Fall is pumpkin season. From jack-o-lanterns at Halloween to pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, now’s the time to enjoy the orange king of squashes in all its wide and varied uses.
Carving a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween
What better symbol of Halloween than the classic jack-o-lantern? Whether cheerful or sinister, these illuminated faces are everywhere on Halloween night. Why not try your hand at it this year? A simple design is easy to pull off — even your kids or grandkids can do it!
To carve a jack-o-lantern, you’ll need the following:
- 1 pumpkin
- 1 medium serving spoon
- 1 medium knife
- 1 small knife
- medium bowl
- 1 dry erase marker
- 1 battery-powered light
First, cover your work area with the newspaper so that cleaning up will be simple afterwards. Make sure your surface is flat and has plenty of room. Then get your pumpkin and cut the stem out by cutting a hole around the stem at a 45 degree angle towards the center of the pumpkin. The hole should be large enough to fit your fist into. Save the stem.
Next, use your serving spoon to scoop out the insides into the bowl. After it’s hollowed out, sketch a face onto the outside of the pumpkin. Using the smaller knife, cut out your design by following the dry erase markings. Wipe off any marker that remains after you finish. Insert the light (we don’t recommend a candle, as it increases the risk of a fire) and display your jack-o-lantern!
A Delicious Pie for All of Your Autumn Get Togethers
You’ve had pumpkin pie, but never like this. If there’s competition for best Thanksgiving pie, there’s only one other flavor that can give pumpkin a run for its money: pecan pie. Why compete when they can combine to make something more delicious than either one can separately? We give you pumpkin pecan pie.
Ingredients for pumpkin layer
- 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Ingredients for pecan layer
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350 F.
For pumpkin layer, combine pumpkin, sugar, egg, and pumpkin pie spice in medium bowl. Stir well. Spread over bottom of pie shell.
For pecan layer, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract in same bowl. Stir in pecans. Spoon over pumpkin layer.
Bake for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Visit Us at Lazydays RV in Tampa
Come see us at Lazydays RV in Tampa or Tucson this fall. Whether you’re ready for your next RV or shopping for the first time in order to start your life on the road, Lazydays RV has the largest selection of new RVs anywhere in the country.