Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

Throwing a Day of the Dead party can be a lot of fun - but only if you do it right. Learn how to throw a Day of the Dead party from this infographic!   Source: http://www.e...ofthedead/
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Day of the Dead - How to Celebrate

From Visually.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Great Snacks for roasting and toasting!  Don't throw out the seeds after carving your pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns or cooking those fresh baked pumpkin bowls because they make great snacks once you know how to cook them.

Pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor that adults and kids love. Purists will want only salt as a seasoning, but if you like lots of flavor, experiment and have fun with seasoning blends. You can use everything from  to heat it up. You can use powder seasoning like cajun, garlic or what have you. All work really well with roasted pumpkin seeds. It all depends on what your taste buds are calling for, for the day.
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This post is in honor of National Pumpkin Month / October
here's my youtube video about it.
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Pumpkin Seed Recipes

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp. melted butter or oil (olive oil or vegetable oil work well)
  • salt to taste
  • Options To Taste:
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • Cajun seasoning blend

Preheat oven to 300° F.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. 
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Just pumpkin seeds
Tossed with olive oil and your favorite seasnings. Combine and roast at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring now and then. 
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Kettle Seeds
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • Seeds from one pumpkin, "de-gooed"
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt

Preheat the oven to 400F.
Fill a large pot with water, add the sea salt and bring to a boil.
Add the pumpkin seeds and medium boil, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
While seeds are boiling, spread olive oil on a cookie sheet.
Drain the seeds and pour onto the oiled sheet, tossing to evenly coat.
Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with salt, stir again to evenly coat.
Bake 10 minutes on the top rack of the oven.
Stir seeds, re-position the rack to the middle of the oven and return the seeds for a further 10 minutes.
Immediately pour onto a separate baking sheet or piece of foil to cool.
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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sugar & Spice
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Larger seeds may take longer.
In a large bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of white sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the remaining sugar over them. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts, about 45 seconds. Pour seeds into the bowl with the spiced sugar and stir until coated. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Try this with Sugar and Cinnamon too!
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Spice it up seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
Combine the margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
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Salty Cinnamon Seeds
  • 4 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • egetable oil cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease a cookie sheet and spread the seeds out in an even layer. Lightly sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.
Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir the seeds. Season with salt and cinnamon again. Continue baking, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until seeds are toasted.
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How to Bake Pumpkin Bowls for serving soup in.

Pumpkin Bowl: 
For a Dinner Party it's fun to serve your pumpkin soup or any flavor of soup in a cooked (baked) pumpkin bowl.  This way you can eat the soup and eat the bowl too. Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect Holidays to serve pumpkin bowls. And if your birthday is during the fall season, then by all means go pumpkin for your Birthday! The type of pumpkin you need is "small baking pumpkins" from the grocery store. Buy as many as there will be guests attending your dinner.
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How to bake pumpkin bowls:
  • Wash pumpkins, cut the top off and lay it to the side.  
  • Scoop out all the pulp.
  • Now oil your pumpkin inside and salt &  pepper it really good.
  • Bake in the oven on 350 for 30 to 45 minutes. Adjust the time depending on the size of your pumpkin.
  • Don't forget to also bake the lids of the pumpkins.  Putting the lids on the plate with the bowls of pumpkin soup is a really great presentation. Bowl, lid and soup can all be eaten.  Note: your lids may cook quicker than your bowls so be prepared to take them out of the oven sooner than your bowls.
  • I like to glaze my baked pumpkins with coconut oil after baking.
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Go National Pumpkin Month / October
here's my youtube video about it
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Go Harvest Meals!
That's it guys! It's really easy and it looks so beautiful on the table. Now if your interested in how to make pumpkin soup.... here's the link to my earlier post.
http://gonetapott.blogspot.com/2018/10/thick-pumpkin-soup-perfect-for-bread.html
Love to all, Pam
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Thick Pumpkin Soup perfect for Bread Dipping

"Pumpkin soup is a soup made from a puree of pumpkin. It is made by combining the meat of a blended pumpkin with broth or stock. (In my case.... I also add cream cheese to make it thick and perfect for dipping crusty bread in)

It can be served hot or cold, and is a popular Thanksgiving dish in the United States. Various versions of the dish are known in many European countries, the United States and other areas of North America, and in Australia. (In fact... my Australian husband is the one who first made the soup for me and I fell in love with it!) Pumpkin soup was a staple for the prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prison camps during the Vietnam War."
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In the photo above:
This is a picture of my pumpkin soup served in a baked pumpkin bowl. Keep an eye out guys because I will do a post on how to bake the pumpkin bowls too. I also saved the pumpkin seeds when I scooped it out and make some crunchy treats. I have a few recipes for pumpkin seeds if your interested in that too. LOL.
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Remember this recipe for:
  • National Pumpkin Month / October / here's my youtube video about it
  • Halloween / October
  • Thanksgiving / November
  • National Soup Month / January
  • National Homemade Soup Day / February 4

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Ingredients:
1 medium size butternut squash / pumpkin
8 oz cream cheese
yellow, red or green bell peppers
3 medium potatoes
1 large sweet onion diced
Chicken stock or water
1 stick of butter
salt and pepper

Sautee diced onions and bell peppers in the bottom of your soup pot.  When soft and translucent add your diced potatoes and butternut squash.  (if you bake the butternut squash first it does give a slightly different flavor / but both ways are great) 
Cover with as much chicken stock and water that it takes to cover all.
Cook on medium until all the veggies are soft and falling apart.
Use an emersion blender or put in an electric blender to blend smooth.
Place soup back into the pot and add your 8oz of cream cheese.
Stir until the cream cheese has melted and blended throughout the soup.
Taste.  If the soup tastes like it's to pasty... then you need to add another 8oz of cream cheese.  The size of your butternut squash/pumpkin and potatoes can change the taste slightly so you can adjust it by the amount of cream cheese that you use.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Turn heat down to low and cook for another 30 minutes.

We like the soup thick, smooth and creamy.
You can always thin it down with more liquid chicken stock if you like it thinner.
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Guys I really want you to try this soup. I kid you not; it's amazing! Thank you to my Australian hubby for introducing it to me many years ago.
"Live everyday like a holiday!"   Pam
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day is celebrated every October 24th!

Now the correct way to spell it is "bologna" but it is commonly pronounced "baloney" in parts of the country.

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What is Bologna?
Bologna sausage, sometimes called baloney and known in South African English as polony, is a sausage derived from mortadella, a similar-looking, finely ground pork sausage containing cubes of pork fat, originally from the Italian city of Bologna  Aside from pork, bologna can alternatively be made out of chickenturkeybeefvenison, a combination, or soy protein. Typical seasoning for bologna includes black peppernutmegallspicecelery seed, and coriander, and like mortadella, myrtle berries give it its distinctive flavor. U.S. government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible pieces of fat. wikipedia.org
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Now guys..... I love me a fried bologna sandwich with yellow mustard for breakfast with my coffee. For real! I love it fried with the edges crispy. How do you like to eat it? Tell me in the comments.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mole Day October 23

Dental Care and your Health

People don't realize how much oral care is related to personal health. This infographic provides information about oral hygiene, oral diseases and their relation to bodily health. Finally it provides a list of oral solutions.   Click Photo To Inlarge :
Dental Care and Your Health

From Visually.

Monday, October 22, 2018

National Nut Day TShirt

National Nut Day is celebrated every........ 
October 22nd. 

I am all about holiday T-shirts guys; especially those that's hard to find. Here's another good one for you.

"National Nut Day Tshirt for Peanut OIT Graduates Gift is a great Christmas or birthday present for the peanut OIT graduate who loves talking about their OIT freedom as often as possible, not just on national nut day October 22!"

You can buy it here:
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Info says:
  • Solid colors: 100% Cotton; Heather Grey: 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester; All Other Heathers: 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Machine wash cold with like colors, dry low heat
  • National Nut Day Tshirt for Peanut OIT Graduates Gift reads "Celebrating National Nut Day Everyday Thanks to OIT".
  • National Nut Day Tshirt for Peanut OIT Graduates Gift is a great Christmas or birthday present for the peanut OIT graduate who loves talking about their OIT freedom as often as possible, not just on national nut day October 22!
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Frankenstein Friday Go Green




I'm all about wearing the holiday spirit. You gotta wear Frankenstein yall! This is what I found. Let's have some fun!

Halloween Costumes Cute Frankenstein Falcon's V-Neck T-Shirts for Women (Irish Green, XX-Large)
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tea Eggs for every Holiday

Tea eggs for every holiday? You bet! 

So for all you holiday loving people who are always looking for a fun way to serve your food.... here's a great one for you! 

I eat boiled eggs or deviled eggs all the time and I have found a great way to incorporate boiled eggs into every holiday with some colorful style. How you ask.... by making tea eggs instead of plain boiled eggs. Why would I want to do that? So I can fix them in all the colors of the holidays. Yessss! pretty idea! Or spooky idea, I don't know which. lol! But I do know that they always grace my Halloween table and Easter table every year.

You know.... 
Black: for Halloween
Orange: Halloween or Thanksgiving
Red: for Valentines or Christmas
Tan tea eggs: for Thanksgiving
Pastels: for Easter
Green: for Saint Patties Day
Blue, Red: 4th of July

They are also known as Marble Eggs:
Tea egg is a typical Chinese savory food commonly sold as a snack, in which a boiled egg is cracked slightly and then boiled again in tea, sauce and/or spices. It is also known as marble egg because cracks in the egg shell create darkened lines with marble-like patterns.

Here's how to make them
Fragrant and flavorful tea eggs are a traditional Chinese food. The original recipe uses various spices, soy sauce, and black tea leaves. A commonly used spice for flavoring tea eggs is Chinese five-spice powder, which contains ground cinnamonstar anisefennel seedscloves and Szechuan peppercorns. Some recipes  do not use tea leaves, but they are still called "tea eggs". In the traditional method of preparation, eggs are boiled until they reach a hardened, cooked state. The boiled eggs are removed from the water, and the entire shell of each egg is gently cracked all around. Smaller cracks produce more marbling, visible when the egg is peeled for eating. The extra water from the boiling should be allowed to seep out of the eggs on its own. After about ten minutes, the cracked eggs are ready to be put into the prepared spiced-tea liquid and simmered over medium heat. This simmering allows the spiced fluid to seep into the cracks and marinate the eggs inside their shells. After about twenty minutes, the eggs and liquid are transferred to a glass or ceramic container for further steeping in a refrigerator. For best results, the eggs should be allowed to steep for at least several hours. The dark color of the spiced tea gives the egg a marbled effect when it is peeled to be eaten.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_egg
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You have to give this a try guys! 
It's so much fun!
Now I love how they look using tea in the water and I love how they taste using soy sauce in the water. But I have also made them using colored icing paste or food coloring when I was needing the egg to be a pastel color. They are always a hit at my house for Halloween and Easter. I also make a youtube video about it. Watch it here. https://youtu.be/cuP_-pu-okw
Pam
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Snapware 1098734 Snap 'N Stack 2-Layer Food Storage Container with Egg Holder Trays, Medium, Clear
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Setting a Halloween Atmosphere in your home

What are the colors of Halloween and why. The 6 Colors of Halloween

Setting the Atmosphere of our home during the holidays

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spooky spaghetti for Halloween



Here's a Slow Cook Spighetti Sauce Recipe that I blogged too!
http://gonetapott.blogspot.com/2012/01/slow-cooker-spaghetti-sauce-recipe.html

I blogged about Neapolitan Ragu here:
http://gonetapott.blogspot.com/2018/07/neapolitan-ragu-is-speciality-of-naples.html


Yes this is my hand in the black noodles. I wanted you to see just how black the noodles can get. 

Now left-over noodles turn a dark purple color but that is cool too!

Have fun with your food!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bone Soup a healing meal

Bone Soup is Healing
In this video I'm talking about bone soup and how many many years ago there were bone collectors who walked the forests looking for bones. All types of bones. Anything from deer bones to chicken bones to beef bones to fish bones. This soup was considered a healing potion and people would walk for miles to get it. Do you want to know why? Watch the video to find out more.

Witches Brew Stew A Cauldron meal

Wooly Spider Cupcake idea

I have a video for you explaining how I like to make my wooly spider cupcakes.  I make these every year for Halloween guys and they are so easy to make. I hope my tips are helpful.

Make these spider cupcakes for:
  • Halloween
  • National Save a Spider Day
  • or for any spider theme party.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10 Most Unexpectedly Delicious Desserts

There are many delicious desserts all around the world. Some we never heard of ourselves! So we thought it would be fun to do an infographic on 10 unexpectedly delicious desserts. Enjoy! Source: http://feast...-desserts/
Holidays To Remember: This post is in honor of October being National Dessert Month / October 14 National Dessert Day.
10 Most Unexpectedly Delicious Desserts!
by Zainpbs.

From Visually.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Top 10 Fall Party Themes

here is no better way to celebrate the fall season than with a bang. If you’re having a hard time thinking of fun fall party themes, we’ve got the perfect list to help you enjoy this wonderful season.  Source: http://www.w...nfographic   Click photo to enlarge
Top 10 Fall Party Themes

From Visually.

World Dessert Atlas

All the tasty stats and facts about our passion for desserts the world-over. Created by http://www.thevanillavalley.co.uk/ Source: http://www.t...ley.co.uk/
The World Dessert Atlas

From Visually.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A Guide To Fall Food

It's hard to say goodbye to the fresh flavors of summer, but autumn ushers in a wealth of healthy and tasty seasonal foods as well. Here is a look at what's in season as well as a breakdown of nutritional benefits and tasty ways to prepare fall's produce. 
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Monday, October 01, 2018

National Vegetarian Month October

As fall harvests are filling farmers markets and grocery stores, vegetarians around the country are celebrating National Vegetarian Month. Since 1977, October has been celebrated as a month to bring awareness and renew passion in vegetarians. www.fix.com is getting in on the veggie love with plenty of infographics and posts on everything from gardening and food to grilling and more. All the way until World Vegan Day on November first, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate National Vegetarian Month! 
October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month
by Ghergich.

From Visually.

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