Before I get into my pumpkin, I wanted to share that I'm a (newbie) Good Cook Kitchen Expert where Good Cook would send a product for me to use and review. I don't get paid for these types of posts and my thoughts and opinions are my own. Personally, I'll only be using products that I would've bought myself for these types of projects. :) So I'm excited to start with my pumpkin project since I've been using different tools for carving each year (seen here and here)!
After Bruce finished decorating his monsters pumpkin, I looked through this Pumpkin Carving Kit that Sweet Creations by Good Cooks sent. There were a few cute designs but I knew Bruce wanted something from Monsters Inc/University so I designed our own Mike Wazowski stencil.
(Please note that my hand injury was NOT caused by the tools but from something completely unrelated.)
I got right into it and I was already impressed with how you can use the back of the knives to start each cut. This made it much easier to do all of Mike's teeth. I started from the top and worked my way down to the bottom, scraping Mike's teeth last. I used the left overs from Mike's eyes to make little horns and used a toothpick to hold them in place.
In less than an hour, I had Mike smiling back at me:
"I can't believe it... I'm now a pumpkin!"
Bruce loved it so much he RAWR-ed his way around the table! :D
And here he is glowing in the dark:
our monster pumpkins
Here are some things to note about my experience with using the Sweet Creations by Good Cook Pumpkin Carving Kit:
• The scoop made it easier to scrape out the pumpkin guts with the ridged side and get a smoother finish (on the inside of the pumpkin) with the plain side. • I used the drill tip to dot out my template instead of the rotary tool. I never liked the rotary tools even in other kits because I'm unable to follow the template lines perfectly with them. • I do wish they had either a scrape tool or one knife with a shorter blade so it would allow me to choose the depth of how much I can cut like these pumpkins. • The knives are definitely stronger than competitors. I can vouch for this because last year, my sister and I broke or bent EVERY blade in all the different kits we bought because they were so flimsy. The knives in these kits are thicker and they didn't bend so I'll be able to use them next year! :)
Now here's the fun part for you! :D Good Cook is giving away a Sweet Creations by Good Cook Pumpkin Carving Kit to one lucky reader:
• Contest is open to US residents. • Deadline to enter is Oct 31, 2013. • Good Cook contest rules apply. • Prize will be awarded 8-10 weeks after winner is chosen.
If you'd like to order any Sweet Creations Halloween products from Good Cook, they're offering a 25% OFF coupon by using the CODE: PUMPKIN25
I hope you enjoy carving your pumpkins!
Disclosure: As a Good Cook Kitchen Expert I receive products in exchange for a review. All thoughts & opinions are my own. :)