The hubby is back in the United States with his green card in hand (almost, because it should be arriving via mail very soon). My parents gave him his very own barbecue grill as a gift in honor of his little piece of Americana. And a little chill in the air isn’t stopping him from grilling like it’s the fourth of July. In fact, just this afternoon he threw tuna steak and swordfish on the grill for lunch.
The very first day he was home, he picked up one of the huge pumpkins on our porch and started cutting it up. It was a major undertaking. I’m still sweeping up pumpkin seeds that fell under the kitchen counter and island, and he worked on this project more than a week ago. We also lost a J.A. Henckels knife in the process. Antonio stuck the knife into the pumpkin and when he pulled it out, he had only half a blade in his hand. The rest was jammed into the meat of the pumpkin. The company guarantees the knives for a lifetime, so we sent it back. We’ll see what happens. Regardless, after grilling the pumpkin Antonio bathed it in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and hot pepper. Can you say delishooos like an Italian trying to speak English? Well, Antonio can and did and so did I. Happy grilling to all and to all a good night!
Every year, we host a Halloween party for our younger cousins. Some of them are getting too old to dress up, but no one is too old for crafts (not even their parents). So, this year we turned the backyard into a pumpkin patch and painted (and glittered) to our heart’s delight. We were a mess, but it was so much fun no one cared. It didn’t hurt that Zio Pasquale (my papa’) was teaching the kids how to make wine and giving out cups of grape juice (really, it was grape juice and not yet wine). Some of the kids found it too sweet. Others loved it. Combine the juice with the many, many cupcakes in which we indulged and you get one big sugar high. We used all that energy for creating magnificent works of art. You can see all the pumpkins and the artists (and even the wine making) by visiting the “Pumpkin Painting Party” photo album. Happy Halloween!
One of the bloggers I follow is crazy for pumpkins, so she invited fellow bloggers to write posts and share pumpkin-filled photos. I used the image above, which is of our front lawn, in a post for the About.com Newlyweds site. It also includes info on how to create such a scene at your own home. D & D Landscaping, which is run by my parents, is responsible for creating the Halloween scene at our house every year. My next goal is to carve a jack-o-lantern and make some caramel apples ahead of my Halloween bash for the kids on Friday night. I’ll give you more scoop on the party planning as the week unfolds. Happy Halloween!