Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekly Menu & Weekend Fun (November 2)

We really needed a low-key weekend, and that’s what we had. I actually vetoed a couple events Andy wanted to attend, and I think we are all glad we relaxed instead! I think it’s very important to balance busy weekends (like last week’s super busy weekend) with low-key ones. But we still had plenty of activity with the kid’s soccer game, a couple neighborhood walks, and a hike.

We had some fun on Friday afternoon carving (and decorating - me, I was too lazy to carve) very non-impressive pumpkins. But it was fun, and that’s all that matters. Andy actually commented that our pumpkins looked like they were carved and decorated by 3-year-olds. Well, you wouldn’t give 3-year-olds a knife (even a pumpkin carving one), would you? And I think my felt decorations are “interesting”…

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We made spiced pumpkin seeds that were delicious.
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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
  • Seeds from two medium sized pumpkins, cleaned (it’s okay to have just a little pumpkin flesh on it; it adds flavor)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • A dash of cinnamon sugar 
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Season seeds with olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, & a dash of cinnamon sugar.
  3. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes (taste at 30 and see if you are satisfied with the crunchiness). 
  4. Enjoy. 

This would also work with other squash seeds - such as delicata squash, but you’ll have to adjust (reduce) the baking time. Just check after 20 minutes to see if they are done. I remember roasting delicata squash seeds a few years ago, and they were delicious!

We didn’t have any trick-or-treaters until about 6:45, and we had gotten worried that we would be stuck with a lot of candy! Fortunately, once kids started coming, we had a steady stream, and the kid really enjoyed handing out candy. It was his first time handing out candy for the entire evening as we had always been going trick or treating ourselves in the past.

Here is what’s on our menu this week:

Meal 1: Chunky Chicken Chili - Biz shared the recipe from her cooking club, and it sounds delicious. I may make a few changes since I just can’t follow a recipe; I’m rebellious like that!
Meal 2: Minestrone.
Meal 3: Broccoli/carrot/kale slaw with walnuts. - I’ll be experimenting…
Meal 4: Roasted veggies & grilled salmon.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s on your menu this week?

Be well,


  1. Hi! I will try your recipe with pupkin seeds!
    I absolutely agree with you about balancing busy and low-key weekend ... and I have just had a very relaxing one in the city!
    many thanks for your comment on my blog! I hope to see you there again ...
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Have a wonderful week, too, Dan!

  2. I love the idea of spicy pumpkin seeds..a nice touch. The pictures of the pumpkins are so cute...
    We just stayed home and took it easy...very relaxing.
    Have a nice week ahead Andrea :)

    1. Thanks, Juliana! Glad you had a relaxing weekend!

      Have a great week, too!

  3. accidental i saw yesterday a programm on the bbc with Brian Turner and he roasted pumpkinseeds as well. They looked delicious.

    1. Yes, they are really good and so easy to make.

  4. Those seeds are so easy to change up too with different spices!!!!

    Glad you had kids - we had 0 come. Been like that for a few years... not to fun in my area unfortunately.

    Food always sounds good!

    1. Yes! I love playing around with the spices! I almost added some curry powder (which I love) but left it out since Andy doesn't really care for it on seeds...

      Sorry you didn't have any trick or treaters - it's fun to see all the costumes, especially the really small ones... :-)

  5. Those pumpkin seeds look amazing! My youngest is nearly 12 and we totally forgot to carve pumpkins! Major fail!

    1. There is always next year! :-)