Pumpkins and Chili: 2013 Edition

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This year, my favorite blogs and magazines were all about hosting pumpkin carving parties. We knew carving parties were cool back in 2009. I'm glad everyone else is catching up.

For this get-together I made sooooo much chili, like two huge dutch ovens worth, and I still had barely any leftovers. Next year, I'm going to have to find a giant cauldron.

To change things up, I added a little chorizo and whole chiles in adobe to this version. The chili had a nice smoky spiciness. Topped with fried onions, cheddar and sour cream, it was my best batch so far. I don't know what I'm going to do next year to make it more delicious, but I better start my brainstorming now.
We had seven carvers. There were tiny pumpkins and huge ones. The first and second place winners were the usual suspects, although a few newcomers received an honorable mention. And of course there were a few duds.
Babies love to mess stuff up. I miss the days she could barely sit up.
First place (top), and second place (bottom).

Another pumpkin carving under our belt. Who's ready for Turkey Day?

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