Thursday, October 24, 2013

When Your Kids Ask.....

When your kids ask to paint a pumpkin at 9 pm on a school night, say YES and do it WITH enthusiasm. 

When your kids ask you to clean the pumpkin & make pumpkin seeds, say YES and do it with enthusiasm. 

Even if you're the only one to eat them, remember THESE are the MOMENTS they will remember for a lifetime. Super Jace has taught us to savor each moment, breathe in every second, and put your complaints aside. 

They might just be pumpkin seeds to you, but this year for us they are a symbol of family tradition, a reminder that our family is together and they really ARE yummy. :) 

Poncio Famly Pumpkin Seeds

*Every year our recipe changes, but this is usually the recipe we start off with. 

Bowl of freshly cleaned out pumpkin seeds
A cup of boiling hot water
Garlic Salt
Garlic Powder
Table Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. After separating out the seeds from the pulp, place seeds in a bowl. 
2. Chances are you'll still have pulp, so pour the boiling water over the remaining seeds and pulp. Let sit a few minutes. Preheat oven to 400º 
3. Spread seeds on a cookie sheet. ( We use non-stick foil)
4. Drizzle EVOO and give seeds a little stir. 
5. Sprinkle the garlic powder and garlic salt over the seeds. Stir. 
6. Add a little table salt and black pepper. Stir once more to spread seasoning evenly. 
7. Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them and stir occasionally.

These are a family favorite and we usually have to clean out several pumpkins for everyone to get their fill.  Some of us, (no names) just eat them whole because they taste so good. ;) 

Enjoy and savor the taste AND the time with your loved ones! 

Love & gratitude,

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