The First Cut Is The Deepest

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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You can thank Mal for that fantastic blog post title. He sang “The First Cut is the Deepest” as he started to carve our pumpkin, and then he said: “Hey, that would make a great post title.” So, there you have it: The First Cut Is The Deepest. Thanks, Mal!

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Murphy was hungry at 7:15 this morning, so instead of sleeping in, I got out of bed, fed him, and then took him on a walk to do his business. The gorgeous Maine views instantly made me feel better about waking up so early on a Sunday morning.

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No one else was awake yet, so I put on a pot of coffee and did some work on my laptop. I love those quiet hours of the morning. 

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A little while later, everyone woke up and gathered in the kitchen. We were all hungry, so Marie volunteered to make some really good pancakes. The guys were psyched that they were off the hook for cooking breakfast.

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Marie’s pancakes turned out so well. They were light, fluffy, and cake-like. I started with three pancakes with syrup, but they were just so delicious, I ended up eating a fourth one (and then licking my plate clean).


After breakfast, we carved pumpkins!

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I don’t think I’ve ever carved pumpkins outside during the day before. I’ve always done it inside at night.


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Mal and I carved a pumpkin together, so he cut out the eyes and (evil) eyebrows, and I did the scary mouth.

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Murphy didn’t know what to think of carving pumpkins.

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Except that pumpkin brains taste delicious!


Mal and I are convinced that Murphy is part pug zombie.

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Our pumpkin is on the left and Dave and Marie’s are on the right. Marie’s is a dog face!


Once the pumpkins were carved, Marie and I separated the pumpkin seeds for roasting.

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And we went nuts with them!


We made three different kinds:

  1. Sea salt
  2. Garlic Gold, garlic salt, and Worcheshire sauce
  3. Cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice

The garlic + Worcheshire were my favorite of the bunch. The Worcheshire flavor didn’t come through too strongly, but the combo of ingredients was just so delicious. I could not stop eating them! The cinnamon-sugar ones were tasty too, but I wish we added more of the spices to them. The sweetness could have been stronger.

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Shortly after carving pumpkins and eating roasted pumpkin seeds, Mal and I said goodbye to our friends and hit the road to drive home. The pug, in particular, was especially tired after such a fun-filled weekend.

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Do you carve pumpkins and roast the seeds? What’s your favorite flavor combination for roasting pumpkin seeds?



  1. We always carve our pumpkins! However, we very rarely roast the seeds as we sometimes save them for planting again in spring. This year though, we will roast them since our pumpkins will come from the store. 🙂

  2. I love carving pumpkins!
    Those pumpkin seeds look amazing…I’ve been dreaming about pumpkin seeds lately. My favorite flavor is just olive oil, a sprinkle of garlic salt, and a tiny bit of onion powder. So good!

  3. I can´t believe the guys actually managed to not cook breakfast today!!!!
    And that´s a cute evil pumpkin I must say. I´ve never done it before as it´s not celebrated this way in Spain but it looks like so much fun!

  4. Soo much fun! Love the title- Andrew always has good title for my posts, but he tells me AFTER I post them. Not very helpful. Murphy with his head in the pumpkin is too cute! And….. have to love the early morning quiet time! 🙂 Yay!
    I’ve never roasted pumpkin seeds before. This year might be the first! 🙂 I’m going to have to try your cinnamon, sugar, pumpkin pie spice combo.
    Have a great rest of your weekend!

  5. Pretty photos! It looked like it was beautiful there! I love your pumpkin – very cute. We just carved pumpkins with friends last weekend, and we kept all the seeds to roast too. I just roasted them in some seasoned salt, and they were delicious! I love the saltiness!

  6. I always carved pumpkins when I was growing up but apparently my husband did not. I got him to carve a pumpkin with me a few years ago and he was disgusted by cleaning out the guts. Now we decorate our pumpkins or leave them plain. No guts means no pumpkin seeds to roast! 🙁

  7. Looks like a perfectly fun fall day. I’m not much of a pumpkin carver…we’re not big Halloween people in my family…I’m just in it for the candy! 😀

  8. Maine looks beautiful! It looked like the perfect fall day. I love roasting pumpkin seeds. They are so good 🙂 I cannot wait to carve a pumpkin. I better get one soon. Before I know it, it will be Halloween!

  9. What a great picture of Murphy with his little head on the pillow! I let my dog sleep in bed and sometimes when I wake up in the morning I find her with her head on my pillow and her body under the covers. It’s the cutest thing ever!

    I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, but you may have inspired me to carve one this year. I love cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds!

  10. That is a GENIUS POST TITLE! And those morning hours of working are literally THE BEST! 🙂 Looks like a super amazing weekend. I’m dying to visit Maine someday. Can I borrow your friends? lol

  11. What a fun weekend! I love carving pumpkins, one of my favorite fall activities. I usually just do sea salt, but now I want to try the cinnamon combo!

  12. How fun! What a great idea to do it outside… minimizes the cleanup efforts inside for sure! I just partook in my very first pumpkin carving experience this weekend… it. was. awe-some. I can’t believe I’ve missed out on this experience for the past 28 years!!

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  14. What a fun day! That first shot is GORGEOUS! Fun story of our week: living in Korea, Koreans DO NOT carve pumpkins or even really celebrate halloween…so this weekend we gathered our Korean friends and taught them the magic of carving for the first time! SO FUN!

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