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Jack-O-Lantern: A History

Jack-O-Lanterns with various facial expressions

Have you ever wondered how the practice of turning a pumpkin into a scary jack-o-lantern started? Here’s the story:

 Jack-o-lantern sounds Irish because it is. The flickering, carved pumpkin faces that animate the American Halloween derive from an old Irish custom of creating rustic lanterns from vegetables. The Irish child’s typical Halloween flashlight was a hollowed-out turnip or potato with a candle inside. When the Irish landed in America in the nineteenth century, they were quick to spot the possibilities in the pumpkin, and a new tradition was born.


Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cups

Share the story of the “Birth of the Jack-O-Lantern” with these yummy treat cups! Just right-click the image to save and print as is! 🎃

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • oranges
  • choice of filling: mousse, pudding, Jell-o
  • choice of garnish: Whipped cream, candy
  • knife
  • spoon

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the filling and set aside.
  2. Cut tops of oranges. Scoop out the inside of oranges with spoon. Keep orange pieces if you wish to include as part of your filling.
  3. Cut out the jack-o-lantern face, careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Spoon filling into the orange cups and refrigerate.
  5. Garnish, place lids back on oranges and serve.

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“Bee” Kind to Honey Bees

Honey bee with pollen sacks entering a flower for nectar
Bee full of pollen flying to pink cherry blossoms.

An integral component to the growth and survival of plant life is the honey bee. Many people think this insect only plays a role in the lifecycle of flowers, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are the global pollinators of vegetables and fruits, too. The honey bees’ work enables plants to thrive as they facilitate the pollen exchange between female and male plant parts, resulting in seed and fruit production. Without bees, sustainable agriculture would be exceptionally difficult. Insect pollination is required for reproduction in roughly 80 percent of flowering plants, and bees are key to the existence of flowering plants. In actuality, flowering plants would cease to exist if bees no longer existed.    

Honey Bee Comb

Keep that in mind when August 15th approaches, which is National Honey Bee Day. Nature lovers, beekeepers and more unite nationwide to encourage education and understanding of bees, beekeeping and the insect’s function in nature. Worker honey bees are busy little creatures, making honey and beeswax while simultaneously aiding in regular plant reproduction. Consider how much they accomplish during their short life span, which ranges from six weeks to five months on average. How impressive is that? In addition, in certain ecosystems, bees are the primary pollinators and the only reason that some species of plants are even alive. Such is the case in savanna woodlands and tropical forests, for example, among many others. It is easy to see why protecting honey bees is vital to maintaining a healthy and diverse ecosystem. 


Jodie with her honey bee hive.
Jodie pictured with her honey bee hive in Ybor City – Tampa, FL. 🐝

Did you know that one of Corwin’s own is a beekeeper? Jodie Jones, our Director of Marketing, says,

“You don’t have to keep bees in order to save the bees. Researching native bee-friendly plants to have around your home and avoiding pesticides are simple steps for a better world. Weeds are a bee’s best friend, so let ’em grow, y’all!” 🌸


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Common Sunscreen Mistakes

Older people by the pool enjoying ice cream with sunscreen
  1. Applying AFTER going outdoors. Sunscreen needs to be applied 15 to 30 minutes BEFORE going outside to give it time to be absorbed into the skin. 
  2. Not applying enough. Experts recommend that an adult should use about 1 ounce of lotion for adequate coverage. 
  3. Not reapplying after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen that is not labeled “waterproof” or “water resistant” does come off while you’re in the water or sweating. Even waterproof and water-resistant sunscreens provide a limited window of protection. 
  4. Not reapplying at all. Many people have the misconception that one application of sunscreen will provide all-day protection. Not true. Sunscreen generally needs to be reapplied every two hours or after exercise or water activity. 
  5. Using sunscreen only when it is sunny. Sunscreen needs to be used on both sunny and cloudy days. Harmful UV rays can still affect people when it’s cloudy. It’s important to keep in mind that all people are at risk of skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays, so it is crucial to wear sunscreen regardless of your skin tone or ethnicity. 

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