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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In my opinion, one of the best things about pumpkins are their seeds. It's a pain to make a Jack-o-lantern, but well worth it to get a fun Halloween decoration and yummy seeds to roast.

You will need a baking sheet, cooking spray, fresh pumpkin seeds, butter and salt.

Pull out all the insides of your pumpkin and separate the pumpkin guts from the seeds. Sometimes I wash the seeds, most of the time I like the pumpkin on it. Now, lay them out flat on a greased cookie sheet. Dab slivers of butter on top. Sprinkle salt over it all. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the seeds look toasted. You will want to use a spatula and move the seeds around half way through the roasting time. 

I have read that you can flavor your seeds other ways. I haven't tried them yet. But here are a few ideas:
Add 1/2 tsp garlic salt and 2 tsp. worchestershire sauce. 
use Mrs. Dash
1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp all spice

Friday, September 24, 2010

Easy Halloween Wreath

I am a huge fan of Halloween. So when I saw a wreath with black snakes on it in Martha's magazine, I had to make it...but with my own twist. Instead of snakes, I chose to do glow-in-the-dark webbing and spiders (I used plastic spider rings that came in a packet). 

First, spray paint a grape vine wreath black and let it completely dry.
Next, pull the webbing to make it look like a creepy spider web and lay it on the vine. The vine is prickly, so the web will stick.
Finally, attach your spiders. I clipped the back of the ring and just put them on the vine.
If you buy a few grapevines, you will be able to make a lot of these wreaths. I'm planning to give a few away. And I want one for my front and back doors.