10 Things You Can do With Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin puree has center stage this time of year. There seems to be no limit to the ways pumpkin puree can be used: pumpkin pies, cakes, breads, drinks, and even body treatments.

Annually, pumpkin puree struts on stage like some kind of crazy peacock. All the while, the humble little pumpkin seeds sit quietly in the corner cheering and supporting them.

I felt sorry for the little guys, so today’s post is all about the pumpkin seeds. (Okay. Maybe a little too goofy.)

Here are 10 ways pumpkin seeds can be used.

1. Pumpkin Seeds for Next Year’s Garden

To have your pumpkin seeds make more pumpkins next year, here’s what you do.

Before baking your pumpkin (if you like to bake it whole) remove the seeds. Thoroughly rinse the seeds to remove all pumpkin guts. Place the rinsed seeds, singled layered, on a paper towel. After an hour or so place them on a new dry paper towel. (We like to reuse our paper towels.) Depending on the room humidity, the seeds may take as little as one week to a few weeks to dry. Periodically check on them, and toss any moldy seeds. Once they’ve dried, place the seeds in a paper envelope to save for next spring’s garden.

2. Baked Pumpkin Seeds

The flavors you can come up with for roasted pumpkin seeds are limited only by your imagination. If you can think of a spice you enjoy, then you’ll probably like pumpkin seeds with that spice.

Here’s one of the simplest roasted pumpkin seeds recipes you’ll find. I’m ALL about simple recipes.

3. Cornucopia Cookies

I recently tried some cookies that had pumpkin or squash seeds in them. I had intended to bake my own special concoction, but we’ve had some oven issues. We now have a working oven, but you know how it goes. Too many things you want to do and not enough time.

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Mega-Bananza Fall Bundle Sale!! {$2,000 Value for Only $39}

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It’s that time of year again when we all [try to] slow down a bit and get cozied up indoors for the cool weather and long-awaited holiday breaks.

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14 AMAZING Pie Recipes

I recently baked my favorite pie, creamy apple pie. John allowed me the pleasure of eating the last slice last night. :)

It’s a family (John’s family) recipe, so I’m not bragging on myself when I say – WOW!!! It really is my favorite … that and elderberry-raspberry pie. As a matter of fact, the only two pie recipes on this site, so far, are those two pies.

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll tell you that I get on these food “kicks” where I’ll eat my favorite food for months on end (or years for special sit-down restaurant favorites). Since I eventually find myself trying something new – every 5 years or so – I was glad to find so many amazing pie recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Now the hard part will be finding my next two favorites out of this list of 14 amazing pie recipes.

The photos shown in this post are shown with permission from the bloggers.

1. Creamy Apple Pie (here on Your Gardening Friend) The “creamy” in this pie name comes from the heavy whipping cream used.

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2. Creamy Pear Pie (Michele at Frugal Granola) The “creamy” in this pie name comes from the sour cream used.

3. Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}
(Heather at Mommypotamus)

4. Old-Fashioned Lemon Whey Pie
(Jill at The Prairie Homestead)

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Recipe: Sautéed Cucumbers

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This recipe came about one afternoon when I was hungry for a salad, but I had no fresh picked lettuce in the house. DUN, DUN, dun!! {That’s scary music.} I could have simply walked up to the garden, but I decided not to take the long walk. (Our driveway is about the length of a football field.) Instead, I got creative with what was in the fridge. Cucumbers.

I honestly had no idea if the dish would taste disgusting or scrumptious. When the taste-testing moment of truth came, I was surprisingly pleased. I had never heard of sautéed cucumbers, which made the whole experience even more rewarding.

About a week later, I did a word search for sautéed cucumbers, and learned I was not the first to have had this idea. Although, I did not come across any recipes like mine, but I only looked at one or two recipes, just long enough to get a quick glance at one and see that other people had already thought of sautéing cucumbers. :)

Later that evening I made more for dinner. The dish was a hit. At least that’s how I would interpret, “Is there any more of the green goulash?”

By the way, if I share a recipe here, odds are, it will have 7-ish ingredients OR LESS. No matter how delicious a dish looks, if it has a grocery list of ingredients I usually pause, salivate over the photo, and then turn the page or click onward. I suppose there are always exceptions, so I’ll just say that’s the general rule of thumb here on Your Gardening Friend.

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A Fruity, Festive, 4th of July Dessert

It’s always nice to have some easy recipes that can add a little festivity to family meals, picnics, or parties around the 4th of July holiday.

If you appreciate healthy sweets, easy recipes, and pretty presentations, then this dessert should be right up your alley. Here’s another pretty presentation of fruit in a jar.

With just the right serving dish and a little effort, it can look like something from the front cover of a magazine. It makes it hard to bring yourself to eat something so pretty, BUT … we somehow managed. Ingredients:

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Recipe: Healthy, Delicious, Home-Fried Onion Rings {With a Coconut Twist}

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I’ve gotta tell ya, I’ve been so excited to share this recipe! But first, I’ll share a little background.

Last year, I started pan frying with coconut oil. I’ve pan-fried chicken legs (and made gravy), chicken legs and liver (and made gravy), pork chops (and made gravy) – can you tell we like gravy ;) – tortillas (for soft-shelled tacos, but no gravy), and, just recently, onion rings.

I’ve been so pleased with the taste of everything made with coconut oil.

I had been using olive oil for these sort of meals (except the onion rings, which is a new thing for me). After hearing about coconut oil, I decided to give it a try. Coconut oil is also better suited for medium-high heat cooking.

I use good oils in my home cooking, but I’m more relaxed about it when eating out. (You almost have to be.)

I’ve purchased onion rings at a cafeteria I frequent, but during a recent visit, I asked what oils they use. Most restaurants and cafeterias use hydrogenated oil, and this place, I learned, was no exception.

I walked away. No onion rings for Holly. :( The only solution was to figure out how to make home-fried onion rings.

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