Oct 18, 2009

Homemade Amond Butter and Pumpkin Carving

Yesterday afternoon we decided to finally make our own almond butter. It's super easy to make and definitely cheaper than buying the Marantha almond butter. Brandon put 1 cup of raw almonds in this food processer from um, the 1930s.

He let them grind for about 12-15 minutes total, stopping it every now and then to wipe down the sides with a spatula. Halfway through, he added 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey.

Here it is about halfway done:

It was the perfect amount to store in this leftover jelly jar from the farmer's market:

But of course I had to re-label it!

This evening we decided to be fatties and make nachos! Ahhhh yummy. We used multi-grain chips, reduced fat Mexican blend cheese, black beans, salsa, and shredded chicken cooked in cumin and cayenne pepper.

Then, it was pumpkin carving time! We got these freeeeeee pumpkins from Whole Foods yesterday.

We scraped out tonsssss of flesh. It was kinda fun to play with. 

And I became a little obsessed with getting all the seeds out so I could roast them.

Brandon used a pattern that came with our carving tools...

...but I decided to make an Xtina pumpkin!


Here is B's finished pumpkin:

And both of them together...We forgot to buy candles!


  1. um okay really creepy -- I was definitely just thinking today that I want to make my own Almond Butter.. who are you, Miss Cleo!?

  2. Your pumpkins are too cute.Hope I have time to carve one.

  3. Nice pumpkins! Excellent work.

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds. They're so good...