Monday, December 17, 2012

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roast up some Pumpkin Seeds for a salty snack!

*Rosemary & Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:
  • Pumpkin Seeds (at least 2 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon Macadamia Nut Oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  •  1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary
  • Pepper to taste
First, remove the guts from the pumpkin. Separate the seeds from the pulp (using a strainer) and rinse thoroughly. 
Then, lay seeds on a pan to dry overnight. 
Preheat oven to 300%. Line pans with parchment paper.
Combine ingredients above with seeds. 


Lay all the coated seeds out on your pan and cook for 45 minutes (stir every 15 minutes).

Store in an air-tight container and enjoy!


*This recipe was modified from various other recipes online. Several things have been changed.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lending a helping hand! Habitat Style!

Lending a helping hand! Habitat Style!

On November 30th, the company that I work for volunteered in the Chapin, SC community with the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity.

Here are some things I learned:

1. Painting is hard work
2. The employees at Habitat are hard working, nice people
3. Since the economy has been in the dumps, South Carolina's Habitat has been reduced from around 12 houses per year to only around 7
4. Clemson University builds at least one house during homecoming week every year. (Yay!)
5. The University of South Carolina hasn't participated in Habitat for Humanity for the last 7 years. (Boo!)

These are the facts (from a slightly biased Clemson fan). 

Seriously though, our team of 20 (18 employees and 2 spouses) worked to paint the interior (trim and walls) of two, newly built houses. These houses occupy two lots with several vacant (Habitat owned) lots in between.

Their goal is to build houses on the remaining lots in 2013...if they can get the donations and volunteers necessary. This is a great team building and community service opportunity for your company, sorority/fraternity, or church.

Our group was chosen as the Spotlight Volunteers! Check out the pics...


 (Note to self: never wear a mask like this for a picture again...ever!)


Visit their site for more information:  http://www.habitatcsc.org/