Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Family Time and Pumpkin Seeds

Ever since I’ve moved out of my parent’s house and became more serious with Eric, I’ve really started to appreciate the importance of family time. I have some of the best times when I’m with these people, and I don’t expect that to change any time soon. Whenever I go to Iron Mountain and see Eric’s family, something I can always count on doing is playing Scrabble with his parents, and we always have so much fun. This past weekend when Eric was in town, I got to treat him to the same kind of quality time with my family. We went out to eat with my parents and followed it up with game night at their place, and it was a blast.

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We ate at La Senorita, and it was a fajita kind of night.

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My parents got a double order of portabella fajitas, Eric got the carnitas (fajitas with pulled pork), and I ordered shrimp fajitas. Everything was so good!

After dinner we broke out the wine, and we broke out the Balderdash!

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I love this game. If you’ve never played before, you’re missing out. It is sure to guarantee a few laughs Smile.

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Oh, and it should be noted that I won Winking smile.

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After Eric left on Sunday afternoon I went over to my parents’ house again for dinner, and this time I brought an appetizer.

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Pumpkin seeds!

Every year I look forward to enjoying toasted pumpkin seeds, and they are so easy to prepare.

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First, I rinse off the seeds and get all the pumpkin guts off. It really helps if you do this as you’re cleaning out the pumpkin. I learned the hard way that if you don’t do it right away, the pumpkin pieces stick to the seeds and they’re hard to rinse off.

I made two different kinds – southwest chipotle and plain salted.

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Just season the seeds to your liking and spread them out on a greased baking pan.

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Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes and then devour!

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My family really enjoyed them, along with the Greek yogurt enchiladas that my mom made for dinner.

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Plus a side salad of greens, avocado, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and a dressing made with olive oil, balsamic, and seasoned salt.

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I was long overdue for some veggies Winking smile.

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What’s your favorite way to season pumpkin seeds?

I love them with just sea salt, but next year I want to try toasting them with some cinnamon sugar. Yum!

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