Pumpkin Carving Secrets

Needs some help for our Jack-O-Lantern contest?

Here are some tips that will help you along the way!

Remember, this is your shot to win $100 toward your next stay with us!

Definitely Don’t Lose Your Marbles — Remember sitting on the floor with your childhood friends, spending more time comparing your specialty marble collections than actually playing a real game of marbles? It’s time to climb the attic stairs and fish out your vast marble collection. Or stop by the dollar store and pick up some new ones (the clearer and less decorative the marbles, the better). After carving out your jack-o-lantern’s face, use a pen or other circular pointed object to punch a few holes into your pumpkin. Stick a marble in each hole, light a candle, and place it into the pumpkin. Your jack-o-lantern will be adorned with brightly illuminated marbles, casting a unique glow you can’t achieve by simply cutting holes into a pumpkin. Use marbles to depict your jack-o-lantern’s teeth, dimples, eyeball pupils, or other creative features.
It’s Okay to Be Seedy — After you’ve scooped out your pumpkin innards, pick as many seeds from those stringy guts as you can. While you’re picking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse seeds, and combine every half-cup of seeds you’ve picked with two cups of water. Sprinkle one half of a tablespoon-worth of salt into every one cup of seedy water. Have a salty tooth? Add more. Dump the entire mixture into a pot and bring to a boil on your stove. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, then drain water from the seeds using a collander. Grab a flat oven pan, and coat the bottom using a tablespoon-or-so of olive oil. Spread your seeds onto the pan in a single layer. Set the pan in your oven and bake anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how brown and toasty you like your seeds. Remove from heat, let cool, and enjoy. Trust us—once you pop the first seed into your mouth, it’s just not an option to stop.

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Ever Heard of ‘Leaf Peeping’?

You’ve probably heard of bird watching, but have you heard of leaf peeping?

LakeNewsOnline has a great idea for when you visit the lake this fall!

Any Ozark day brings serendipities of nature’s events. But, where are the green’s of nature? The skylines that have been summer lushes of green foliage tones have been replaced by hues of golds, ambers, and tangerine oranges, and rusts. Soon the vibrant colors will become shades of winter’s brown tones.

Travel anywhere to find your favorite fall niche. Locally, leaf peeping can be done in your own backyard and to anyplace in Miller, Camden, or Morgan Counties. Enjoy views of high bluffs that are exposed to sunlight by land, water, or air. Captivating colors can be found in cemeteries, along roadways, and local parks such as Bennett Springs. Ha Ha Tonka State Park offers inspiring landscapes at every view. The lookout at Bagnell Dam gives a majestic view of land and water as does the historic Wilmore Lodge. Attend fall festivities and enjoy short road trips. Create lasting memories by pressing special foliage into a “peepers” scrapbook.

Read the full story here!

Inside Look: Crownview

This vacation retreat sits on a private Point overlooking the Osage Main Channel and Gravois Arm. Manicured yard, flower gardens, rock patios and an amazing private gazebo styled dock. Wonderful two story home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Lots of parking. Nightly rental rates $180 to $360 (pricing varies by season).

Call now to complete a reservation. Or visit our web site at http://www.crystalwatervillas.com for additional information and to complete a reservation on-line.

Carve Your Best Jack-O-Lantern!

It’s that creepy, spooky time of year. Time to scour the pumpkin patches for the perfect pumpkin to carve!

This is a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids!

We are running a Jack-O-Lantern contest, where you have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate toward your next stay with us. Simply carve a pumpkin, snap a photo, and submit it to us on our Facebook page.

We’ll pick the winner and post all of the submissions on our Facebook page. Happy carving!

And the Winners Are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in our very first contest!

We had hundreds of people vote and close to 40 photos submitted! Drum roll….here are the winners:

  • 1st Place: Michelle L.- Won a week stay at our gorgeous property, The Crown.
  • 2nd Place: Angela H. – Won a weekend stay at our beautiful property, Eagle’s Landing.
  • 3rd Place: Trey – Won a $100 gift certificate toward a stay at any of our properties.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. You have another chance this month to win a $100 gift certificate to your next stay with us. Check out our Facebook page for more details. Hint: Look for the “Jack-O-Lantern” tab!