Agave roasted pumpkin seeds

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

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Halloween will forever hold a special place in my heart. Two years ago on Halloween is when Mike and I officially met.

While we didn’t officially start dating for about another month, this date still has significant meaning.  I’m happy to be going two years strong with my babe.

In celebration of this fabulous day, we have been having a ‘fall themed’ date day, which started with a crisp walk around town and some pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese from Brueggers Bagels.  Oh, and pumpkin spice coffee as well. :mrgreen:

We then went, unsuccessfully, to find a costume at Party City.  I now can understand what Caitlin was talking about a few days ago.  ALL the costumes are super skimpy with barely any coverage.  That is all fine and dandy, but when you live in MINNESOTA and the temperatures are going to be in the 30’s tonight, I prefer a warmer costume.

Instead of spending $80 on a costume I would never wear again,  I ‘borrowed’ Jenna’s idea of being Julia Child.

All I need is:

  • An apron (got a cute one for $12.99 from Target)
  • Pearls (I have already)
  • Baking utensils to carry around (a small pan and rolling-pin, $1 and $2.50 at the Target dollar spot)
  • A grey wig ($16 at Party City)

And, even better, I can put everything to use on a regular basis.  Well, maybe not the grey wig. 😉

By the time we were done shopping we were both famished.  We stopped by a local bakery/cafe, Urban Harvest, to get some lunch to-go.

We were so indecisive we decided to both get half of a sandwich (they were HUGE) and split them.  I got a curried turkey on sourdough.

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This sammie had currant in which I couldn’t really taste.  I think I would rather have had it have raisins.  Num!  But overall, this sandwich had a fabulous curry taste.  It was a nice change of pace from the regular turkey or veggie that I typically get.

The other sandwich was chicken salad with grapes, one of my favorite.  This was served on an eight grain.

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On the side, some baked Cheetos

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And half of an apple.

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Then it was time for carving pumpkins!

His…

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And hers…

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We of course saved the seeds and had a pumpkin seed cooking contest.  He chose savory, I chose sweet.  This is where my Agave and Cinnamon Roast Pumpkin Seed recipe comes in!

I was pulling things out of the cupboard and came up with this…

Once the pumpkin seeds are dry, coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Form the seeds in single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the salt layer.  Then follow-up with a few squirts of agave.  (Eyeball all of these measurements).  Stir and re-spread.

Baked for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.  Pull out of the oven and do another round of seasoning.  Then continue baking for 15 more minutes.

End result?

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Okay, the photo really doesn’t do the taste justice.  If you are looking for a sweet spin on pumpkin seeds, try this recipe.  We couldn’t stop eating them!

Mike’s savory recipes includes the same method as my sweet version, except with garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.  His was very good too!

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We also have been snacking on Halloween candy all day…

The festivities will continue tonight as we drink pumpkin beer (at least to start), dress up in our costumes (Mike is going to be a decked out Twinkie) and head to the bars with Luke and Jodi.

Two things came in the mail today!!!!! One in which you all should make sure you check back in to my blog tomorrow for…  have a safe and fun evening!  However, you will find out what both were tomorrow.

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Two questions for you this afternoon.

1. This morning I had planned on going for a run.  But I think secretly my body was screaming for rest.  Do you ever take a ‘vacation’ from working out? Please share! As hard as it is for me, I am taking a vacation from the gym this weekend!  Instead I went for a nice long walk this morning with Mike.  I think at times I push myself too hard and I just need to take a step back and relax. 🙂

2. What are you doing tonight for Halloween?


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9 responses to “Agave roasted pumpkin seeds

  1. Wow – I’m super impressed by your pumpkins!! Sounds like a great day so far.. hope tonight is just as fun. I’m all for the crative-non-trashy costumes… and HECK YES in Minnesota, and especially with weather like today, I wouldn’t want my buns hangin out either! My roomie is being Octomom – she went to savers and got 8 baby dolls and is going to wrap them all up in a front carrier – haha I guess that doesn’t qualify as “non trashy” though. 😉

    1) I think vacations from working out are a gooood idea. Especially if you’re training for something or part of a team, or just plain n simple you want a break from doing the same thing every day! As hard as they are to take for some of us, they give the body a chance to recoup, but more importantly (IMO) the mind. It’s like hitting the reset button on your mentality about going to the gym 😀

    2) IIIIII am staying in. Had plans of going to two parties, but I found out yesterday that we had a death in our family, so I will be driving up to St. Cloud early tomorrow morning. Important to me to be there for family tomorrow, and definitely not a big deal to skip a party.

    Hope you have a great night with the twinkie and your friends!

  2. HAHAHAH how do I write so much??

  3. Sounds like a really fun day! The perfect way to spend Halloween…with lotsa pumpkin and the person you love. No super fun plans over here. Looking forward to seeing your costumes!

  4. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🙂

  5. those pumpkins are amazing!

    and you shall make Julia very proud 🙂 hope to see pics of the costume!

    have a very happy halloween girlie!

  6. happy halloween lovely! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see pics of the costumes

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  7. That is so cute that ya’ll celebrate the day you met- I love it. Pumpkin coffee is AMAZING! Great costume. I also cannot wait to see the pictures. The toasty seeds sound yummy too. Hope you had a nice halloween

  8. I’m so glad you had such a great day, and the pumpkins look amazing girl! I took a day (ummm weekend) of rest from exercising too, I just couldn’t do it yesterday either (mentally mostly I think haha) — we can get back on track together Monday! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the mail surprises!

  9. Those sound great! Thanks for the recipe. So cute that you and Mike met 2 years ago and you remember 🙂 Love stuff like that!

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