Aunt Sue had a big pumpkin that she no longer needed since Halloween is over, so I just cleaned out the seeds and roasted them. They are fantastic. I love nuts and seeds, and homemade ones taste the best! I’ve done this before, but I think that my recipe needed a bit of changing. Last time, I did them at 275 degrees and they took forever. I had thought it was because I soaked them a bit to try to get the gunk off, but as I didn’t soak them this time, I think it was because the oven was too cool so I have changed the temperature to 325 and it worked like a charm.
Even though I’m still squeamish about eating my preserved green beans, I can tell that doing things the old-fashioned way is helping me to gradually get over my silly fears . I have always had an irrational fear of putting my hands in gunk, especially when I can’t see exactly what they are touching. When I clean squash, I usually do it as daintily as possible and it takes me forever. This time though, I sucked it up and used my fingers instead of a spoon. It is amazing how much quicker it went as soon as I lost my fear of the slimy gross factor.