This weekend I got to carve pumpkins with two new friends who had never experienced Halloween and jack-o-lanterns before. Yu fan and Daisy are both PhD students at Rice who I met through the international student office.
When I met them, Yu fan had been in the U.S. less than a month and the university’s servery (dining hall) was extent of her American food. I knew we would be fast friends when she said her favorite American food so far was pizza. I immediately dove into a lengthy and unsolicited monologue about the best pizza places in Houston and the varying styles of pizza in the States. Oy. More than anyone wanted to listen to, I’m sure.
Daisy actually completed her undergrad in upstate New York, though she didn’t get to experience life outside of campus too often. I’m looking forward to future adventures and holidays with them!
Here we are with our creations. One guy on campus said Daisy’s pumpkin looked very abstract, but let’s be real; we all know it’s an owl. ;)
Last thought: I scored a trash bag full of seeds and guts from the pumpkins that I’ve yet to bake…anyone know if uncooked pumpkin seeds have an expiration date?