Monday, October 27, 2008

Carve A Great Pumpkin

I found this article about carving a great pumpkin. There is some good advice in this article. Me and my son are actually going to carve his pumpkin tomorrow. Happy carving everyone.

Glowing jack-o-lanterns are Halloween's most enduring symbol. Safely carve one, two, or more with your kids this year!

By Mary Goodbody

Whether you prefer simple carved faces on pumpkins or more elaborate designs, begin with a smooth, blemish-free pumpkin bought from a local market or pumpkin patch.

Choosing the Pumpkin
Look for evenly colored orange pumpkins with attractive stems. Never pick the pumpkins up by the stem - hold them underneath.

For most jack-o-lanterns, choose medium-sized pumpkins with at least one smooth side for the face. Have the design or pattern in mind when you shop, so that you can select rounded or oval pumpkins.

Very large pumpkins are time-consuming to carve, although one big one among the others makes a dramatic statement.

Small pumpkins can be carved into simple grinning or grimacing faces, or left untouched and nestled among the carved jacks.

Tools of the Trade
While ordinary kitchen knives and spoons do an admirable job, investing in a few other tools will make the task easier. Some of the tools should be only be used by adults, while others can be safely used by a child supervised by an adult.

Tools should be sturdy and sharp. If you plan to craft a detailed design, a flexible cutting saw is essential. These are sold in pumpkin carving kits, and many can be safely used by a child supervised by an adult. X-Acto knives and flexible boning knives work, too, but should be used by the adults.

Adult can use ice picks, large nails, and Stylus tools serve as pokers for outlining a stencil design.

Children can safely use a flat ice cream scoop or sturdy metal ladle for scooping out the seeds and pulp.

Preparing the Pumpkin
Trace the design on the largest, smoothest, most shapely side of the pumpkin. Use a pencil, marker or crayon.

If you use a stencil, lay it over the pumpkin and poke a series of tiny holes around the outline of the design. Use the poker tool for this.

Cut the lid without marring the design. Angle the knife inward to form a cone shape and cut a five- or six-sided lid. A round lid with straight sides can fall into the pumpkin.

Clean out the inside of the pumpkin. Take special care with the bottom of the jack-o-lantern so that the candle or flashlight can stand upright. Scrape the side for the face very clean and remove enough flesh so that it's about one inch thick.

Use a sharp boning knife and a paring knife to cut out the design. Make small, careful cuts. Remember not to cut through teeth!

Push the pieces out of the pumpkin with your fingers. Inspect your handiwork and then clean up any imperfections.

Storing the Jacks
Don't carve the pumpkins until a few days before Halloween, particularly if you live in a warm climate.

In most regions, jack-o-lanterns last for only two or three days. If it's cool outside, keep them on the porch. If you have an old refrigerator, put them in it when you aren't displaying them.

Move them out of direct sun during the day. Keep them as cool and shaded as you can.

If they start to shrivel, submerge them in a tub of water and let them soak for an hour or longer to absorb moisture.

Rubbing the cut sections with petroleum jelly helps hold in moisture, too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cute Halloween Craft

Pipe cleaners
Four-hole buttons
Stick-on googly eyes
Synthetic spider web
Double-sided tape

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Bend a pipe cleaner into a V shape. Push the base of the V up through one of the buttonholes until it protrudes 1/2 inch. Then, bend the 1/2-inch length over the top of the button. Use the same method to thread the three other pipe cleaners through the remaining buttonholes.

2. Next, shape the legs (there should be eight, of course!) by bending the pipe cleaner ends first 1 inch from the button and then again 1/4 inch from the tips. Stick the googly eyes onto the button between the front legs.

3. To create a web, the easiest option is to use a synthetic stretching spider web (sold at most novelty shops for under $2). If you can't find one, use a thin sheet of cotton batting. Stretch the web across a doorway, using pieces of double-sided tape to anchor the sides to the door frame. Then, set your spiders in the web wherever you like -- their legs will stick easily to the fibers.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Costumes for dogs

For those of you that have dogs here are a couple of really interesting costumes that I found. I love the yoda one. My son is a Star Wars fanatic and would love this one.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just saw this

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Very Cute Halloween Treat

This is too cute. Me and my son will be making this one for sure.

Monster Coffin Cake

What you need

1/3 cup KOOL-AID Grape Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix
2 Tbsp. hot water
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
4 OREO Cookies, divided
1 pkg. (10.75 oz.) frozen pound cake, thawed
10 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 JET-PUFFED Marshmallow
Black decorating gel 3
worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks PLACE drink mix in large bowl. Add hot water; stir until drink mix is completely dissolved. Add cream cheese; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping with wire whisk. Remove 1/2 tsp. of the cream cheese mixture for later use; set remaining cream cheese mixture aside.

Make it

CRUSH 3 of the cookies; place cookie crumbs in shallow dish. Set aside. Cut cake lengthwise in half. Frost cake top with some of the remaining cream cheese mixture. Dip in cookie crumbs until evenly coated; set aside. Place cake bottom on serving platter; frost top and sides with some of the remaining cream cheese mixture. Place cake top next to cake bottom to resemble coffin lid. Frost sides and cut side of cake top with remaining cream cheese mixture.

PLACE remaining cookie in center of cake bottom to resemble a body. Line up two rows of 3 mini marshmallows each at bottom of "body" to resemble legs. Place 2 miniature marshmallows on sides of "body" to resemble arms. Place large marshmallow at top of "body" to resemble head. Using reserved 1/2 tsp. cream cheese mixture, attach 2 miniature marshmallows to sides of "head" to resemble ears. Use decorating gel to draw mouth and eyes. Top cake with fruit snacks.


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