Roasting up a pumpkin full of seeds has to be one of the best things you can do with them... but that's not all!
Before you scoop out all of the seeds... because we will be using them, you might want to ask everyone to guess how many seeds they think will be in the pumpkin. You could have a small prize picked out before hand, but I think that the kids will love to make a guess for the sheer fun of it.
Lets get down to business...
*How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds: Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with vegetable spray. Scoop out 1 cup of seeds and mix it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the seeds on to the cookie sheet and roast 15 to 20 minutes. By that time, your seeds should be nicely browned. Be sure to stir about half way through to prevent burning. Now munch away and yes, you can eat the outer hull.
*Sprinkle on oatmeal for a little extra crunch... gives an amazing nutty flavor to the oatmeal.
*If you would like a sweeter version of this nut, sprinkle with a little pumpkin pie spice!
*How about Butternut squash... did you realize that you can roast those seeds too??
*If no one in that family likes pumpkin seeds (and I can't imagine why!!) bake them without the oil and then let the kids use them for crafts. A pot of glue and a handful of seeds can really stir up the imagination!!
*You could crack open the husks and then use the kernel to make "peanut brittle". Mouth is starting to water just thinking about it.
When I was a kid, we used to pretend that the seeds were coins and had a great time playing storekeeper and shopper!
Save a handful or so that hasn't been roasted and then store them away for next year. I have not idea if you can grow a huge pumpkin from a seed from a huge pumpkin, but I was watching a movie last night where one character was willing to pay $300 dollars for a single pumpkin seed! Can you imagine how much money you would have if you could sell every single seed??
Fill a hurricane lamp with seeds that have been toasted a nice shade of brown and then add a little (unscented) potpourri in layer. When you are done you have an impressive centerpiece for your table. And where do you get unscented potpourri?? Head out to your back yard to see what you can find and then dry!
I hope that everyone had an amazing October and November offers even more fun!!
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