Friday, October 31, 2008

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

My favorite Halloween treat:

Seeds from one med.-lrg. pumpkin
4 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil

1. Preheat oven to 250*. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread seeds in an even layer on the parchment paper. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Let cool.

2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. sugar, the salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne.

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar. Cook until sugar melts and pumpkin seeds begin to caramelize; about 45-60 seconds.

4. Transfer the seeds to the bowl with spices, and stir well to coat. Let cool. Store in an air-tight container, up to 1 week. (but ours are never around more then a day!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stay of Execution

Well, because of DH's hectic work schedule this week, we weren't able to get Pancake into the butcher.  So, she's escaped execution for now.  It will probably be a month before we can get her in, though, due to the Fair ending soon.  :(

Why is my air conditioner still on?  It's rediculous; I am ready to be done with the heat!  It is still warmer outside then in during most of the day, and so the air kicks on to cool it down.  I'm grateful to have it, but I can't believe that the week of Halloween we still have a/c blowing!

Something is eating my lettuce just as fast as it comes up.  I'm not sure what it is; I haven't seen anything in the garden that looked suspicious.  It's left the spinach alone, thank goodness, but I am sad to see my romaine and buttercrunch suffering.  A couple more weeks and I should be able to have enough spinach for a salad!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Taking out the jeans

I don't always have time to hang out a full load of wash.  Those times, I take out the bulky stuff (jeans, towels, sweaters, etc.) and hang them, sending everything else through the dryer.  This way, I don't have to hang the whole load, and the dryer runs so much more quickly!  Usually it will dry the 'lean' load in 20-30 minutes, vs. the 60+ minutes it takes when all the bulk is left in.  

Monday, October 20, 2008


I was surprised to see more chicks the other day.  Apparently one of our Leghorns (notoriously non-broody) decided to hatch a nest.  One day, she was walking around with 4 chicks and the next day, there were 3 more for a total of 7 little leghorn chicks!  They are darling, but I am surprised to see them at all!  

Also, we realized that our duck has been laying eggs.  I noticed a particularly 'dirty' looking egg a week or so ago, and mentioned to DH how thick the shell was on those off white eggs.  After eating them for a week, and doing a bit of research, we came to the conclusion that those are the duck eggs.  How neat!  I want to save them up for baking; I read they are wonderful for that!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fall Garden

11 days after planting the seeds, here's what I have coming up in the gardens:

Carrots, broccoli, spinach and romaine.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Just sad

I noticed this sign at the gas pump today.  It's amazing that 5 years ago, $100 meant something different.  It meant a few gallons of paint and some trim to update a room in your house.  Or it meant several weeks worth of food.  It meant your electric bill or your car payment.  It meant a trip out of town for a day or two.  Today, it means a tank of gas.  

Wow, how lucky I felt as my tank topped off under the $100 max.  Yeah.  Lucky. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Swap

I signed up for a swap on Mary Jane's farm.  The theme was 'Fall' and the deadline was supposed to be Halloween.  My swap partner, Dawn, was way on the ball and I received my swap package the other day.  It was packed full of Fall themed decorations and candles, a hand embroidered blanket, and more.  

I am sorry to say I am not as on top of it as my partner, but hers will go out this week.  :)