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Pumpkin carving ideas and advice straight from an expert

From Good Housekeeping

You might think you know how to carve a Halloween pumpkin but actually, there are a lot of handy tips and tricks that could level up your results and make the whole process a lot easier.

After reading this guide there’ll be no more pumpkin envy looking at your neighbour’s picture perfect doorstep display, while your lopsided and wilting lantern is being side-eyed by the kids.

To pull together everything you need to know for jaw-dropping pumpkins, from how to pick them to how to preserve them, Good Housekeeping enlisted the help of Natasha Guidon, of carving service YEG Pumpkins.

Natasha is a pumpkin carving enthusiast who turned her love of carving into a seasonal business – carving for brands, hotels, venues and private customers.

While you might not be quite ready to take on designs as intricate as Natasha’s, we’ve asked her what the novice carver

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Google Home’s unsolicited advice can get annoying. Here’s how to politely ask it to stop

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Google Home smart speakers sometimes bug you to try suggested commands, which many find annoying.


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Every once in a while, I’ll ask my Google Home ($130 at QVC) for something — the weather forecastsetting a timerhow to spell “antidisestablishmentarianism” — and it answers right away. But then, sometimes, it adds a tip I didn’t ask for, such as, “If you ever want to know what time it is, just ask.” Or, “By the way, if you’d ever like to hear a summary of your day, just say, ‘good morning.'” One tip it’s never had for me, however, is how to keep it from repeating the same descriptions of its features that I’ve already chosen to ignore time and again.

I wish the Google Home had a “brief mode” like the Amazon Echo, which you can set to simply ding when executing certain commands. Instead,

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Expert cooking advice to get you inspired again in the kitchen

If the summer heat is getting to you, stick to cold platters and dishes.

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I live in Atlanta, GA and my kitchen doesn’t have any ventilation — it gets hot! Whenever the temperatures go up I tend to do a lot of cold cooking: crudos and noodle dishes in particular. One of the recipes I return to often is my DIY Bibimguksu (mixed cold noodles).

Yes, you do have to boil the noodles for this dish, but you end up rinsing them under cold water before serving, and all of the toppings are super easy and interchangeable. If you have leftover pulled pork, pop it on! Cold cucumbers, carrots, raw tomatoes, it all works.

If you have a mandoline it’s easy to make it look beautiful, but not necessary for it to be delicious. The noodle holds up really well, too. I like to make two portions and save

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