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What You Need
- Shake your magic 8 ball to figure out how many kids you think you will get this year. Typically it is the (Number of kids from last year * 2)/300 (if rain or snow expected) or 1.5 (if normal weather expected). Don't forget to add the co-efficient for Halloween falling on a weekend. In this case multiply by 7 million and then divide by the weather variable.
- Get your kids to work drawing random Halloween type objects on the front of each bag.
- Cut a the stickers and tattoo sheets into sections so that each bag is getting 3-4 stickers/tattoos
- Add everything to the bag, fold the bag down 2 times and seal shut with a sticker. If for some reason the stickers won't hold it shut, try stapling it instead.
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I love raspberry jam but most people turn their nose up at the “seediness” of the jam. So now I put my raspberries through a vegetable juicer to separate the jam from the seeds. I wish that my juicer could leave all the jam and just give me the seeds, but inevitably I also lose a lot of jam with seeds. Since I am a waste-not girl, I found a use for all those seeds in the form of raspberry seed crackers!
Come on. I will show you how.
Sweet, puckery and crunchy. What else can you ask for?
Why Not Compost them?
Surprisingly raspberry seeds are pretty darn good for you.
- They contain fiber which helps limit your risk of cancer, constipation, high blood sugar, cholesterol and heart disease.
- They contain antioxidants which helps reduce damage from free radicals thereby reducing your risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and heart disease.
- Are rich in vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids.
And yummy as heck.
How to Make Raspberry Seed Crackers
Just an FYI. You can use this recipe for blackberry seeds as well. I did.
Separated raspberry seeds and jam
Lemon Juice (This is the one I use.)
1. Separate the raspberries from the seeds. You can either mash them through a strainer which is tedious. (See above.) Alternatively, you can use a vegetable juicer to extract the seeds from the juice. My machine isn’t that great so I had to run the seeds through twice. You will have a lot of jam with the seeds which you want.
2. Put raspberry seed mash in a bowl and add a tablespoon of lemon juice or more to the mixture. I added a tablespoon but I had a cookie tray of mash.
3. Then add half to one lemon peel zest. Use fresh. Don’t use dried lemon peel. (I love adore my lemon zester.)
4. Spread raspberry seed mixture on either a silicone mat or parchment paper for the oven or the dehydrator. Note: if you use parchment paper, it will make permanent lines in your cookie sheet. (Just sayin’ so you don’t get upset if your cookie sheet is marred.)
5. Spread thinly–about a 1/2 inch thick. If you have too much, don’t pile it on. You will get Flintstones like cracker. They will be like biting into a rock. You can’t eat them. (You can grind them up to use them in your smoothie.)
6. Once you spread the mash, score it with a knife as if you were cutting brownies. Just don’t go all the way down to the parchment paper. Scoring allows you to have perfectly square cracker. It is so much easier to lift up the crackers if the mash is scored.
7. Crack open your oven with a prop such as Chinese chop sticks. There is a lot of moisture in the mash so you want to let out the steam. Half way through, I removed the chop sticks and let the oven do its thing.
8. Cook forever. I am not kidding. It took me 2 days to cook this mixture at 130 degrees. One batch was my fault since I did make Flintstones’ crackers. It took forever to dehydrate. Just keep checking your oven. (I have this stainless steel dehydrator. By the way, the racks are chrome.)
9. Alternatively use your dehydrator and set at 110 degrees and get a very long book.
10. They are done when they snap like a cracker. Pry them apart and put them in an air tight container.
They are very sweet!
Alternatively, you can just same the raspberry seed mixture and use it for smoothies. But what fun would that be?
PS You know I grow raspberries? Want to learn how? Read HERE.
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Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
- Wash pumpkin seeds after removing them from the pumpkin (use the rest of the pumpkin to make pumpkin pie tarts!). To easily remove the pumpkin guts from the seeds add the seeds to a colander and cover with water. Swirl the seeds around so they float to the top and the pumpkin meat settles on the bottom.
- Spread the seeds onto a baking sheet lined with a tea towel and allow to sit for at least several hours. I prefer overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the tea towel from the baking sheet and spread the seeds around on the sheet. If you have too many to form a single layer, remove some and create a second batch (how do you think I got both sweet and spicy ones this year!).
- Add maple syrup to the seeds, mixing it in. Add more if it doesn't look like everything is coated.
- Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Taste to see if they are to your desired crunchiness. If they aren't, bake in 5 minute increments.
- Follow Steps 1-4 above.
- Coat seeds in coconut oil and stir to cover.
- Mix all spices in a small bowl and start by adding half to the seeds. Stirring to coat.
- Bake for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Taste the seasoning of the seeds and if it is not spicy enough for you add the remaining spice.
- Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Taste to see if they are to your desired crunchiness. If they aren't, bake in 5 minute increments.
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I know it isn’t corn season but everything I harvest somehow ends up in the freezer. As I was purging the freezer, I realized I had over 50 ears of corn stuck in a bunch of different places. How the heck was I going to cut the corn off the cobs to make room in the freezer? Cutting the cobs one by one was waaay to tedious and hard. So, enter the bundt cake pan. Learn how to cut corn off the cob with the aid of a bundt cake pan.
No, this isn’t some sort of trick.
Well, sort of.
Before I tell you my new magic trick on how to cut the corn off the cob, let me tell you all the different tools I used before I pulled out the ole bundt cake pan.
But first things first. Just to give you a frame of reference, this corn was blanched then frozen. I defrosted it before attempting to cut off the kernels. The cobs were a little soggy.
Cutting fresh corn would have been easier.
Okay–since you now know the state of the union of the corn.
On to my different attempts to cut off the corn.
Try a Drill to Remove the Kernels
I tried using a drill based up on the video below but you have to have a special drill bit that I did not have. Some people created their own but I am just not that handy.
If you have a lot more corn than me you might want to consider buying this gadget. You can buy the Kleen Kutter Corn Cutter HERE .
I did purchase the corn peeler but hubby said it was hard on his hands.
It works if you have a few corn cobs or really strong hands. (You can buy it HERE.)
If you have tons of corn to de-kernel, the hand held corn cutter is not the tool to use unless you have multiple family members willing to take turns. (This is not happening in my family–even if I paid them.)
If You are Handy, Create Your Own Tool
If you are handy, you can create your own tool. See the video below.
How to Cut Corn Off the Cob with a Bundt Cake Pan:
I settled on using a bundt cake pan since it keeps the corn upright. I did nick my pan a lot. Watch my video below:
Grab a bundt cake. Notice it has a hole in the middle. Someone knew you could use it to cut corn kernels. I swear. They were just waiting for us to catch on.
Joke is on us.
I used a simple cutting knife to get off the corn.
I tried using a larger chopping knife but found it to hard to use. My corn isn’t that big.
Also, I scratched the bundt cake top. Just be careful. I was just zipping through the corn without a care in the world.
Don’t be that gal or guy.
Stop cutting at a certain point near the top of the hole. Flip over the corn and finish cutting the missed kernels.
Some of the corn will be inside the hole on your counter-top. Don’t forget to scoop it up when you are putting away your kernels.
Free the Bundt Cake!
Maybe you are no longer using your bundt cake since you are watching your sugar intake or lowering your carb intake. Well, here is a chance to free your bundt cakepan and give it a new life!
Can you do me a favor so more bundt cake pans don’t hide in the cabinet anymore? Can you share my post on social media and especially pin it on Pinterest. (Just click the below picture and a pin it button will appear.)
Everyone needs a second chance. Don’t you think?
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