World’s Best Pumpkin Seeds!

So, I cooked up a bunch of fresh pumpkin the other day, and froze it for pies or whatever later. I tossed all of the cleaned seeds into a bowl with salt and water and pondered. I still have so many seeds left from Halloween and they don’t seem to be going. Granted, I can’t eat them because of Atkins. But in two weeks… So how to make these seeds special? Try a new recipe! I accidentally stumbled upon the world’s most wonderful pumpkin seed recipe ever. Yeah, I tasted them and then had to walk away because I couldn’t stop. Here ya go!

recipe credit to this blogger, although the recipe is slightly modified Beauty & The Beard

Oh My WOW! Pumpkin Seeds

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Ingredients:

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300°

2. Put the seeds into a pan lined with foil. (I ❤ easy clean up). Drizzle with olive oil, and then coat with all spices except salt. Mix well. Evenly coat with salt & pop into the oven.

3. Bake 40 minutes stirring once halfway through.

4. Try not to eat the whole pan at once!

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Marinara Sauce

I was challenged by a fellow blogger to post one recipe a week. So here goes….

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Ingredients: 

  • 2-14.5 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1- 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 4 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp. of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth, or wine
  • 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar

Directions:

  • In a food processor, or blender, place the crushed tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and oregano. Process until smooth. (I usually skip this step because I prefer a chunkier sauce.)
  • Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and cook, covered, over low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasinally. If you are in a hurry you can cook it on medium heat for 2 hours stirring every 10 minutes.

Notes:

  • If you are in a hurry you can cook it on medium heat for 2 hours stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  • This can also be cooked in a crock pot over low heat for 6-8 hours (no stirring).
  • For a very simple spaghetti add cooked italian sausage and vegetables of choice to the saucepan 1 hour prior to serving.Spaghetti
  • This sauce freezes well.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4-6 Hours
Servings: 6

DIY- Crochet Dishcloths

IMG_4957The very first, and easiest, of the homemade gifts that I tackled was the crochet dishcloths. There are literally gazillions (is that a number?) of free patterns out there on the internet, and I think I tried about 10 of them before I finally settled into a very simple Double Crochet dishcloth pattern. You can get fancy, but for something that is going to scrub your dishes everyday I really prefer practical and durable.

Materials:

  • 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
  • 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • needle to sew ends in

Terms/Abbreviations:

  • ch-chain
  • dc-double crochet
  • sc-single crochet

Pattern:

  1. Chain 28
  2. 1 dc into third chain from hook, 1 dc into each ch to end (26dc). Turn
  3. Ch2, 1 dc into each dc till end (26dc). Turn
  4. Repeat step 3 (1dc into each dc), 14 more times. (15 row of dc in total)
  5. rotate clockwise On what was previously the left side 25 sc. At the corner 3 sc in same chain. Rotate clockwise and continue the same pattern (25 sc and 3 sc in same chain) until you finish all four sides.
  6. Fasten off, sew in ends.

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Notes:

  • If you are like me and you find it very difficult to keep track of what row you are on justIMG_4954 fold your work in half diagonally, and if it makes a perfect triangle you are ready to finish the edges.

Holiday Excitement

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I am already working on Christmas. Maybe it is because I have so much seemingly free time, or maybe it is because I really feel a need to create things… Either way, I am making many of the gifts this year. I really want to tell people and of course I can’t because then the gift receivers may find out what they are getting. It goes without saying that it would probably ruin the ooh’s and ahh’s if they know what is in the gift before they open it. But all the same I am practically bouncing in my seat with excitement. I can share my label, and so I will.

  I am just so excited. I only hope that they like them, because of course with homemade there is no gift receipt. Back to crafting!