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Happy Halloween, you little monsters.

October 31, 2010

It’s the big day! All you freaks out there are hopefully all dressed up in various costumes, scaring people & getting candy for free. What a great holiday, huh?


I’m a bit busy today, answering the door to little mini-goblins and ghosts and giving them the tooth-decaying sweets they demand, but I wanted to share my jack-o-lantern and an interesting recipe with you. Just in case there’s anyone out there who’s carving a pumpkin tonight or has seeds laying around… traditionally, I just salt mine & bake ’em. But this year I had a LOT of seeds in my pumpkin, so I split it into 2 batches and made one in a new way: covered in sugar and spices.



  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used light brown)
  • ΒΌ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • butter flavored cooking spray


  1. Separate seeds from stringy pulp and rinse off in warm water. Drain completely, and dry on paper towels.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone. Spread seeds in a single layer and coat with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Spray lightly with butter flavored cooking spray to “set” ingredients.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

I’ve noticed a sad decline in the amount of kids that go trick or treating nowadays. I’ve always loved Halloween, and I want you all to get down with some delicious treats today, some candies that stick to your teeth & are bad for you, Halloween cupcakes, caramel apples, pumpkin muffins, all that good stuff. But I want you to be safe too. Be careful out there, especially with little ones… there are scarier (and realer) things than mummies & witches lurking tonight. And if you don’t usually do it, go buy a mask and wear it, even just to answer the door. Just for me. I promise you’ll have fun. I know I am…

Speaking of True Blood and treats, if you’re still looking for Halloween-worthy baked goods, check these out: True Blood Velvet cupcakes. They’re so awesome they’ve been talked about on the Tru Beverage website. There are more too, just take a peek at the Halloween category.

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