Good morning and happy Sunday! Ari woke up at 6 thinking it was 7… we completely forgot about Daylight Savings! I had a hard time falling back to sleep, and puttered around a little before getting in bed again. THe next time I opened my eyes it was 10:30, and I’d gotten almost 12 hours of sleep! It was delicious.
We slept in yesterday morning as well. I got up first, talked scary movies with this girl, then woke the boy up. We went to the diner for the first time in a long time; I was finally ready for an omelet again! I ordered an omelet with 1/2 egg whites and 1/2 egg, spinach, tomato, feta and mushrooms. After my order, Ari gave me the you’re-being-a-pain-in-the-bum look… I know it was kind of an obnoxious order, but I wanted it to be just right. It was pretty big, and I only had room for one bite of home fries.
Toast was enjoyed as well… diner meals are pretty much the only time I like my toast buttered. It must be something about it mixing with HFCS-filled grape jelly, but it’s just delicious! Unfortunately the toast came dry, and by the time I added my own butter the bread was cold so it didn’t melt. It was still good, though!
After brunch, Ari carved our pumpkin…
… while I toasted the pumpkin seeds.
Salty-Sweet Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
- seeds from 1 pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 cups of water
- 3-1/2 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 400. Thoroughly remove stringy insides from seeds. Rinse well; the seeds should be completely free of orange pulp. Put seeds in pot with water and salt over medium-high heat until water boils. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes. Drain seeds.
Mix oil, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Add pumpkin seeds and hand-toss to coat. Spread seeds evenly in a glass baking dish or cookie sheet. Put dish in oven and toast until crispy, 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!
We ate almost all of those while we worked around the house… I definitely ate the lion’s portion, but they’re so good! Soon, we heard a knock. Fitting that our first trick-or-treaters should be part of the veggie and fruit patch!
This tomato was sassy.
Would you let us operate on you?
Dr. Ari started to look a little sick by the time dinner rolled around…
… but he treated me to sushi. What a nice zombie!
Bentos two nights in a row?! Lucky me! It came with sashimi, shrimp shumai, a California roll, rice (which I didn’t eat), and salad.
It also came with honeydew.
Ari and I brainstormed about what would make the perfect Halloween dessert cocktail. If you’re an old-school reader, you may remember the hot cocoa/marshmallow debacle of Halloween 2008. Not pretty. Well, I based this year’s Halloween Scream on the same Martha Stewart recipe, but added some personal touches.
Ari requested butterscotch chips (I’m not a huge fan, but that’s love!), and we added Kahlua. The colors are a little Halloween-ie, yes?
We topped the finished product with cinnamon and marshmallows. (I’d thought marshmallows went on Ari’s “white and creamy veto list” –he’s going to have to do his own post on this someday soon– but it turns out he likes them! What a breakthrough.) This photo doesn’t show it, but the cocoa was red!
I drank about a third, but it was too rich for me. It reminded me a lot of the drinking chocolate we had in Paris! I switched to an apple instead… I wasn’t really hungry for it, but I needed something to munch while watching Halloween H2O!
It was a low-key Halloween, but it was a really nice day. Hope you had a good one, too!
Congratulations to Melissa and all of the other NYC Marathoners!!!