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June Shannon has finally revealed who is the real father of her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin”.

For the first time since allegedly resuming her relationship with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, Mama June is sitting down for an exclusive interview with ET‘s Brooke Anderson to defend her actions and answer the questions everyone has been asking.

Honey Boo Boo’s mother said:“I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose.

“I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on.”

June Shannon, 35, came under fire last month after reports surfaced that she had rekindled a romantic relationship with Mark McDaniel, who was recently released from jail after serving 10 years for aggravated child molestation.

However, according to Mama June, she has only seen Mark McDaniel twice since his release from prison, once at a coincidental meeting and the second time at an arranged meeting to give closure to her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14, who was raised believing Mark McDaniel was her biological father.

June Shannon’s daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” was raised believing Mark McDaniel was her biological father

June Shannon’s daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” was raised believing Mark McDaniel was her biological father

“Since two months to almost six years, she knew nobody but him,” June Shannon explained.

“She was starting to resent Anna and she was starting to ask me questions. I can’t answer those questions for Pumpkin.”

June Shannon says that she arranged a second meeting with Mark McDaniel so that Pumpkin could ask him questions in an attempt to get closure and move on.

“I was sitting right there with twelve other people,” she told ET.

“It was a conversation that she wanted her answers: what happened, why did he leave, you know, if he was her real father. He admitted to her, no. I had already told her that but, you know, she wanted to hear from both sides of the story.”

Mama June revealed for the first time her claim that Pumpkin’s biological father is also the father of her 18-year-old daughter Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon. His name is Michael Anthony Ford, he is a convicted s** offender who served time for exploitation of minors after being caught on To Catch a Predator in 2005.

“Jessica and Pumpkin have the same dad, but Jessica’s dad has had nothing to do with her over the years,” June Shannon said.

“So, why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else.”

As for whether June Shannon understands why people were so upset over her being seen with Mark McDaniel, she says: “I understand that…and honestly it’s not like I’m seeing him every day, I promise…I wanted to be able to give one of my other daughters closure and now Pumpkin is happy, that piece of our life is over.”

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Honey Boo Boo’s eldest sister Anna “Chickadee” Shannon Cardwell has revealed their sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon believes Mama June’s child molester boyfriend Mark McDaniel is her father.

Anna Cardwell, who accused Mark McDaniel of repeatedly assaulting her when she was 8, told Dr Drew on HLN that Pumpkin believes the convicted molester is her dad.

Anna Cardwell has revealed her sister Pumpkin believes Mama June's child molester boyfriend Mark McDaniel is her father

Anna Cardwell has revealed her sister Pumpkin believes Mama June’s child molester boyfriend Mark McDaniel is her father (photo HLN)

She said that is why Pumpkin has defended June Shannon since reports emerged that she was dating Mark McDaniel again after his release from prison in March.

“You know, out of all the kids we have, Mama does not know who Pumpkin’s dad is. And Pumpkin thinks it’s Mark which kind of hurts my feelings, because Mama is making her believe that someone who did that to me is her father.

“Now Pumpkin hates me for it… I don’t really care. Me and Pumpkin have never been that close… Now with her cussing me out, [saying ] <<screw you>>, <<F you>>… I’m just done with it.”

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Honey Boo Boo’s mother June Shannon revealed her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” was back in hospital this week with further complications stemming from the family’s car accident in January.

Mama June shared the news on Facebook early this morning explaining that the family was driving back home after dinner when Pumpkin, 14, got headaches, then felt nauseous and passed out several times.

She wrote: “Well we r back at the hospital with pumpkin with complication s from the car wreck that was 6 wks…we have a time with good days and a lot of bad days lately and tonight was very scary for me as a mom as we was driving down the highway after dinner pumpkin was in the back having a bad headache like she has had for the past 6 wk then the shooting pains starting got nausea but that’s been normally happening over the 6 wks then all the sudden she was like I’m about to pass out then a few mins later she

June Shannon revealed her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” was back in hospital this week with further complications stemming from the family’s car accident

June Shannon revealed her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” was back in hospital this week with further complications stemming from the family’s car accident

did was in and out as we rushed her to the hospital she has had a lot of test ran we r waiting on the results to see if we stay or go home this as a mom has been very scary with all this but I believe one day she will b better I just wish I had a special med they could give her to make her better as she is still very agitated and wanting to b better herself …I will tell I can’t tell y’all how many as a monk I wish this was happening to me cause its been a emotional rollcoaster for us all but we appreciate all the thoughts prayer and get wells y’all have posted y’all r awesome fans and we really appreciate and love all of y’all for loving our crazy family.”

Later in the day Mama June made another post letting fans know Pumpkin was out of the hospital, but not out of the woods: “Well just to let everyone know we r out of hospital pumpkin is still weak in a lot of pain but resting going to doc tomorrow to figure out a new plan with all this we want to thanks everyone for the thoughts prayers text post on here it means a lot to us.”


Honey Boo Boo’s sister Lauryn, known as Pumpkin, has been hospitalized following a car crash last week, according to the family’s official Facebook page.

The reality show’s matriarch, June Shannon, had initially posted a couple of times indicating that everyone was on the mend following the accident.

Honey Boo Boo’s sister Pumpkin has been hospitalized following a car crash last week

Honey Boo Boo’s sister Pumpkin has been hospitalized following a car crash last week

Mama June’s most recent post indicates that 14-year-old daughter Pumpkin has been hospitalized and “is getting no better.”

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo new episodes begin airing on TLC this Thursday.


Pumpkin Crème Caramel


3 egg yolks

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup pumpkin puree

Pumpkin Crème Caramel

Pumpkin Crème Caramel

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup white sugar



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Whisk egg yolks and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Stir in heavy cream, pumpkin puree, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Divide pumpkin mixture between seven (5-inch) ramekins about 1/2 inch from the top.
  4. Place the ramekins in a baking dish and fill with the baking dish hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove ramekins and refrigerate until completely cool, at least 2 hours.
  6. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of sugar onto each creme brulee. Melt the sugar with a chef’s torch until crisp and dark brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.


Happy Halloween 2013!

It’s no mystery that this annual night of fright is chockfull of candy, costumes and chilling decor, but do you know just how many confectionary treats are actually gobbled up on Halloween? Or the amount of cash spent to make all the macabre magic happen?

Here are some facts that will make you the brainiest of the bunch on All Hallows’ Eve:

  1. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, achieved by David Finkle of the United Kingdom. He completed the feat on October 7, 2010, while filming a Halloween show for the BBC.
  2. For some towns in the US, the Halloween theme lasts all year long, thanks to their names. A few that would be especially fun to visit for the holiday: Frankenstein, Missori; Scary, West Virginia; Spook City, Colorado; and Candy Town, Ohio.
  3. No matter how scary your local haunted house is, it probably can’t top the Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio. It measures 3,564 feet long, and Guinness World Records named it the world’s longest haunted house in 2010 (until it was beaten by a haunted house in Japan in 2011). Even spookier: It’s located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine.
  4. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there will be 41.1 million trick-or-treaters ages 5 to 14 in America this year. Parents are expected to spend $1.04 billion on children’s costumes -and if they’re on trend, most of the cash will go toward pumpkin, princess, witch or vampire getups.
  5. Although the cards may be ghoulish, the sentiment is sweet – according to Hallmark, Halloween ranks as the sixth most popular card-giving holiday, with 19 million cards sent each year. Christmas comes in first place, with a whopping 1.6 billion cards sent each year.
  6. Halloween candy coffers wouldn’t be the same without California. Why? Because according to the US Census Bureau, the Golden State leads the nation in non-chocolate confectionary production. Out of the 409 sites that manufacture non-chocolate confections in the US, California is home to 45 of them.
    Halloween 2013

    Halloween 2013

  7. In 1950, Philadelphia-based trick-or-treaters traded in a sweet tooth for a sweet action. In lieu of candy, residents collected change for children overseas and sent it to UNICEF. Subsequently, the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program was born.
  8. Valentine’s Day is no longer the sweetest national holiday – at least when it come to candy sales. More than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as for Valentine’s Day; 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during Halloween week alone. In total, $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year
  9. Americans’ enthusiasm to get in the Halloween spirit just keeps growing. According to the National Retail Federation, average spending on Halloween has increased 54% since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.
  10. A working magician from the age of 17, Harry Houdini (née Ehrich Weisz) became America’s favorite magician and a world-renown legend for his daring escapes. It was only fitting, then, for this master trickster to die on October 31, 1926 – from a ruptured appendix.
  11. Since its invention in 1898 by the Herman Goelitz Confectionery Co. of Fairfield, California, (now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Co.), candy corn has been wildly popular – so much so that today, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.
  12. It was just tricks – no treats – for Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In the 1966 TV special, he utters: “I got a rock,” while trick-or-treating. The phrase went on to become one of the most famous lines in Peanuts history.
  13. Halloween wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins, and thankfully, there are plenty of gourds to go around. According to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2010, the top pumpkin-producing states – Illinois, California, New York and Ohio – produced 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins.
  14. Due to safety concerns, trunk-or-treating was introduced in 2000 as an alternative to hitting the pavement for candy on Halloween night. Cars are parked in a circle at a school or church parking lot, with event-goers decorating their open trunks and dressing in costume in order to hand out treats
  15. From its vampy costumes and sweet treats to macabre household decorations, Halloween is big business. So big, in fact, that it’s the second-largest commercial holiday in America – only Christmas surpasses it in sales.
  16. In 2010, Belleville, Illinois, became the latest city to ban trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door (although according to officials, more often than not, over-age Halloween-goers are just given a warning).
  17. Got leftover Halloween candy? Save it for later! Dark and milk chocolates can last up to two years if stored in a dry, odor-free spot. Hard candy can last up to a year, while unopened packages of candy corn can last nine months.


Halloween Glittery Pumpkin Cupcake


1 teaspoon coarse orange sanding sugar or orange sprinkles

1 vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting

1 1-inch piece green licorice twist or gummy worm

Halloween Glittery Pumpkin Cupcakes

Halloween Glittery Pumpkin Cupcakes


Place the sugar in a small bowl. Dip the cupcake in the sugar to coat. Top with the licorice to make the stem.

You don’t need be a pro to create this easy look – simply dip the cupcake into a bowl of colored sanding sugar and top with a piece of green licorice twist.


If you’ve yet to figure out a Halloween game plan, there are some awesome finds to make your celebration a little less frightening.

Alex and Alexa’s Halloween shop offers cool updates on traditional ghoulish wear and décor. Use this fun, $24 pumpkin storage head from Lego to hold Halloween treats now, and those stray Lego pieces down the road.  It also comes in a cute skeleton face. Don’t forget to check out the clothes, too, featuring offbeat prints, like a Stella McCartney Glow in the Dark tee, on sale for $34.50.

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

Online costume retailers have scores for under-the-wire shoppers. Costume Express’s Pumpkin Busters start around $10. That’s where we found this undeniably adorable lady bug outfit for $20 for Baby. Buy Costumes also has Grave Busters lasting until this Friday; our favorite is this $17 red dragon get-up for toddlers. With attached wings and a one-piece body suit, it’s easy to put on and entertaining. Both sites feature clearance up to 60 percent off as well.

For more bargains, check out Wal-Mart’s Halloween store, where children’s costumes start at $6.97 and candy packs at $2. Beyond the savings, you’ll find guides for easy crafts and recipes, such as carving the perfect pumpkin.

Just remember, if you want your loot by the 31st, you’ll need to order online sooner rather than later.


Basic pumpkin-carving tips to help you carve the perfect pumpkin for Halloween:

  1. Be sure to cover your work area (a countertop, table, or floor) with newspapers or a sheet of heavy plastic. If you plan to carve lots of pumpkins, you might want to work outside where any debris can be hosed off or swept away.
  2. Decide whether you will be cutting the top or the bottom off of the pumpkin in order to remove the seeds. If you cut a hole in the top, you’ll have an easy way to vent the heat from a candle. If you cut off the bottom, you’ll have easier access for an electric light cord.
  3. Before cutting into the pumpkin, determine how wide to cut the access hole. The hole should be large enough to fit your hand through, as well as accommodate a spoon or other scraping tool. If you’re not quite sure how large a hole to cut, try a hole about 6 inches in diameter.
  4. You can draw your jack-o-lantern design on a piece of paper and transfer the design to the pumpkin. You can also draw right on the pumpkin. Be aware, however, that a pencil or pen can dent the flesh of the pumpkin and a permanent marker may not wash off. If you’re drawing directly on the pumpkin, use washable markers or waxy china pencils instead.
  5. Once you have drawn the circular area for the lid (or bottom), begin cutting with a knife or pumpkin saw. Knives will cut faster, but not quite as accurately. Saws are fairly delicate and it may take longer to patiently saw out the opening. If you use too much pressure on a pumpkin saw, (sold in kits) the blade may snap off.
  6. Be sure to cut the top out holding the knife at a 45 degree angle, with the tip of the knife pointing toward the center of the pumpkin. Why? So the lid has a surface to sit on and it won’t slip through the opening into the pumpkin.
  7. Choose which side of the pumpkin will be the “front”. Then on the back side make a mark with a pen or cut a slit in both the lid and the adjoining pumpkin edge to mark how the lid should be realigned after carving.
    Halloween pumpkin

    Halloween pumpkin

  8. Next, get your hands slimy by reaching in to pull out the strings and seeds. Scrape this material away from the sides and the bottom with a heavy serving spoon (don’t use your best silver!) or another kitchen utensil such as an ice cream paddle.
  9. Continue scraping until all of the strings have been dislodged then reach in to remove everything that is loose. You should end up with a clean inside, free from pumpkin seeds or strings.
  10. For easier carving, keep scraping the areas of the pumpkin where you plan to carve. Scraping the inner walls down to a thickness of about an inch will allow knives and carving tools to more easily pierce the pumpkin’s flesh. (Test the depth of the skin by inserting a pin or small knife into an area that will be cut away.)
  11. Remove all of these additional scrapings so the interior of the pumpkin is clean.
  12. Draw a face or other design onto the pumpkin. Do a casual pumpkin with a freehand design or trace a pattern especially designed for pumpkins. Use a combination of non-permanent markers, china pencil, or pin pricks to mark the design. Make sure that the design does not start too low on the pumpkin or some if it may be hidden when you set it on the porch.
  13. Carve your pumpkin where you will be comfortable — sitting at table, standing over it, or holding it in your lap. Begin carving the design. Use tools you have including paring knives, utility blades, exacto knives, wood carving tools, or pumpkin saws and tools that are readily available in pumpkin carving sets sold in grocery stores during October.
  14. Keep carving until the design is complete. If you cut too much out by mistake, you might be able to repair the pumpkin by reattaching a piece using toothpicks or straight pins.
  15. Test the look of your design by inserting a votive candle or flashlight into the pumpkin. Dim the room’s lights to get the full effect. You’ll be able to see where additional areas may need to be carved away or expanded to better showcase the design.


  1. Running short of time? Plan to clean out your pumpkin one day and carve it a day or two later.
  2. Patience and care may result in the most beautiful designs, however even haphazardly cut pumpkins can look happy and festive.
  3. It can help to insert a tool in the center of an area to be cut away, working your way out to the actual cutting line. It may also help to begin with shallow cuts, retracing them more deeply until the pieces are removed.
  4. Keep cut pumpkins in a cool place whenever possible. Setting them inside large plastic bags may also help keep pumpkins from drying out.
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Honey Boo Boo and her family proved yet again that their approach to life is piloted by their own unique and quirky brand of American values.

In an upcoming episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Anna “Chickadee”, 18, and Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 13, are seen crashing into each while holding giant balls as Mama June eggs them on and Honey Boo Boo delights in the carnage.

In a clip from the episode, the reality show family from McIntyre, Georgia is seen enjoying a picnic in the park.

While June Shannon, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson and Honey Boo Boo relax in the shade, the two sisters face off in the potentially dangerous game.

They are seen standing apart before charging at each other with large rubber balls in an attempt to knock the other down.

“Y’all are supposed to hold the balls,” shrieks Mama June, clearly enjoying the action.

Anna “Chickadee” and Lauryn “Pumpkin” are seen crashing into each while holding giant balls as Mama June eggs them on and Honey Boo Boo delights in the carnage

Anna “Chickadee” and Lauryn “Pumpkin” are seen crashing into each while holding giant balls as Mama June eggs them on and Honey Boo Boo delights in the carnage

“I did pretty good, I knocked Anna down on the first try,” says Pumpkin.

“Knocking Pumpkin down is like knocking a rhino down,” says sore loser Anna.

“I thought my sisters’ heads were going to fall off,” Honey Boo Boo gleefully exclaims.

Anna then pretends to be a bull and Pumpkin a sumo wrestler. As they start to charge each other for the umpteenth time, Mama June yells: “Hold your balls!”

The girls are both seen toppling to the ground.

“You just knocked the livin’ p*ss out of me,” says Pumpkin.

“I knocked Anna down because of my momentus. It’s science,” continued the reality star, displaying her admirable grasp of the English language.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo new episode airs tonight 8/9c on TLC.

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Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, was taken back to her glamorous contest days in Wednesday’s episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Honey Boo Boo was clearly enjoying herself as she tried on garish and colorful gowns for her forthcoming role as flower girl at her mother June Shannon’s commitment ceremony to father Sugar Bear.

“To be honest, I look good in all dresses,” Honey Boo Boo told viewers after trying on a bright fuchsia pink dress complete with frilled skirt.

Alana Thompson appeared to enjoy the expedition a lot more than her older sisters, with Lauryn “Pumpkin” and Jessica “Chubbs” not used to wearing dresses.

Older sister Anna “Chickadee” faired a little better due to her being “really skinny” according to Pumpkin.

However, there was an equal amount of discussion about the smell of Pumpkin’s feet than the dresses themselves.

An ultra short minidress was dismissed by June Shannon as “not age appropriate”, before she settled for a pink and blue number.

Honey Boo Boo relived her pageant days by trying on garish bridesmaids dresses for Mama June’s wedding

Honey Boo Boo relived her pageant days by trying on garish bridesmaids dresses for Mama June’s wedding

The sisters were busying themselves in preparations for the forthcoming commitment ceremony and to take their mind of family patriarch Sugar Bear’s mystery illness.

Sugar Bear, real name Mike Thompson, remained in hospital recovering while the girls stayed in charge of cleaning the house and arranging a bridal shower for Mama June.

Of course, the food list for the big event ended up taking priority, with meatballs, steak and a buffet all being thrown forward as possible options, before the girls settled on a pizza and chicken wings for the bash.

“We hope this bridal shower will hope Mama calm down, because she needs a little celebration or something,” Chubbs told viewers.

The big day came with June Shannon accosted by her sister’s new boyfriend Jose who found himself the only man in the restaurant as June and her friends chowed down on food and drink.

However, Pumpkin ruined the sisters’ unusually ladylike behavior by squashing a slice of tiramisu in her mother’s face, which June Shannon objected to, mainly because she is not a fan of the Italian desert.

Mama June then got emotional when it came to thanking her friends and family for attending and said she hoped they’d all be at the commitment ceremony.

Earlier, the four girls had been left in charge of keeping house while Mama June was visiting her partner in the hospital.

Honey Boo Boo appeared to have a very novel way of keeping the house clean, using the same mop for the floor as the inside of the fridge and the cupboard doors.

“It is very emotional – for me and the kids,” June Shannon said.

“I’m physically drained. The other girls really look up to him as a father figure.”

Honey Boo Boo was thrilled to be reunited with her father when he was finally allowed home and the pair shared a welcome home thumb wrestle.

Sugar Bear appeared to be in rather amorous mood after putting his feet up for a few days, asking a spluttering June Shannon: “How do you feel about having another baby?”



Honey Boo Boo’s sister Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon and father Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson have met their match in the form of a 4 lb sandwich.

In the latest episode of hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, 13-year-old Pumpkin got ready to tackle the “Pigzilla” – consisting of 3 lbs of meat and a 1 lb bun.

The reality show family from McIntyre Georgia decamp to Papa Buck’s BBQ to get gluttonous, with Pumpkin hoping to be the first woman to win.

“Pigzilla has been challenged 55 times and it’s only defeated once – by a professional eater,” family matriarch June Shannon explains.

“I think it’s going to be defeated twice because, hey, I’ve got my own professional eater on my hands. We’ll see which beast wins.”

With winnings of $200 up for grabs and only 45 minutes to scarf the giant meat and bread creation, Pumpkin and Sugar Bear steel themselves for the task ahead.

Pumpkin Shannon getting ready to tackle the Pigzilla, consisting of 3 lbs of meat and a 1 lb bun

Pumpkin Shannon getting ready to tackle the Pigzilla, consisting of 3 lbs of meat and a 1 lb bun

“Before I eat Pigzilla, I need to concentrate,” says Pumpkin.

“I need to get in the zone. I don’t need any distractions.”

Luckily, Mama June had plenty of advice for her eating prodigy, who she hoped would be the “redneck Kobayashi”.

“Dip the bun in the water,” June Shannon tells Pumpkin, who put on her “professional shirt” for the occasion.

“Every time she wears her professional shirt, you know she’s being serious,” says June Shannon.

After learning the sandwich would cost her $30 if it didn’t get eaten, she urges her family onward: “Hell no, you better eat that s***.”

However, the challenge is only complete if the participant keeps the sandwich down for five minutes, according to Mama June.

“And then you can puke,” June Shannon confides.

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June Shannon has revealed that she is legally blind as a result of childhood cataracts that were not properly treated.

Mama June’s eyesight is obviously an issue during Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Season 2, when the family goes go-karting to celebrate her husband Sugar Bear’s 41st birthday.

Honey Boo Boo’s mother admits that her blurry vision make her afraid to get into a go-kart, and has prevented her from getting a driver’s license.

June Shannon’s eyesight has been an issue in the past when interacting with seven-year old daughter Honey Boo Boo and her sisters Pumpkin, 13, Chubbs, 16, and 18-year-old Chickadee.

During the season premiere, June Shannon, 33, was shown putting her daughters’ cell phones into a cheese ball bucket when they refused to stop texting. But when Mama June uses her own phone, she is forced to squint and hold it inches from her face.

June Shannon has revealed that she is legally blind as a result of childhood cataracts that were not properly treated

June Shannon has revealed that she is legally blind as a result of childhood cataracts that were not properly treated

During the first season, June Shannon was shown having to squint incredibly hard to see the numbers at Bingo. Her imperfect vision is also an issue when she tries to save money by doing Honey Boo Boo’s pageant make-up herself.

“My mama better stick to couponing and stay away from the makeup table,” Alana Thompson aka Honey Boo Boo says.

Though cataracts are very common in older people – with around 50% of adults developing them by age 80 – experts estimate that a baby’s chances of being born with cataracts is only around one in 5,000.

In the past Mama June has expressed insecurities about her “forklift foot” that was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. Even Sugar Bear wasn’t allowed to see her sockless.

But for the most part, June Shannon is confident, happy and doesn’t let physical issues get her down.

After encouragement from her family, Mama June takes the wheel at the go-kart track – and even laughs when the kart gets jammed and she has to be rescued by three attendants.

What are childhood cataracts?

  • A cataract is an eye disease in which the clear lens of one or both eyes becomes cloudy
  • It is estimated that one in 5,000 children are born with cataracts
  • In most cases, the exact cause is not known, but some possible causes include genetic conditions or infections during pregnancy
  • Doctors recommend performing surgery within the first two months and definitely by four months
  • Cataract operations are generally very successful, with a low risk of serious complications


June Shannon wore a bizarre camouflage wedding dress for her nuptials with Honey Boo Boo’s father Sugar Bear in their Georgia back garden on Sunday.

Honey Boo Boo, 7, was dressed for the occasion in an outlandishly poofy pink and peach gown.

June Shannon wore a bizarre camouflage wedding dress for her nuptials with Honey Boo Boo’s father Sugar Bear in their Georgia back garden

June Shannon wore a bizarre camouflage wedding dress for her nuptials with Honey Boo Boo’s father Sugar Bear in their Georgia back garden

June Shannon, 33, will be shown tying the knot with her partner of nine years Mike Thompson on the family’s television show Her Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson was happy to play second fiddle as she finally watched her parents exchange vows.

Her sisters Lauryn “Pumpkin”, Anna “Chickadee” and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon were also important attendees at the event.

But despite appearances, Mama June told People magazine they had been careful not to have an extravagant ceremony, which was marked with a family barbecue.

June Shannon said: “My sister baked the cake, and we spent most of the money on barbecue.

“We stayed true to our roots and made the focus on the family and my commitment to Sugar Bear.

“You can definitely plan an event on a budget!”

Mama June also revealed getting hitched to her 41-year-old partner will be a moment that lives long in the memory.

June Shannon said: “The day was very special mostly because my girls were able to take part in it.

“I felt like it was important for them to see this moment and celebrate my love for Sugar Bear.”

Honey Boo Boo’s mother also said she has plenty of tips to pass on to her family about finding the ideal husband.

“Never settle for a man who doesn’t treat you right. If a guy doesn’t love everything about you, move on! There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

“I give this advice to my daughters because I always want them to be themselves and surround themselves with people who love them for them,” said June Shannon.

Mama June and Sugar Bear first met on an online chat room nine years ago and hit it off.

Soon the pair got together, and their now famous daughter Honey Boo Boo was born two years later.

Video cameras captured the ceremony in all its glory, though guests were reportedly told no mobile phones or cameras were allowed at the wedding.

June Shannon and her daughter Alana Thompson shot to fame after appearing on reality show Toddlers and Tiaras before landing their own programme, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

Pumpkin carving:

What you need:

• Pumpkin

• Pumpkin-carving tools

• Flat-edged ice-cream scoop or scraper scoop

• Paring knife

• Masking tape

• Ballpoint pen

• Pushpins, corsage pins, or straight pins

• Petroleum jelly

• Candle

• Tracing paper or tissue paper

• Pencil

• Scissors

What to do:

1. Choose a pumpkin that is an appropriate size and shape for the design you wish to carve. Tall pumpkins may lend themselves better to faces. For designs with lots of cutouts, look for large, round pumpkins with smooth surfaces. Look for a pumpkin with a flat bottom that will sit upright.

2. Wipe the pumpkin clean with a soft damp cloth and dry.

3. For a lid: Draw a 6-sided lid with a V-shaped notch at the back. This notch will serve as a guide to replace the lid. For a bottom: Draw an opening on the bottom of your pumpkin if you want to sit it over a candle. Be sure to draw the opening large enough so that it will be easy to reach inside and scoop out the contents when cut.

4. Only grownups should do the actual cutting. To do so, cut along the drawn lines for the lid or bottom opening with a sharp paring knife. If cutting a lid, angle the blade toward the center of the pumpkin to create a ledge that supports the lid. If cutting a bottom, cut straight into the pumpkin.

1. Scoop out the seeds and strings from inside the pumpkin. Use a large spoon or ice-cream scoop or the plastic scraper scoop that is made for this purpose.

2. Scrape the inner pulp away from the area of the pumpkin that you plan to carve until the pumpkin wall is approximately 1 inch thick. To check the thickness, insert a straight pin into the wall.

Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

Stenciling a pumpkin

1. Decide which patterns you want to use, and trace the design onto tracing paper.

2. Tape the patterns to the pumpkin.

3. To transfer the patterns to the pumpkin, use a pushpin, corsage pin or the tip of the poker tool to poke holes through the paper and into the pumpkin along the design lines about 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch apart. Make sure that all of the lines have been transferred. Remove paper, and use a pen or dull-point pencil to connect the dots. Save the paper patterns to refer to while carving.

4. Cradle the pumpkin in your lap, and keep the pumpkin saw or small paring knife at a 90-degree angle to the pumpkin while carving. Carve from dot to dot to cut out the pattern shapes. If an older child wants to help, the saw is much safer than a knife but still requires adult supervision. Push the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers. If a large piece becomes wedged, cut it into smaller pieces.

5. If you happen to cut through a pumpkin section by mistake, reattach the pieces with straight pins or toothpicks.

6. Rub all cut pumpkin edges with petroleum jelly to keep it fresh longer.

7. Insert a short column candle, votive or battery-operated light in the pumpkin. If the candle is not in a holder, form a holder from aluminum foil and secure the candle with a few drops of melted wax.

8. If candle smoke blackens the lid, cut a chimney hole in the lid top to vent the smoke and heat and preserve your design.

Drilling a pumpkin

Step 1

Mark a dot design using a template or straight edge.

Step 2

Drill dot holes with electric screw-driver or cut out design with knife.

Step 3

Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.

Cookie-cutter pumpkin carving

Before you begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin.

Step 1

Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin’s shell. (If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.)

Step 2

Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.

Step 3

With a small serrated knife (or the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit), follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through the shell.

Step 4

With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.

Step 5

Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.



Try this simple, delicious and nutritious homemade vegetable soup for the chilliest autumn days.



1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into large pieces

5 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp dried chili flakes

1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

25 g (1 oz) butter

2 onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp grated ginger

1-2 tsp medium curry powder

600 ml (20 fl oz) boiling hot vegetable stock

For the Pecorino crisps

100 g (3½ oz) grated Pecorino cheese


Spiced pumpkin soup with Pecorino Crisps

Spiced pumpkin soup with Pecorino Crisps


Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Put the pumpkin on a roasting tray, drizzle with oil, season and sprinkle with chili. Roast for 40-45 minutes. Toast the cumin and coriander in a dry saucepan, then grind. Add the butter to the saucepan and cook the onion, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add the ground spices and curry powder and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and purée. For the crisps, spoon heaped tablespoons of cheese onto a parchment-lined baking sheet 3 cm (1¼ in) apart and pat down. Bake for 5 minutes, remove and allow to cool. Serve the soup in warmed bowls with the crisps.