Fall Bucket List Revisited & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The day before the first day of Fall, I posted my Fall Bucket List. I wanted to take a look back and make sure that I’ve completed all of the fun Fall activities that I had originally set out to complete.

First on the list was decorate for Fall. I didn’t go overboard, but I decorated more than I have in the past. I can honestly say that I’ve really enjoyed all of the Fall decorations around the house and I will definitely decorate again next year.

I think apple picking was an unrealistic item. I actually looked up places to apple pick near my house and there just wasn’t any. apparently, Texas is not the place to pick apples…oh well.

I’ve made several pumpkin desserts and all are must tries. I’m not stopping with these….I’ve got a few more sweet pumpkin ideas up my sleeve. 😉 Click on the following links for easy access to the recipes; Gluten free, Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Pie {healthified}, Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Pie Power Balls and Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats.

Burning my pumpkin candle has been going on for quite some time! This pumpkin cupcake candle from Bath & Body Works is one of my very favorite candles ever. I’m hoping to find these on sale this weekend when I go to stock up on lotion {it’s buy 3, get 3 right now}.

We completed our family tradition of carving pumpkins. Unfortunately, they don’t last long when the temp is in the 80’s.

I’ve made Butternut Squash Chili and it turned out really good. I’m still wanting to make a traditional chili, but in Texas the temps have been pretty warm and I’m trying to hold off until it’s a little cooler outside. If you do make this Butternut Squash Chili, be sure to make the Paleo Pumpkin Muffins. They complement the chili so well!

Visiting a pumpkin patch didn’t happen. Like the apple picking, there just weren’t any good options near my home. I could have driven out to one, but it really just didn’t seem worth it. Maybe next year…..

Every time we carve pumpkins, I want to roast pumpkin seeds, but I never get around to it. Well, this year I did. I pretty much followed Angela’s tutorial, but came up with my own seasoning.

Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Recipe type: pumpkin seeds, snack
  • Pumpkin seeds from a carving pumpkin or a sweet pumpkin
  • a few tsp of olive oil or olive oil spray
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more for cooking seeds
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • a sprinkling of desired sugar/sweetener (I used xylitol.)
  1. Clean pumpkin seeds.
  2. Bring seeds in a pot of water with 1 tsp salt to a boil. Then simmer uncovered on low-medium heat for 10 mins.
  3. Drain seeds and dry lightly with a paper towel.
  4. Spread seeds out on a baking sheet and drizzle a few tsp. of olive oil over them or spray them with olive oil spray.
  5. Next, you will sprinkle or lightly dust your desired seasoning over the pumpkin seeds. I didn't use exact measurments with my seasonings.
  6. I grinded sea salt over the seeds. Then dusted them with about 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a sprinkling of xylitol. If you don't have xylitol, you can use regular sugar or brown sugar.
  7. Roast seeds at 325 degrees for 10 mins. Then, take them out of the oven, stir and add a bit more salt, xylitol, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Roast for another 8 or so minutes. The seeds will burn before the shell, so you might want to take a couple out and open the shell to make sure the seed isn't burning.
  8. Enjoy! Eat the shell and seed.


Something to think about…..

Did you make a Fall bucket list? Did you accomplish all that you wanted to?

Anything that you wished you would have included on your bucket list, but didn’t?
For me, that would be making S’mores around the fire pitt.

Hope your weekend is great so far! I’m off to get a quick run in and then I have a hair appt and a grocery store appt. 😉



  1. says

    Your fall decorations are super cute! It is amazing how a few simple touches around the home can really put you in the fall/holiday spirit. The worst part, however, is having to put the decorations away! For some reason I always procrastinate when it comes to that.

    I also wanted to go apple-picking this fall but was not able to. Because of the crazy weather here in the Midwest this past year I guess the apple crop has not been very good. The local orchards in my area did not even offer apple-picking this year. Maybe next year!

    P.s. All of your pumpkin treats look amazing..you’re really getting my sweet tooth going early this morning! 😉
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