Drunken Pumpkin Seeds

Not for the kids! These bad boys are soaked in whiskey. A perfect, sweet and salty snack for watching a football game. Or, if you’re like me, reading a book. Also, if you do not like the taste of whiskey, don’t worry! It is not overpowering at all and brings out a delicious nutty flavor. So let’s go roast some pumpkin seeds…

What you will need:

Baking sheet lined with parchment paper

1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds that have been washed and drained
1/2 cup whiskey
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

Preheat oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. In a saucepan, stir together pumpkin seeds, whiskey, syrup, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Drain.

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Spread pumpkin seeds on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with more salt. Bake until golden brown, about an hour (or more depending on how crunchy you like them). Enjoy!

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Hot Toddy Recipe

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If you’re like me, you dislike cold weather so much that as soon as it gets below 50 degrees, you literally start freaking out. Depression, blues, cold/flu, and dry skin are a few things that happen to me. So, here is a nice hot beverage to soothe some of those feelings and issues. There are many variations of this drink, but the recipe I’ve posted here is my favorite (mainly because I’m loving whiskey right now. Who knew?). Feeling a cold coming on? MAKE THIS! And drink every last drop. Guaranteed you will feel better. No more sore throat, and for me, lemon is a very relaxing scent. So here we go… how to make a Hot Toddy…

What you will need:

Coffee mug
Green Tea of your choice
1 cup of water
1 1/2 – 2 ounces of whiskey of your choice (the one pictured above is super delicious and I highly recommend)
Lemon wedge
1 tablespoon of honey

To make:

Place water in coffee mug and microwave until boiling. Then, put in all your ingredients; tea bag, whiskey, honey and squeeze in the lemon juice. Stir. Sip. And enjoy!

Funny side note: We did not have any lemons when I made this just now, so I used a couple drops of pure lemon extract. Still delicious!