Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Carving, Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Greek Pizza Party

To conclude our evening Andy and I decided to carve our two pumpkins (even though we will be back at Topsail over Halloween!). I still wanted to light the pumpkins in the evenings leading up to Halloween and enjoy spicing up and roasting the fresh pumpkin seeds. To further enjoy ourselves as we carved away I came up with this pizza combo, which was delicious!

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  • 1 whole wheat pizza dough ball
  • 1 12 oz container store bought hummus
  • 1 box frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • marinated artichokes, chopped
  • kalamata olives, chopped
  • banana peppers, chopped
  • feta cheese (ideally, but cheddar was what we had)

We bought a single mega bottle of this hard-cider last night and gave it a try tonight. I really enjoyed it, thought it tasted pretty much like apple cider, just with a kick! I had this half glass as I carved away. The rest was for Andy, but he didn't like it much so I finished it off afterwards while watching Iron Man.

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Before

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After

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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Rinse, dry, and drizzle with oil and seasonings of your choice. Bake at 250 degrees for 60 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Sweet - honey, cinnamon, sugar, and salt

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Spicy - cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt

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