Written by Jessica Chaffins
Who loves pumpkins?!?! Ok, ok, take it easy….not pumpkin SPICE people….just plain ole pumpkins, making jack-o-lanterns to be specific!!! As much as I hate the mess and the extremely and creepy feeling of the innereds (blach!!), I love going and taking the girls to a local pumpkin patch to hunt for the perfect orange orb!! It’s a fun time for me and Jeff to spend with the girls. Then coming home and deciding what face or image we are going to carve on these suckers….so fun!
As much fun as all that is, I still seem to forget that our porch, where the jack0-o-lanterns are sitting, gets full sun ALL DAY LONG!! Ugh….after only a day of sunbathing on the porch, the jack-o-lanterns turn into shriveled messes!! Well there goes all that hard work!!
After doing some digging around online, I saw where people just simply soak them in a tub of water for a few hours and they are good as new. Feeling optimistic (since my diy mod podge worked out) I figured what the hey, just go for it. So I brought them inside and set them up in the tub for long soaking. It is sad when you envy some pumpkins cause they get to soak in the tub….undisturbed!! Let’s fill ‘er up!!!
Now that they are sitting and soaking…..I just wait. Oh the waiting, I am so impatient, geez, but I have no choice. Gonna let these just soak for a few hours to see how this goes.
Ok…I couldn’t resist…wanted to see if I could notice any change in the pumpkins. And after about an hour and half, our little kitty is perking right on up. Kinda bummed the two with faces carved in them hasn’t shown much improvement…yet anyway. Gonna leave them sitting still….hopefully in the next few hours I will see improvement in the other two. And back to waiting….
….ok….after 4 hours of soaking in the tub 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. No more limp kitty or sucken teeth!! The third pumpkin is making progress, but for whatever reason is taking a bit longer, so I am leaving it in the tub to continue to soak for a bit longer. Well I have to say that I am impressed…and kinda fascinated by just watching it slowly go back to it’s somewhat original shape. And I will say that I am going to force myself to prep my pumpkins a bit better next year so I DON’T have to do this again. Takes too long for my patience level. So what kind of tips can you share on how to better prepare for this? Or what you may have done for this process to move along faster?
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