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I went pumpkin picking with my daughter a few weeks ago. She loved the experience at the Queens County Farm Museum. We went on a hayride, she milked a cow and saw many other farm animals. At the end of the visit, we went to the pumpkin patch (just a stack of pumpkins) and picked out a pumpkin!
What to do with the pumpkin? Eat it! My wife cooked the pumpkin in a sweet soup and we roasted the seeds. We sat around a table talking and reading while eating the seeds, its a great family activity.
To cook the pumpkin seeds:
- Cut open the pumpkin, remove the seeds and wash out the stringy core.
- Let seeds dry (optional). We boiled the seeds for a little while to help it cook.
- Add salt or other flavorings that you like.
- Heat Oven or toaster over to 400 degrees.
- Toast in over for about 20 minutes or until shells are slightly dark.