Sunday, October 24, 2010


The Carter Carving Extravaganza happened this evening. We carved in total four pumpkins tonight. Molly was busy practicing her sharp cutting skills (Don't freak out grandparents! This meant a butter knife on pieces of pumpkin guts, that even mommy had a hard time letting her do). We ended with two evil looking pumpkins and two goofy faced pumpkins. Since I bought my fake candles at Costco (30 votive/tea light candles) they are lit outside as we speak! They look great, but the star of tonight was the pumpkin seeds! I had enough seeds to fill my cookie sheet in one layer give or take.

Crunchy Garlic Pumpkin Seeds
4 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds, rinsed
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
*cooking spray
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees, and spray the cookie sheet, toss all ingredients with freshly washed pumpkin seeds spread in an even layer on cookie sheet.
2. Cook in oven for 15 minutes then stir with a spatula to release moisture from all sides. Continue cooking for ten more minutes, stir again. Should cook for close to 30 minutes (depends on the size and moisture of your seeds, as they start to brown bring them out, you don't want them to burn but you want them sufficiently dried out so they are crunchy!)

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  1. how fun!
    I felt so bad the other day throwing away the pumpkin seeds from my pumpkins. Following you from Monday's Blog Hop. Come visit us at HeCooks, iEat at

    Have a nice day!

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  4. HOly messy! The end result looks super yummy. Thank goodness we haven't done pumpkins yet so I can try this recipe.

    Your blog is great.
    Excited to follow all your adventures now, swinging by from the blog hop.

    The Survival Mama


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