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    • #20910
      Colleen Steele
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      Every year the four of us in my family would each pick a pumpkin and together we would sit around our kitchen table and carve them. Every year participation in this tradition became more and more difficult for my son who had PH. Pumpkin carving actually takes a lot of energy and it would knock the wind and energy right out of my son. As his PH progressed even just pulling the guts out became exhausting. We would all dig in and help him of course but I remember every year feeling emotional as I watched him struggle to try and complete a pumpkin on his own.

      It such a simple pleasure that many take for granted this time of year. Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween and if so, how does your PH stand up to the task?

       

    • #20922
      Brittany Foster
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      Hey Colleen,
      So sorry to hear about your son having such difficulty. Is he able to do it with more ease now? Definitely one of those things that people take for granted until they CAN’T do it anymore or have trouble with doing it. I always had trouble with carving pumpkins and would literally break into a sweat trying to do it and keep up with my sisters. I was always the better artist in the family so we decided that I would paint the pumpkins instead and make them into cool designs and then my sisters would be in charge of the carving. I enjoyed the pumpkin seeds though especially with some cinnamon sugar on them! Those were always my favorite snack. I just found things that I knew I COULD do well and that made me happy.

      • #20935
        Colleen Steele
        Keymaster

        Brittany,
        Yes, he has no trouble carving pumpkins now. We always bought those books with designs to select from which helped his participation. A lot of times he would poke the design out on the pumpkin then his dad would do the carving for him.

        We love the pumpkin seeds too but I never thought of putting cinnamon and sugar on them! We always covered our in kosher salt. I love cinnamon but I’m allergic to it so I wouldn’t be able to try it but maybe I’ll make a batch this way for my guys on Halloween. Thanks for the idea!

        • #20939
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          You should definitely try that way! It’s the best! That is terrible that you’re allergic to cinammon. There are so many recipes out there that have hints of cinnamon in them. I’m sure you have to be careful when you eat dinner out and stuff.

    • #20947
      Colleen Steele
      Keymaster

      Yeah, I love cinnamon but it doesn’t love me. It gives me debilitating migraines – the kind where I lose my vision and throw up from the pain. Sometimes even just smelling it will make me sick. I’ll tell my husband to try your recipe and I’ll just hang out upstairs while they make them. It sounds like something they would love.

      • #20957
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Colleen,
        The throwing up from it and the migraine symptoms definitely aren’t worth it! Stay away! Just use something like salt on them. If you’re a powdered sugar fan you can always add that to make ot a little sweet. Or cocoa powder! I’m full of tips on sweets!

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