Tag Archives: pumpkin

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

One of my favorite parts about fall is pumpkins. One of my favorite parts about pumpkins is the slimy guts. Ok not really. Just wanted to see if you were listening.  One of my favorite parts about pumpkins is the pumpkin seeds.  It took me a few years to actually like them, but now I can’t seem to get enough.  This year, we bought many pumpkins. Many. And it may, or may not be because I wanted the seeds.  😉

Pumpkin seeds are simple to make, and delicious to eat.  There are quite a few ways to make them, too.  I like the simple ‘dash of salt’ flavor, while other nights we use a bit of cinnamon and sugar instead.  Either way…Delicious!!

The Ingredients:
Seeds from a pumpkin
Sprinkle of salt (about 1 TBL .)
Cooking Spray

The How-To:

*Preheat oven to 300*.
*Toss seeds in a strainer, ‘swirling’ around under a stream of water. (This helps get all the slimy pumpkin flesh off. Not sure why, but it clumps together making it easier to dispose of.)
*Once seeds clean, spread them on a cloth to dry. (If you don’t want to let them dry out a bit, go ahead and skip this step and move right on to the next.)
*Spread seeds in a single layer on a sprayed baking sheet.  Once they’re flat, spray the top of them with more cooking spray.
*Sprinkle salt over top (I usually dump about 1 TBL of salt in my palm, taking a ‘pinch’ size and sprinkling that on top of the seeds until it looks like enough.  Some like them salty..I like them with just a hint of salt flavor.)
*Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.
*Let cool and enjoy!


Leave a comment

Filed under sides, Snacky-Snacks

Pumpkin Muffins


In my book, you can never have too many pumpkin recipes. Ever. Especially pumpkin muffins.  These divine muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast, a snack on the go, or a tasty little treat,  you can’t go wrong with these. The kids can take them to school in their lunch, you can pack a few for an easy pit stop while running errands around town..see what I mean? Can’t go wrong. Given to me by my friend, Lora, these have quickly become a household favorite, even with the picky eaters.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 Tablespoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon all spice or cloves

The How-To:
*pre-heat oven to 350*
*line  a cupcake tin with muffin liners or spray well with nonstick cooking spray
*mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
*fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way full
*bake 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

These are incredible. Easy, moist, and delicious.  Especially the next day.

Leave a comment

Filed under dessert, lunch, muffins, Snacky-Snacks