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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pumpkin Recipe Traditions and October Family Movie Nights with Netflix #StreamTeam

This is my favorite time of year because I love the cool air, pumpkin recipes, and special family traditions. In today's post, I'll share our family's favorite pumpkin-based recipes and tell you about the family movie nights that we have lined up thanks to Netflix.

Pumpkin Recipe Traditions
It's always fun to carve pumpkins, but we like to add to the fun by working as a family to bake pumpkin treats. In today's post, I'll share fun ideas for helping your children to put their pumpkins to good use with delicious recipes. I'll also share some fun shows on Netflix that you can enjoy with your family as you eat your delicious pumpkin creations!

1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are like gold to my oldest son. You really would think that he was digging for gold because he gets so excited about finding the pumpkin seeds. Preparing the pumpkin seeds is easy with these steps:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Wash the seeds. 
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the seeds with melted butter. 
  4. Lay the seeds on a cookie sheet in a single layer and optionally sprinkle with salt. 
  5. Bake for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown, flipping them approximately every 10 or 15 minutes. 
  6. Allow to cool and enjoy! 
2. Spider Web Pumpkin Pancakes

Dry ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Wet ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Preheat a non-stick frying pan over low heat.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
3. Beat the egg and then mix it with all of the wet ingredients until smooth.
4. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth. There should not be any lumps.

5. Strain the pancake mix into a condiment dispenser. (Sometimes the pumpkin is a bit chunky, so this will help to prevent the tip of your dispenser from becoming clogged.)

6. Squeeze the pancake mix onto the pan in the shape of a spider web.

7. Allow to cook for 1 to 3 minutes total, flipping when you see bubbles start to appear on the spiderweb.

3. Pumpkin Quinoa Soup

  • 5 cups of pureed pumpkin 
  • 1/2 cup quinoa 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 cup red lentils 
  • 1 medium potato 
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 5 medium cloves of garlic 
  • 1 medium yellow onion 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon of Tumeric 
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander 
  • 1 teaspoon of Paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon of Cumin 
  1. Saute chopped onions and garlic in olive oil in large stockpot using medium heat until onions begin to carmelize. 
  2. Add chicken stock, pumpkin, chopped potatoes, chopped carrots, lentils, quinoa, and spices. 
  3. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. 
  4. Cover and simmer while occasionally stirring for 45 minutes or until lentils, carrots, and potatoes are soft. 

Family Movie Night
Netflix has some great releases this month for family-friendly movie nights. These are among our favorite family-friendly releases for movie nights:

Personally, my 6-year old is most excited about the new Skylanders Academy. If you have a little boy, I'm sure that you are well aware that Skylanders is "super cool". Skylanders Academy is based on Activision Blizzard’s pioneering video game franchise, the show follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. You and your family will be able to join in on the action-packed fun when Season 1 premieres Friday, Oct. 28. Check out the trailer for this trendy show that will rock my son's world!

Let me also share the show overview from Netflix:

"Skylanders Academy follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a ragtag group of heroes with unique elemental skills who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. They achieve victory by setting aside their egos, learning to trust one another and fighting as one to maintain harmony and balance in the land. Led by showrunner Eric Rogers (Futurama), the animated action-adventure series features the voices of Justin Long (Dodge Ball) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical, Phineas and Ferb) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald (SaturdayNight Live) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos and Harland Williams, among others. Netflix members worldwide will learn the “Skylander way” –and enjoy all of the humor and heart in between– starting with 12 episodes this Fall and continuing with a second season in late 2017. Skylanders Academy is the first project from Activision Blizzard Studios."
We hope that you enjoy our pumpkin-based recipes and recommendations for family-friendly shows to enjoy on Netflix!  We also hope that your children are excited about the new Skylanders Academy show that comes out on October 28th.

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