Wow, readers I hope you were out this weekend enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather and all the wonderful activities Sacramento had to offer! Saturday, Mr. S. and I braved the crowds and cruised up to Camino to Apple Hill to enjoy some delicious apple cider donuts and pick up some treats but on Sunday we had the kidlets (who are at that age where they're "too cool for Apple Hill") so we planned some other fun family activities. We spent the afternoon learning about falcons and snakes at the Naturefest being held at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. While we were there, we even met a "wild turkey" and got to make an abalone necklace to take home.

Afterwards, we came home and carved some pumpkins. They came out pretty cool, no?

Now don't go throwing away those pumpkin seeds when you're done carving, that's the best part of the pumpkin. Rinse them off thoroughly, pat them dry and set them aside---roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make, delicious and quite nutritious!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


3 cups pumpkin seeds, washed & patted dry

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 Tablespoon olive oil

5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic (you can use fresh or dehydrated, I had a little of each on hand so I used both)

1 teaspoon salt (1.5 teaspoons if you like it a little extra salty, like I do)

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

* optional : a sprinkle or two of Morton Nature's Seasons Seasoning Blend for a little extra kick.


- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

- Combine all ingredients with seeds in large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly then spread evenly on a baking sheet.

- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
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  1. Allie Says:

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds! The pumpkins look awesome! We are headed up to Apple Hill this weekend with the family :) Looking forward to meeting you at Foodbuzz!

  2. Wow! It's been a while since I munched a pumpkin seed. This post made me miss it.

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  3. we are headed to apple hill in a few weeks for some wine tasting, beer at jack russell brewing, and those amazing warm apple cider doughnuts. i had them last fall and have been thinking unholy thoughts about them ever since.

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