Okay. It's time to call it. The long days of summer are gone, and with them went the endless opportunity to take on a new project or adventure, no matter the time. For the next few months, the daylight hours will be spent mostly at work, with our free time coinciding with the dark, crisp nights of the season. The perfect time to do a little whittling or carving by the fireplace, or perhaps time to start a pot of your famous chili and cast iron cornbread. Or, when you just have a few spare minutes to yourself, read a great book.
You know those little pumpkins you practically trip over in the supermarket this time of year? It turns out: they're good for more than just Instagram props. With, like, no work, they make a really tasty pumpkin butter you’ll want to have in the fridge all year long. I’m talking about pumpkin butter with the magical spice flavor of pumpkin pie, but simple, less sweet and much more, well, pumpkin-y.
So... I realized something over the weekend. I was listening to a podcast that had intended to have a conversation about the new Dark Tower movie, but since it was, apparently, completely boring and not worth discussing, they decided to chat about their favorite Stephen King books, movie adaptations, mini-series, etc. And it hit me:
I have never actually read a Stephen King book.
That there triceratops? Made totally of pumpkins. Well, and some welded steel armatures, I'm sure, but the body and details? All actual squash. It's one of several pieces from this year's "The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze" in
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Engineer, artist, and all around cool mom Cory Newton-Smith converted a $25 secondhand kid's pushcar into Delorean for a complete pint-size Marty McFly costume, red puffy vest and all.
Halloween decor and projects are a pretty mixed bag, but one thing is certainly true: during the month of October, you can find some pretty unique novelty goods at discount store, craft shops, and those short-term Halloween stores that pop-up in old Border's and Pier One storefronts. You know, stuff like
Whether you've a fairly stocked bar to draw on, or you need to make a pit stop at the store before the Trick-or-Treaters arrive in a few hours, make sure whatever you'll be enjoying tonight is seasonal, tasty, and just scary enough to be festive...like these three "blood splatter" cocktail recipes that can be as eerie as you want 'em. A "Trinity" of Dexter-inspired drinks, if you will. (Get it?)
I haven't carved a pumpkin in years. I didn't really like doing it as a kid, and I especially don't like doing it now. Will I clean a sugar pumpkin out and cook with it? Absolutely. But a decorative job? For some reason...not for me.
Which is why I'm especially appreciative when some inspired home squash
Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."
Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the joystick.
Artist and designer Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day provides a detailed tutorial for carving this clever take on the Jack-O-Lantern.
Rather than trotting "out clichéd write-ups of the Bermuda Triangle and the Egyptian pyramids, [or] the usual suspects of PR-pushed “haunted hotels,” Travel+Leisure sought to explore and profile some actual mysterious buildings: those of unknown origin, unlikely architecture, and general, legit creepiness. "These peculiar structures are original, lesser-known, and often arcane. Mystery after all, must be authentic."
Over the summer, Jaclyn and Melissa spied the watermelon keg project right here on ManMade, and immediately made one for themselves. And when fall rolled around, they figured out a way to adapt it to this seasons', um, giant, round, open on the inside thing: the pumpkin.