Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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My absolute favorite part about carving pumpkins during this season is roasting the seeds and snacking on them! Although getting the seeds can be pretty messy, the final product makes it totally worth it. So here’s our super easy toasted pumpkin seed recipe.

  1. Rinse the pumpkin seeds! Make sure all of the orange stuff is off of the seeds.
  2. Spread all the seeds out on a cookie tray that is covered in foil.
  3. Let the seeds dry out a little bit.
  4. Pour a light layer of melted butter over the pumpkin seeds.
  5. Sprinkle salt over the pumpkin seeds.
  6. Put in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Cool before enjoying!

Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Recipe

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My all time favorite cookie recipe is for Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut cookies. Since we’re getting into that season where cookies, a good book or movie, and a blanket is the perfect recipe for a wonderful evening, I thought I’d share my recipe with you! It’s super easy to make and doesn’t take much time at all. I love whipping up a batch of cookies when I know friends are going to be coming over and I want something special to share with them.

 

Oven Temp: 375 degrees

Time: 10-12 minutes

Serves: 3 dozen

 

½ cup butter, softened

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. baking soda

1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chunks

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/8 cup flour

 

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Lightly grease 2 large cookie sheets.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until blended.
  5. Sift together the flour and baking soda.
  6. Gradually blend into the batter.
  7. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and chocolate chunks.
  8. Drop rounded teaspoons onto the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven, and transfer the cookies to cooling racks.

Quick Healthy Dinner

I’m always looking for quick but healthy meals to throw together!  As much as I do like to cook, after a long day at work sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it.  More often than not, I usually try to make a meal stretch for a good amount of time so I don’t have to worry about lunches at work and what not.  Thankfully I have a wonderful friend/neighbor (I convinced her and some of our other friends to move in down the hall!).  Every Tuesday we have “family dinner” where one of us will cook a meal for everyone else.  It really helps when it comes to meal planning because unless it’s my turn to cook, I at least know I have one meal for the week taken care of.

Pasta is always a good go to, but every once in awhile I like to mix it up and not use the traditional tomato sauce.  I love Prego’s Homestyle Alfredo sauce.  And in order to help reduce the amount of dishes I have, once the pasta has cooked and has been drained, I just throw the pasta and the alfredo sauce right back into the same pot!

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Since pasta and alfredo sauce can be kind of boring, I just cut up some zucchini (and usually some squash too!) and throw in onto a pan with some vegetable oil or olive oil, salt, and pepper!

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It’s a very easy dinner with minimal work and clean up afterwards (a huge plus!) and it tastes delicious.  Plus, you can always make a little extra to have for lunch the following day.

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If you have any easy go to recipes, please feel free to share them with me in the comment section below! I’m always looking for new recipes to try out!

5 New Healthy Habits

This summer, Shawn and I are trying to start new healthy habits. We’re hoping that by implementing these new healthy habits during the summer when we have a little more time, we’ll be able to carry them into the regular school year!

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1. Drink more water – We have completely given up drinking soda! We used to drink soda all the time. Whenever we were out, whenever we were home… you get the idea. We can still drink juice, but we’re really trying our hardest not to. We’ve been doing this for a few days already, and I can already feel a difference in how I feel!

2. Having better posture – I used to have amazing posture, just because I grew up playing piano. Once I went to college, I began slouching over my computer at my desk, lying on my bed watching Netflix, and well now I have back problems because of having bad posture and a mix of other things. I always fine myself having to readjust, especially at work while sitting in little kid chairs!

3. Exercise – I definitely have been doing a lot more exercise, especially at work since I’m on my feet all day. Plus, chasing after a one year old also has its advantage when it comes to exercising. During summer school, I’ll be in the pool all day helping kids with swimming lessons so I can at least count on that. But come time for summer school to be over, I’m definitely going to have to work on getting outside more, even if it means going for a walk around the neighborhood.

4. Sleep – Okay, we all are saying that we need more sleep. But it’s true! I keep reading all these articles about how much sleep kids are supposed to be getting, but what about adults! We have crazy busy lives; working, running errands, just surviving! How can we do all that if we’re not getting enough sleep? I’m trying to lessen my screen time, especially before going to bed. Last year I was so good about reading for a little bit before falling asleep, and I definitely slept better. This summer, I’m going to try to do the same thing. It definitely helps that I have a huge pile of books that I’ve been meaning to read, but just haven’t had the time to do!

5. Eat healthier foods – I eat pretty healthy on a regular basis. I love my fruits and veggies. I always have well proportioned meals. It’s my snacking that always gets to me. Having chips around, or cookies, or popcorn! Now I’m not saying snacking isn’t good, but I’m also saying it isn’t bad. Sometimes you just need a little afternoon snack to keep you going. But I find myself snacking at 10 at night, when I really should just be going to bed instead of looking for something to eat because “I’m bored!”.

Let me know if you have any tips for making sure your new healthy habits are getting implemented. Also, does anyone have any good healthy recipes? I’m always looking for something new to cook up for dinner!

Happy Friday

So I know I’m a little late at posting my “Happy Friday” post, but in my defense, it has been quite a crazy week.  (Normally I write my posts ahead of time and just schedule them to post automatically at midnight.)  This past week has been a crazy one at work, to say the least, and I’ve also been trying to get lots of things done on my end with errands, cleaning, etc., since I’m going home this weekend!  (Confession: I ended up doing 6 loads of laundry on Wednesday- sheets and towels included.)

I’m going home this weekend since my uncle in starting his new position at the church in Monterey!  It’ll definitely be nice for him as well as the rest of my family to have him up north.  They’ll be able to see each other more and everything.  Today, Shawn and I are driving up north after we get off work.  I’m hoping it’s not too long of a drive, but since we are leaving at prime LA traffic time on a Friday, I better pack a few extra snacks.

This week I’ve compiled a list of articles about food.  Easy recipes, things to eat, etc., so I hope you enjoy checking them out as much as I did!  I definitely can’t wait to eat some of them.

1. 17 Easy Dinners Everyone Should Have in Their Arsenal – It even comes with links to all of the recipes! Yum.

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2. 23 Delicious Los Angeles Eats That Are Worth Every Penny – I’ve eaten at a few of the places on this list, and some of them are actually on my own “Pasadena” linked at the top of my blog.  Those King Taco tacos though… Mmmm. 🙂

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3. 23 French Fries You Need To Eat Before You Die – Okay, those garlic fries from San Francisco?  I must go find those the next time I’m in the city.

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4. 31 Microwave Recipes That Are Borderline Genius – Where were these recipes when I was living in the dorms?  Some of my favorite treats are on this list.  Looks like I’ll be making a trip to the grocery store soon…

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Is anyone else hungry after looking at the pictures and scrolling through the articles? I think it’s time for me to go find a snack… Let me know what some of your favorite recipes are, because I’m always looking for something new to cook or bake!  Have a good weekend everyone!