Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds

Last night was pumpkin carving at our house,

In a skeleton shirt with a pumpkin

fabulous company

and quite possibly the most random and festive snacks.

Grilled corn on the cob, from the farmerโ€™s market

grilled corn on the cob

and prepared by the Grillmaster himself

Tom and corn

hot apple cider (also from the farmerโ€™s market, spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg)


and pie.


Told you it was random ๐Ÿ˜‰

I actually ate corn last night, too. Itโ€™s never been one of my faves, but thereโ€™s something to be said about fresh corn, hot off the grill, and seasoned with lime juice, chili powder, jalapeno marinade, a little butter, and lots of cayenne.

seasoned grilled corn

It made me feel like I was walking around the street fair ๐Ÿ™‚

After our random meal of justice, it was pumpkin carving time along with the Halloween station on Pandora.

Tom and me carving pumpkins

The Pilot carved a dragon:


and I rolled with a cat bat.

carved pumpkins

Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds

Of course, we roasted the seeds, and munched them while we watched a movie.

chili lime pumpkin seeds



Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds

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  • 2 T melted butter
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • cayenne
  • lime zest + juice from 1 lime
  • pumpkin seeds, removed from pumpkin guts, NOT rinsed


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss the seeds in the butter to coat and spread evenly across cookie sheets.
  3. Season well and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Flip, re-season and bake for 10 minutes more. [<---ours slightly burned, so Iโ€™d prob bring the temp down a little, unless you like them like that!]

I love Halloween <3

So does Bellaโ€ฆ.

bella the butterfly

This year, sheโ€™s a beautiful butterfly.

bella the butterfly and a pumpkin

# of treats it took to get her in costume and not give me the stink eye or cower the entire time: 3

Hope those of you who are celebrating enjoy a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!

Iโ€™m off to teach Zumba for a health event at a high schoolโ€ฆ taking the Flip cam with me ๐Ÿ˜‰



Something to read: My good friend Cassey featured me as her blogger spotlight today! You can check out the Q & A *here*

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  1. Karen on October 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Love the shirt!! So funny, I did the same carving on my pumpkin this year (we have two cats so had to do the cat bat). Happy Halloween!!

  2. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on October 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I am loving the shirt! I didn’t get to carve a pumpkin this year, but I made sure to eat lots of pumpkiny treats ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile on October 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love grilled corn on the cob! So good. I haven’t had hot cider in forever though, yumm ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Halloween!!

  4. Rhiannon on October 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I love Halloween too, it’s kind of my Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰ And your shirt is adorable!!!

  5. TMiller on October 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Cutest shirt EVER!

  6. Aleksis on October 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Aww we both did the cat bat! I though it was so cute…I don’t like corn unless it is fancified like that… And wow I can’t believe you are still able to teach Zumba!

  7. Sarah Bittorf on October 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I just found your blog and I am loving it!

    Very cute shirt! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2011 at 1:26 am

      thank you- nice to *meet* you!

  8. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on October 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, LOVE your Halloween shirt and Bella looks too freakin’ cute! Best dog costume ever.

  9. Allison on October 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    i’ve seen that shirt before! If i’m pregnant over halloween (when i get there) i totally want that shirt!
    we carved our pumpkins last night as well, and munched on pumpkin seeds and ate pumpkin pie! it was great.
    Bella looks so adorable, i wish i could dress up my cats, but would probably get my eyes clawed out haha

  10. Emily on October 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Your top is adorable! Bella is lookin’ pretty cute too:)

  11. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel on October 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm


  12. Megan @ On The Road Again on October 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Love that skeleton shirt! Such a cute way to celebrate the holiday! And, on a side note, I’m very jealous of your corn on the cob. It went out of season months ago here, but I’d give anything for a sweet, crunchy cob with butter right now!

  13. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT on October 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    That ADORABLE Tee! Where in the world did you get something so CUTE?! Oh, mother, you’re the cutest blogger a girl ever did see.

  14. chrissy on October 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    omg, bella!!!! what a freakn adorable costume!!!! i

  15. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning on October 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    yes- I have to say too- your shirt is the cutest thing ever. You sure look great pregnant!! I hope I’m as lucky!

    • Fitnessista on November 1, 2011 at 1:26 am

      aww thank you!

  16. Kristi @ on October 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    haha! LOVE the shirt! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on October 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Super cute pictures in this post? ๐Ÿ™‚ Your tee shirt with the baby skeleton, the awesome bat cat, and Bella’s gorgeous costume! <3 xyx

  18. Jo (LivingMintGreen) on October 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I carved the same cat-bat pumpkin last night too! : )

  19. Susanne on October 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Awe, Bella is such an adorable butterfly ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the tee you’re wearing! That’s too cute <3

  20. Kristen on October 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Such a cute shirt! I was browsing pinterest this morning and thought of you … Cute idea, right??

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      i’m totally going to do this!

  21. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on October 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    love your tee!! kinda funny that the group ex coordinator at our gym is wearing the same one ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. sarah on October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    yayyyy! you got the shirt in time! so presh. xo

  23. Michaela on October 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    that shirt is awesome!! so cool. love the little pink ribbon ๐Ÿ™‚
    and your pumpkins look great, too!

  24. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Ok, your shirt and Bella’s costume…SO Cute!!!

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I think I’m just going to have to repeat what everyone else has already said and say that I love your shirt and Bella’s costume! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Ann @ TurboTeacher on October 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Bealla is a Beautiful butterfly!!! And is that a Costco pie?!

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm


  27. Lara @beingLA on October 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I love the idea of using the pumpkin seeds to munch on…great idea for pumpkin carving next year. I carved a haunted mansion pumpkin last night at a friend’s pumpkin carving party. Halloween is so much fun! And Bella is so cute. I dressed up my dog (Westie) as a 90s rapper last night, but tonight he might be a ghost ๐Ÿ™‚

    Check out the Halloween Candy Alternatives on the being LA blog today! Features some ideas for swapping conventional Halloween candy with healthier options.

    Happy Halloween!

  28. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on October 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Your shirt is too cute! I’m impressed by your pumpkin carving skills!

  29. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig on October 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    That is the best shirt EVER! You guys are so adorable, especially Bella!

  30. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on October 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    What a super cute shirt! Your pumpkin carvings are adorable too ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Alexa @ SimpleEats on October 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    That shirt is freakin’ adorable! I love grilled corn, too. Otherwise, I don’t really like corn on the cob!

  32. Danielle on October 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Love grilling corn on the cob!
    Bella looks so cute in her costume, even if it was only for 5 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Ali on November 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Your Pumpkins looks amazing! And I love random feasts! I love your pumpkin seed additions too, so awesome. Bella looks adorable!!!

  34. Tiffany @ texan on the run on November 1, 2011 at 1:47 am

    THAT is such a darling maternity shirt!!!! have you seen ones that say “fragile cargo”? so cute, can’t wait to be a pregnant mom ๐Ÿ˜€

    also, you and pilot’s pumpkin carving skills are SO IMPRESSIVE!!

  35. Sheena on November 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    What a neat Halloween shirt?! I think you may have inspired me to do a “bring your own pumpkin” party next year. Great post

  36. Leslie Wingate on November 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Awwww, you guys are too cute! I had a daughter that was an angel with wings and sparkley glitter face and a son that was SpongeBob. LOL What a combo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Leslie Wingate on November 1, 2011 at 8:54 am


  37. georgina on November 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    oooooooh!!! Gina I need your tshirt!! where’s it from?? It’s soooo lovely! ๐Ÿ˜€ Bella’s fairy costume is awesome, too! I have the same breed of dog as yours, named Kitty, and she doesn’t like being dressed up at all ๐Ÿ™
    (sorry if you didn’t understand something bur I’m from Spain and my English is not that good, hehe)

    Regards from Barcelona!


  38. Nicole on November 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Gina, You are Beautiful and so is Bella!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Gina @ Walk to the Mailbox on November 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    OMG that is the funniest shirt. And I just watched your Zumba video and i love seeing you shake it all preggo! Chicago misses you. come visit.

  40. Carrie on November 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Oh man roasted corn…nom nom nom…the best esp. with hot sauce!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You guys’s pumpkins are quite epic, needless to say…i’m always happy if I can manage two eyes, triangle nose, and a mouth! Our trick or treaters were quite adorable, breathtakingly so, but I saw nothing on Halloween to compete with your Bella-Fly. She is so gorgeous!!!

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