Happy Halloweekend! With Halloween right around the corner, the weekend before has been filled with many fall activities. This weekend, I carved my Halloween pumpkin, and then made my favorite flavor of pumpkin seeds. Below, I am going to walk you through the process, and what I carved on my pumpkin this year.
How to make: Cayenne pumpkin seeds
First off, you have to gather all your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need:
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
Step 1: Soak the pumpkin seeds in water until they all start to float at the top of the bowl. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: take out the pumpkin seeds and let them dry on a paper towel
Step 3: Put the seeds in a bowl and toss in the olive oil and seasoning. Mix until all seeds are covered evenly.
Step 4: Spread out pumpkin seeds on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to check on them every couple of minutes, because they can burn very quickly.
I got my pumpkin seeds from my pumpkin, which this year, I carved in the shape of a cat, and then cut out little triangles and circles to be its ears and paws. Other pumpkins I have done in the past include the Cheshire Cat, Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, the mockingjay symbol (from the Hunger Games), and others.
What I love about this activity is that it can be done literally anywhere; at a friends house, outside, inside, as a party idea, etc. Pumpkin seeds are something that I look forward to every fall, because they are super easy to make and only require a couple of ingredients, and they taste fresh and healthy. If you decide to make your own pumpkin seeds or take inspiration off my pumpkin carving, post a photo on social media and tag me in it, I would love to see your creations! Have an amazing week