Basic Pumpkin Carving Tips to Consider Before You Begin

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Carving the perfect pumpkin isn’t easy, and believe it or not, the tricks begin all the way back at the beginning: the pumpkin patch. Be sure that the pumpkins you are choosing from are fresh, with no visible bruises.

 

It’s also best to purchase a pumpkin with a flat bottom, which will make it easier to keep the pumpkin standing up. And if you plan to use the stem as a handle, keep a sharp eye out for sturdy-looking stems.

 

Once you’ve made your choice be sure that you scoop out as much pulp as you possibly can. This will make a huge difference in the longevity of your carved pumpkin’s lifespan and will help it to dry out more quickly.

 

Lastly, be safe with your cutting utensils. It may seem like a good idea to purchase cheap cutting tools—believing that you may not use them outside of pumpkin carving—but these are more likely to be insufficient and cause injury.

 

And of course, never allow children to carve pumpkins while unsupervised.

 

Do you have any other pumpkin carving tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments, and be safe as you celebrate Halloween in Beckley this year!

Warming Up Your Car: Unnecessary Luxury or Requirement?

Warming Up Your Car

As the temperatures begin to drop, the time of the year in which you dread heading out to your freezing cold car draws nearer.

 

Over the years, the concept of “warming up your car” has received different responses. While many consider it a necessary evil, others point out that it wastes a significant amount of energy, while producing emissions.

 

However, the current consensus says that while you should warm up your car, it takes much less time than one might think. And it’s not really the engine that needs to heat up nor the heater – it’s the fluids.

 

Specifically, the lubricating fluids that make everything run smoothly need to be heated up, as they’ve likely frozen over night. Even if they aren’t frozen solid, they won’t function properly until heated to their regular temperature.

 

Just a minute or so of heating up, and you should be good to go. That aside, however long you leave your car to heat up is based on personal preference—but remember, idling for long can waste gas and harm the environment. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. To get in a freezing cold Lincoln, or not to get in a freezing cold Lincoln, that is the question.