Halloween is one of my favorite holidays..mostly because it was always so much fun at my house growing up. Since it is my sister's birthday (that is why she is such a witch! haha) we always had cake and candy. I grew up in a very small town, so we always trick or treated on the 31st, and it was always dark. My favorite part was going to my Grandma's (she literally lived a block from my house) we would always go in the back door in a effort to try and scare her while she was at the front handing out candy. I'm sure she always saw us, but she was always a good sport and played along. She also kept a bowl of the 'good stuff' in the kitchen for us!
So needless to say, I love to decorate for Halloween. This week I got out Mr. Bones, he is skeleton for the front door. We also craved pumpkins. Craving pumpkins for me is a double edge sword, it's fun, but always kinda messy. So I'm one that scoops out all of the seeds and uses as much of the pumpkin as I can. Pumpkin seeds are great for using around Thanksgiving for decorating.
The easiest way to get them out, is to scoop them all out and into a bowl. After you have scooped everything out, fill the bowl with cold water, and watch as the seeds float to the top, amazing.
Next, place them on a baking sheet (cover with foil, and non-stick spray), give the top of the seeds another shot of non-stick spray and bake for about 20 mins on 350 degrees or until they look toasty. Let them cool and place them in a air-tight container. Then store them for use.
This is also a great time to think about what kind of candy you will be using in your baking over the Christmas holidays. Look for sales, and don't forget about your coupons! I've already stocked up on some fall M&M's for my monster cookies I'm making for Thanksgiving. I also stock up on tiny peanut butter cups, for my favorite holiday cookies.
Have a great week!