Quirky Corky Pumpkins

Hello! My name is JP, I’m Kathy’s one and only son. This week I want to share with you the recent trip I went on: a wine tour weekend. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the crisp, clean air and immerse yourself in the autumn season. The leaves were in full color on the trip out to the Finger Lakes region of western New York. Many reds and oranges, with hints of yellow starting to pop up here and there. In a few short weeks the colors will be scattered on the ground.

What a great way to enjoy the season, sampling delicious wines from vineyards of the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes region has quickly become a wine destination across the globe, known primarily for white wines, however, reds are gaining popularity in the region too.

The weekend was organized by a group of friends and included eight vineyards/wineries. My go-to wines are Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, added a couple of bottles of each to my growing wine collection. I also found a few new wines that I’m looking forward to enjoying in the near future! It’s always fun to approach sampling wines with an open mind, try something you might not have tried before, that different grape type or wine blend—you never know what you might end up enjoying!

In the spirit of my wine tour weekend, check-out this fun fall craft. If you’re like me you have plenty of wine corks in a basket or jar somewhere in your house…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (approx. 25)
  • Hot glue
  • Dried moss
  • Orange paint (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)
  1. Layer corks, as shown, and hot glue them together to make the shape of a pumpkin.
  2. Create a stem on the top of the pumpkin, as desired. Be careful if you decide the cut the cork, it may be difficult to cut through.
  3. Paint the corks orange on the ends, if desired. If you want, try diluting your paint for more of a rustic look. You can even forego the painting for a natural cork pumpkin.

We’re hosting a cork pumpkin crafting contest on Instagram, post photos in the comments below or directly on Instagram for us to see! Be sure to tag @tu_living with #QuirkyCorkyPumpkin!

Until next time,

JP