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Here’s how to dry apple slices and orange slices for use in swags, wreaths and fragrant potpourri.
Dried fruit slices and peels are a great way to give your home a country prim look. They are fragrant and can be added to potpourri blends, fixings blends, wreaths or swags. They also make pretty and fragrant gift package decorations. When they are placed around candles, especially bakery candles, they give a nice country prim look.
The picture shown at right is an orange fixings blend. It combines dried orange slices and orange peels with fragrant spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice, and cloves. The look and smell is very seasonal and makes a great addition to country prim home decor.
The easiest way to dry fruit slices is to use a dehydrator
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Our Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is an old family recipe that only gets better with age (and they taste just like pumpkin pie!)
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Carving a pumpkin isn’t rocket science, but it’s still wise to have a game plan. Before you lop off the top of that pumpkin and grab a handful of gooey squash guts, take a look through our basic guide to carving the best Halloween pumpkin.
Follow these steps and you’ll end up with a cute and classic jack-o’-lantern with easy, no-fuss cleanup afterwards.
Pick a Long-Lasting Pumpkin
You want your pumpkin to last through Halloween and beyond, right? This starts with the kind of pumpkin you pick out. Read our tips here for picking a good, long-lasting pumpkin, and prepping it for preserving:
Get Your Workspace Ready
First rule of pumpkin carving: Do it somewhere you don’t mind getting messy, ideally outdoors. Line your work surface (a sturdy table or the ground) with something you’ll throw away later — like butcher paper, newsprint, or flattened brown paper grocery bags. If using the latter, simply cut down one side of the grocery bag, then cut off the base of the bag so you have a big rectangle of brown paper. Layer a few of these on the table and you’re good to go.
Gather the Right Tools for the Job
Once you’ve got your work surface ready, it’s time to assemble the proper tools. You can totally get a pumpkin carving kit from your local drugstore, supermarket, or Halloween pop-up shop. Or you can use a few tools from your kitchen. (See: To Carve Pumpkins Safely, You Only Need These Two Tools.) Just make sure you have everything you need at the ready so you don’t have to traipse back through your kitchen with pumpkin-gut-covered hands.
2 Key Tools for Pumpkin Carving
Draw Before You Carve
In addition to your carving tools, you’ll need a pen for drawing your design onto the pumpkin, and couple big bowls — one for the seeds (the best part of pumpkin carving!) and one for the rest of the pumpkin goo and throwaway bits leftover from carving. And that’s about it, really!
Don’t Throw Away the Seeds!
Whatever you do, save those pumpkin seeds! They’re so, so good roasted simply with oil and salt. It’s not hard, but we have all the steps for you, just in case.
The steps: How To Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
How To Carve a Pumpkin
What You Need
- 1 medium-sized pumpkin (or as many as you want to carve)
- Brown paper grocery bags, newsprint, or butcher paper
- Sharpie or other permanent marker
- Pumpkin carving kit(including a scraper, carving knife, and a wire modeling tool) or a serrated knife, ladle, and an X-ACTO knife
- Two medium bowls (one for seeds, one for pumpkin guts)
- Kitchen towel
- Tea light candle and long match or lighter with extended nozzle
- Set up your workspace: Line a sturdy table with flattened grocery bags, newsprint, or butcher paper. Have your permanent marker, carving tools, and bowls nearby.
- Draw your design: After you’ve determined the best side of your pumpkin for a face, use the permanent marker to sketch out eyes, a nose, and a toothy grin.
- Draw your lid: Outline a circular lid around the pumpkin stem, about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Add a notch in the back if you like — this makes it easier to line up.
- Cut out the pumpkin lid:With a slim pumpkin carving knife (the carving tool with a toothed blade like a mini-saw) or serrated knife, cut along the outline of your pumpkin lid. Make sure you slice through the pumpkin at a 45-degree inward angle, so you’ll be able to replace the lid without it falling in.
Happy Fall, Ya’ll! These drinkies by Kirsten Nunez really look delicious. After you try them, let me know what you think!
Enjoy this day. Blessed Be.
Now that it is officially fall, it is time to start curling up with hot autumn drinks, blankets, and a good book. There is something so comforting about warm seasonal drinks, after all. And if you are anything like me, you love learning how to whip them up in the comfort of your own home.
One might argue that it is easier to buy ready-made beverages from stores or cafes. I mean, America is known for having a Starbucks or McDonald’s around every corner. It is not difficult to find a pumpkin spice latte when the craving hits. Yet, making your own drinks at home is so rewarding. You can customize the flavors and control the level of sweetness. To top it off, you can alter the recipe to fit a special diet. For example, coconut or soy milk can be used to create a vegan pumpkin spice latte. Yum.
Luckily, you do not have to be Rachael Ray or Martha Stewart to successfully make your own fancy fall drinks. And you definitely do not need to be a barista. All it takes is practice, patience, and a little guidance. To get started, check out this diverse list of 21 hot drink recipes for the beloved autumn season. Get ready to indulge, folks.
1. Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch
Hot apple cider and rum come together in this innovative punch recipe by Brown Eyed Baker. Thanks to the apple, orange, and ginger, you’ll be treated to a burst of seasonal flavors in the very first sip.
2. Warm Spicy Apple & Carrot Drink
Get those autumn vibes going with this warm apple and carrot drink by Green Kitchen Stories. This delicious beverage boasts intense flavors such as fresh ginger, rosemary, and cinnamon. It’s extremely good for you, too.
3. Mulled Wine
Wine lovers will swoon over this tutorial by How Sweet Eats. The recipe features two different ways to make mulled wine; you can even customize the ingredients to fit your preferences. Get ready for your kitchen to smell ah-mazing.
4. Dirty Chai Latte