Halloween my way

wpid-img_20151031_155611.jpgHalloween is one of my favorite holidays and since I don’t have children and didn’t have any prior commitments this year, I celebrated the holiday my way.

Since I’ve been on vacation, I had the luxury of sleeping in to my heart’s content.

My dogs helped me carve a pumpkin, which was a very stubborn thing! I love pumpkin carving because of the seeds. I love the wpid-img_20151031_161359.jpgfresh-baked seeds and the wonderful aroma they leave in the house.  Here’s how I do it: gut the pumpkin, set aside the seeds and separate them from the guts. Then rinse off the seeds and pat some of the extra water off of them. I don’t dry them totally because I like to have wpid-img_20151031_164907.jpgthe moisture for the salt to stick to. Then I use a salt grinder, grind the salt over the seeds. Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 9 minutes. After the 9 minutes, stir the seeds, re-salt and bake another 8-9 minutes. Then enjoy! You can also add any type of seasoning you’d like. My favorite!!

wpid-20151031_183839.jpgLater that night, we went for a drive in the country, away from the in-town bustle and enjoyed the wide-open spaces outdoors. The sunset was amazing last night. A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Our favorite place to run around in during the evening hours is the Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge. Each year they flood large portions of it ahead of huntinwpid-20151031_180942.jpgg season. Last night they were starting to flood the refuge. The water pours in, filling fields and providing habitat for migrating birds.

So, this was Halloween my way! I am blessed in so many ways!

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