Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How To: Roasted Honey Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds

One of the best parts of carving a pumpkin is pumpkin seeds. If you don't agree you can leave. 

What I love about pumpkin seeds, is that they're great any time of year. I love snacking on them at my desk and tricking myself into believing I'm healthy. So when my friend Rod found a recipe that involved Sriracha (aka the best sauce in the entire world), I was all over it. 

I brought them into my office and they were such a huge hit that my coworker gave me her pumpkin seeds and asked me to make them for her. 

I roasted these beauties last night and my apartment was consumed by the sweet and spicy smell. And my favorite part? They're so damn easy to make!

Step One: Dry the seeds out

Set your oven to 300F. Spread out about 1 cup of seeds on a tray lined with parchment paper and bake them for about 20 minutes. If they still seem a little damp I'd throw them back in for 5 minute increments until you're satisfied.

Please ignore how utterly nasty my oven is. I need to clean it asap. 

Step Two: Make the sauce

While you're drying out the seeds, mix together the sauce in a bowl with a whisk. I kind of eyeballed mine because I like to live life dangerously. But I'll try and lay it out for you.

1 tbs Sriracha
1 tbs Honey
1/8 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Olive Oil (if you're cheap like me you can get it at Dollarama)
A few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar

Other recipes call for paprika and ginger powder but I don't find them necessary. But that's totally up to you.

 I 100% didn't need those measuring cups but I thought they added to the aesthetic. 

Step Three: Mix the seeds and sauce

Pour the dried pumpkin seeds into the bowl and mix it together until the seeds are nicely coated. Lay them out on the baking tray again and try to spread them out as much as possible. It's harder because they're sticky but if they stay clumped the sauce won't caramelize properly.

Stick them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. I find that my oven runs a little hot so I only do 5 minutes. It's really easy to burn them so keep an eye on them!

How easy was that? The whole process lasts 30 minutes. Easy peasy. I hope you enjoy!

Do you have another pumpkin seed recipe you swear by? Let me know so I can try it out!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Music Monday & Weekend in Review

Obviously we can all agree that Monday's suck.

I have a rough time getting out of bed on the best of days, but Monday's just really take the cake. No bueno. What made this week worse, is that Quantico was not on last night, so now I have nothing to come home to watch at the end of today. Worst day ever.

To ease us all back into the week, I've decided that Music Monday needs to be a thing. Again, let's be real, I probably won't have a new playlist every week, but a girl can dream.

Today we have my favorite tracks from Spotify Sessions. Click play and enjoy your day (I'm such a poet).

Aside from the fact that I'm letting my inner Garfield flow and hating on Monday, I had a pretty great weekend. Me and the roommate and some of our friends did a Christmas baking swap so now I have a giant Tupperware container in my freezer full of baked goods. This is going to be the hardest month of my life not eating everything.

I have now managed to complete 75% of my Christmas shopping before December and I'm very pleased with myself about that one. Plus I'm very frugal (re: broke) this year so the hit on my bank account hasn't been that bad, yet the presents are still decent. So #winning.

Also, I curled yesterday (because I've decided I couldn't be more Canadian), and I'm getting so much better, so I was on a high from that of course. And then dinner came and we ordered Chicken Delight last night (so much rhyming today) so my Sunday was just top notch.

I feel like a beluga whale now but damn that chicken and pizza just can't be beat! I'm clearly going to have to go twice as hard at the gym now but I don't want to dwell on that - it takes away from the enjoyment of the pizza.

But enough about me, tell me about your weekend! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

If you didn't know, Winnipeg has been hit by Winter. It finally snowed, and while the majority of people I know are upset by this, I am over the moon ecstatic.

I friggin' love winter and snow and playing outside and drinking hot chocolate with Bailey's. Also, Andrea and Eric had this good rule that you can't watch Love Actually until it either a) snows or b) is December 1st. So guess what I'm doing tonight.

My opinion is quite unpopular though. My friends hate the snow. My roommate is pretty much permanently a burrito of blankets and pajamas. Andrea was away all week for work and it wasn't winter when she left. She hates it.

Good thing I have Luna cause that bish loves the snow as much as I do. I made a smart choice getting a Husky. Also yes, my dog has an Instagram, and you should follow her cause she's mega adorable.

Case in point...

But since I don't want to be one of those people who talk about their dog all the time (since I already do that in real life...), let's move on to Friday Favorites with Amanda shall we?

Favorite Song

Favorite Links

This "Whine About It" episode about how pants suck.
What it's like when a loved one is diagnosed with Cancer.
Brooke & Brad's wedding video! (Did I cry watching this? Yes.)
The new Zoolander trailer.
Winnipeg being named a Best Trip for 2016 by National Geographic.

Happy Friday folks! See ya next week. If you need me I'll be reveling in all things winter over on my Snapchat (melissasuggitt1) all weekend! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Welcome Back

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome....

Okay now that I've got that out of my system, I want to officially welcome you back to my blog! I've been on quite a hiatus these past few months. I just felt like something was missing and I lost the desire to come to this space. I don't regret it one bit because I was able to really be present in my life and there for the people who needed me most. There's been a lot going on for me these last few months that I'll start to share as the days go by. I wasn't okay for a very long time.

When I felt that itch to return I knew it needed to be different. So I enlisted the help of my dear friend Kailyn and she redesigned everything for me! Seriously, she's a good friend, I love her to bits. I also felt it was time for a name change. I wanted it to be simple, so I went with the most simple thing I could think of: my name. Melissa Nicole is going to be less about what I think others want to read and more about me, myself and I. I'm not really sure what that's going to look like quite yet, but you can be sure that it will most likely include a lot of dating fails. There's been quite a few this last little while...

One thing I want to make clear is that I'm not going to commit myself to this space every day. It's a lot of pressure and I won't stand for it!

In the meantime, if you've followed me on Instagram the past few months, you'll notice one of the bigger changes in my life. This beauty right here:

This is Luna a.k.a. Lunar, La Lune, Lune, Lunesta, Luna Lovedog, LIGHT OF MY FREAKING LIFE. 

I honestly did not know how much I could love another living thing until I rescued this girl. She's a husky/collie cross and just turned 1 this past weekend! So you can bet your bottom dollar I'm going to be writing about her quite a bit. 

Anyway, feel free to explore a little bit. The "Best Of" page has been updated and I'm still working on the "About Me". 

See you all very soon. I'm glad to be back!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Harry Potter Party - From My Drafts

Hopefully I'll be relaunching soon with all new content! Until then, let's take a look at some of my drafts this week. 

As I go through the redesign and re-branding process of this little blog of mine, I'm finding things in my drafts that I can't believe I forgot to share! Like this post about my roommate's Harry Potter themed birthday. It was one of the highlights of my summer. 

We did a mystery dinner where you didn't know what you were ordering. Every item on the menu was a Harry Potter themed name like "Dementor's Kiss" or "Dobby's Sock". The kicker was that 3 of the items on the menu were a fork, a spoon, and a napkin. Since you didn't know what anything was, it was a straight up gamble for each course. Which meant I ended up with spaghetti and pudding and no spoon or fork. It was incredibly messy but also incredibly fun. 

She put a lot of effort into making this night fun for all of us girls! 



If it's not yet obvious, I clearly have a thing for Harry Potter. An all out obsession if you will. I honestly don't think there will ever be a book or series of books in my lifetime that will ever make me feel the way good ol' HP did. It is ingrained in my childhood memories and during my adolescent years. 

So imagine how thoroughly excited I was when my roommate decided to throw a Harry Potter party for her 25th birthday. And boy did she put effort into it! 

Below are some pictures from that evening. She done good...

I hope you enjoyed your day roomie!