Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ways To Season Pumpkin Seeds

When my family and I carve our pumpkins we collect the seeds and season them for eating. I thought it would be fun to share different recipes for seasoning them.

Regular Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees C)
Toss seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Sugar and Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
6 tablespoons white sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1.Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Larger seeds may take longer.
2.In a large bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of white sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the remaining sugar over them. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts, about 45 seconds. Pour seeds into the bowl with the spiced sugar and stir until coated. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Caramelized Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds, washed and dried
cooking spray
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons white sugar
1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.In a large bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons of sugar, the cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper, and set aside.
3.Place the pumpkin seeds on the prepared baking sheet, spray them with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt to taste. Bake the seeds in the preheated oven until lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
4.Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and stir in the toasted pumpkin seeds along with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cook and stir the seeds until the sugar forms a coating on the seeds, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the caramelized seeds into the bowl of sugar-spice mixture, toss to coat, and let cool.

Italian Style Pumpkin Seeds
Italian Seasoning
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 300ยบ F.
1.Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the oil,Italian seasoning,Salt and pepper. 2.Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
3.Grate Parmesan cheese over seeds
4.Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and let cool completely before enjoying.

Here is a website with a few other recipes for pumpkin seed seasoning :) Click Here for ideas like Buffalo Wing Pumpkin Seeds!
Disclaimer: These are not my recipes I found them on the internet.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Early Saturday morning I took my little brother to the airport to go back to Washington and since it was early my mom, Craig and I decided to take a day trip up to Sedona. It's so gorgeous up there! We hiked at two locations to check out some old cliff dwellings. It was so cool to see ruins from such a long time ago, the only thing that sucked was the graffiti! It wasn't horrible but some people are so selfish! Before heading home we saw some ladies selling jewelry so I purchased this beautiful necklace for my mom, their prices were very reasonable too! Only ten dollars for the necklace. We then proceeded to head back into town where we found this cute little European inspired shopping center. After eating dinner at a grill we then headed home.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Prescott Getaway

This weekend a couple friends and I took a girls trip to Prescott. It was so nice to get out of the heat and to a place that reminded me of home. We ate at some cute restaurants, shopped at some unique stores, went kayaking ( it was my first time ever and it was so fun!), came across a music festival, and saw some cute guys!

This was at the pizza parlor we went to for dinner Friday night.

Becka, Abby and I on the dock before we went out on the kayaks.

Our view of the rocks while we were out on the lake.

Becka took this picture of Abby and I on our way back to the dock.

All of us out and about town :)

The Folk Music Festival

The giant teddy bear we found on a bench while out shopping.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Don't Give Up On Love

Love...its a hard word to describe, but everyone feels it at one point or another in their life. I know some people say they don't believe in love and that makes me sad because love is all around us! Just because it's not from a boyfriend or a girlfriend does not mean it doesn't exists. Love can come from family, friends, ourselves (which I think is one of the most important kinds of love), strangers, small children, the elderly, even our pets. Love isn't just a word either love is an action, people can say they love but love is really what you do for others, yourself, or what others do for you. Not necessarily in buying stuff but lets say the person you love knows you like a certain TV show and your going to miss it so they record it for you to watch later or they knew you had a hard day so they make chocolate chip cookies because they know its your favorite...that is love! First love yourself, love your family and friends, and one day you will find that one person you are supposed to be with :) It could take a lot of boyfriends or girlfriends but don't loose hope, faith and most important love. You might have lots of loves in your lifetime but that's ok, it is better to have love and lost rather to have never loved at all.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quick and Easy School Snack

Recently I tried nutella and loved it! For a snack I was putting nutella on a graham cracker, but today I thought why not add peanut butter to the mix...and it was so yummy!

What You'll Need:
Graham Crackers
Peanut Butter

1. Separate the graham cracker in half so you have two squares.
2. Using a butter knife spread nutella on one half of the graham cracker.
3. Using the same knife spread peanut butter on the other half of the graham cracker.
4. Take Both half's of the graham cracker and put the nutella and peanut butter together.
5. Enjoy! :)

A whole box of Graham crackers would make about 18 snacks. Would be great for a party, study get together, or gathering. If making for school lunch or after school snack I would make one-two for a proper serving size.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Halloween is coming up and I got to thinking of how it felt when I was younger. It was such an exciting time dressing up, getting to go out with mom and dad and walking up to houses to say "Trick-or-Treat" and then a piece of candy would get put into my jack-o-lantern basket. Now im the one who gets to pass out candy. Honestly I love all holidays! There is something fun and unique about all of them. I love the decorations, the traditions, it's just fun. I was browsing the web and I thought i would share some fun links for everyone!

This page has tons of Halloween fun facts and trivia like did you know that chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers being #1. The website also has pages on costume ideas, how to make fake blood, history of Halloween, fun pranks, recipes, a page about superstitions, omens, & myths, and also urban legends.

This website gives you Bat Theme Halloween Party Ideas, Glam Girls' Night Halloween Party Ideas, Halloween Paper Crafts, Last Minute Halloween Costumes: Shop Your Closet,Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids,Budget-Friendly Halloween Recipes and Tips from Shawn Rabideau,Handmade Halloween Invites,Scare Your Guests, Not Your Wallet: How to Throw a Budget Halloween Party,Sexy Homemade Halloween Costumes,Upscale Halloween Party for Adults, Halloween Safety Tips for Pets, Halloween Costume Ideas, and Group Halloween Costume Ideas.

This web site has tons of different Halloween recipes.

Here you can find Halloween Toys, Games & Novelties, Halloween Party Supplies & Decorations,Halloween Candy, Halloween Craft & Hobby Supplies, you can find some Halloween Costumes & Accessories, there are also links for free Halloween fun and a chance to win a $500 dollar gift card to help you throw your Halloween party.

Here is a website that helps you start the BOO-ing tradition in your neighborhood, workplace, or even apartment. It gives you instructions on how to do it, boo poems,boo signs to print, and a free printable boo kit to get you started.

Here is a website that helps you find Haunted Houses and fun Halloween attractions near you. There is a part for "Real" Haunted houses too. You can also look at reviews of places to find what you are looking for.

Then of course there is Spirit Halloween for all of your Halloween needs :) click Here for their website.

There are also tons of Halloween tutorials on youtube for Halloween costumes so be sure to browse youtube to help you get completed Halloween looks.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Few Of My Favorite Things: GoJane.com

I Decided to browse GoJane.com and select some of my favorite things from the site that I would purchase if I had extra money lying around.

These black spiky stud peep toe pumps are killer! I adore them, they are not practical but they are fabulous!

I've had a love for boyish looking hiking boots with a heel since i saw them in seventeen magazine! thispair is tan and only $28.10.

This black belted crocheted dress is very bohemian!

This purple zipper peplum dress is sooo cute!

This asymmetrical open back dress is $27.60 and would be perfect for a date or special occasion.

This skirt comes in black and brown and looks like it would have great shape!

This three tier layered chain-link tassel necklace set comes with matching earrings. I just really like the look of this necklace.

I wanted to bring this vampire teeth necklace to attention for all the Twilight and Vampire Diaries fans, plus ive never personally seen anything like it.

This rhinestone barbie charm necklace is so adorable!

These pyramid stud shape earrings are really pretty and i think they would be great for fall!

I know thiswoven floral print fedora might not transition well into fall but i love it!

They also havethis page that has a ton of cute hello kitty stuff.