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Halloween tips: Pumpkin bleach

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After carving your pumpkin, wipe your pumpkin down with a mixture of water and bleach. You can also just spray it with Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach. Bottom line is, the bleach helps prevent mold, will kill bugs and will keep your pumpkin looking good longer. Make sure you...

Clean the wounds

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Here are some last minute Halloween tips as we head to the big day this week! To help keep your pumpkin from drying out, spray all of the cuts you made to it with WD-40. The WD-40 basically seals the cuts. Have you pulled together a great doormat for...

Pumpkin fever

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If you haven’t picked your pumpkins out yet for Halloween use these tips when you go to the pumpkin patch or produce market.  There are really two things you need to look for: 1. The pumpkin shouldn’t have bruises or cuts. 2. The stem shouldn’t be brown or dried out.

Freaky Friday: Pumpkin haters unite!

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Do you hate the hassle of cleaning a pumpkin? Consider using a “Funkin.” It’s an artificial carve-able pumpkin that you can find at craft stores, or you can order online at www.funkins.com. The nice thing about Funkins is that your carving efforts will last long after Halloween! Important: Don’t use...

Take your pumpkin carving to the next level

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Carving the traditional Jack-O-Lantern face onto your annual pumpkin is so dated these days. Halloween fanatics really have begun taking their pumpkin carving to the next level. Consider scraping some of the skin off of the pumpkin for a cool effect. You can use a vegetable parer or linoleum cutter...

The perfect cut

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If you’ve ever carved a pumpkin using a detailed pattern, you know the hassle involved with transferring the pattern onto the pumpkin. The old method was to tape the pattern to the pumpkin and then make small holes along the outline of the pattern. Well, there’s an easier way....

Halloween tips: Make a pattern

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It’s a recent trend for people to cut intricate patterns into their pumpkins. It’s extremely easy to mess up and accidentally cut off a piece of pumpkin that you had not intended to cut. If you do this, the fix is simple: Get a toothpick and break it in...

Heavenly muffins

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I love muffins, but unfortunately they can make me fat. A reader shared with me a recipe for a great-tasting, low-calorie muffin: Mix together one box of devil’s food cake mix, one can of pumpkin and one Tablespoon of water. Cook in a muffin tin for 20 minutes at...

It’s about time

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I bet there are a couple of you out there that have picked up a pumpkin or two already to decorate your home or lawn. Remember we still have 31 days until Halloween, so make sure you choose a pumpkin that will last through the month and don’t carve...

Last minute pumpkin tips

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Today is the big day and hopefully you have carved your pumpkin, but if you haven’t here are some great ideas for your jack-o-latern. After you’ve carved your pumpkin, put a candle in and light it. Put the lid back on the pumpkin and wait about two minutes. Lift...

Pumpkin carving 101

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Use these tips for pumpkin carving and be patient try not to carve your pumpkin more than three days before Halloween. If you do, you run the risk of it getting moldy and disgusting. If you have no choice and have to carve it earlier, then cover all of...

Keep a lid on it

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We are just days away from Halloween, I hope you are ready! If not here are a couple fun ways to start preparing! Always cut your pumpkin’s lid on an angle. If you don’t, the lid will fall into the pumpkin. Make sure that you include a notch on...