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  1. Pumpkin Carving and Seeds!

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    October 19, 2013 by Jenn

    A few days ago Patrick and I carved the pumpkins we bought at the farm. This is my favorite part of fall for 2 reasons. 1. Carving pumpkins is fun, duh. 2. PUMPKIN SEEDS. Pumpkin seeds are one of my all time top favorite snacks but buying them at the store can be expensive. I started cleaning and baking my own years ago and I’m about to tell you how.
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    We bought 4 pumpkins altogether, 2 large and 2 small. Luckily for me, there were a TON of seeds inside. First I clean out all the guts from inside the pumpkins and put them into a bowl.

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    Lots of gunk. This was only from one of the large pumpkins! Next you need to separate all of the seeds and put them into a strainer. I rinse my seeds so that there are no sticky parts that might make the seeds soggy when they are baking.

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    Separating the seeds is the most tedious part but if you’re lucky, you can convince your boyfriend to be your pumpkin seed sorter like I did. Cute and helpful. <3

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    Place the seeds on a baking sheet or in a pan on wax paper. I spray a light layer of non-stick cooking spray just to be safe. Make sure that the seeds aren’t on top of one another. I like to sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on mine. Bake for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. After about 10 minutes of baking I stir the seeds around to make sure none of them burn and our evenly distributed.

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    Once ut of the oven, let the seeds cool completely and the store in an air tight container. Snacks for every day!!

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    Eventually it was time to carve our pumpkins and I tried something I have never tried before. I used a drill. Honestly, drilling into pumpkins is really fun. It feels cool and you get all these tiny little pumpkin curly pieces. I drilled mine in a offset pattern using one small drill bit and one large drill bit.

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    Once I was done drilling, I used a damp cloth to wipe off the outside and remove all the excess pieces.

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    Done! This is one of the many things Martha Stewart has taught me. We are getting so close to Halloween I can barely stand it. I’ll have a post for you very soon that’ll teach you how to make a spooky front yard display! Stay tuned!


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