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DealDash Holiday: Time to Carve a Pumpkin

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Carving a pumpkin is a favorite fall activity. If you want to have an awesome pumpkin, you’ll need to plan ahead. Read on for some ideas from DealDash.

The fall is almost here, and it is time to do some fall activities. Carving pumpkins has been a tradition for many years. During Halloween, most people like to show off their art skills by carving pumpkins into a variety of faces and shapes. Learning how to carve pumpkins may seem hard, but here are suggestions that can help you carve a pumpkin, from DealDash.

Choose the Right Pumpkin 

Finding the right pumpkin is one of the first things you need to do. You may think that you can pick any pumpkin, but that is not the case. When you are choosing a pumpkin for carving, you have to make sure that the pumpkin has no bruises, a flat bottom, and that it does not roll when you carve it.  

Create Your Design on Paper Before You Carve Your Pumpkin 

Creating your design on paper can help you make the perfect jack-o-lantern face. Simply use it as a pattern and trace the sketch. Just tape your sketch on the front of the pumpkin and poke holes or use a pencil along the lines that you want to carve the pumpkin. You can also get a pumpkin carving kit to save time. 

Keep Your Pumpkin Nice and Fresh 

It is recommended to spread petroleum jelly on the edges that you cut to keep the moisture within your pumpkin. If your pumpkin goes bad a few days later, you can soak it in cold water to revive it. When your pumpkin is fresh, you won’t have to worry about your design withering. 

Cook the Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t waste the inside of your pumpkin! While you are carving your jack-o-lantern, save the seeds in a bowl. All you need to make roasted pumpkin seeds (other than the seeds!) is:

  • ½ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Soak the clean seeds in a bowl full of water for 30 minutes minimum, up to 24 hours in the fridge. Drain the seeds, throw away the water.
  3. Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt. Boil water, and place seeds into the boiling water for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and drain the seeds and place back into your empty bowl. Toss seeds with olive oil. Lay the seeds in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Place in oven and turn the seeds over every 10 minutes, do not let them burn. Seeds are done in around 40 minutes or when they become firmer and are no longer soft.

DealDash Has Kitchen Supplies to Cook Pumpkins

No matter what you’re cooking, from pumpkin soup to pumpkin seeds, DealDash has the kitchen items you need. You will find pots and pans, knives, cookie sheets, and more in the Kitchen and Dining category on DealDash. Don’t waste that pumpkin! Cook up the insides with kitchen items from DealDash. Just click here.

Thanks for Reading the Blog

Carving a pumpkin is a great way to enjoy Halloween and fall. These tips will help you carve a pumpkin the right way. It is good to carve pumpkins with your family and friends so you can bond. When you use these tips, you will have fun carving a pumpkin for fall.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope that this article on carving pumpkins was helpful. Go ahead check out the kitchen auctions on DealDash. Find great DealDash kitchen items to cook your pumpkin leftovers. Happy bidding, everyone!

DealDash This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Works Off Leftover Candy

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Now that all of the Halloween candy has been devoured, it’s time to work off those extra pounds. Have you got a spare pumpkin left over?

How was your Halloween? Did the kids bring you home a lot of candy? Or did you buy too much candy and end up eating all of the leftovers? Don’t worry, DealDash can help you with those extra pounds. If you have an extra uncarved pumpkin left over from Halloween you can actually use it to help you work out! Keep reading to find out what kind of exercises that you can do with a leftover pumpkin.

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Pumpkin swing and squats – Start by holding the pumpkin and squatting down, holding it between your feet. Next, swing it up to shoulder level, and then back down squatting. Do 2 sets 10 reps of Pumpkin swing and squats each. This exercise is great for strengthening your core and slimming your thighs.

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Pumpkin lifts – Start in a squatting position, holding the pumpkin, hands on your knees. Lift the pumpkin up above your head and hold for a count of 5. Lower the pumpkin and resume the squatting position. Do 2 sets 10 reps of Pumpkin lifts. This exercise is great for your legs and arms.

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Pumpkin push-ups – Start by placing 1 hand on the pumpkin and 1 hand on the floor. Do 10 push-ups this way. Switch hands and do 10 push-ups this way. Repeat the sequence once. This exercise is perfect for building those arm muscles.

 

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Pumpkin curl-ups – This one is easy! Simply hold your pumpkin in your hands while you do your curl-ups instead of keeping your hands on your knees. Do 3 sets of 10 reps each. It sounds easy, but you will be sore the next day! This is another exercise that’s great for your core and abs.

Once you have done all of those pumpkin exercises you should reward yourself with a break! There’s nothing that I like better to do when relaxing than browse DealDash. DealDash has the market cornered on entertainment shopping. DealDash has everything you need from the basic essentials to the fun “extras”. Just click right here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: No-Carve Pumpkins

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As popular as pumpkin carving is, there are quite a few situations where carving isn’t practical. Here are some fun and creative no-carve, no-mess pumpkins.

Carving pumpkins is always fun, but there are many situations where pumpkin carving is just too messy and impractical. Pumpkin decorating can be just as creative and fun as carving, and many designs can be done much more quickly than their carved counterparts.

Brad pumpkin. No, we didn’t name the pumpkin Brad…All of those little colorful circular items that are decorating the pumpkin above are brads from scrapbooking. You are probably more familiar with the plain gold or silver brads, but for maximum pumpkin decorating, go for the colorful ones. You can get them at any craft store that has scrapbooking supplies. Make a random design, a geometric design, or even a face design with the brads. They are made out of metal, you can just stick them right into the pumpkin’s skin. Sorry, Brad!

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Cupcake pumpkin. The cupcake pumpkin is super-easy to make. If you’re lucky you might be able to find a pumpkin that is more brown than orange, but if not, don’t despair! Simply paint the bottom half of the pumpkin with brown craft paint, and the top half of the pumpkin with the frosting color of your choice – pink, white, or even chocolate-brown. After the frosting color has dried, paint on multi-colored sprinkles. Please don’t use your pumpkin for any food-related purposes after you have painted it.

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Mummy pumpkin. Wrap your pumpkin up with gauze, and then paint over it with Mod Podge. If you don’t have Mod Podge simply use a mixture of 50/50 Elmer’s Glue and water. Stick on a pair of googly eyes and you’re set! Feel free to draw on a mouth with a Sharpie or cut and glue one out of construction paper.

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Emoji pumpkins. These are some of the easiest pumpkins to make. Paint your pumpkins a flat yellow color. After they dry you can either paint on the emoji faces, or cut and glue cardboard emoji faces as seen in the picture above. Either way, they are cute, current, and will be a hit with the trick or treaters.

I hope that you found these no-carve pumpkin ideas as fun as I did! DealDash enjoys all of the holidays and always has special bid prices on these special days. Just click this link right here and you can visit DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash’s Fun Fall Essentials

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Fall is definitely my favorite season, and there are certain things that are especially great in fall. Here are some fall essentials that you should be without!

There’s a crisp fall smell in the air, a combination of fireplace smoke, the last lawn mowing of the year, and apple cider donuts. I love fall! Living in New England I also get the special treat of seeing the beautiful autumn leaves change color, but the things on this fall essentials list can be enjoyed by most anyone. No, I’m not talking about yard waste bags and rakes! These are fun fall essentials.

  • Legging and hoodies. Leggings and hoodies are the perfect way to stretch out the use of your dresses, and hoodies are perfect over a t-shirt when you aren’t sure if the day is going to warm up later on. Leggings and hoodies are a great way to say hello to the autumn!
  • Pumpkin spice. I’m not ashamed, I love pumpkin spice everything, from muffins and coffee to candles and car air fresheners. If it’s pumpkin spice, it’s for me! Pumpkin spice coffee and lattes can really get you in a great mood for the cooler weather, and pumpkin spice candles can make your living room seem warm and inviting when you come in from the outdoors.
  • Fall decorations. There are so many great decorations that you can use in the fall, in October we have Halloween decorations, of course. And in November you can use harvest, leaves in baskets, Thanksgiving, and even put up your Christmas decorations Thanksgiving weekend! What better way to say Goodbye to fall than putting up the Christmas tree?
  • Apple picking. Apples are abundant at this time of year, and picking them is a fun activity for just about anyone.
  • Pies. Fall is the time to use those freshly picked apples and make pies. Fall pies aren’t just about apples, though. Pumpkin, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb pies are wonderful fall treats as well.

I hope that you enjoyed my list of fun fall essentials. As the weather is getting cooler in the evening, it’s the perfect time to stay in and use DealDash to shop. Shopping on DealDash is definitely a fun fall activity. Just click this link right here and you can browse the DealDash auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Roasts Pumpkin Seeds

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Since you are probably carving your pumpkins around this time, I figured it was time for a roasted pumpkin seed recipe.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, a healthy snack, and fun to make. What’s not to love? You can roast your pumpkin seeds with a basic recipe like the one below, or you can always get creative and add ingredients such as cinnamon and sugar, cayenne pepper, oil and vinegar, cocoa…The varieties are  practically endless! Basically, any kind of seasoning that you might add to chips would taste great on roasted pumpkin seeds. Now on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups raw pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
  3. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

See, isn’t that simple?? These seeds make such a great base to add extra seasonings and flavors. You can also do a lot with these seeds after they have been roasted, such as:

  • Add the seeds as a topping for a salad instead of croutons
  • Add the seeds in a home-made trail mix with granola and dried fruit
  • Put them in tiny bags for your kid’s snack at school
  • Bring them with you when you’re out to avoid buying costly and fattening snacks
  • Bake them into cookies or brownies

I am in love with these roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to carving the pumpkins with the kids every year so I can make these yummy roasted pumpkin seeds.

If you enjoyed making these roasted pumpkin seeds, you should check out the other recipes here on DealDashReviewed.com – And as always, if you are in need of anything for your kitchen, from knives to pots and pans, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has everything you need for the kitchen and more. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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