Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

This Halloween, I carved two pumpkins; one with my preschool class and one with my daughters. The four year olds had mixed reactions about sticking their hands in the pumpkin to feel the “guts,” but both Lily and Emmy loved feeling the slimy seeds!

I took the seeds home and roasted them, and then took them back to school so that the preschoolers could have a taste. Some of them didn’t care for the seed I gave them, but I made sure to thank them for trying something new. A few of the kids wanted to eat more of the seeds! One of the preschool moms had a taste, and she told me the seeds were perfect and wanted to know how I roasted them.

  1. Rinse the seeds well.
  2. Soak the seeds in salt water for 2-4 hours. I didn’t measure the salt, but I dissolved quite a bit of salt in warm water, and the water was cloudy. The seeds floated on the top of the water, so I stirred the seeds in the water every once in a while.
  3. Drain the seeds and pat dry. Mix with a small amount of olive oil and spread out on a cookie sheet. I used parchment paper on my cookie sheet to keep the seeds from sticking to the pan.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

These pumpkin seeds are just slightly salty, so if you prefer more salt, you could add it when you mix the seed with oil. Enjoy!

Jack O'Lantern
Jack O’Lantern


Where Are the Pumpkins?

We had a day off from school at the end of September, and my original plan was to take Lily and Emmy apple picking. We had so much fun apple picking last year, but when I checked around, many apple orchards in our area did not have apple picking available. Due to the strange Spring we had and then the summer drought, apple orchards did not have a good season.

I decided that we should take a trip to the pumpkin farm instead! We arrived shortly after the farm opened, and there was already a line to get in. The girls went to play among the pumpkins that were laying in neat rows just beyond the entrance, and I was itching to get out my camera and take pictures of them. I couldn’t lose my place in line, however, or we’d have to go to the end and start all over. I could take pictures of them playing in the pumpkins later.

Wristbands finally bought, we entered the farm.

Frog Jump!

First things first; we had use of our wrist bands until 1:00, so we were going to take advantage of them! Lily and Emmy went on every ride they could, and on some of them twice.

No pumpkin pictures yet.

Lily picked the motorcycle; Emmy’s driving the Mustang!

Still no pumpkin pictures.

Big Rig Girls

Still no pumpkin pictures.


I thought the tractor would take us to the pumpkin patch. I was wrong. We went into the cornfield and saw a plethora of skeletons.

Still no pumpkin pictures.

These prisoners were held a tad too long in the County Jail.

And then there was the petting zoo and the art booth and then we were starving, so we had to eat some lunch. By this time I was ready to pick out our pumpkins for heaven’s sakes so we could go home already! We grabbed our wagon, headed out to the pumpkins, and Lily and Emmy each picked out two. I had major picture-taking-fatigue. The camera stayed in my purse as I finagled two tired girls and four pumpkins to the mini-van. Wait! We forgot to pick up our art projects! Back to the art booth, then finally…to the van!

Pumpkin Picture!

Over two weeks later, I finally got around to taking a picture of The Pumpkins. Not quite the way I imagined, with the girls frolicking among the bright orange pumpkin patch on a sunny day, but it’s the best I can do.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Spin Cycle at Second Blooming

Linking up with Mama Kat for PUMPKINS! and with Gretchen for AUTUMNAL!