Since you are probably carving your pumpkins around this time, I figured it was time for a roasted pumpkin seed recipe.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are absolutely delicious, a healthy snack, and fun to make. What’s not to love? You can roast your pumpkin seeds with a basic recipe like the one below, or you can always get creative and add ingredients such as cinnamon and sugar, cayenne pepper, oil and vinegar, cocoa…The varieties are practically endless! Basically, any kind of seasoning that you might add to chips would taste great on roasted pumpkin seeds. Now on to the recipe…
1.5 Cups raw pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried
2 Tbs melted butter
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt.
Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.
See, isn’t that simple?? These seeds make such a great base to add extra seasonings and flavors. You can also do a lot with these seeds after they have been roasted, such as:
Add the seeds as a topping for a salad instead of croutons
Add the seeds in a home-made trail mix with granola and dried fruit
Put them in tiny bags for your kid’s snack at school
Bring them with you when you’re out to avoid buying costly and fattening snacks
Bake them into cookies or brownies
I am in love with these roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to carving the pumpkins with the kids every year so I can make these yummy roasted pumpkin seeds.
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Summer is ending soon, and with the fall and winter weather comes dry, cracked feet and heels. Stop it before it starts with this foot care routine.
If you’ve been wearing sandals and flip-flops, and even going barefoot this summer your feet probably need some TLC before the winter sets in and your skin gets dry and itchy, and even more sensitive than before. This foot care routine can be done weekly or as often as you need it. Here’s to a winter with soft, beautiful feet.
Start off your foot care routine with a nice, lukewarm foot bath. Let your feet soak in water with epsom salts, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, or even a bit of Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash.
Next, scrub your feet with a scrub brush or a foot file. Try to concentrate on your heels, and wherever else you feel needs some extra attention.
Lastly, whip up a batch of this super-soothing foot balm and slather it on.
2 tablespoons beeswax
4 tablespoons shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
10 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
Combine the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup or bowl.
Bring approximately 3 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low. Place the glass measuring cup or bowl in the pan and melt the ingredients together.
While your mixture is still warm, and immediately pour the liquid mixture into a storage container. This container can be made of thick plastic or glass, and be sure that it has a lid so you can save some of your foot balm for multiple uses.
Before your mixture is completely cool, Stir the honey into the balm.
Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and 10 drops of tea tree oil and stir again to completely combine all of the ingredients.
After your foot bath and scrub, apply the balm to your feet concentrating on the heels to soften and soothe dry skin. Put on a thick pair of socks (preferably bamboo material) and wear them overnight to lock in the moisture and relieve cracked heels.
I hope that this article has inspired you to preemptively protect your feet against the weather. DealDash has a wonderful category called Fashion, Health, and Beauty. If you’re in need of some pampering, let DealDash help. Just click this link and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
Winter is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but my lips get extra dry in the cold weather. Let’s see what we can do to stop the damage before it even starts.
If you’ve never used a lip scrub before, you’re in for a treat. Lip exfoliation can help remove the dry, dead skin covering the lips, and reveal your soft lips underneath. Lip scrubs are easy, quick, and inexpensive to make. Though it can be slightly addicting once you start, it’s important not to use this scrub to much-our lips are fragile after all. Once a week is more than enough to keep your lips soft and healthy.
1 Tbs of sugar – white or brown is OK, I prefer the “Sugar in the Raw” brand
Approximately 1 Tsp of coconut oil – if this is not enough to make your sugar stick together add more little by little until you have reached your desired consistency.
5 drops of vanilla extract
Mix the sugar with enough coconut oil to get it to stick together
Add in the vanilla extract, stir
Once a week rub the scrub onto your lips in small circular motions for about 1 minute
Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth
Apply a moisturizing lip balm after each use
This recipe can be adapted to fit your own tastes, for example, you could use white sugar and add 1 drop of the food coloring of your choice if you would like to make a pretty scrub to use as a gift. In fact, you could make up a large batch of this, put it in pretty containers from the craft store, tie ribbons around the top, and give them as gifts this holiday season.
This lip scrub should last for a few weeks stored at room temperature, and even longer if you refrigerate it. If you do put it in the fridge, though, make sure you give it a good stir before you use it.
I hope that you will find this article helpful in the upcoming chilly weather. If you enjoy skin care and beauty, DealDash has a wonderful category called Fashion, Health, and Beauty which you will enjoy browsing. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!
Making dyed pasta for kid’s crafts such as jewelry and posters is easy, fun, and a great project to do with your kids or grandkids.
Everyone who has an elementary school kid has probably received a dyed pasta necklace at some point, whether it was for Mother’s Day, Easter, or just from art class at school. Why not have the same kind of fun at home with your kids by making dyed pasta for jewelry, posters, learning to count, etc.
Before you get started with the pasta dying experience, you should decide what projects you would like to do with the pasta so that you know what type of pasta to use. Then you can gather the macaroni, rotini, wagon wheel, penne or bow pastas and dye the exact ones that you need for your project. After you have decided what pasta shapes that you would like to dye, here’s how to make it happen:
Take out some solo cups or disposable bowls – 1 for each different color that you would like to dye your pasta. You can use non-disposable bowls, but be warned that the dye might stain your bowls.
Fill the solo cups or bowls about 1/2-3/4 the way full with the pastas that you would like to use. Depending on the pasta shape that might be a lot (macaroni) or a little (wagon wheels).
Fill the vessels almost to the top with (rubbing) alcohol. Be very careful if you are doing this project with kids that they don’t drink any!!
Add your food coloring to the cups. If you want darker colors use a lot, if you prefer lighter colors, then use a little. It’s your call!
Let the pasta soak overnight – or 8 hours if you are doing this in the morning.
Stir occasionally to ensure all of the sides are coated with coloring.
Strain the pasta, dumping all of the colored liquid out.
Let each color dry on separate paper towels. Be careful that the color isn’t leaking through and staining whatever is underneath. If need be, put a piece of cardboard underneath. Drying will take a couple of hours.
All done! Now you can feel free to let your imagination run wild and use up your freshly dyed pasta. These keep well in an airtight container or ziplock bag for a while, so don’t feel any pressure to use them all right away. Please don’t eat them after they have been dyed.
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As a busy mom of three sometimes I struggle with remembering who has a doctor appointment, who has a dentist appointment, and what I have planned for the week’s dinners. Enter the chalkboard calendar.
There are different kinds of pre-made chalkboard calendars out there, and of course there are plenty of plain chalkboards, but I was looking for something more special than that. I was planning on giving it a prized position in the kitchen above my new buffet cabinet, so everyone could easily see what was going on the upcoming week. I looked and looked, but I had a hard time finding one that was big enough, framed tastefully to match my kitchen, and wasn’t $180. Yes, the only one that I found that I liked was $180.
So I decided to make my own! It’s really very simple and easy. You only need a few items to make your new chalkboard calendar, and you can spend only a few dollars on up to as high a limit as you would like to go. The smaller chalkboard calendar that you make the cheaper it will be, because the most expensive thing that you are going to need is a picture frame, and picture frame prices seem to raise exponentially with size.
Picture frame – Any size that you want that will fit your space and your budget. I personally went to the craft store and used a 40% off coupon on a beautiful bluish-gray frame that was sized 16X20. After the discount I paid around $20 for it.
Chalkboard contact paper – They sell rolls of this at the craft store, and also at Wal*Mart in the drawer liner section. The chalkboard contact paper is very inexpensive.
Paint pen – You can get them at the craft store in any color that you like.
Chalk or chalk markers
Hanging supplies for your frame
Measure a piece of chalkboard contact paper that will fit your frame and cut it out.
Draw on the chalkboard with your paint pen, this information will be permanent. I chose to put our last name at the top, the days of the week, and then a section for “To do”.
Peel off the backing on your chalkboard contact paper and stick it right on the glass of the picture frame.
Hang up your picture frame.
Bam! You’ve got a personalized chalkboard calendar! Use those chalkboard pens and write out your agenda, dinner plans, appointments, anything that you would like to remember. The chalkboard paint should rub off easily with a cloth and a little water, but the paint pen words should stay put. You may have to refresh them occasionally, or you could just peel off the chalkboard decal paper and put a new and fresh one on occasionally.
Wasn’t that easy? I found that it was really fun to make and looks very nice when hanging on the wall. It’s nice because you can get any frame you like from the craft store to match your decor. If you are shopping for any other decor for your home be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has decorative items as well as furniture. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!