How to Make Sriracha Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Whether you look forward to carving pumpkins to make jack-o’-Lanterns or for the thrill of pillaging the pumpkin seeds that await inside, many people look forward to pumpkin picking season. While we didn’t get our pumpkins from the picked-over pumpkin patch when we went to Louisburg Cider Fest for our annual fall frolic, we did make sure to carve the pumpkins we collected thereafter. And boy, was our tiny tot excited! He was very eager to get his hands dirty by reaching in and grabbing the slimy pumpkin guts!

Among the three roasted pumpkin seed recipes I tried, below is the recipe I loved the most. I do hope you try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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{How to Make Citrus Herb Crusted Chicken}

AN EASY-TO-PREPARE CROWD PLEASER!

DIRECTIONS:

1) Zest lemons and oranges and leave at room temperature to dry out until ready to use. Juice lemons and oranges and combine with oil and chicken in a large freezer bag or shallow pan. Cover and place in fridge to marinate for one hour or up to overnight***.

2) Preheat oven to 450º. Drain and pat chicken dry, season liberally with salt and pepper and evenly coat chicken with zest and herbs. Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet and arrange chicken on top–this will allow juices/fat to drip off and create a delicious crust. Place in center of oven and cook for approximately 25 minutes, or until juices run clear when meat is pierced.

3) Serve family style on a large platter atop greens, pasta or wild rice.

PERSONAL NOTES:

* I used Watkins Grapeseed Oil instead of olive oil. I liked the idea of this since I was using citrus flavors.
** Obviously if you use store-bought herbs from a jar, you do not need as much of the herbs; it seems this ingredient measurement is incorrect.
** Leaving the chicken in the fridge to marinate for one hour was enough for us to taste the citrus juice, even after I drained the mixture and patted the chicken dry.

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My Toddler’s The Lorax Inspired Birthday Party

When I started pulling the elements together for my toddler’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax inspired birthday party, I knew that I wanted to focus in on The Lorax’s theme around the environment. Therefore, I used a bunch of natural elements such as bamboo plates, serving bowls, spoons and matching serving tray, slices of birch trunks, faux grass/moss and real plants, fallen tree branches, and upcycled glass bottles. And any party supplies that I didn’t reuse in the process of this party will be reused in the future!

I had so much fun planning for this party, but I learned something about myself in the process this time…I realized during my party planning this time is that one of my favorite parts of party prep is the curation of ideas! To check out all of my inspiration, here is a link to my Pinterest board entitled, {“Oh, the Places He’ll Go!”}

The Lorax theme for this party actually evolved from my search on the world-renowned Dr. Seuss book; in fact, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of Oh, The Places You’ll Go. To quote a blog post I referenced when learning about the story and movie background, “Although the story was written back in the seventies, it is still on time…[it] is spreading [a] sadly very true ecological message and warning […]

‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It is not.’ “

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My Baby’s Circus Themed 1st Birthday Party

For those of you who missed {My Baby’s Ringmaster’s Big Top 1st Birthday Party} last year, here is a round-up of some of the best party shots! See my Facebook page for more pictures of family and friends acting silly. 🙂 Here you’ll find DIY Ring Toss, DIY Ribbon Banner, “A Big Top Thank You” Circus Peanut Treat Bags, Party Hats with Clown Noses Atop, Ringmaster Mustache Kazoos and more!

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{My Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken}

When I was preparing to make the Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice recipe I found on Pinterest, it recommended this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Recipe. Following the recommendation, I cooked the teriyaki chicken in my Crock Pot and added the chicken to my fried rice that I stir fried separately in my new wok. The result was a delicious home-cooked meal–when all I thought I wanted was takeout!

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