Best way to light pumpkins
Heres a new way to light the night on All Hallows Eve, from the Martha Stewart website. A few quick zaps of a power drill and a string of white holiday lights are keys to making an elegant, celestial pumpkin.
You will need:
• Pumpkins of varying sizes
• Tiny white string lights
• Drill with 1/4-inch bit
• Fleshing tool or pumpkin carving scoop
• Black tape
1 Turn a pumpkin on its side and use a knife to carve out a circular opening in the bottom. Make the opening large enough so your hand can fit comfortably through it. Remove the flesh and seeds. With a serrated loop tool or scoop, scrape away the pumpkins inner wall until its about 1/4 inch thick. Turn the pumpkin right-side up.
2 Drill holes using a 1/4-inch bit; use tape as a guide for a uniform pattern or make randomly spaced holes.
3 Insert a string of lights through the bottom and place one bulb in each hole, pushing the bulbs through so they protrude slightly. Tuck the remaining lights into the pumpkin and turn the pumpkin right-side up with the light strings plug running out from the bottom.
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Best fall drink
Warm up chilly nights with a recipe for Aunt Ruthies Hot Spiced Cider found on the Sugar Pie Farmhouse site.
You will need:
1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brown sugar (or a little more to taste)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced
Pour apple cider in a crock pot. Add sugar, stir. Put whole cloves and cinnamon in a tea-ball or cheesecloth and place in pot. Add orange slices. Simmer covered on high until hot, stirring occasionally. Once hot, turn heat to low to keep warm. Enjoy the taste and aroma throughout the day!
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Best time to drop by the governors place
Check out the splendor of the states 122-year-old Executive Mansion on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 14. Free tours are conducted at 10 and 10:30 a.m.; and 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Child-friendly tours of the nearly 5 acres of flower and vegetable gardens are on tap at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Groups of 10 or more should make reservations two weeks in advance; visit nccapvisit.org or by phone, 919-807-7950. The Executive Mansion is at 200 N. Blount St. in Raleigh.
This weekend is your last chance to draw design and decor inspiration from area builders during Wake Countys annual Parade of Homes. Nearly 200 homes are open to the public, showcasing the latest in home design, decor, colors, lighting, appliances and technology. The tour is free and runs from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit paradeofhomeswake.com to browse through the list of homes by size, price, builder, city or community. Parade books with maps, floor plans and prices are usually available at houses along the route.
Billie Hurmence of Raleigh shares a smart organizational tip. Pack your closet the way you pack your suitcase roll your clothes. You can categorize rolled knit tops and pants on closet shelves by color, season or whatever and get far more mileage out of your storage space. Ive rolled both summer and winter-wear into my closet now no wondering where to find this or that tween-season garment; theyre all visible at a glance. And so much freed space on the hang-up rod that only heavy coats and jackets need go to the attic now. Works also for the linen closet!
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