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Huge Bunch of Kale and Another Pumpkin Carving

I was amazed at the giant bunch of Michigan-grown kale I bought at Nino for only 99¢. What a deal! I’m going to steam it when I make this again. I put my cellphone next to it for size comparison.


I carved a pumpkin for my parents yesterday. It’s a raccoon coming out of a pumpkin. It was a pattern that came with the pumpkin carving kit you can buy at any mass retailer. The kit and patterns are made by Pumpkin Masters.


I specifically chose a raccoon pattern because I knew my dad would find it hilarious. He has had many encounters with raccoons. One of my favorite incidents was when a raccoon head-butted the hubcap on my dad’s hot rod . It left a big dent! It must have saw its’ reflection and thought there was another raccoon? I don’t know but it’s still funny to me. And more recently, he was helping out a neighbor who was away, and took their trash barrels up to the house. It was suppose to rain so he was going to turn them over so they didn’t fill with water. Well, there was one barrel that was not put at the curb and inside was, yep, you guessed it, a giant raccoon. Scared the heck out of my dad!!

Both of my parents love the pumpkin and as predicted, my dad thought it was hilarious.

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  • vicki September 21, 2006, 10:00 am

    georgous kale — our current favorite veggie! racoons are so mischievous – we have a couple that come around from time to time… great pumpkin ideas!

  • Bazu September 21, 2006, 10:00 am

    Great pumpkin! I love raccoons, too. Back when I lived in California, we had a mama raccoon who had 2 baby raccoons and every morning around 3 or 4 a.m. they’d come to our balcony. They were cute, but there was also a crazy raccoon that looked like it had been around the block a few too many times. It liked to hang around the garbage area and would bark at you when you took the garbage out! All in all, though, they are cute creatures, with their little bandit masks and fuzzy tails! My cats look like they might be half raccoon… 😉

  • Nikki September 21, 2006, 10:29 am

    I just tried kale for the first time about a month ago. At first I didn’t like it and then I started to crave it. That kale looks gorgeous!

    I love the racoon pumpkin! They like to have fun in our trashcans too, but they have stiff competition from our tough, pudgy squirrels!

  • Courtney September 21, 2006, 10:34 am

    That pumpkin looks awesome! Mine always come out looking like a 5 year old carved them. Blindfolded.

  • udandi September 21, 2006, 2:20 pm

    I want to carve pumpkins with you, you do such a neat job! maybe I should try to get that kit!

  • Vivacious Vegan September 21, 2006, 6:29 pm

    Your pumpkins are incredible. They don’t last until Halloween, do they? I can’t seem to remember pumpkins lasting for that long.

  • urban vegan September 21, 2006, 8:31 pm

    Kale rocks–esp for 99 cents. And so does your pumpkin masterpiece.

  • Midwest Vegan September 21, 2006, 10:35 pm

    Nice pumpkin there! Amazing — it’s art really.

    I love kale — especially in soups.

  • vegandiva September 22, 2006, 9:43 am

    Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments on the pumpkins!!!

    Bazu, I had enjoyed hearing about the crazy barking raccoon. Glad it never tried to come after you!

    Courtney, you’ll have to try those kits from the store. They’re actually quite to easy once you get the hang of it 🙂 Oh, and I wanted to mention I enjoy reading your knitting blog. Knitting is something I want to learn how to do. Lately, I’ve just been doing embroidery.

    Udandi, you’re so crafty, I think you’d like using those kits to carve pumpkins. The kits only run about $4 and the ones at Target have a rubber grip on the carving saw. I know you’ve mentioned your niece before on your blog, they also have a kids carving kit but not sure of the safety of it. It came with different tools and a smaller pattern book. Might be something to check out? Another tip is to make photocopies of the patterns in case you want to use it again. I’ve noticed that they seem to have different patterns from year to year.

    VV, nope, the pumpkins only last about a week. I get a new pumpkin every week from now until Halloween 😀 I have a $5 a week pumpkin habit! LOL

    Midwest Vegan, thanks for stopping by. I’m definitely going to check out your blog. We like it in soups too. We’ve been eating even more kale and Swiss chard than usual since all those spinach recalls came about.

  • mikaela September 22, 2006, 12:15 pm

    Yummm – kale 😀

    I think the Ridiculous Racoon is my favorite pumpkin so far – keep carving, lady!

    And… Happy Friday!

  • K September 25, 2006, 2:21 am

    Your pumpkins are amazing, Emmy. You are such an artist, and it’s so cool of you to share your talent!

    I had a raccoon in the dumpster at my condo that would come out late at night and because of my hours at work, i would get to see him all the time foraging. He would stand on his hind legs with his findings and just go to town. I would sit in my car and be entirely entertained. I hope he’s all right, he hasn’t been around in a while, but i’ll bet he’s moved along to other garbage bins…

    What a funny story about the car dent and your dad’s encounters. That made me smile!!

    Nice bargain on the kale. My mom’s gonna be proud of you, too!!