Carved punpkin air freshener

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Stormy Stewart Recipe
Well Seasoned
Mio, MI (pop. 12,477)
Member Since Mar 2011
Stormy's notes for this recipe:
Are commercial air fresheners and their blanket of perfumy toxins, making you think twice, try this alternative

This uses hollowed-out pumpkins to create aromatic pumpkin candles. They are seasonal, safe, and delicious smelling, with the added bonus of being wonderfully decorative.
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Cut off the top of a medium pumpkin, clean the interior and top.
Cut holes in the sides to vent. Use an apple corer: you can place the holes randomly for a mod look, or symmetrically for a more classic design.
Rub your favorite seasonal spices on the inside of the pumpkin top: try cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. You can press some cloves or star anise in the top as well, or rub on some fresh vanilla bean. (Don't use vanilla extract—the candle flame may ignite the alcohol.)
Place a beeswax tea light candle in the bottom of the pumpkin. Light and let burn. (And never leave a burning candle unattended!)
Alternatively, you could carve a jack-o-lantern which is what I do.
Presentation: You can use a punpkin maybe 5-6 inches high surrounded with gourds and other fall things like leaves, pine cones, nuts, ect as a mantle centerpiece

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user Cheryl Chavez cheryllynnchavez - Nov 16, 2011
Hmmmm! I like that. although, I can just hear hubby saying. "We do not celebrate Halloween. Get that Jack o Lantern out of here! LOL
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Nov 16, 2011
Hi Stormy! I love this recipe.... thanks!
user Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Nov 17, 2011
Cheryl so use a gourd,an other hard squash, even a small watermelon (with the red cut out, a muskmelon, or an apple. Or use a punpkin maybe 5-6 inches high surounded with gourds and other fall things like leaves, pine cones, nuts ect. That way the pumpkin isn't the only thing on the table. That arangement makes a great fall mantle piece
user Cheryl Chavez cheryllynnchavez - Nov 17, 2011
That sounds like a good idea!!! I have a fall decoration with leaves, etc.

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