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Every year during Halloween, I used to admire all those carved pumpkins adoring the doorsteps of neighbours and last year I decided to carve my own and found that was really easy and quick. Although, my pumpkin is nothing fancy, it’s a pretty basic design, I came across this event “Show your Pumpgrin” in http://chefinyou.com/ and thought I should send in my entry. My daughter and I had fun making this Jack-o-Lantern and we took it to the Pumpkin fest event in Boston.


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  • Pumpkin-round one.
  • Marker pen.
  • knife.
  • Votive candle.
  • Spoon to scoop the interior.
  • A design template.


All I did was, type in google- How to carve a pumpkin and found on e how, easy step by step method to carve a pumpkin.

I followed these steps and walla, a beautiful Jack-o-Lantern it turned out to be….

http://www.ehow.com/how_3983_carve-pumpkin.html    010

The steps in e how are as follows

Step 1

Select a fresh pumpkin in a shape that pleases you. Some folks prefer their pumpkins low and round, while others like them tall and oval-shaped.

  • Step 2

    Draw a circle or hexagon on top of the pumpkin in preparation for making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.

  • Step 3

    Cut through the stem end of the pumpkin along your outline with a sharp knife or pumpkin-carving tool. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick, tough skin.

  • Step 4

    Remove the stem end, which will act as a cap, making sure you scrape off any seeds or pulp.

  • Step 5

    Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. Hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.

  • Step 6

    Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or scribe the lines into the skin using a pencil. Be sure to make the eyes, nose and mouth large enough; you’ll have a hard time cutting out tiny features when you’re using a big knife blade to saw through tough skin.

  • Step 7

    Follow your pattern as you cut all the way through the pumpkin.

  • Step 8

    Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.

  • Step 9

    Place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to create an eerie glow.

  •  Here’s the link for the event-http://chefinyou.com/2009/10/show-me-your-pumpgrins/

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    Summer is here. This fruit basket is all geared up, just in time for the patio season. Look at the beautiful color. I am totally in love with watermelons. The taste, the water content, the color-what an amazing fruit. My dad would buy this fruit every summer because he knows that I simply love it. My husband got a huge watermelon from the grocers and I decided to try my hand in fruit carving. Walla!- what a beautiful serving bowl for the bright fruit.

    Watermelon Tulip

    Watermelon Tulip

    It reminds of beautiful tulips of Skagit Valley. Talking about cooling your body, Let me tell you more than a dozen simple ways to beat the heat and stay cool.

    1. Fruits like Watermelons, Cantaloupes and Honeydew melons- with abundant water content.
    2. Cucumber salads.
    3. Vegetable like bitterguard/Karela.
    4. Green Moong Dhal-soaked and can be used with cucumbers in Kosambari’s.
    5. Tender Coconut water.
    6. Barley water.
    7. Buttermilk.(see my previous post)
    8. Lemonade or Nimbu paani.
    9. Fenugreek seeds, leaves(Methi or Menthya)- in cooking as well as ground paste can be applied to head, and washed.
    10. Avoid Spicy food and drink plenty of water.
    11. Applying Henna, which is a hair colorant is also  a great way to cool off your body.
    12. Applying Kajal( Men -dont attempt this) will help cool your eyes. Cucumber rounds around  your eyes.
    13. Exercise- Sweat from workout, will make the heat get away from your body and will help you stay cool.
    14. Last but not the least, the good old practice in India-Oil Bath with sesame or gingelly oil. Sesame oil is highly effective in cooling your body. A little oil can be warmed and applied on center of the head and massaged. leave for 1/2 hour and shower. There  is no medicine to cool your body, better than a refreshing oil bath. This is the reason why Sesame oil  and methi are used in preparations like pickles and thokkus. The idea is your body could get heated up from the spices and chillies. So, to offset the heat, sesame oil and methi are used. Your heat boils, prickly heat and burning eyes would vanish after the oil bath.
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    Water Melon Juice

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