White pumpkins are fun to carve for Halloween, and if you’re carving pumpkins of course you have to roast the seeds! Simply separate the seeds from the inner pulp (the “goo” if you’re a kid), rinse well, and spread in on a well greased pan. I prefer to use real butter for this, coating a baking pan with approximately 1 tablespoon of melted butter for each cup of seeds. Then, sprinkle generously with your favorite seasoning. Half-Pint is on a ranch kick, so we used the ranch seasoning mix shown above. Roast in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, flipping seeds with a spatula halfway through. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
The season for fresh cherries at the market is absurdly brief. When they appear, I buy a few extra pounds for a big batch of Spiced Cherry Jam. The kids like to help, which I welcome – learning canning and preserving methods is a great home school lesson! Cheerful bright red jars of this jam taste like a burst of summer throughout the winter months. Enjoy!
Ingredients (Makes 10 half-pint jars)
10 cups fresh pitted cherries Continue reading
Who says you can’t play with your food? Tsukemen is not only delicious for adventurous diners, it’s a guaranteed kid pleaser and appropriate for serving to finicky friends. If you enjoy sampling dishes from around the world but are also cooking for reluctant diners, Tsukemen is a must-try.
Tsumemen is basically Continue reading
Elevate your PB&J with the lush combination of sweet cherries and tangy rhubarb in this easy-to-make jam. While this recipe is perfectly suitable for canning, you could store it in the freezer just as well. Of course, that assumes you’ll have any left after a few days… Let’s get started! Continue reading
Pumpkin is one of the healthiest veggies around! It’s low in calories but chock full of fiber and vitamins. This quick and easy recipe allows you to serve up veggies as a delicious (and healthy) dessert! Your secret is safe with me. Continue reading
Here’s the quick story behind this recipe: Half-Pint wanted zucchini bread (actually, the request was “Can you turn this zucchini into something chocolate?”), but it’s nice outside. Autumn is a’comin’, and I want to be outside savoring the end of summer! This recipe Continue reading
Yes, those are mermaids. Because life is better with a bit of whimsy. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Zucchini are practically exploding from the ground this time of year. If you aren’t growing them yourself, then Continue reading
Shortcake is my very favorite summertime dessert. Berries take center stage over apples and pears at the market (in my area, anyway), and those berries deserve to be showcased! Rainbow Shortcake doesn’t Continue reading
Most store-bought popsicles are made out of corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Meh. You can purchase healthy, 100% fruit pops, but you’re going to pay dearly for them.
Why not just Continue reading
Santa is coming! You need cookies NOW! No worries, this recipe is speedy and delicious – you don’t even need to turn on your oven. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Chocolate covered pretzels are everywhere in December. The combination of sweet and salty is impossible for many people to resist! Today we’re Continue reading
Think chocolate chip cookies but with a festive holiday twist. My kiddos love these. Santa will, too! Continue reading
A cross between a pancake and an omelette, Pannekoeken (to the Dutch) or Pfannkuchen (to the Germans) makes a lovely breakfast no matter how you choose to pronounce it! Today we’re making this simple dish with cherries, for a sweet and cheerful twist. Continue reading
When you want a dessert that’s not too sweet, Tangy Citrus Cookies are a great option. Layers of lime flavor add a pleasant ZIP! to this recipe, which pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea. Continue reading