This weekend, we did a little non-traditional pumpkin picking. I would have put pumpkin picking in quotes, but I decided to use the describer, “non-traditional” instead. We did not trek to a pumpkin patch and wander in the chilly temperatures until we found ones we liked, rather, we hit a few grocery stores and a gardening center. At 14th Street Garden Center, we found exactly what we were looking for: some smedium sized pumpkins to play around with.
Play we did. We set out to carve our pumpkins (though I'm sure my boyfriend would have rather eaten them), which meant making a little bit of a mess and getting a little bit dirty. Scooping out the insides was probably the most trying part, but also perhaps the most fun.
Other than eating our roasted pumpkin seeds. After a thorough rinsing, grabbing of the orange pulpy strings, and straining as much water as possible, we tossed the large seeds in some olive oil and spread them on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Salt, a little cayenne, and they were ready to go. We threw the pan in the oven at 325 degrees, and left them in for 25ish minutes, while we carved our pumpkins.
We both didn't do anything complicated or particularly aesthetically pleasing, but we had fun. And the pumpkin seeds were absolutely delicious with our hot apple cider and recorded television. It really was the perfect fall day.
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