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Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins...

Besides the usual carving pumpkins with the kids, there are other things you can do with them, too! We roasted the seeds this year and the girls devoured them! An easy recipe:
  1. Boil water (1 cup for every 1/2 cup of seeds). Add salt. (1 tsp per cup of seeds, more if you like them pretty salty).
  2. Add rinsed pumpkin seeds and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain. On a cookie sheet, drizzle some olive oil and roll the seeds in them. Spread the seeds in one layer.
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Look for them to be golden brown.

Charis scooping and sorting seeds:

Atalie was a little young to help with the carving and not that interested in the pumpkin goop. So, I pulled out the paint and let her design her own pumpkin. She had a BLAST. (FYI- if you use washable paint and they want to do the activity again, let them
give the pumpkin a bath, dry, and start painting again!)

1 comment:

Kristy Powers said...

Definitely going to try the seeds recipe and the pumpkin painting! I can see my 16-month-old loving that too. Thanks.


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