Have You Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Yet? Give These 2 Recipes a Try!

Posted 10-28-2017 at 04:06 PM by Jessica

Roasted Salty Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that cinnamon is spelled with two ‘n’s? I swear, my spelling abilities are going downhill lately… I’m sure I had to have known that, seeing as many of the recipes I post include cinnamon, but for some reason the two ‘n’s just didn’t look right, but I googled it to make sure.

Anyways…

One of my favorite parts of the fall season is definitely the roasted pumpkin seeds. It makes all of the hard and time-consuming work carving and scooping out the pumpkins worth it after you’ve roasted up a batch of these!

No matter which flavor variation you choose it’s all very simple – just a little mixing up of the seasonings and placing them in the oven and in no time you have a yummy (and healthy) snack! Did you know that pumpkin seeds contain zinc, protein and antioxidants? Those tiny little seeds are packed with nutrition, making them not just delicious, but also good for you!

I’m going to start off with the original flavor, which is actually my most favorite! Then, I’ll share my other favorite, the cinnamon-sugar variety. Check them out…

Original

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
3 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse the seeds to remove the pumpkin and pat them dry with a towel.
Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt, then spread the seeds evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring and flipping them occasionally.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Cinnamon Sugar

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions

Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss seeds in a bowl with the butter, sugar and cinnamon. Spread on lightly greased cookie sheet in single layer.
Bake about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Those are just two of the most basic pumpkin seed recipes to get you started. Once you try one of these, though, you’ll be hooked and can easily find dozens of different flavor variations.

Let me know if you have a favorite recipe for pumpkin seeds that you’d like to share!

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Happy Fall! Check out This List of Fall Date Ideas

Posted 10-27-2017 at 05:12 PM by Jessica

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Park Picnic
The leaves are changing colors and most parks are at their most beautiful state so take your dinner to the park instead of eating at your dining table, or meet up during your lunch break.

Haunted House
For those of you that can stomach having creepily costumed people jump out at every corner, head to a haunted house! This is an especially fun group date because there is obviously safety in numbers.
Caramel Apple Making
There are lots of simple recipes out there, or you can always try out something gourmet if you’re feeling up to it. Make sure that you’ve got a good sized work space and lots of candy toppings and you’re set for a sweet date.
Football Game
It’s Football season! Take advantage of that by heading to a game in your area. It doesn’t have to be an NFL game to be fun; check out the times that your local high school is playing and head over there!
Scary Movie Night
My idea of a scary movie would probably be the Haunted Mansion, ha! So I’m all for popping up some popcorn and snuggling up to watch Eddie Murphy. If you’re braver than me turn on a legitimate horror movie and curl up on the couch together!
Pumpkin Patch and Carving
What is Fall without visiting a pumpkin patch? Grab your guy or gal and go pick out a pumpkin that you can carve together! Roast the seeds for a yummy snack afterwards.
Fall Festival or Corn Maze 
There are lots of festivals around this time of year, and there are lots of local family-owned ones that are relatively inexpensive as well! Whether it’s just a few food trucks and some games or a full corn maze it’s lots of fun to get outside and enjoy the chilly weather.
These are just a handful of ideas for Fall dates, do you have any that you love? Let us know in the comments!

101 ways to decorate with pumpkins!

Posted 10-27-2017 at 12:56 AM by Kat Weeks

I’ve always wanted to make my little apartment festive and get decorations, but once the holidays end, I have absolutely nowhere to store them without having to spend hundreds on a storage unit a year, just to get them out again.

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Are you wanting to make the house look festive while not breaking the bank? And something that you won’t need to store for a whole year that’ll just be taking up space? The answer is PUMPKINS! They’ll last for the whole two months of October and November, and you can decorate them however you want!

Click here to see the endless possibilities of pumpkin decorations and get to saving.

Two of My Favorite Soup Recipes

Posted 10-26-2017 at 01:04 PM by Jessica

Black bean soup

Comfort food is the best food. And it’s oh-so perfect for the Fall. We have to build up some body fat to keep us warm through the winter, right?! So that means we need to eat lots of pot pie, mashed potatoes with gravy, stroganoff, and hot soup. I’m a little obsessed with soup due to the fact that it’s usually super easy to put together, and it’s almost always inexpensive, too! And if you have a crock pot, you just throw everything inside and and you’re all done!

Here is the recipe for Cuban Black Bean Potato Soup. While anything with potatoes in it screams comfort food, it’s actually pretty healthy for you. There is so much protein from the beans, and the flavor is fantastic. This is actually the first soup I ever made on my own. In my middle-school years I found this recipe online, tried it out, and loved it! If a 14 year old with zero cooking experience can do it, I assure you that you can do it, too!

The second soup I just have to share with you is a Butternut Squash Soup. Since we’re already talking about my middle-school self, I have to mention that I used to hate Butternut Squash Soup. My taste buds changed over the years for sure, but I’d honestly have to say that I probably wasn’t exposed to the best Butternut Squash soup, and if I had tasted this one, I’m sure that I never would’ve thought I disliked it. So even if you’re not so sure you love butternut squash, give this recipe a try. It’s so creamy and delicious!

There you go, delicious soup recipes perfect for these upcoming chilly months that you’re sure to love!

Make Pumpkin Carving Easier With Cookie Cutters

Posted 10-25-2017 at 12:24 PM by Jessica

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Jack-o-lantern carving can be a pain!

Carving pumpkins has long been a tradition for my family. It started when I was really little and basically just told my dad what I wanted him to carve for me, and has now moved onto me being the carver of the family. As fun as the idea is, actually spending hours scooping out pumpkin guts and trying to artfully turn the gourd into a masterpiece is not as fun in practice. Even just carving out triangles is challenging depending on the knife you’re using, so I was thrilled when a friend of mine told me that she uses cookie cutters for her kids’ pumpkin carving!

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All you need to do is dig out the pumpkin seeds as usual, and then press the cookie cutter against the outside of the pumpkin and use a hammer to press it all the way through! As long as you have carved out enough of the pumpkins’ insides you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the cookie cutter to go through. Use hearts, stars, paw prints, whatever cookie cutter designs you have! Amazon has this set of Halloween design cookie cutters!

That way you don’t have to risk cutting off your fingers, and the kiddos may be able to do it themselves! Happy “carving!”

Cutest DIY that are just like the ones in stores!

Posted 10-24-2017 at 09:37 PM by Kat Weeks

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A habit of mine would be walking throughout the stores and thinking “I CAN MAKE THAT!” but never actually getting around to it. Never know where to look for the supplies, thinking I don’t have time, or the pish-posh excuses I always seem to come up with. Well I finally got something I can make and found out how to! Don’t worry I’ll share my secrets with you!

What you’ll need:

  • white polymer clay
  • smooth chopping board or other even surface
  • rolling pin
  • scalpel
  • oven proof bowl
  • acrylic paint
  • mod podge glue
  • metallic gold paint
  • paint brush

Directions:

  1. Cut a chunk of the clay. It will depend on the size of the bowl you’re using as to how big you want it.
  2. Roll in your hand to soften and then use your rolling pin to roll it out into a flat disc.
  3. Then place your bowl on top and trace around the edge to cut out a circle shape. Discard the off cuts.
  4. Transfer to the bowl. Make sure the clay disc is central and then start by gently pressing the centre down and working your way out to the side so that it fits to the bowl. Where there are gathers at the edges, simply push them down and smooth out slightly.
  5. Your edges may well look a bit wonky so take the scalpel and trace around the edge to get an even circle. Discard the excess. Make sure there are no bubbles in your clay. All of it should be flush with the bowl.
  6. Then place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 mins. Once baked leave to cool completely before popping it out of the bowl. The easiest way to do that is by turning the bowl upside down.
  7. In order for the paint wash to go on smoothly I applied an under coat of mod podge and left that to dry but I don’t think this step is essential.
  8. Once dry, mix the acrylic paint in a dish with some water. I helps to create a painterly look to give it more of a handmade ceramic feel so the water helps give variation in the color and allows brush strokes to stay slightly visible. Leave to dry..
  9. Use metallic gold paint to paint the rim gold.
  10. When the rim is dry you can glaze the whole thing with modge podge. This will leave a nice sheen and protect the paint and the clay.
  11. TA-DA YOU GOT YOUR NEW JEWELRY HOLDER, KEY CATCHER, WHATEVER YOU’D LIKE!

Check out this round up of more fun ideas!

Got Lots of Leaves in Your Yard? Try This Fun Craft!

Posted 10-24-2017 at 06:36 PM by Jessica

Sweet child, boy, applying leaves using glue while doing arts

We had a bad wind storm today, so when I pulled up to my house I was greeted with an obscene amount of leaves covering my driveway and front yard. The wind practically wiped my trees bare! Oh what a joy autumn is. I mean, I love the pumpkin spice lattes and boots and sweaters and football, but I don’t like raking leaves.

In order to look at the bright side of things, I started to research fun projects that could be done with the fallen leaves, and figured that you could make some creative art pieces pretty easily! All you’d really need to do is…

1. Gather your supplies (paper, markers, glue, leaves)
2. Draw part of an image (for example, the head of a hedgehog)
3. Glue the leaves down to complete the image!

For something so simple, I find this craft to be so dang cute! You don’t need to make a trip to the craft store as any piece of paper and pen or markers will do. Plus, it’s bound to keep the kiddos busy for a while, and you have a handful of leaves you now no longer need to rake! ;)

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Posted 10-23-2017 at 06:07 PM by Jessica

Multi-ethnic group of children in halloween costumes

I love Halloween – the spooky movies, candy, pumpkin-carving and costumes! But despite all of the fun that the holiday brings, it can also be very dangerous for the kiddos if they’re going trick-or-treating. Bad candy, stranger danger, and the potential that they may not be seen by cars! Here are a few tips for keeping your little vampires and princesses safe while they’re out this Halloween…

Safety in numbers

Even older kids should have someone responsible heading with them from door to door, especially if they’re trick-or-treating in a neighborhood that is spaced out, or one that you don’t know all the neighbors in. Busy neighborhoods with lots of other kids trick-or-treating can make for a safer environment, but you can never be too safe!

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Glow Sticks

These babies help SO much! Have each kid layer a few bracelets on each wrist, and connect a few to make a necklace. That way they are lots more visible to passing cars. Head on over to Amazon where you can grab this 100-pack of Light-up Glowstick Bracelets for a great price. These would also be a fun non-candy option to pass out to trick-or-treaters!

Head out before dark

You don’t have to wait for it to get dark before heading out on your candy hunt. Lots of kiddos start knocking on doors as early as 5 or 6 o’ clock!

Super Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Bar Soap

Posted 10-21-2017 at 09:11 AM by Jessica

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It is officially fall, and I’m always looking for unique ways to celebrate the season. Pumpkin themed recipes and autumn-inspired crafts are always super fun, but sometimes you just want something different! When I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Scented DIY Soap, I just knew I had to make it, and I sure am glad I did!

There is just something super luxurious about a fun-scented soap. Especially if it is homemade! Of course a bar of Dial does the job, but wouldn’t you rather have something that cleans, moisturizes and makes you smell pretty?

We have officially made it into the Autumn season and since I am obsessed with all things seasonal I decided that a pumpkin spice scented soap was not only a good idea but the absolute best idea. Of course, if you’re not feeling the pumpkin scent (how dare you!) you can replace the spices with some essential oils. Lavender is my favorite oil to add to soaps, but there are so many great options!

Now, heading out to buy a block of handmade soap can end up running you more that you’d probably like, which is why I found an easy DIY version to save you money and still have you smelling beautiful!

Alrighty, now that I’ve chatted for a while, lets get to the soap concocting! I got this recipe from Happiness is Homemade, so head on over there with for full instructions!

I promise you’re going to love how soft your skin feels, and the sweet pumpkin scent. Have I mentioned that this is a fantastic gift idea as well? Make a couple of these bars and give one to your mom, your niece, your neighbor! Inexpensive and easy!

Tell me in the comments if you ended up making this, and how you liked it! Did you use the pumpkin scent, or did you try something else

Add some extra spice to your kitchen!

Posted 10-20-2017 at 09:33 PM by Kat Weeks

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Instead of paying hundreds to thousands of dollars every couple years to try and update your kitchen this is a way you can simply make it have a new sassy look to it.  Having the same old colors can make it become dull. So spice it up!

Here is a website that shows you how to make so many fun variations of tea towels! I think it’s fun to decorate the towels according to the seasons!