Last year, when I was out trick-or-treating with the kids I noticed one neighbor who had carved her pumpkins into little houses. It was love at first sight!
Since I've never been big on celebrating the scary side of this haunted holiday, I couldn't wait to try my hand at Cinderella-inspired architecture. Admittedly, guilty of cute, but predictable pumpkins for years, the pumpkin pied-a-terre was a wonderful way to change up my routine.
The resulting, countrified condo glows from within with a soft warmth that reminds me of Mousekin's Golden House, a classic children's book I read to my kids when they were little. The story weaves the tale of a small mouse who finds a discarded Halloween pumpkin and makes it his home. When winter comes, the pumpkin protects him from the wind and cold and keeps him safe and warm inside.
Today, as I write this, Hurricane Sandy threatens millions of people and their homes on the East Coast, and my thoughts and prayers are with them all.