cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let your light shine in all I say and do!  Amen.
(Place a candle inside and light it)
Check out the Saint-O-Lantern Links over at Catholic Cuisine too...


  1. Your pumpkins turned out great! Thanks for posting the pumpkin cake recipe, it sounds delicious :)

  2. Beautiful!! I loved the Ave Maria one! For one reason or another, we haven't gotten into this tradition yet. But I enjoy looking at creative carvings like yours Tiffany! Blessings!

  3. I LOVE the St. O'Lanterns! What a great name and what lovely pumpkins! The prayer is great-it reminds me of the Resurrection Cookies that are popular at Easter. It's so creative to see an ordinary activity like carving pumpkins turned into an opportunity to prayer-a wonderful reminder that all of our ordinary activities can be opportunities for prayer. The recipe sounds deliciously rich! I'm going to have to try it!

    Thanks for your prayers for the Consecration-it was wonderful! I will be writing about it shortly. Also, thanks for the encouragement to do something nice for my grieving neighbor, it was just the boost I needed. You are a blessing to me Tiffany!

  4. Love the pumpkins and the cake looks so yummy!
    Thank you for sharing and BOO!
    Hugs & Blessings,

  5. lovely pumpkin carving. we've got to get down to business and do some here. I love the Ave maria one :) and well, they are all great! the pumpkin cake recipe sounds delicious. we don't often see pics of Daddy so that was a treat too.

  6. Hi Tiffany,
    Thank you for leaving such a kind comment. I love your pumpkins. The pumpkin cake sounds amazing!!! May God bless you and your family abundantly.


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