Halloween Crafts: ‘Pumpkin’ Carving


Sometimes, I actually have to remind myself that I’m not 10 anymore, but I can’t help it, I still get ridiculously excited about the holidays.  With Halloween fast approaching, I’m trying to find the time to put together a costume (so much more important than uni work and making money), which I will be sharing once finished.  In the meantime, I figured I’d share a cute little Halloween project I made a couple of years ago.

It’s a cheap alternative to a pumpkin and also makes the room smell really nice!

What you need:

  • An orange
  • A small, sharp knife
  • A tooth pick and green sharpie
  • A small tea light

How to: 

1.  Cut the top off and hollow out the bottom part of the orange, keeping the top for the lid.

2.  Carve your design into the orange.

3.  Colour the toothpick with the green pen and stick into the lid to create a ‘stalk’.

4.  Light the tea light and ta-da, a super quick and easy ‘pumpkin’.

(Just as a safety precaution, it’s probably best not to leave the lid on while the candle is lit in case it sets your house on fire – mine seemed fine while I took the pictures, but I wouldn’t risk a whole night)



Rhubarb, Apple and Blueberry Crumble

I’m pretty sure anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows that I have a weakness for desserts.  While I try to love my fruit and veg, my sweet tooth always wins in the end.  To me, this crumble is the best of both worlds – featuring lots of fresh fruit in the filling and a sweet, crunchy topping.

While I sort of made this up as I went along, I used this recipe from BBC Good Food as a guideline.  The recipe called for baking the topping separately which definitely made it extra crunchy.  Here’s what I ended up putting in mine:


110 g plain flour

30 g rolled oats

85g butter at room temperature


400g of fruit, chopped (I used rhubarb, apples and a handful of blueberries)

30g of soft light brown sugar

30g of butter

1/4 tsp of cinnamon


It was definitely a success as it was all demolished in one sitting (I didn’t eat it all myself, promise!).