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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{Enjoying the Start of Fall}

Our family has been making sure to take time to stop and smell the crisp, fall air so far this season, and I’m working to embrace autumn for all its gloriousness (and not as the sign of summer and Daylight Savings Time ending)!

A few weeks back we continued our autumnal tradition by going to the Louisburg Cider Fest; we had a great time going through the impressive and ever-changing corn maze with some long-time friends that we ran into while we were at the Cider Mill. I savored a Sparkling Raspberry Apple Cider beverage and shared my fresh-made cotton candy and nachos with my tiny tot who was just about as thrilled as (pregnant) me to partake in those indulgent snacks. 🙂 He loved climbing in the corn-filled, jack-o-lantern-painted bin, he enjoyed the blue-grass band while he sat listening on hay bails, and he had a great time playing among the other children doing kiddo activities like sliding down the hillside and leaping around the pumpkin patch without tripping.

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{Slightly Controversial Post on The End of Summer Days}

Yesterday marked the end of summer days (again) and I find myself getting all nostalgic (again). I just love going to the pool and watching my toddler splash at the “splash park”, I love grilling season, summer vacations, summer clothes, the feeling of having no school even though I am no longer a student, and more!

I see all the cute memes out there and people posting about their excitement for fall, and I want to be someone who likes fall better than the other seasons. I want to join the “cool club”! [See what I did there? Kind of a double meaning if you catch my breeze.] But I can’t yet. Year after year I don’t gain entry into the “cool club”. Perhaps I can’t figure out the code, I tell myself.

Perhaps I’m not seeing what everyone else is seeing, I think. So I survey those I love who love autumn and ask them what they find so great about it. Because once I know the secret, I can gain entry into the club, right? And they tell me they love the changing colors of the leaves, the crockpot meals, football season, bonfires, cool-weather fashion, dropping temps and less humidity, etc. My husband says best of all is “the smell of fall”. Each time he says this year after year, I ask him to describe “the smell of fall” and each year he says it smells like “fresh air”. I usually laugh to myself but this year I laughed aloud. “Isn’t there fresh air in other seasons? And what does fresh air smell like?” He found it hard to articulate why autumnal air is just fresher.

Now, I gotta admit that I’m not known to follow sports–or even the ball as it moves from one player to another across the TV screen. So maybe that’s a big part of the miss for me during autumn, but I think more than anything it’s because autumn signifies the end of summer–my steadfast favorite season. If you’d like to see what turned into a bit of a love letter to summer but was mostly aimed at being an optimistic message about the baton hand-off between summer and fall, check out my blog post from a year ago entitled {The End of Summer Days}.

On our road trip/babymoon two weeks ago (all about planned spontaneity and bonding) we spent a couple days in Chicago, and during the falling rain I meandered into the storefront of a Bath & Body Works in a mall on The Magnificent Mile. The only scent I picked up was an Autumn-scented body lotion; I applied lotion from the tester to my hands without smelling it first. Unorthodox, I know. But I wanted to try to embrace fall. I loved the scent and plan to go out and buy it in a candle (because I can always use a 140th candle around my house or in my closeted box of candles, and I’m sure my hubby agrees). 😉

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{Interview Your Loved Ones Before They’re Gone}

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Full Transcript:

How do you honor people?

If you have loved ones who you’ve lost or you have people in your life right now who you just admire greatly, who are helping you out, who…

The podcast recording of this video led me to Brendon Burchard’s interview questions which was just what I needed to re-initiate my interviews with my inspiring Grandma!

Beth Tielke is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, matriarch of many and friend to many more! While the interview took place via a recorded phone call on October 5, 2014, the theme of the interview is “Spring”. The focus is Beth’s memories over the span of the first twenty years of her life. Stay tuned for “Summer” in which we will cover the following season of Beth’s life!

You can check out the recording here: https://soundcloud.com/reneeosunshine/interview-with-sunshine-beth-tielke-spring

Or check out my blog here:

ashleycamber.com

Interview Your Loved Ones Before They’re Gone