Light it up! The first thing to do once you have completed the labor of love of carving your pumpkin into the perfect jack-o-lantern, is to set a light inside of it to share your spooky creation with the world! Find a spot in your entryway or on your front doorstep to set your work of art! I recommend placing a small battery operated candle on a saucer in the bottom of your pumpkin. Light up the night!
Smash it! It’s pretty important to get rid of your pumpkin before it starts to rot! Let me know if you want to hear the story of the amazingly exploding jack-o-lantern and the mess he left behind! The traditional smashing of the pumpkins can be a great way to welcome November and to remind your household of the importance of composting! Fruit and vegetables break down much faster in your compost if you cut them up into smaller pieces before throwing them in! If you don’t have a compost, you should look into getting one and helping your household to cut back on food waste that heads straight to the local landfill! Instead, your food scraps (and pumpkins!) can find new life as healthy and life-giving soil in your vegetable garden!
Pumpkin casserole! When you are scraping the inside of your pumpkin out before you carve the jack-o-lantern, be sure to keep the pumpkin that you scoop out, freezing it if you aren’t going to use it immediately.
What you need to do:
Use a food processor to puree about 2 cups of your pumpkin.
Mix the pumpkin with the following ingredients in a large bowl:
-¼ cup of brown sugar
-1 cup of evaporated milk
-½ cup of self-rising flour
¼ cup of butter
¼ cup of applesauce
1 teaspoon of vanilla
A few pinches of cinnamon
Pour this into a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour! Enjoy as a sweet side dish! Mmmmm.
Pumpkin Mask! Nope, this is not a Halloween costume! This is a super easy soothing mask you can put together in a few minutes for a healthier and brighter complexion!
Mix about ½ cup of pumpkin puree that you scraped out of your pumpkin to make your jack-o-lantern with the following ingredients:
-1 egg (yep!)
-2 teaspoons of honey
-2 teaspoons of apple cider
Then apply this to your clean, dry face. Rest and read your favorite Lux blog for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and feel your smooth and soft face! 🙂 Happy Halloween!
(Thanks to PopSugar.com for the inspiration!)