Tag Archive: Halloween

Autumnal Equinox

Yesterday was the beginning of autumn, my favorite season.  Like most years, it really didn’t seem very fall like…at least on the surface.  But, there is no mistaking the clear pale blue color of the sky in September. The change in lighting gives the landscape a slightly cooler look than summer. A small change, but a definite change. Also noticeable was the heavy dew on my car that I hadn’t seen during the summer months. The changes are subtle but present even at the equinox.

For me, Autumn comes as a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of summer.  My creative juices tend to languish in the summer and reawaken as the mornings get cooler and the days get shorter. In early Fall, I begin to think about my favorite holidays Halloween, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. There is still time to perfect some unique meal or craft something special for celebrating or make plans to gather loved ones together.

Happy Autumn!! Wishing you all a wonderful Fall full of creativity and love!

 

Halloween Style

At Spring Rose Cottage we love Fall colors and decorating, especially when it comes to Halloween. This is the first year we have done any decorations on the house since we moved back in. Because of work commitments this year, the decorating fell to the kids.

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First they strung color lights on the porch posts. The left side post is covered in purple lights and the right side is covered in Candy Corn painted lights.

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Then they placed the pumpkins that they had carved on the porch. The two pumpkins closest to the posts were connected into the post lights, so there is no need for a bunch of cords draped across the porch.

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This Witch pumpkin wasn’t cut all the way through, but the design was scraped and carved to show when lit by a big bundle of string lights that is placed inside.

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This Cat pumpkin is a great example of a design that is cut all the way through the pumpkin rind. It is lit by candle placed inside the pumpkin.

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This Spider pumpkin is scraped (not cut out) and the spider has multiple red eyes.

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This Bat pumpkin is cut through and is candle lit.  The lid started to burn, so they removed the lid to allow the heat to escape. The kids enjoyed making the pumpkin designs, decorating, and giving out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. They are already planning what to do for next year.

 

 

Witchy Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is a big thing at our house. We have a plastic bin of pumpkin carving tools, patterns, scrapers, information about carving techniques and mallets for putting in light spikes.

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The first step is to buy your pumpkin.

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Next pick out a pattern or template for tracing onto the pumpkin. Using a copier, adjust the size of the template by enlarging or reducing to better fit the size of your pumpkin.

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Tape the template to your pumpkin and use a puncture tool to mark the lines to make a guide for cutting or scraping the design.

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When the outlining is finished, take off the template and use the scraping or cutting tool to achieve the design. Some designs require cutting out chunks of the pumpkin and some designs are more subtle and only require scraping the outer dark part of the rind down ¼ to ½ an inch from the surface.

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Test out the look of the pumpkin by placing a light inside to see if you get the desired look. We tend to use battery powered lights to reduce fire hazard–especially if you have pets or small children in the home.

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Same Witch, but with a Green Eye…I think it is better.

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Have a Happy Halloween!!

 

 

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you are carving a pumpkin for Halloween or Fall Festival, you have to scoop the seeds out anyway, so you may as well collect them up and roast them.

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You don’t have to wash the seeds, but you can if you want. If you wash them, don’t dry them off too much so the salt and spices will stick to them. If you don’t wash them, you can put 2 teaspoons of oil in a small bowl and coat the pumpkin seeds lightly in oil.

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Pre-heat the oven for 300 degrees.

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While the oven is heating up, take the pumpkin seeds and arrange them on an oiled sheet pan in a single layer. You can add salt and any kind of spice flavor that you want. We used curry powder and cayenne pepper. Cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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The Pumpkin Carving Book

By Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell; Photography by Debbie Patterson; Text by Tessa Evelegh

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This is a great little book. It has tips on carving all kinds of squashes, gourds, melons, and pumpkins. Many of the pictures are folk art patterns or whimsical. The book explains the basics about each type of squash and ways to carve them. Also very helpful is the list of tools and how to use them.

 

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This is a pumpkin that we carved this Halloween season, using the techniques described in the book.

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