I know, I know… I said I dropped the ball about these pumpkin seeds and sharing our Halloween. But I guess it’s never too late right? Plus that’s kinda the theme of a Mom Blog, so much to do so little time. As long as we get there!
The History of these pumpkin seeds
It was going to be our first Halloween in our new home and a new area so we needed to find a new pumpkin patch. We stumbled across the cutest little pumpkin patch in Solvang, Ca. Lots of different pumpkins to choose from. We walked around and each of us picked a pumpkin. Except for Molly, she picked 20 + pumpkins. She saw us picking up pumpkins and loading them in the wagon so she decided she wanted ALL the pumpkins in the wagon. It was cute at first, then exhausting while I was putting them away she was filling the wagon with more and more.
As we were leaving the kids spotted a park made of wooden structures. It was so neat, they had a spot for a puppet show, a gingerbread house, big slides, “and even ninja warrior stuff” words from Little Leo.
We ate our snacks and hung out for a bit. The sun was baking our skin and we had not put sunscreen on our poor white child, Molly. We rounded up the kids, and on their last 5 minute warning Macy-Jane collided with another little girl. So not only did we leave with pumpkins and sunburns, but Macy-Jane left with a beautiful black eye.
We displayed our pumpkins in front of our home and waited to carve them.
Due to the heat of October on the Central Coast, we “patiently” wait until a couple days before Halloween to carve pumpkins. Leo and I put his old work shirts on the kids and set up a carving spot in the garage, and the pumpkin carving began!
Well, everyone else enjoyed carving their pumpkins, mine for whatever reason was completely rotten on the inside, YUCK!
The kids had a great time carving their pumpkins, we lit them that night as we listened to the World Series in the background.
Our Halloween was calm and nice. It was the first Halloween in our new home and as I shared on our Dia de Los Muertos post, we started a new tradition. We took the kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, then on to Grandma Deb’s and Grandpa Abel’s. The kids were having a blast. Macy and Little Leo knew what to do from experience. Molly got it down quick! Jesse, my oldest son 11 going on 16, is beginning to be too cool for everything. I told him if he wants to go trick-or-treating again next year he has to go with his friends. Grr.
They ended up with a ton of candy and we called it a night around 7:30 P.M. Bed time!
The next day the begging from all boys began, “Mom, when are you going to make the pumpkin seeds?” “Mom please make them this year!” “Honey do you think you’ll get to those pumpkin seeds?” So apparently I was making pumpkin seeds!! I don’t get so excited to make them for 1, I don’t care much for them 2, I have adult braces and all seeds are BANNED.
So Guess What, I made the pumpkin seeds. Here is how I did it…
The easiest way I have found to separate pumpkin guts from the seeds is to first comb through them with your fingers to remove large chunks. Then soak them in a bowl of warm water. The seeds should float to the top after a few minutes. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
While your pumpkin seeds are soaking, lay out a couple layers of paper towels. Grab a slotted spoon and begin to spoon the seeds onto the paper towels. Allow them to sit there while you prepare the ingredients needed. The ingredients below made for about 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Place the butter in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave to melt. Add the seeds and stir. Add in your dry ingredients and stir until mixed well together.
Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Spray down with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Pour the Pumpkin Seeds onto the cookie sheet and even them out to a single layer. Bake 45 minutes, turning occasionally.
I hope your family loves these as much as mine do!
Next year they’ll beg for the Cajun Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and maybe i’ll share those with you too 😉