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Fun with Pumpkins

by Meghann on October 24, 2008

Sorry for the late post, but its a good one with lots of pictures. πŸ™‚

Tonight I tagged along with Caitlin to a Spinning and Yoga class at her gym. I had not been to an actual gym class since junior year of college so it was nice to get back to my roots. I forgot how intense spinning is! I wish I could take that class every week, I really feel like I got worked. Yoga was also refreshing and relaxing, I forgot how released I feel after I leave. I loved the contrast of the two different classes back to back. We went from super intense to nice and mellow. A great work out!

Before my work out I knew I was going to be eating dinner late and had a pretty tough work out ahead of me so I made a pretty hefty snack that I knew would keep me from wanting to chew my arm off between spinning and doing downward dog.

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I made a Cashew Butter/ Almond Pizza. I topped a Flat Out wrap with a mixture of cashew butter, applesauce, and apple slices and broiled it in the oven for a few minutes. I started to check my e-mail after I put it in the oven and sort of forgot about it until I started to smell it burning. Luckily just the edges were black so I managed to pick those off and the rest was perfect.

My snack did and awesome job keeping me fueled, but once we returned to Caitlin’s after 9:00 I was more then ready to have dinner. We quickly threw together a dinner of microwavable left overs that worked perfectly.

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On my plate I had broccoli, rotisserie chicken, sweet potato and brown rice. This meal was perfectly and oddly had me thinking about Thanksgiving and how happy I am its just around the corner. πŸ™‚

I brought some Lentil cookies over for Caitlin to try and I couldn’t resist having two of my own. πŸ™‚

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Once we were fed, it was pumpkin carving time!

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Caitlin was ready to start stabbing.

Look how great of a job Cailtin did cleaning out all the stringys?!?!?

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I usually give up once all of the pumpkin seeds are removed, but Caitlin took it full throttle and not only completely cleaned hers out, but did mine as well. I was impressed!

Almost done! ( Don’t I look lovely after my gym trip?!?!)

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Our finished Pumpkins!

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Jackie and Jack….. they’re going to have such cute Gords one day, don’t you think?!?!?!

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You can’t carve pumpkins without baking pumpkin seeds!!!

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We decided to get creative with our seeds and divided them up into three different flavors that we seasoned with the following:

  • Sweet – Brown Sugar, Maple Sryup, Cinnamon
  • Spicy – Chili Powder, Paprika, Garlic Salt, EVOO
  • Salty – Salt, Garlic Salt, Evoo

We spread the seeds on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 380 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once at the half way mark.

I could not resist a small sample of all of our flavors.

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They were all great and unique! I especially liked the sweet ones. The spicy ones weren’t exactly spicy, but they were still very flavorful and enjoyable. When it comes time to bake your pumpkin seeds, I suggest you get creative with the seasoning as well. πŸ™‚

Wow, its definitely past my bed time! I have a nice long run planned in the morning so I will see you after a late breakfast. Good Night!!

1 Andrea October 24, 2008 at 12:40 am

omg those pumpkin seeds sound awesome! love the pics of you two girls. fun timeS!!

2 Amy October 24, 2008 at 12:45 am

aww it looks like you guys had so much fun! i’m jealous haha. between the carving, the workout, the dinner, and the roasted pumpkin seeds, tonight seemed like a great night for you two, yay!

and the apple pizza concoction looks good too.

3 tryingtoheal October 24, 2008 at 2:05 am

love your pumpkins and their names!!!

you two girls are too cute!

and those pumpkin seeds sound amazing!!!

4 wholefoodswholeme October 24, 2008 at 3:07 am

the pumpkins!!!! fantastic! those seeds look really yum too. you are both adorable!

5 Nicole October 24, 2008 at 6:59 am

It looks like so much fun! I love carving pumpkins πŸ˜€

6 ttfn300 October 24, 2008 at 7:30 am

fun times!!!

7 caitlin October 24, 2008 at 7:30 am

that was a fun night πŸ™‚

8 VeggieGirl October 24, 2008 at 7:46 am

So much fun and deliciousness!! πŸ˜€

9 caitlin October 24, 2008 at 7:56 am

and im not normally a very vain person, but i would just like to remind blog world that (1) i had no make up on in those pictures and (2) i just did spin + yoga.

LOL – just kidding! i dont give a crap. πŸ˜›

anywho, i wanted to know if you want to sign up for the celebration of running 10K in nov. what day/time is my ladies lunch again???? i dont even know! i just want to make sure they’re arent conflicts!

10 Alexia October 24, 2008 at 8:05 am

Cute pumpkins! I can’t wait to carve mine πŸ™‚ Those pumpkin seeds look really yummy too!

11 gina (fitnessista) October 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

looks like a blasty πŸ˜€ love the pumpkin seed variations!!! glad you had fun at spin and yoga!
happy friiiiiiday

12 Megan October 24, 2008 at 8:55 am

Glad you guys had such a wonderful time! I love the sweet pumpkin seeds!

13 Kristie October 24, 2008 at 9:44 am

Now THAT’s the way to top a pizza πŸ˜‰

I’m impressed with that pumpkin cleaning job too. Whenever I carve pumpkins I always leave them with a lovely little mess inside.

And I love the different seed flavours you guys went for. We always just make traditional salty seeds. I’ll have to give some of those combos a try!

14 Bobbi October 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm

how fun I think Hubby and I will do this tonight:)

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