This year is Z’s 2nd Halloween and so much more fun then last year. Obviously, as he gets older all the holidays become more fun and entertaining. Last year, he wasn’t walking nor talking and too young to understand what was going on. We just went through all the motions of the traditional Halloween festivities because we felt that was what we were suppose to do. I love re-living each holiday with Z and experiencing it all, through his eyes. I forget about everything else and live in the moment and appreciate these traditions we have with him. Building these memories now because before I know it he will be 18 years old and moving away to college and going out into the world on his own. That thought is terrifying because I have literally been with him every day of his life. I know as parents your main goal is to raise your child(ren) to be mature, responsible, productive members of society and to release them out in the world and have their own life and family. It is the circle of life. I like to take one day at a time and really appreciate the time I do get to spend with my son and have those memories of him.
Well, enough with my sob mommy story.
Onto our Halloween festivities we have had.
Pumpkin Patch Fun!
First thing Z does anywhere we go is to find a couple sticks to carry around with him. It wouldn’t be an outing without sticks in his hands. I, obviously, picked out our pumpkins while Z ran up and down the pumpkin patch aisles.
There was also a petting zoo at the pumpkin patch. Z was more interested in the rack that they have for the employees than the actual animals. He would get close and try to pet them and once they turned around and noticed Z which resulted in the animals start to chase Z around. He, of course, thought they were playing a game and the animals were playing with him. So, he would take off running the opposite direction while laughing hysterically.
Our 1st Halloween pumpkin carving party!
Hubby and I didn’t realize it until it was happening that this was our first Halloween together carving pumpkins. Yes, you heard that correctly. We have been together for over 10 years, living together for over 7 and married for 5 years, but this year was our first time actually carving pumpkins together!
Monkey in the house!
Yes, we officially have a monkey living in our house! And yes it is Z! Over the past week he has been climbing all over the furniture. What is even more funny is that I have been within a couple of feet from him and don’t realize it until it has already happened.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Well you know I couldn’t just throw out some perfectly edible pumpkin seeds. I kind of just winged it in regards to roasting them. I have roasted almonds before so I figured they were along the same lines. And they turned out really good! I was surprised! So, before you keep reading go grab a pumpkin and scoop those seeds out! I did do a little research on these guys because I was not familiar with them regarding their nutritional content.
RECIPE for roasted pumpkin seeds:
- pumpkin seeds (washed and cleaned as much as possible)
- olive oil or coconut oil (whichever you have on hand)
- sea salt
- any type of spices (I used cumin and chipotle powder)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, making sure the seeds are evenly coated.
- spread the seeds onto a foil lined baking sheet, in a single layer.
- bake first for 15 minutes, using a spoon mix the seeds around to try and get them as evenly roasted as possible.
- bake for another 15 minutes and mix around again. Depending on preference of how brown you want the seeds you can take them out whenever they are to your liking.
Does your family have any Halloween or Harvest traditions? What are they?
Have you ever roasted pumpkin seeds?