The Best Pumpkin Seed Recipe

I love Fall and everything that comes with it. Pumpkin this, pumpkin that, literally just pour pumpkin spice sauce on everything I eat and I’ll be happy.

I especially love CARVING pumpkins, and with that, using everything in it for something delicious. First let’s talk about pumpkin seeds.

My favorite recipe is what I like to call PUMPKIN PIE PUMPKIN SEEDS. Here’s how it goes:

 

1 TBS Maple Syrup per cup of seeds

a few drizzles of olive oil

1 TSP Pumpkin Pie spice per cup of seeds

1 TSP Cinnamon Sugar per cup of seeds

a few pinches of sea salt

 

You want to wash off the seeds, try to remove all loose pumpkin from them. Rinse in a colander like so.

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Then let them dry overnight. This will allow the ingredients to stick to them better. Lay out on a baking sheet on a piece of wax paper, and cover with a paper towel.

 

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Once they’re dry the next day, you can pour them all in to a bowl, and add all of the above ingredients. If you want to add a little more of the spices to your taste, feel free! Mix around so each seed is well covered. Preheat the oven to 360.

 

 

Spread these out on a baking sheet again, making sure they’re well spread out. Let them bake for about 15 minutes, and at that point check if they look golden or toasty. Flip a few of them over, you want to try to get them toasty on both sides. Once they are you can take them out and let them cool!

IMG_4009Very good, and tasty snack for Fall!

“Feminism” Criticism

Up until recently, I considered myself a semi-feminist. Not to the point of bra burning per say, but more than the average girl-you-might-meet-at-a-party that doesn’t start telling you why Katy Perry on College Game Day was degrading and embarrassing to women. My boyfriend can attest to this, as he’s listened to many-a-rant about the bias in media, politics, or film when it comes to women, or my ramblings about the general behavior/lack of intelligence when it comes to some men vs. some women. If you asked him, he’d probably tell you I was a feminist.

But this past week, “feminism” has gone overboard. DESPITE the rousing and inspiring speech by the incomparable Emma Watson to the UN last month on the importance of making men part of the conversation when it comes to feminism, it feels like I’ve been overrun with stupidity in the fight for “equality.”

First example is of course, the “Catcalling” video, which if you haven’t seen it, here it is:

My issue with this is simple. This was a video taken over the course of TEN HOURS, and cut down to 2 minutes. I feel almost certain, that any woman or man of any gender or race for that matter walking around a city, alone, for TEN HOURS, would probably have at least a few interactions or attempted interactions whether they like it or not. Is that wrong? Are the people who are trying to sell her something as she passes their store doing something offensive to her? Is someone who says “Hi, how are you!” really trying to get in her pants? Because referring to all 100 (again, not in 2 minutes but over TEN HOURS) attempted interactions as “catcalls” seems just plain untrue.

Now the person who followed her for 5 minutes is pretty absurd, I will say that, and that would make even the strongest of women uncomfortable. That is a legitimately creepy situation. But as a woman who lives in a city, who walks around a lot, and who sometimes has been told to “smile” or “Hi, how are you” or “you look beautiful,” IT’S REALLY NOT THE CRISIS SITUATION THAT THIS VIDEO PORTRAYS. Has a legitimate “catcall” ever led to a robbery, a rape, or even a sexual assault? Should all women be walking around in fear of catcalls? I feel as though living in a city you build a thick skin, and these are the types of things that happen sometimes. Maybe it’s not right, maybe it’s not just, but as I said, I would bet that a man would have interactions not all that different from some of these in terms of strangers trying to talk to you. Being friendly, or forward, or a salesman on a city street is not a crime nor should it be (though I wish some salesmen on the streets could be arrested for being so annoying).

I would like to see this same video if it were a woman walking through the suburbs. She probably would not have even 10 interactions, let alone “100 catcalls” and that’s just a sheer example of the difference in terms of just population and location. The same way she has the right to walk around alone looking pissed off, the people around her have the right to talk to whoever they want. And above all, the media conversations and backlash for this have been so absurdly extreme from some groups, it’s like they’re the ONLY voices that matter. I bet there are some women who appreciate catcalls, or getting attention in public like this. Does that make them bad people? Should we explain to all men that only certain women like that, and you have to find those women and catcall ONLY them?

Once again, I don’t support catcalling and I certainly don’t support the man who followed her around for 5 minutes. However, it seems like the whole procedure of this video is misleading, and really isn’t proving anything in terms of social issues. Rather, the fact that “if you walk around the most populated city in America for 10 hours, people on the street will try to talk to you.”

And now, for a hilarious and spot on parody of this video from Funny or Die:

My second feminist issue this week is the backlash from this Victoria’s Secret ad that reads ” The Perfect ‘Body'”

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The reason I mostly am annoyed by the “feminist” backlash about this is because it’s based on a misunderstanding. Apparently a group of young girls and whoever else, have made a petition wanting Victoria’s Secret to apologize for the ad where they are portraying lingerie models as having perfect bodies. I will admit that the first time I saw this ad, I thought “Well that’s a bit much.. a little presumptuous.. a little unnecessary… they’ll probably get in SOME hot water for this..” and I was correct. And good for a group of young women who don’t want these “values” placed on their young minds, they are smarter than most girls their age. HOWEVER…

The ad is a play on words, because they are advertising (remember, this is an AD not a researched article about bodies) the “Body by Victoria” collection of lingerie. Hence, the quotations around Body. Now, I know how it looks, but technically, that is what’s happening. And if the issue everyone has is with these women who have bodies like this existing in general, why not take issue with the whole catalog? Or any lingerie ad? The whole thing seems rather misguided, and once again every-crazy-feminist-ever shows up on comment sections, message boards, 24-hours news channels talking about all the injustice.

And now for the hilarious and spot on parody of this.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/victorias-secret-under-fire-for-perfect-body-campa,37354/

To me, it just feels like we’ve lost sight of what are really feminist issues, or what are really assaults to womankind. I can think of about 10 other insulting-to-women videos/tv shows/movies/ads that are more of a legitimate issue than both of these. It seems like every week there’s another ridiculous “anti-women” thing popping up that is propelled into “news” by networks looking for something to fill airtime, and as a result, blowing it out of proportion. The more stories like these blown out of proportion “in the name of women!”, and the more overly aggressive people we have bitching about these things in public spheres, the more we as women feed the stigma we want to fight. Why can’t every “feminist” be like Emma Watson, who instead of arguing over a lingerie ad or faux catcalling, chooses her moment to address that equal rights should be a concern for everyone? Focusing less on the current faults, and more on future progress? I feel like getting that message across might lead to less of the other. And there will probably always be sexualization of the female body (and there has been for EONS) because there will also always be women who want and enjoy a career that perpetuates that too.

Hate what I’m saying and think I’m a complete idiot? Agree that these were a little blown out of proportion? Let me know! Thanks for reading!

Tracey Wigfield of GLITTERATOR fame

30 Rock and The Mindy Project are two of my favorite shows, partly because of my fandom for Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling and all they do, and partly because they are genuinely hilarious and well-written shows. One lucky woman who’s been able to be involved with both of these shows, who may or may not be my life spirit animal, is Tracey Wigfield.

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Tracey was a member of the writing staff on 30 Rock and now The Mindy Project, a feat she chronicles in her new interview in Cosmopolitan. As much as I hate Cosmo, lately, they have really been publishing some on-point and interesting features for young women, and this is no exception. I’ve been following (see: stalking via social media) Tracey since before she won that Emmy for the finale of 30 Rock, but when she did my reaction was akin to probably her mother’s. Her career path, sense of humor, and just general COOLNESS, in a sort-of male dominated profession makes me feel like anything is possible, and I hope one day I can have the kind of success she’s had.

However, one major take away from this article for me was the fact that she was in the commercial for the Glitterator. Now, if you’re of my age (which I THINK is a Millennial?) you have to remember this toy. As she describes it, it’s a machine that you put various items covered in glue into, and the Glitterator blows glitter on it, INSTANTLY transforming your super boring barrette into a beautiful, sticky, sparkly work of art. I owned one, and boy do I look back fondly on hours of Glitterating everything I could find, my clear initiation into a life of sparkly fabulousness. Unfortunately, I still remember the commercial and the jingle so clearly it’s like I was Glitterating this morning – “Glitterator with us, GLITTERATOR! Glitter it a little bit, glitter it a lot… Glitter it cool, Glitter it hot!”

Hope you’re ready for this Jelly

Now that I know this information, where my professional hero and favorite childhood toy come together, I’m not sure my life will ever come anymore full circle than this.

Halloween Nail Art

Couldn’t decide which kind of Pinterest Halloween nail art to do.. SO I BASICALLY DID ALL OF THEM.  Hope you like and maybe this can inspire your own!

Also for the very best nail tutorials – check out Naildecor on Instagram. She does THE COOLEST DESIGNS, and somehow manages to get it all in 15 seconds of video! Completely obsessed with her posts.

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SNL 40 Premiere, and Sasheer Zamata in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target??

Last night’s season premiere SNL was awesome, in particular for Chris Pratt, Michael Che, and the newest featured player Pete Davidson (who was so funny, and adorable and 20 YEARS OLD??).

I wasn’t so sure about Michael Che at first because I didn’t think he had done that well on the Daily Show over the summer – he didn’t really seem to have the voice for political satire. But I was totally wrong, he was great in his new gig as Weekend Update co-anchor, and Pete Davidson (who I’d only seen before on Carly Aquilino’s Instagram) was REALLY funny in his bit on Update, and his parts in skits. Even Ariana Grande had two solid performances, and I was so surprised to learn that she could actually sing, and wasn’t just a ponytail in high boots with mixing board.

HOWEVER, to anyone who watched or follow’s the SNL Instagram, was Sasheer Zamata wearing a top which looks like it’s from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target?? Anyone recognize this, because I do not remember it from the collection. But she looks beyond adorable, and I want that outfit, SNL costume people, where you at??

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Also Chris Pratt is the biggest thing going right now (which is so funny for someone like myself who remembers him SO CLEARLY as Bright from Everwood ), but maybe my favorite part of the episode was his reuniting with wife and two-time SNL host Anna Faris during the credits. How CUTE are they??

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EMMY 2014 highlights (for me anyway)

I’m riding the Emmy’s train all week this week and I wanted to post about my favorite moments, so here we go!

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brian Cranston – This bit was AWESOME. There’s not a time that I watch that episode of Seinfield with Bryan and I don’t think about whether the two of them are friendly now. They both really went for it, and it was worth it, one of the best moments of the night.

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2. Seth Myers as host – Because I am a complete nerd for and lover of Saturday Night Live, I do love Seth Myers. However, following Jimmy Fallon’s late show hasn’t been great for him, and the show has been sort of lacking and VERY slow IMHO. It’s getting better but still – eh. So I was very nervous for how he would do as the Emmy’s host, but he knocked it out of the park. His monologue was really funny, and not uncomfortably mean to anyone in the audience. His bits with his friends in the audience – Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Fred Armisan and of course Amy Poehler – were really funny worked well. And his introductions were great, especially the MESSING PARSONS joke. Overall, I think a job REALLY well done.

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3. Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson – Even if they look like they just stepped out of the Roxbury, they were charming and adorable, and who cares about the pot jokes?? They were perfect together and it made me so happy and then furious that A) They won’t be in season 2 of True Detective and B) TRUE DETECTIVE DIDN’T WIN ANYTHING, considering it was SO much better than the stupid finale episodes of Breaking Bad, which were just more and more of the same.matthew-mcconaughey-woody-harrelson-night-at-the-roxbury

4. Billy Eichner’s on the street with Seth – I usually don’t find “Billy on the Street” that funny, but this was really great.

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5. And of course, Andy Samberg just in general, making that face, as the poisoned King Joffrey.

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Some other thoughts – 

What was with all the wins for Sherlock?? And none of those people were even there!

I’ve ranted about Breaking Bad before – and how I found it to be very misogynistic, repetitive, and overhyped – but were they just giving it awards because it was the last season? Because realistically, it wasn’t all that great or different from the other seasons and on top of that, True Detective was SO much better!

Won’t even get in to “Modern Family‘s Reign of Terror” (as NY MAG Matt Zoller Seitz so affably coined it), but it’s getting ridiculous. It’s good, but it’s not THAT MUCH BETTER than everyone other show nominated, 5 years in a row.

Anyway what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Emmy Dresses 2014

My 2nd favorite award show of the year has come and gone, but not without that great deja-vu feeling you can only get from seeing the same dumb, undeserving shit win the same award year after year (no, I’m not bitter that Modern Family won, AGAIN, beating out 5 other excellent and more deserving comedies)!  And lest we forget, not without some beautiful dresses. A TON of RED on that carpet of the same name this year, which is to be expected for Fall, but also a ton of white and several halters? The 90’s really are back, huh? Here are some of my favorites! (HINT: My top two picks are two gorgeous Julias, and not some of the young twits who get invited to these things… Like a fine wine, these two are getting better with age!)

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1. Julia Louis Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera – Are you kidding me? How can she look (AND BE) this amazing all the time? I’ve mentioned before how much I love her and basically everything she does, not to mention she has played debate-ably two of the absolute best comedic roles written for a woman in the past 20 years. BUT SHE ALWAYS LOOKS FABULOUS TOO. I mean it’s insane, but I can’t think of a better person to have such talent, beauty and style – she seems like such a kind, genuine and hilarious person IRL (and if the opposite is true I refuse to believe it). One of the ladies in red (and the best IMO), she worked it on the carpet and all through the ceremony (CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT KISS? i’ll get to that later).

If this Elie Saab is wrong, I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT.

2. Julia Roberts in Elie Saab – TRULY, truly can’t get over the negative reviews when it comes to this dress. I want to say “Are you kidding??” for this pick, for a completely different reason. Not only does she look amazing even outside of the dress, that dress itself IS SICK! Who gives a shit about the hemline, are we all suddenly our grandmothers? Since when does a short hem automatically mean bad dress? I mean she looked millions of times better than some of the ladies wearing the traditional ball gown! (*ahem* Sarah Silverman, January Jones, *ahem*). And I’m sorry, but the pearl and stone embroidery in the midnight blue made up for anything anyone could say about it not being quite dressy or formal enough. This dress is badass, and looks exquisite on her – that neckline, those legs!

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Janis? Is that you?

3. Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier – UH… Can we reflect how far Janis Ian has come?? The cut outs, the open back – just CHIC as hell and so sexy! As Huffpo noted – this dress makes it hard to believe she ever played this anigif_enhanced-buzz-7961-1383248660-42 fred-armisen-carrie-brownstein-emmys-2014-emmy-awards 4. Carrie Brownstein in Halston Heritage – I am usually anti-one shoulder dresses, and black is chic but sorta boring. However, this dress is beautiful and looks incredible on her! When I saw her post a pic on Instagram I literally said “Holy s—” out loud to myself. Especially since we’re used to seeing her in such not-formalwear (if you watch and adore Portlandia like I do) this was a wonderful surprise.

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Halle Berry WOW-ing in Elie Saab

5. Halle Berry in Elie Saab – LOVE it. Love the mauve, I love the cut, the halter the waist… When she came on stage I actually said “WOW.” She looked incredible and this dress is just gorgeous. Elie Saab was killing the red carpet last night. HONORABLE MENTIONS la-ig-lena-dunham-fashion-20140820-006 Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli – This skirt is incredible, and like a cotton candy dream. Not that that necessarily makes attractive formalwear, but this is an beautiful creation and suited to her personality. My only issue is the top. I don’t really understand that choice, as it seems like there has to have been a better, and certainly more flattering top combination for this skirt. And I know this is another one that the critics have torn apart (as are most of Lena’s dress picks), but the only reason she doesn’t look great in all the pictures is her posture! She always seems to be slumping, and doesn’t seem to have that actress-red-carpet-strut down. If she was standing up straight, and had changed that top with something that looked a little smoother, this would have been a top pick of the night. What were some of your favorites?? Let me know! Thanks for reading!