Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween tonight, so I spent a very small part of today doing Halloween type things. We stopped by the farmer’s market and grabbed a pumpkin, because I just couldn’t imagine not having a pumpkin. My pumpkin has a few soft spots, so it was on sale for $1, but it still had a good side and it really only needs to make it through the night. I carved it this afternoon between school projects and baking pumpkin muffins for class tomorrow. I always carve cute pumpkins, so I used the giant smile to hide a few of the defects.

I’m glad we got a pumpkin, since we had almost 15 trick or treaters tonight. I’m not sure where they came from, since we’ve never had any before, but I think they were attracted by our pumpkin. We had about 100 mini-chocolate bars “just in case”, so we even had candy to give them.

For a small pumpkin, it had lots of seeds and hardly any “guts” so I also roasted seeds for a snack to munch on while we waited to see if anyone came by. I washed the seeds, and then used the oven on a low temperature to dry them. I poured a few tbsp of melted butter (about 1 tbsp/half cup of seeds), a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and some salt on the seeds and roasted them for 45 minutes at 325oF, stirring every 15 minutes. They toasted perfectly and were delicious! I’m wishing I’d bought a second $1 pumpkin just for the seeds.

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