Pumpkin Carving Tips 101

Is anyone else’s favorite part of Halloween the carving of the jack-o-lantern?? Maybe you’re not the greaest at the little details or you simply stick with the standard triangle eyes and nose face just to get it over with (ya, I’m talking about you my dear husband). Either way, here are some tips that I can provide to your family from my family!

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  • Look for pumpkins that are less rounded and more flat on one side. It’s easier to use stencils on a pumpkin that has a flat surface instead of wit’ all dem’ curves. Curves are beautiful most times….just not with pumpkins (NO, I’m not a hater…. just a pumpkin realist)
  • Find a stencil that is meant for your skill level. There’s nothing worse than starting with an intermediate stencil because you think you all that and a bag of chips and then carving that very last detail and DAMN! There goes all that hard work and now your spooky owl just looks like he had a few too many cocktails. Hmmm yep that’s called ‘experience’
  • Before starting to carve…lay down garbage bags (cut them on the side so they spread out more) or lay down an old tablecloth from dollarama. This will help with easy cleanup after everyone ditches you because all of a sudden, “…it’s way past our bedtime” ….mmmhhmmm like you ever cared about missing bedtimes before? Figures..
  • Instead of carving a round hole like a crown at the top of pumpkin, bring your knife down in the back to carve like……hmmm, I guess similar to a tail? It’s easier to show you instead of explaining…. like this…Pumpkin Carving 101 Tips.jpgThis technique has been freakin’ LIFE CHANGING for us. You have way more room for activities, like scooping all those guts out without losing space in your carving surface *GENIUS!*
  • Put two bowls on the table. One large one for all the guts and one smaller one for the pumpkin seeds. Tell your kids (and husband) to take off as much of the filling as possible before they put the pumpkin seeds in the bowl. This will save you time when making them because EVERYONE always wants pumpkin seeds, but you’ll be the only one that ends up eating them because there’s much better snacks in the house than a bowl of healthy pumpkin seeds!
  • Use a push pin to outline your stencil. Those tools you buy in the pumpkin carving pack work like $h!t We also use a black sharpie to trace the outline for the kids so it’s easier to see what they are carving. Don’t worry about getting all the marker carved out….once you put a candle in it at night, you won’t even notice it.

And last but not least, just remember to ENJOY yourself and have FUN with your family. Coming personally from a stress case mother, I’m always so mad when I don’t get enough time to make my pumpkin just perfect because I’m always helping everyone else out, but just remember it’s not about the best pumpkin, it’s about spending time with your family and making memories …..even though mine IS always the best ;D

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Happy Carving!

 

 

 

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Food Free & Kid Friendly Apothecary Halloween Jars

It’s almost that time of year…..the time where all I do is talk/think and pin about Halloween, where everyone around me either finds my enthusiasm about the holiday really annoying & weird or adorable & fun. I just can’t help being excited for the holiday!! Who doesn’t love bringing out their dark side to create creepy and wicked things…..so it’s just me then? Lol Anyways, for all you weirdos (like myself) who are looking for a kid-friendly/less disgusting apothecary jar option, you’ve come to the right place!

Have you ever thought those apothecary jars look amazingly creepy and just really cool to incorporate for your Halloween decor? Have you ever read up on what kinds of things go into them?! Have you ever thought, “Gross, what if my crazy toddler touches one of those and breaks it onto the floor – what kinda mess would I be cleaning up and what kind of smell would go with it?” Continue reading “Food Free & Kid Friendly Apothecary Halloween Jars”

Quick and Easy Royal Icing For Cookies

I think I have mentioned this many times on my blog but I hate baking. I feel like I say HATE a lot.. anyways I LOVE to decorate and I am still working on my royal icing skills to perfect the technique when doing my outline and flooding. At first I was using a fairly thick icing and dipping a spoon into warm water to push the icing to my edges. It actually worked fine, it’s just that I would have water lines if I didn’t mix it right. I see videos of people using a scriber tool to pop bubbles and push the icing so I have one of them on order but for now I am using a toothpick.

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My hand is pretty steady but for some reason I just can’t get my outlines to be perfect. Again, something I am working on. I think it’s just knowing where the icing is going to land and not going too fast or too slow. Next time I am also not going to use a tip in my bag. The professionals just use a piping bag with a cut tip so I’ll try that next time too.

If you want to see the different consistencies for royal icing I found this video quite helpful and I have used some of their terminology in my directions. Here is the Quick and Easy Royal Icing recipe below

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