10.08.2013

{Roasted Pumpkin Seeds}

I love family traditions, and all of my holiday memories from my childhood are so special and perfect.  Our parents made everything so magical in our house, and I smile every time I think about what Halloween was like.

Mom and Dad would go all out with our costumes, home decor, spooky treats, etc., and my sister and I would get so excited when it was time to carve the pumpkins.  Dad would set up a pumpkin-carving palette on our dining table, and I just remember loving every second of digging in those pumpkins, getting messy, and spending family time together cleaning them out and then giving them their spooky expressions.  The fun didn't stop there for us though...Once our pumpkins were finished, we got to enjoy their insides by roasting the seeds in Mom's special spices.

Even though I'm {cough, cough} 32 now, I still love being elbow-deep in a pumpkin and squeezing those squishy insides in my hands...It's so much fun, and I can't wait until Kate can enjoy it with us.  The pumpkin-carving experience isn't complete until we roast our pumpkin seeds, and whenever I do, I feel like I'm back in my childhood kitchen with my family.  My husband loves this {new to him} tradition that I have carried over, and I hope you will too!


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of cleaned pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Gather your pumpkin seeds.

  2. Rinse and pat dry.

  3. Place cleaned seeds in bowl.

  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well-coated.

  5. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.

  6. Spread seeds evenly on cookie sheet.

  7. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes (Time and temps may vary).

  8. Stir frequently until they are crispy and dry.

  9. Allow to cool...Enjoy...Then store them in an airtight container for future snacking.
Wanna experiment with some other tastes for your seeds?  Toss in some Worcestershire Sauce and cayenne pepper, or sweeten them up a bit by adding a little cinnamon and powdered sugar.  Enjoy!!

xoxo,
Katherine
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