Recipe For The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Happy Monday!

It is that time of the year again! Time to carve pumpkins, and roast the seeds! Fresh roasted pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite things! I could live off of them, and once you eat one you can’t stop!

My husband and I carved our pumpkins this past weekend. We have a whole tradition for carving pumpkins. While carving, we watch a Halloween movie and have a cocktail. We also keep our pumpkin hidden from each other till the very end and then determine who’s is better. Just a little friendly competition 🙂 Then we get to my favorite part…roasted pumpkin seeds!

I have tried many different ways of cooking pumpkin seeds. My Favorite recipe is plain and simple. I’m not one for all the fancy stuff. Plus, I must have my pumpkin seeds be on the dark, crunchy side! The crunchier, the better.

This year, the came out superb! Salty, crunchy, with great coloring! I can’t wait to share this recipe with you! I am hoping that many of you still have some carving to do so that you can try this recipe!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 1h
  • Total Time: 1h 5m

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Clean and rinse pumpkins seeds of all pumpkin guts.
  3. Lay pumpkin seeds evenly on cookie sheet. I use tin foil, this is optional.
  4. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper over pumpkin seeds. If you are wanting to add a little paprika like I did, do this now.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Stir pumpkin seeds, cook for another 30 minutes
  7. When done, pumpkin seeds should be a nice brown color. Let them cool down, and enjoy!!

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After tasting these, I told my husband that we might have to get some more pumpkins just so I can get the seeds. He didn’t really like that idea. 🙂 However, he did agree that the roasted pumpkin seeds turned out really great this year.

I hope everyone enjoys their last week of October, and has a fantastic Halloween! I can’t wait to see all of the awesome costumes this  year!

Did you have a favorite recipe for pumpkin seeds?

Cheers,

Victoria

 

P.S. I think my husband won the pumpkin carving contest this year. Here is a picture of our finished pumpkins. Mine is the first one and his is the second one.

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Must See Movie! The Hilarious Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call is fun for the whole family!

I am telling you right now to go and buy the new Ghostbusters movie and watch it! It is such a funny, thrilling ride and the special effects are phenomenal!

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive to watch the newest addition is the Ghostbusters legacy. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Were they going to try to redo the first Ghostbusters? What direction were they going to take!? On top of the millions of questions I had, I had heard A LOT of bad reviews. Needless to say, I was nervous.

First off, I want you to know that Ghostbusters: Answer The Call is its own movie. It was not, in any way trying to redo the first Ghostbusters. It wasn’t trying to disrespect the original movies in any way. In fact, if you play close attention it pays homage to the original Ghostbusters crew! I give it big kudos for that!

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

The stars of this movie are: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. Let me start by saying what an excellent cast! These women (and guy) were great together. I was very curious as to how Melissa McCarthy was going to be. Not because she isn’t funny, but because she can sometimes be over the top vulgar for me. However, she was nowhere near vulgar in this movie! She was very clean, and very very funny!

In fact, the whole movie was pretty clean which I was very happy to see. Kristen Wiig was her normal hilarious self, Kate McKinnon was amazing as crazy genius Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones really brought her A game. The person who stole the movie for me though, was Chris Hemsworth. Thor himself. He was so incredibly goofy and funny in this movie! It was so refreshing to see him play something other than the tough macho man.

On top of a great cast, the special effects in this movie were awesome! I don’t want to say too much for those of you that haven’t seen it, but the ghosts were very incredible, and the colors were so vibrant!

Please do yourself a favor and watch this movie! Do not listen to all those nay sayers out there! Just because the ghostbusters are all women does not make this a horrible movie! (Yes, that is what people are saying.)

Have you seen Ghostbusters: Answer The Call yet? What are your thoughts?

 

Cheers,

Victoria

 

The Perfect Book For October! The Haunted Hillerman House

Do you love romances? Do you love murder mysteries? How about a combination of the two? If you are nodding your head yes, then I have the PERFECT book for you!

 The Haunted Hillerman House.

The Haunted Hillerman House

You will be sucked in from the moment you start reading. You literally cannot put it down, and if for some reason you have to, it’s all you can think about.

It is by the author Shannon Bailey. She writes a lot of historical romances. I am a huge fan of hers, and own all of her books. They are all amazing, but I have to say, this one is my absolute favorite! I’ve read this book too many times to count.

One of my favorite things about this book, is that it’s perfect for any age. It’s kept very clean, which is a rare treat now-a-days. Yes, it is a tale of romance but, Mrs. Bailey doesn’t take it too far.

It starts off with our heroine Sela Whitley coming home for a relaxing family visit over Halloween. Her mom is filling her in with the latest town gossip when she mentions that a mystery man has bought the terrifying Haunted Hillerman House. The house that has a tragic past filled with love and murder. When Sela goes to introduce herself, the last thing she expects to find is the incredibly handsome James Stanford. As a relationship blooms between Sela and James, they began to uncover the mystery behind the haunted Hillerman house.

That’s all I’m going to say. I really, really encourage you to read this book. It is a pretty quick read being only 216 pages and is truly a great, mesmerizing story. You instantly fall in love with the characters and are eager to find out the mystery along with Sela and James.

 

If you don’t own it yet, get your copy today! Below is a link.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Cheers,

Victoria

 

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The Best Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 

Crockpot Spinach And Artichoke Dip

the best Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

As everyone knows, it is football season.I don’t really care about football…like at all. However, I enjoy the food that goes along with football games. I will gladly sit there and snack on all the food while others pay attention to the game. But more than just eating the food, I enjoy cooking it. I am always looking for appetizer recipes to cook on game day.

As well all know, chips and dip are a common appetizer for watching any sporting event. For most, the go to dip is salsa, but at my house it’s spinach and artichoke. We LOVE spinach and artichoke dip! When it’s game day my husband is asking me to make it.

I cannot eat artichokes by themselves. I don’t know if it’s a texture or taste thing, but I can’t do it. Now, when they’re mixed with spinach and cheese, I can gobble them up! Lets take a look at the best crockpot spinach and artichoke dip recipe ever!

Crockpot Spinach And Artichoke Dip

The Best Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 40m
  • Total Time: 45m

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese. You can use full fat or light, whatever you fancy.
  • 16 ounces Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh Spinach
  • 14 ounces Artichoke Hearts
  • 5 1/2 cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • dash Minced Garlic
  • dash Salt
  • dash Pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into crockpot and allow to heat through (about 40 minutes).

Not only is this dip recipe extremely easy, it is extremely delicious!  It has just the right amount of cheese, and the garlic really comes through and makes this exceptional! If you’re like me and love garlic, don’t be afraid to sprinkle a little extra in! 🙂 You can serve it with the normal tortilla chips, or try something different. How about some french bread cut up and toasted? Or some pita chips and fresh veggies? Ah, it’s all so good!

Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

So, the next time you are wondering what you’re going to make for the big game or even just a little gathering, remember this marvelous spinach and artichoke dip! I guarantee people will be pulling you aside asking for the recipe!

What are some of your game day recipe favorites?

Cheers,

Victoria

 

 

 

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6 Scariest Haunted Houses in America

As everyone knows I am a HUGE fan of Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday, and I love celebrating it from the moment October arrives. And what better way to celebrate Halloween then with Haunted Houses!

I have been going to haunted houses and haunted corn mazes since I can remember. Of course when I was younger, the haunted houses I visited were appropriate for children, but as I got older, the scarier they became. For me, the best haunted houses and haunted corn mazes are in Illinois. My family grew up in Illinois and we try to go back to visit as often as we can. We generally make those visits during…you guessed it, October. The amount of detail that goes into these haunted houses/haunted corn mazes is phenomenal! 

So, as you might have guessed it, this blog post is a guide to the scariest haunted houses this year! Hopefully there is one near you that you can go and enjoy!

6 Scariest Haunted Houses In America:
#1. 13th Floor Haunted House- Denver, Colorado

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So glad to see that my home state has made the list of scariest haunted houses! From what I hear, this place is terrifying. I can not attest to that, as I have been to much of a chicken shit to go in!

This is a multi-story haunted house that people who are brave enough, must navigate through to get out of! This year they have three new attractions: The Slasher Remix, Undead Abominations, and Cursed: The Ritual. From what I hear the costumes and attention to detail is AMAZING! For more details and ticket pricing visit http://www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com

#2. House of Torment- Austin, Texas

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House of Torment is a nationally recognized haunted house. They are consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top haunted houses due to their top production value, and creativity. This year they have moved to a new location that is 2x bigger than their previous, bringing that to a total of 40,000 square feet! Just more room to scare you with!

They have three new attractions this year: Dawn of Evil featuring insatiable, voracious, maniacal zombies that are in search of food after a catastrophic virus has broken loose. The Frenzy featuring the most demented nightmares from the human psyche, and Graveside Manor which features an abandoned manor that holds many secrets, and possibly a ghost. 

For more details and ticket pricing check out http://www.houseoftorment.com

#3. 13th Gate- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The 13th Gate is another haunted house that is nationally recognized as one of the top haunted attractions year after year. They are known for their extreme ultra-realism and extreme attention to detail.

This haunted house is ready to terrify you out of your wits with their real snake infested swamp, claustrophobic cellars, hidden subterranean passages and a prehistoric ice cave. New this year, is a sewer littered with the bodies of the victims of  Jack The Ripper. Guests must make their way through the flooded sewer to the end of a long train tunnel before the ghost trains make their appearance.

For more information and ticket pricing visit:   http://www.13thgate.com/

#4. Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, New York

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The Headless Horseman has it all! Starting with a 250-year-old farm that has over 60 acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. Each Halloween season the theme changes, but still brings a unique, immersive experience. The Headless Horseman features: a theatrical one-mile hay ride, a corn maze, seven haunted attractions, and four gift shops!

Be sure to catch Two Raven’s Manor that features skilled stunt actors and a magic-illusion side-show starring Ryan Dutcher.

For more information and ticket pricing visit http://www.headlesshorseman.com/

#5. The Bates Motel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scariest Haunted Houses

Be sure to come check out Bates Motel. As you creep through this show, you see levitating spirits, floor boards that come alive, pictures that follow you, and incredible, custom animatronic props that you will not see anywhere else. Also, the actors there at the Bates Motel interact with you on a personal level. They do say that they have something new for this year, but you’ll have to go to find out what!

Another goodie features at the Bates Motel is a haunted corn maze! This year they are featuring a new theme…The Revenge Of The Scarecrow!

For more information and ticket pricing visit http://thebatesmotel.com/

#6. The Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, Ohio

Scariest Haunted Houses

This is one of the coolest haunted houses out there. The Dent Schoolhouse takes place in an actual haunted schoolhouse from the 1800’s, and follows the legend of the murderous janitor Charlie. The theme for the Dent Schoolhouse is during Halloween in the 1950’s.

For more information and ticket pricing visit http://frightsite.com/

There is six of the scariest haunted house in America this year! There are TONS more, but I would be here all day if I didn’t end the list some where. So get out there and start visiting some of these places! Halloween is in 25 days!

Cheers,

Victoria

 

2016 U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

The other day I was scrolling through Twitter, when I came across a blogger gift swap. I immediately wanted join, but found out quickly it was just for UK bloggers. Bummed, I went back to scrolling. Then, last week I was making my daily rounds on Facebook when I came across another blogger gift swap! Trying not to get too excited, I started reading. By the end of it, I had signed up!

2016 U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

So, as you might have guessed from above, it is called the 2016 U.S Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap. You do not have to be 100% food blogger. If you dabble in other things, that is totally fine. It also doesn’t matter if you have an itty bitty blog or a HUGE blog. The whole idea behind it is to get to know and interact with other bloggers, with a little gift swapping.

The masterminds behind this are: The Kitchen Revival, Make It With Missy, Living Lean And In The Green, and Love, Marriage, And Family. I am so glad that they have created such an event and that I get to take part!

What happens is, you will randomly be paired up with another blogger in the beginning of November. You’ll then have some time to get to know the blogger you are paired with. Then you swap gifts! The deadline for the gift swapping will be December 17th. And no worries, you do not have to worry about spending tons of money! The spending limit is $25. Baked goods and homemade gifts are also welcome! Just make sure if you chose to do baked goods, the recipient isn’t allergic to anything.

Since it is the first year these lovely ladies are doing this, it is limited to 100 people. So be sure and go sign up now! You seriously don’t want to miss out this!

For more information visit: eventbrite.com. This page will tell you everything you need to know!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Victoria