Remember the pumpkin seeds I gave up on earlier in this post?
Well...after a drink...or two...last night I decided to man up and finish what I started the night before. It was time to roast the suckers already. Between the innards of my pumpkin, and my sisters pumpkin - I had so many seeds I didn't know what to do with!!!
I'd never roasted pumpkin seeds prior to last night so I kind of just winged it recipe wise. After throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that I ended up with: sweet, salty, and spicy pumpkin seeds.
The spicy one was my favorite. Not too shabby for a first timer!
Set oven to 350 degrees and roast for 15 minutes spread out/flat on a prepared baking sheet (applies to all 3 variations)
Mix: 1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds. 1 tsp salt. 1 tsp cinnamon. 1 tsp sugar. And 1 tsp melted butter.(Prior to roasting)
Mix: 1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds. 2 teaspoon butter. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Mix: 1 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds. 2 teaspoons garlic powder. 1 teaspoon salt. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper. 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil.
Which brings us to this early morning (6 am to be exact)!
I am currently packing my belongings/preparing to embark on a journey clear across Ohio to hang out with my friends and enjoy a delicious meal at melt bar and grilled!! I'm so excited to go to melt - I featured it a looong time ago but I've never actually been there! I'll let you know how it goes :)
Tomorrow night I will be partying it up Halloween style at a graveyard in Pittsburgh. Random? Yes. Awesome? DUH!!!! Needless to say I will not be posting for the remainder of this weekend but I will be sure to take a lot of pictures of the festivities taking place over the span of the next few days - as well as my Halloween costume!!!
let us begin...
(1) ALEXI MURDOCH – SONG FOR YOU
(2) LIGHTS – MY BOOTS
I love her.
(3) THE EARLY NOVEMBER - SUNDAY DRIVE
I miss this band ever so.
If you've never heard of them, or didn't have the pleasure of being a fan when they were a band -you def missed out. They used to be the soundtrack to my life. Look them up.
(The poor quality of this video doesn't do The Early November justice but I love Ace's curly hair way back when :) And his voice makes me swooooon)
(4) METRIC – HELP I’M ALIVE
BLEEDING HEART BAKERY- CHICAGO
(1) PICKY EATERS MAY ACTUALLY HAVE AN EATING DISORDER
When Stephanie Schwab was a child, she would only eat white food. “Cream of wheat, cottage cheese, and noodles and anything that was bland or white. That's what I would eat and I wouldn't eat anything else."
As an adult, she's added lots of new foods to her list. But there are still entire food groups she just won't touch, which can make things difficult when ordering a meal. “I am kind of like Sally from When Harry Met Sally when I'm very specific about how I order. 'I want this and I don't want that,' and that can get a little tiring sometimes."
Now some researchers believe highly restricted diets may actually be a form of eating disorder, even though the finicky eater isn't concerned about weight.
Dietician Lisa Di Fazio says limited food choices can interfere with their social lives. "Many people avoid social interactions and dinners. They panic going to weddings."
Of course, limiting food can also interfere with health. Di Fazio says, “The main nutrients that are lacking is potassium, iron, B-12, vitamins A & C."
Nancy Zucker was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke Center for Eating Disorders. She said, "They are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need. They're not getting the calcium they need, so it impacts growth."
(2) WILD MUSHROOM FORAGING IS DAMAGING FORESTS, WARN NATURE GROUP
"The fashion for collecting wild mushrooms began with celebrity chefs such as
This year's wet summer and mild autumn has produced bumper crops of colourful wax caps, common ceps and luscious chanterelles.
But this new generation of foodies and foragers are beginning to trample the forests and fields that feed them – as well as many animals and insects, warn those who look after the UK's woodlands and nature reserves.
Concern is particularly high at some of the country's best-known beauty spots, including the New Forest, Epping Forest, and around the North Downs hills and the Chilterns.
So serious is the problem in some areas that a few big collectors, found with bagfuls of mushrooms from one trip, are being prosecuted. In just one weekend earlier this month, forest managers reportedly confiscated 45kg (100lbs) of fungi at a site near London.
Conservation managers and organisations appear to agree that small-scale collecting for personal use is not the problem. The Forestry Commission and the National Trust organise courses to help people identify safe mushrooms and teach how to collect them without damaging the surrounding landscape. Crucially, collectors are also urged to leave enough behind for the deer, rabbits, mice and insects such as flies and beetles, which also feast on fungi.
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(3) THIS YEAR’S BIGGEST PUMPKIN SETS WORLD RECORD
What weight would you guess for the biggest pumpkin ever grown? 500 pounds? 1,000 pounds? Try, 1,810.5 pounds. The giant pumpkin, grown by Wisconsin's Chris Stevens, is currently on display at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) until Halloween, along with two other prize-winning pumpkins from regional weigh-offs across the United States.
Stevens didn't end up with such a big pumpkin on a lark. Giant pumpkins (Cucurbita maxima) are grown for display and contests. These heavy squashes are so big that they grow lying flat on the ground, which is why all of the winning pumpkins at NYBG are laid on their sides, rather than standing up like a traditional Halloween pumpkin. Another difference between these maximus pumpkins and their more humbly-sized counterparts is their light-colored skin, which is the norm for these over-sized squashes.
The growing and judging of giant pumpkins is serious business, with an organization, The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, dedicated to the oversight and jurisdiction of pumpkin weigh-offs around the globe."
(4) SWAPPING FREQUENT FLIER MILES FOR CHOCOLATE
To assuage mounting traveler frustration over the difficulty of booking frequent-flier tickets, airlines are offering members a cornucopia of goods that have little to do with flights. Starting next month American Airlines plans to let its frequent fliers use miles to book car rentals and hotel stays online. Earlier this year, Delta revamped its online Marketplace, smoothing the purchase process and expanding the merchandise to include everything from a ¾-pound tin of Godiva chocolates (8,500 miles) to laptops (285,000 miles). And next month, Delta will allow all members of its loyalty program to exchange miles for gift cards for stores like Gap and Lands’ End — a perk previously reserved for elite fliers and Delta credit-card holders. Meanwhile, United has created an entire ad campaign around alternative award options, including hotel and car rental bookings, and is billing itself as the airline that “wants you to use your miles.”
Want to read more?http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/travel/31prac-miles.html?src=dayp
(5) RESTAURANT JOBS TOP THE MENU
While it remains incredibly tough to find a job in almost any field, the restaurant business has been adding workers at a considerable clip. In September, restaurants and bars in the U.S. added 34,000 jobs. In that same month, the entire private sector added just 64,000 jobs.
"The economy has recovered a little bit and people want to eat out," said Jack Russo, senior consumer analyst for Edward Jones Investments. That has spurred hiring and prompted enthusiasm on Wall Street, where investors are hungry for any morsel of good news.
Restaurant stocks are soaring. Shares of McDonalds, for example, are up by a third from this time last year, and some chains are doing even better. The stock prices of the Calabasas Hills-based Cheesecake Factory and the Glendale-based Dinequity, which owns the Applebee's and IHOP chains, have more than doubled.
For many young people entering the job market in the aftermath of the recession, jobs waiting tables and tending bar are among the few opportunities available.
Peter Osborne, who owns Pete's Cafe and Pedro's Cantina in San Francisco, recently hired 35 waiters, bartenders and other workers. "At 25 years old, a lot of these kids have graduated college," Osborne said. "They're taking jobs that you and I might have had while we were in college." Restaurant executives say more people are looking upon the field as a career rather than a pit stop on the way to another vocation.
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(1) DOG, KNIFE & FORK
This is hilarious.
And it actually looks real.
I had to share it with you guys J
(2) LIVE CRAB VENDING MACHINE
O.M.G. I have no idea what the man in the video is saying….all I know…is the he just pulled a LIVE CRAB out of a vending machine. WTF!! I’m freaking out right now lol.
(3) HELLO KITTY THEME PARK FINALLY OPENS IN TOKYO JAPAN
For Hello Kitty Fans, there is a heaven on earth now. If you just can't seem to get enough of this popular kitty's fix, you need to head to Hello Kitty's Kawaii Paradise. It is a theme park that is one of a kind and totally dedicated to Hello Kitty. It is set in Tokyo's Odaiba district. It sits nicely in the huge Venus Fort Mall and is all set to become a really popular destination. The 10,000-square foot attraction is being called an indoor theme park, unfortunately it seems too small to operate any major rides. No need to pout yet, as it does include a theater with Hello Kitty cartoons projected onto a domed ceiling, a restaurant that serves Hello Kitty pancakes, and that bastion of all theme park values, the gift shop. That's more than enough for us Hello Kitty lovers. Sanrio Puroland and Harmonyland are two other parks that are based on Hello Kitty and her friends. However, this is the pretty cat's first exclusive park. Kawaii (which means "cute" in Japanese) Paradise is an apt name, that's for sure. The park's operator, PleasureCast is expecting at least 700,000 visitors in the debut year itself. This is exciting stuff, one more reason to visit Japan!"
[[Today’s food clip]]
(1) FN CRAZY: FOOD NETWORK HALLOWEEN
I was unaware that there was a show that made fun of the ‘Food Network Channel’ celebs.
Glad I know now – these two vids. made me laugh.
Some of what she said was just mean. But….. I’m not going to lie….it was still funny lol.
(2) GHOULISHLY DELICIOUS CUPCAKES
(3) HALLOWEEN PEEPS
(5) MARSHMALLOW GHOSTIES