10.31.2011

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, First Burr Halloween




I love starting new traditions and keeping up with old ones my family and I have. 
Old tradition: This Halloween, Mike and I carved our first pumpkin together.
New tradition: With the leftover seeds and pumpkin, bake some fun stuff: roasted pumpkin seeds and TBD pumpkin baked stuff.

Check out the resemblance to my wonderful husband (I included my silliness too). hehe. We noticed it after we were done:



annnnnd our pumpkin:



I saved all of the seeds and decided to experiment! We tried three slightly different styles...

(If you want to try all three like we did, just use 2 T melted butter and then 1/3 - 1 tsp of each flavor)
INGREDIENTS: Fresh pumpkin seeds, dried
Flavor options:
2 T melted butter
pinch salt
-OR-
2 T melted butter
2-3 tsp cinnamon sugar
-OR-
2 T melted butter
1-2 tsp garlic salt (to taste)

STEP 1: Separate seeds from gooey pumpkin insides. Let dry for 24 hours.




STEP 2: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Hand-toss seeds in a bowl with melted butter and flavoring (salt, garlic salt, or cinnamon sugar... all 3 at once might not be so awesome.) Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Adjust seeds as needed to avoid over-baking.

Before roasting


STEP 3: Let cool 3-4 minutes and enjoy! They turned out pretty good.






and Mike's co-workers liked the pumpkin muffins I made from a Krusteaz mix:





We didn't get too many trick-or-treaters this year at our first place :\ Maybe 11 kids total. LOTS of candy leftover to bring to work! We still enjoyed the holiday together, though we're turning in early. Mike didn't get much sleep and worked late, and I woke up super early to sub in Corona Del Mar. Harbor View Elementary is a great school; admins back up their teachers and all have the same expectations. The kids know what to expect. Plus, we had a Halloween costume parade and the moms made crafts for the last hour of the day. Talk about involved! It was a great but tiring day.

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