observations, ideas and inspiration... from my pennsylvania home, garden, kitchen, and studio

Friday, October 2, 2015

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds ....or whatever kind of squash you have

October is here and it sure feels like it.  Hazy skies and gusty winds that keep knocking my sunflowers over on the back porch table. I just keep filling them back up with water and putting them back out there like a stupid head.

This kind of weather makes me want live in my kitchen all day long. A few weeks ago, I was reading my cousin's blog (Sea Salted Sunshine), and was inspired to buy a few kabocha squashes for great recipe she had posted.  Today I'm experimenting with the last one for a soup, which actually seems to be turning out all right.  I'll post more on that next week, when I'm sure. (Yep, I'm trying to keep this blog current!)

"Don't throw away those seeds" (my mind is saying). I really don't like how salty the shells are when you roast pumpkin seeds.  After a little searching online, I found this lovely recipe for roasting them.  Still a little salty but on the inside not out.  I love to eat them, shells and all.

Enjoy the recipe, and have a great weekend!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 

After you've rinse and separated your seeds from all the pumpkin strings, measure what you have.  With my little kabocha squash I had 1/2 cup of seeds. Place those in a small saucepan and add 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of regular salt. (Use these measurements for every 1/2 cup seeds.)  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and let drain.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Coat the bottom of a baking sheet with olive oil, about a teaspoon. Spread the seeds and toss them to coat them with the oil on the pan making a single layer of seeds.  Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds. When lightly browned, remove the pan from the oven and let cool before eating.
*recipe found here
*kabocha squash image found here

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October is here and you know what that means...

Please visit all the lovely artists over at Early Work Mercantile to see what is being offered this month.

Thanks and have a joyous day!
Jenn xo

Monday, September 21, 2015

Threshing Season Celebration at 1824 Walker Farmhouse

A little bit of rain didn't stop the fun we always have at 1824 Walker Farmhouse.
Mostly drizzle in the morning, clearing to gray skies.  It actually made the day feel like fall after the two weeks we've had of 90 degree heat.


I can't tell you how lucky I am to be a part of this little group of hard working talented people.  I wish I had a picture with all of them...next time.

 Many friends and good people I've meet through this wonderful place.
 As I look back at each picture, I see things that I wish I would have bought.
 I'm too anxious to look around during the show.

I would have loved this early needlework stand.

 and some freeze-dried pumpkins...

 I did manage to buy a few of these.  My favorite scent for Fall.
 My pictures are a mix of what we all had to offer. You can find us here:
Feeling thankful and very blessed today.
Jenn xo

Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land. 

~Leviticus 26:5

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy July! New Early Work Mercantile Offerings

It's July! 

Fly on over to visit Early Work Mercantile 
and see all the lovely offerings this wonderful group has to offer. 

 I have a few more offerings there as well!

xo Jenn

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