Friday, October 25, 2013

Three ways to use a pumpkin.

Now that it's Halloween I felt that it was about time that I made a holiday themed post. 
I started with buying a pumpkin and then carving a face into it but then I thought about other fun things that I could do with it. There was just so much left of it after I was done so this is what I came up with! 
The first thing is obviously the carving of the pumpkin, after I had done that I roasted the seeds and lastly I made a face mask out of the pumpkin meat. Hope you like it! 

Carving the pumpkin. 

You need:
a pumpkin
A pen that you will be able to draw on the pumpkin with
A small but sharp knife

How you make it: 

Step1: Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin so that you can use it as a lid.
Step2: Empty the pumpkin and put the seeds and the flesh into a separate bowl. 
Step3: Draw a face, tree, cat, anything you would like to draw on the pumpkin, just remember that you have to be able to cut it out after so I would suggest that you draw it on a piece of paper before actually drawing it on the pumpkin so that you don't get s bunch of ugly lines on the pumpkin when you're done. 
Step4: Follow the lines to cut out your figure. 
Step5: Put a candle inside of the pumpkin and put it in a nice place! 

Roasted pumpkin seeds. 

You need:
Pumkin seeds

How you make them: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 
Step2: Try to separate the seeds from the flesh by first using your hands (place them in a separate bowl but save the softest parts of the flesh), then pour water over the seeds that will make them float to the top and separate from the rest. 
Lastly just use a sieve and pour water over them until they look totally clean. 
Step3: Put a piece of baking paper on a pan and then spread out the seeds on top of it.  
Step4: Pour about a teaspoon of salt on top of the seeds and then put the pan very high up in the oven. 
Step5: Every couple minutes take the pan out of the oven an stir the seeds around so that they don't turn black on one side and white on the other. 
Step6: take them out when they've turned golden brown. 

Making a face mask.

You need:
About 1dl of pumpkin flesh
half a teaspoon of cinamon

How you make it:

In a blender just blend the two ingredients together until it looks like a even paste. 

Then clean your face so that you're not wearing any makeup of anything. Apply the face mask and rub it on to your face. Leave it on for about ten to fifteen minutes and then just clean it of with water. This will leave your skin feeling really soft! 
It might not look that good but it smells like if you would smear pumpkin pie on your 
face - delicious! 

Pumpkin is rich of vitamin A (that has a healing affect on your skin), Vitamin C (anti-oxidant) and Zinc, the pumpkin soothes and moisturizer your skin. Cinnamon is good for your skin if you have acne because it stops the acne-causing bacteria. Yes, I have done my research ;)

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