Archive | October, 2013

Pumpkin seeds

29 Oct

Here’s what I did with the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins we carved!

First, I separated the seeds from the stringy pulp from the pumpkin, and washed the seeds thoroughly.  Drain.

Wash and drain seeds

Wash and drain seeds

Then I spread the seeds on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Coat the seeds with olive oil and salt. let stand for 24 – 48 hrs.

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Preheat oven to 325’F.  Remove parchment paper, and toast seeds in the oven for about 40 min. stirring occasionally.

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They are simple and delicious!

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Pumpkin Carving 2013

29 Oct

This year, we carved pumpkins for the first time!

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First I washed the pumpkin.

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Then opened a hole up top.

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Then cleaned the inside.  All the stringy flesh and seeds has to come out.

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I rinsed off the inside.

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I then put it out in the Sun to let dry, but later found out that this is a big NO NO… DON’T put it out in the Sun!

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We drew on the pumpkin as a guide to carve.

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I cut out a stencil from a coloring book.

I cut out a stencil from a coloring book.

Start carving!

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Ta Da!!!

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We love the way it came out!

Daddy made pumpkin soup with the small cut out parts, and it came out delicious!

Note to self… Do not carve pumpkins way in advance.  They are raw vegetable, and it will rot!   (There are tips on the web on how to preserve them longer.)  Next time, I would wait until Halloween day, that way, we can actually cook the pumpkin and fully enjoy them.  Look what happened to ours…

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They got deformed, and moldy…  We had to throw them away, before any trick-or-treaters got to see them…  :{

It was a fun family activity, and I think we will carve a couple more on Halloween day!

October… Halloween… my favorite season

29 Oct

October… my favorite month has come, and it’s almost gone, (by the time I get around to actually finishing this post…)

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I love this season, I love Halloween.

Strawberry Shortcake!

Strawberry Shortcake!

Slenderman

Slenderman

This year, I actually did decorate the first week of October, unlike some years that I wait until the end of the month.  I feel great about it, because we get to fully enjoy all of the decorations I have collected over the years.  I usually go around the stores right after a holiday, to catch the great sales, so there are many items I got last year, and never saw it displayed in the house, so for me, it is so fun to open my Halloween boxes to see what I have in there!  I put up many zombies and scary stuff this year.  In the darkness, I use a flash light to light up the zombies to scare my children.  It was effective the first time…

It’s yet to be the second week of October, and I have already decorated, got costumes, pumpkin carved, and baked pumpkin pie already.  Boy, this year I do feel a great sense of accomplishment…  October is also my son’s birthday month, so I planned and executed his birthday party and birthday getaway to Disney.  I also have goodie bags for my son’s class for the 31st!  Wow, wow, wow!

I’m also a little sentimental by this time of the year, because the year is almost over.  I feel that same feeling of anxiety I feel every year…  Flashback of “New Year Resolutions” and the list that is still there lingering, waiting to be checked off the list…  Ugh, I only have like 60 days to accomplish these goals, and time is clicking…

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Our front door

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Some Freaky toys at Party City

Some Freaky toys at Party City