its that time of year again! the air is crisp and the pumpkins abundant! why buy pumpkin seeds when you can make your own at home that are healthier and soooo much more delicious?! its pretty simple, just half the pumpkin, scoop out the insides and extract the seeds from all the gooey pumpkin pulp. Rinse them and pat dry, you want them to be completely dry before you go any further. next choose your flavor profile. I like to keep it simple, just a little salt and pepper-tastes exactly like movie popcorn! but you could certainly be more creative and do a spicy blend with cayenne and paprika, a garlic basil flavor, or even go the sweet route with a little cinnamon and sugar! once dry, toss the seeds in a few tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle your desired seasonings. put them in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until they start to get some color. (cooking time depends on the size of the pumpkin and the amount of seeds obviously.) now the next step is very important….try not to eat them all in one sitting! as you can see my nieces were having trouble in this department! what to do with the gooey pumpkin guts? stay tuned my friend, another blog for another day.