Best Pumpkin Seeds Ever!

This past week I finished the quilt I’ve been working on since May. I’m so excited to share it, but the timing isn’t right because I want to enter it in a competition. So…

Occasionally I put a “non-quilting” post on my blog – if I think it will appeal to many of you – and I think this one will! But before I get started, I need your help. My Mom was going through stuff recently and gave me an envelope full of pins, needles and sewing “odds and ends” from a distant Aunt. There were two very unique needles and I wonder if any of you know what they were used for. The top is brass color and the rest is a metallic blue (they look more silver in the picture). They’re flat and 2 ¾” long.

weird needles

Any ideas??? There was also one odd pin. The head is a large ball, about the size of the yellow head on a quilting pin, and it was hollow with 4 openings where it attached to the shank. The shank is 1 ¼” long. Anyone seen one of these?

weird pin

Thanks in advance for any information you can share.


Autumn is my favorite time of year!

So why would a quilter blog about pumpkin seeds? Because these are truly the best I’ve ever tasted. My son told us about a nearby farm that sells a medium sized pumpkin, orange with green speckles, that has hull-less seeds.

kakai pumpkins

This pumpkin variety is called Kakai. The seeds are fat and green.

Best Pumpkin Seeds Ever

My Sister-in-law gave me a recipe a few years back that requires no washing of the seeds. Her recipe makes crisp and yummy seeds from regular pumpkins, but when combined with the Kakai seeds – DELICIOUS!

pumpkin seeds cooked

Mary Sue’s Pumpkin Seeds

Remove the seeds from the pumpkin into a large bowl (should have enough to make a single layer on a large cookie sheet – the picture above was from all 3 Kakai pumpkins). Pull off as much fiber as you easily can, but do not wash the seeds. In a microwave safe bowl melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir in ½ to 1  tablespoon salt (depending on your taste), a dash of garlic powder and a dash of Worchestershire Sauce. Mix together and pour over seeds. Stir until seeds are covered. Spread in a sided cookie sheet and bake at 300º for 1 to 1 ½ hours (until crisp).


Now I’d like to leave you with a few Autumn smiles. Happy October everyone!

Autumn Sommer Sommer leaves Autumn Trey

Trey pumpkin

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  • Kate Larson said:

    Absolutely precious photos!! Thanks for sharing them. I miss your classes at WCTC but I have learned so much about altering wedding gowns.

  • Maggi admin

    What a lovely post!! The two needles are actually bodkins, used to thread elastic or string through a casing. The pin — I have no idea. Love the pics of the kids in the leaves!

  • Sylvia admin

    Regarding your needles, I found an ad on E-Bay with a photo that looked like your needles. They list it as a bodkin ribbon threader.

  • Susan admin

    Hi Chris…the first 2 look like they are threaders for adding narrow ribbon in entredeau lace work. Don’t know about the second one

  • Sandy admin

    Those things from your aunt are bodkins used to thread ribbon or cording through fabric. They date back to the Victorian era.


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