October 16, 2012

Sunflower Seed Epic Fail

It's that time of the year again. Boots, sweaters, hot chocolate, pumpkins, and colorful leaves.
I have a love/hate relationship with Fall though.
I love boots, they are fun and make you feel kinda sexy.
I love sweaters 'cause I don't have to suck in and they're super comfy.
I love hot chocolate. I mean really, need I say more?
I love pumpkins and seeing them on every one's porches in all their bright orange happiness.
And I love colorful leaves on the trees, so beautiful.
But when you live in Winterlastseightmonthsoutoftheyear Town, then Fall only sticks around for a couple weeks before the heaters need to run on full blast and you're toting around your own personal space heater all over the house just to keep your toes warm through your socks.
Oh... is that just me?
Dang and blast.
Shoes? Pish, don't be ridiculous. Why would I want to wear shoes around my own house all day?
That's just silly.
Then winter is ever so long and dreary. After all these years of living in the west, I'm still not a fan.
I hate being cold.
It's my one weakness.
Although sledding with the kids is fun. So I think winter could be allowed for about a month. 
Anyway, a couple weeks ago the temperature plummeted at night, freezing everything and killing all my pretty flowers.
So the day before the first major frost, we emptied the garden of anything that was left.
Do you remember the gigantically huge sunflower plants we had in our garden this year?
Well, not really knowing much about what to do with the sunflowers and their seeds, people kept asking me if we were saving the heads cooking the seeds.
My response? Blank stare, crickets chirping.
But when we went to clean out the garden...

Oooooooooooooooooohhhh...... I have seen the light and now I understand!

I mean I obviously knew that the heads produced the seeds and all, I had just never tried to collect them before.

The boys worked hard collecting as many seeds as they could from the few remaining sunflower heads in the garden.

Aren't they so cute!

These pictures make me happy right down to my frozen toes.

Cute boys and sunshine. It doesn't get much better than that!

They ended up collecting this HUGE ice cream bucket full! We were so excited to try our hand at cooking them up!

Three days later I still hadn't gotten around to it, but when I finally did and went to go try it out, I was horrified to discover they were all moldy!

Dang and blast.

I was so bummed.

But for next year, I'll know better.

Seeing as how I've never done it before and there appear to be several different ways you can do it, have any of you ever cooked sunflower seeds?

If so, what's your recipe? We're going to do it next year for sure so I won't have to write an epic fail post on sunflower seeds ever again.

Because that's just... sad.

And a wee bit embarrassing to announce that you let an entire bucket full of sunflower seeds get all moldy.

Besides, you all know I'm only perfect every other Tuesday.

That was clearly my off week.

Dang and blast.

4 super cool people speak:

Neisha said...

have you thought about buying battery operated socks?? :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Wait... they have those??? ;D

Mama Smith said...

So...they really were the "eatable" sunflower type plants...I am pumped! I am going to try growing them NEXT YEAR! LOVE the "work" team...That is another PLUS to growing a garden...FAMILY "working" side-by-side! LOVE IT! Hey, remember when your dad came up with the bright idea of "RAKING" the 1-2 acres of the property in Florida? FUN TIMES! (smile)

Sue said...

What a great family project...even if you did sort of...er...muff your part of it.


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