Halloween – Adult Pumpkin Carving

pumpin keg halloween

Fall is here and so are the celebrations that come along with the time of year. Halloween is quickly approaching, so it’s time to bust out the decorations and plan for your entertaining festivities. Though there’s always some sort of punch or shared beverage at holiday events– there aren’t too many exciting ways to present them.

This year, try a little something new with your drink presentation by creating your very own Pumpkin Keg. It’s easy to do and all your only necessary tools are to hollow out the pumpkin and of course you’ll need a spout to pour the drinks. And of course you will need to finish it off with your drink of choice.

DIY pumpkin keg

What you’ll need:

Directions:

  1. Select a pumpkin with a flat spot on one side for easiest tapping.
  2. Cut a circle into the top of the pumpkin and remove to create a lid. Clean out the pumpkin well, removing seeds and pulp with your hand. Using a spoon, scrape the inside of the pumpkin so it is very clean, leaving no soft or loose pulp. Let pumpkin sit at room temperature with lid off for one or two days to dry out.
  3. To insert the beer faucet, remove the nut from the shank. (Do not use the black plastic washer that comes with the kit on the front of the pumpkin. You will get a better seal without it.)
  4. Using a power drill fitted with a 3/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole into the side of the pumpkin as far down toward the bottom as possible. Screw the beer shank completely into the pumpkin, then screw the nut onto the shank tightly inside the pumpkin.
  5. Fill pumpkin keg with harvest sangria (recipe below) and replace the lid on pumpkin. (Do not fill keg with cocktail until the last minute as the pumpkin can start to soften and absorb the liquid if left sitting too long.)

Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to insert the beer shank >>

Harvest sangria

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 mL) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle sparkling apple cider or juice
  • 8 ounces spiced rum
  • 2 ounces triple sec

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Chill.
  2. Pour into a pumpkin keg, if desired.
  3. Serve over ice.

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Tried and Tested Bowling Apps

There seems to be an App for everything these days.  Whether its tracking your fitness endeavours, getting recipe ideas or recording your sleep patterns, smartphones can revolutionise your life.

Hit a strike with these tried and tested bowling apps:

 

Action Bowling:

Action Bowling is the arguably the best app around for a virtual game of bowling.  With over 30 million downloads, this is the hot favourite and most feature packing bowling game on iOS.  It not only features 12 outrageous bowling locations and 36 unique custom bowling balls but also give you options to create your own custom ball from camera snapshots or photo library – great for the avid bowler!

You can also listen to your own music whilst playing and there are 4 distinct bowling style settings and 3 different ways to bowl, to achieve your desired manoeuvre.  There is also a feature which enables you to play against friends as well as a practice mode so you can warm-up.  There’s also exquisite 3D graphics, fantastic sound effects, detailed tracking of your scores and extensive bowling trivia to test your bowling knowledge.

Midnight Bowling:

Developed by Gamesloft, this app has been lauded a triumph.  Not only is this app easy to use it will transport you to the coolest bowling alleys on the planet.  With electrifying 3D graphics, instinctive controls enabling awesome tricks and spins at your fingertips, you are able to immerse yourself in this virtual bowling heaven.

Other features include: the ability to challenge and play with 3 of your friends, option to change location and opponents and the ability to customise your bowling ball and outfits.

 

TheO Ball:

One of the coolest apps I’ve stumbled across is TheO ball which is the brains of Physical Apps.  Described as an innovative, smart ball, this entertainment package combines a foam ball the size of a bowling ball with smartphone apps that use the accelerometers built into most smartphones.  Woah woah woah! you’re thinking…in English please!

So the accelerometers is an in-built device which measures and accurately records acceleration.  In order to use, simply download TheO apps into your iOS or Android phone, embed it securely into the centre of the foam ball and away you go.  Whilst most people may not be comfortable throwing their precious smartphone across the room, don’t worry TheO ball has it covered – literally!  It has been tried and tested, having been thrown from 4 storeys up and survived.  TheO bowling app communicates via Wi-Fi to a laptop or smart HDTV.  All you need to do is roll the ball at the TV to see your shot down the lane.

Physical Apps are dedicated to making fun apps which get both kids and adults moving.  Taking advantage of the unique features of smart devices such as acceleration sensing, direction and motion sensing plus sound and Bluetooth capabilities allowing TheO to link with additional accessories, Physical apps bring a new and innovative twist to the world of mobile gaming through physical games and activities.

Source: Bowling Concepts.

Skateable Living Room in Athens, Greece with Tony Hawk

While on vacation in Greece, Tony Hawk and Jesse Fritsch found a skate spot online called “The Ramp House”, a private residence designed with skate features throughout. After a few e-mails they had an opportunity for a quick stop by this third story skateable habitat on the way to the airport.

Learn more about the skate house here

Meat the Candidates – The Making of Barack Obameat and Meat Romney

In honor of the upcoming election, Jack Link’s Jerky partnered with mosaic artist Jason Mecier to create 3D portraits of President Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney, both made entirely out of Jack Link’s meat snacks. The portraits, dubbed Barack Obameat and Meat Romney, each took Mecier approximately 50 hours to produce.

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