Carve a Pumpkin

Oct 28, 2013 by

Halloween is in 3 days so you’ve still got plenty of time.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to carve a pumpkin.  Pretty simple huh?  Don’t just carve a pumpkin to carve a pumpkin.

Carve a pumpkin to spend time with your family and friends starting a new holiday tradition.

















Carve a pumpkin to decorate your house for all your neighbors to see.

Carve a pumpkin to cook the most amazing pumpkin seeds ever.

Carve a pumpkin to get yourself in the holiday spirit and have some fun.

So this week, go get yourself a pumpkins, gather your family and friends and get carving.

Also make some awesome pumpkin snickerdoodles or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.   Both are amazing.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 


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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Nov 18, 2012 by

As I mentioned in the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie post, I LOVE PUMPKIN!  So in continuing with that theme, my wife saw pumpkin snickerdoodles somewhere and suggested I make some.  so I did.  And it was a brilliant idea.  This is a great twist on an already awesome cookie.


Here is what you’ll need to make them.



  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2  cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

coating mix

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Lets make some cookies


Add the butter to your mixer and mix it all up


add 1 1/2 cup sugar


add 1/2 cup brown sugar


mix it all up


add 3/4 cup pumpkin


add 1 egg


add 2 tsp. vanilla extract.  Mix it all up and grab a bowl to mix all your dry ingredients


In a big bowl add your 2 3/4 cups flour.  Add 1 teaspoon baking soda


add 1/2 teaspoon salt


add 1 teaspoon cinnamon


add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar


Mix all this stuff together and add it to your mixture in your mixer.


You will have this wonderful dough mixture that you can’t do anything with yet.


Cover it and throw it in the fridge for an hour.  You can also make this ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a few days or freeze it even if you need want to have some cookies at a later date.


While the dough is in the fridge we can make the coating for the cookeis.  Grab a bowl and throw in a 1/4 cup of sugar


add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon


add 1/2 teaspoon all spice


add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


And mix it all up into this awesome mixture.


When the dough is ready wash your hands and get rolling.   Make up some balls of dough and throw them in the coating and mix it up.  Preheat your oven to 350 at this time too.


Throw them on the baking sheet and smush them down with a flat surface.   A glass works great

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


and you will end up with THE perfect fall time cookies.  These also make the house smell amazing.

If you are looking for something new to make for Thanksgiving this year, this is it.

Enjoy these cookies.  This is what Thanksgiving is all about.


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nov 18, 2012 by

Fall is the best time of year because of of one simple reason.  Pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin everything, and it is wonderful.  I love pumpkin and I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and you will too.


Here is what you will need to make these awesome cookies


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

These are very easy to make, and here is how you do it.


In a mixing bowl throw in one cup of canned pumpkin


add 1/2 cup vegetable oil


add one egg


add 1 cup white sugar and mix all that together.


In a separate bowl we are going to add all the dry ingredients together.


Stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.


Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. (not pictured)

When its all mixed up add the 2 cups of chocolate chips and mix it up.

Spoon out the cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for approximately 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.


They will come out like this in all its pumpkin glory and everyone will love them and thus love you for making them.  Plus it makes your whole house smell like pumpkin, which is never bad.

I doubled the recipe to use the entire can of pumpkin, which may or may not have been a good idea, but it sure did make a whole ton of cookies!  Luckily I just send them to work with my wife and all the people in her hospital love her for it.

If you are looking for a good desert to make this fall, this is always a good one to make.

Also if you want to try something AMAZING, try the Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.


If you’ve got a good pumpkin recipe, please send it over.  I love pumpkin!!

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Pumpkin seeds and great friends.

Oct 25, 2010 by

IMG_0640 I love this time of year so much. This is the time of year when you can get everything pumpkin flavored! Pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin frozen yogurt, pumpkin shakes, its all awesome.

I’m actually at Jamba Juice now writing this as I wait for my pumpkin flavored goodness to get made.

One of my most favorite things about pumpkins are the seeds. I love making and eating pumpkin seeds.

I had the perfect excuse to make some seeds the other day as we celebrated my friends daughters 7th birthday.   I love carving pumpkins so we had them all over to the house for a big pumpkin carving birthday bash.


We took all the kids and hit up the pumpkin patch for some over priced pumpkins and some kettle corn.


The kettle corn was great and we got some good pumpkins for carving, which means we would have pumpkin seeds!


I cut the tops off of all the pumpkins for the kids and set them loose on the guts of those pumpkins.


The kids did a great job of making a mess and getting all the guts and seeds out of those pumpkins.


now cleaning off all of the seeds and separating them from the gunk is a thankless job but thats why they taste so good.  You had to work for them!


Once the seeds are cleaned off throw them in a bowl.

for every 2 cups of seeds this is my recipe


1 tablespoon olive oil


sea salt as salty as you like

You can stop there if you want.  Some people, like my wife, just likes them with salt only.  If you want to live a full life and taste the best pumpkin seeds ever, then keep reading.


Add Johnny’s seasoning salt.  Shake over until there is a light covering.


Then add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.   And start stirring.


Mix them all up.   Now give another light dusting of salt of Johnny’s seasoning salt.


Throw them in the oven set at 300 for 15 minutes.


after 15 minutes, take them out and stir


then throw them back in for another 10-15 minutes.  Watch for how crispy you want them.  Don’t get them too crispy.  Seriously look at how awesome those look!


we had a blast helping the kids carve the pumpkins and hanging out with great friends


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
–Tennessee Williams


Even the dog was exhausted and happy at the end of the night.

Go out and invite some friends over to carve some pumpkins with you this week and make some seeds and some memories.

Happy Halloween everyone!


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