Good morning! I was in a peaceful slumber when I suddenly felt a fat dachshund butt sit on my face.  I don’t even know why Maggie bothers waking me up, because 5 minutes after I get out of bed, she goes back to sleep on her pillow:


Just like a little sausage roll, hmm?


Onto breakfast…. after last night’s intense pumpkin-carving session, I knew I had to integrate pumpkin seeds into this morning’s bowl of oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar, and "sweet" pumpkin seeds (for recipe, see below)


The pumpkin seeds gave my oatmeal a great CHEW! Oh, how I love autumn. 


Of course, I had a cup of coffee, which Jack helped me drink.


 Pumpkin Seeds – Sweet, Salty, and Spicy


Pumpkin seeds don’t have to be boring!


Raid your fridge and spice rack to create a unique flavored seed that you can enjoy in oatmeal, salads, pasta, or just plain!


Salty Pumpkin Seeds (the Classic Method)


Ingredients (to taste):


  • Kosher Salt
  • Garlic Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Sweet Pumpkin Seeds


Ingredients (to taste):


  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple Syrup


Spicy Pumpkin Seeds (the Classic Method)


Ingredients (to taste):


  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


What I Know For Sure


Since you all enjoyed the selection of Oprah’s ‘What I Know For Sure’  motivational thoughts so much, I thought I’d share a few more:


  • You define your own life. Don’t let other people write the script.
  • Worrying is wasted time.  Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
  • What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for.  You become what you believe.
  • If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
  • Love doesn’t hurt.  It feels really good.


Have a wonderful morning! See you for lunch!



  • VeggieGirl October 24, 2008, 5:32 am

    Aww, Maggie :0)

    I LOVE pumpkin seeds (and your recipes)!! Right now, I’m hooked on pumpkin-seed-butter (which contains a whopping 10.5 grams of protein per two tablespoons!! Score!!)

    Amen to ALL of those “What I Know For Sure” statements.


  • Meg October 24, 2008, 5:35 am

    Thanks for more thoughts!

    I love the sweet pumpkin seed recipe.

  • amy. October 24, 2008, 5:42 am

    cute pup-pup 🙂 love the recipes for the pumpkin seeds. i made them last week but only used salt..boring! have a great morning.

  • Fitnessista October 24, 2008, 5:52 am

    your pumpkin is so cute! thanks for the different recipes for the pumpkin seeds.
    i really love the “what i know for sure” quotes 😀
    happy friday!

  • whatiateyesterday October 24, 2008, 6:00 am

    Cute punkin 🙂

    Thanks for the gret pumpkin seed ideas, I love them!

  • lauren October 24, 2008, 6:14 am

    your dog is sooo cute! love it. And I have never done the sweet pumpkin seeds – good idea!

  • Gina October 24, 2008, 6:15 am

    hey! i’m not going to be able to for this one– there’s a 10k on the 8th here that i’m going to do, though 😀
    i’m sure i’ll be making a november trip to o-town– i’ll definitely let you know when!!

  • *Andrea* October 24, 2008, 6:18 am

    love love love the oprah section!!!!

    jack is such a cutie 😉

  • Meghann October 24, 2008, 6:31 am

    Yes, I was planning on doing the 5k 🙂 It’s on the Sunday and your Ladies Lunch is on the Saturday so we should be able to do both in the same weekend.

    and I look just as sweaty and disgusting in the pics so I think we cancel each other out 🙂 Gladd the seeds worked in the oatmeal. I was very tempted to add them to my waffles, but went with pecans instead.

  • Rose October 24, 2008, 6:35 am

    Great post – I love all the different pumpkin seed recipes!

  • lighterportions October 24, 2008, 6:53 am

    Cute sausage roll you’ve got there… hehe

    Love the quotes too. Reading them is a nice way to start off a Friday morning 🙂

  • Nicole ( October 24, 2008, 7:33 am

    I have never had pumpkin seeds before! Yours look absolutely delicious.

  • tfh October 24, 2008, 7:43 am

    I’m so lazy when it comes to washing and separating the little strings from all the pumpkin seeds (and edible seeds from other winter squash). But they’re so healthy and it’s such a waste not to. I’m going to try to do better.

    Veggiegirl, if you see this, where do you get pumpkin-seed butter? Or do you make it yourself? I’m addicted to sunflower seed butter and would love to try the psb too!

  • just me October 24, 2008, 7:54 am

    i love the oprah quotes, esp the second one; that’s what i need to work on!

    love your and meghann’s creativity with the pumpkin seeds!

    have a good friday!

  • Kath October 24, 2008, 8:18 am

    Cute sausage!!

    And cool seeds!

  • Elina October 24, 2008, 8:23 am

    I have a silly question: don’t you have to discard the shell of the seeds when you eat them… isn’t that annoying if you use it as a topping on something? Do you have a bite of the oatmeal with seeds and then spit out the shell?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 24, 2008, 8:26 am

    elina- i know some people only eat the inside, but i’ve always eaten the whole pumpkin seed. i think most people eat the whole seed, too!

  • Catherine October 24, 2008, 8:54 am

    Oh my do I love toasted pumpkin & squash seeds. I may have to try the spicy seeds – don't have much of a sweet tooth more than about once a month 😉

    I tried your sweet potato stacks by the way in an older post that I just updated today – thanks! They were so delicious.

  • bitesoflife October 24, 2008, 9:00 am

    Awww, your Maggie is so cute! When my mom’s was visiting, she would go out her way to wake you up and then stay in bad and go to sleep!

    Your pumpkin seeds look yummy!

  • ttfn300 October 24, 2008, 9:12 am

    that oatmeal looks fantastic!! hope you liked the cookies 🙂

  • Sharney October 24, 2008, 11:01 am

    Good Morning, Caitlin! First of all, I love that picture of your little “sausage roll”. Too cute 🙂
    Your jack-o-lanterns turned out great-I will be carving mine this weekend and hope they turn out as well as yours did!
    Last, but not least, thanks for the pumpkin seed recipes. I was planning on just using the same old boring method of roasting them, but you gave me some great ideas that will be a lot more unique and tasty! Thanks 🙂

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 24, 2008, 11:02 am

    sharon – maggie has not moved since i took that picture. seriously! enjoy carving your pumpkin!

  • Sharney October 24, 2008, 11:21 am

    Hahaha! TOO funny-like they say "It's a dog's life"!! I can't wait until my dog sleeps for that long! My puppy is almost 5 months old and constantly on the go. It will be great when he settles down a bit so I can snuggle & pet him for more than a mintue at a time! Maggie is such a sweetie 🙂

  • HangryPants October 25, 2008, 6:11 am

    WHat a great contest. I can’t wait to heat the details!

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