Popcorn Love

January 19th is National Popcorn Day!

 

 

 

It seems there is a “National” day for anything and everything, right? Just in January alone, there is “National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day”(January 3rd),  “National Bubble Bath Day” (January 8th), “National Kiss a Ginger Day” (January 12th), and “National Have Fun at Work Day” (January 28th).

 

And January 19 is “National Popcorn Day”!!

(For more “National” days, check out this website)

 

Popcorn is one of those foods that makes me happy-because I usually eat it while enjoying some sort of other treat. Like a movie, or a sports game, or a good book.

But here’s the thing-I know popcorn can be a pretty low fat snack when it’s air popped with no toppings. That NOT what I’m talking about. And I’m not talking any microwave popcorn either. Just yuck.

I’m talking about making it on the stove, the old fashioned way, with oil and corn kernels,  and watching those little kernels explode! With real butter and sea salt. Yum! And maybe even burning it just a little bit. Love me some of those popcorn kernels just a little burned.

 

There are a ton of recipes out there to make your popcorn even a little better. I’ve rounded up a few from Pinterest.

 

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                                                                                                                                   This is Garlic Parmesan from Little Spice Jar

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 This one looks fantastic! Chili-lime-popcorn-made-with-chili-powder-lime-zest

                                                                                                                                                                           Chili Lime Popcorn from Kitchen Heals Soul

 

                                                                                                                                         Buffalo Ranch Popcorn from Serena BakesRanch popcorn better

But my most favorite way is very, very simple.

Popcorn cooked on the stove, real butter, some salt and the pièce de ré·sis·tance:  M & M’s!

Just make your popcorn, pour some hot, melted butter on it, sprinkle some salt and pour in M & M’s. The sweet M & M’s get kind of melty and blend very perfectly with the crunch and salt and butter. Not the most low calorie, but I don’t care. It’s so yummy!

 

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If you are in the need for Valentine treats for your kids’ classroom, this is an easy one!

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Peace,

K

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Valentine’s Projects Galore

The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.–jane austen

Oh my gosh! No quote could ever be more true to me! I do not pretend to not know how blessed I am to have three (3!) “hims” in my life…my husband, and my two boys.

Most days I take this all for granted. Don’t we all sometimes?

But with Valentine’s Day approaching and being the crafty little crafter I wish to be, I’ve been perusing the internet for heart themed ideas. There is no shortage, let me tell you, and it can become very overwhelming.

So I put together some projects and links that look interesting, fun and tasty.

But first off, a little something from the lyrical genius of Bruce Springsteen that will get you in the mood. This song is beautiful, the words ever so true if you want a long and lasting relationship.

Now that you’re in the mood, how about some food? (Rhyming unintentional).

In my household, pizza is ALWAYS welcome!

Noreen from Picture the Recipe came up with this very cute heart-shaped pizza.

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Cupcakes, pies and cookies are always welcome too!

Style Motivation has a bunch of recipes with beautiful pictures, but I like this one best!

20-Hart-Shaped-Food-Recipes-for-Sweet-Valentine-12Wouldn’t those be lovely to receive?


Ok…we need a pretty tablesetting…

Lemon Tree Creations came up with a tablescape I would definitely mimic.

Mason Jars Vintage Valentines? I'm in!

                    Mason Jars and Vintage Valentines? I’m in!


Printables! How could I forget the printables? There are so many wonderful graphic artists out there on the web that sometimes offer their printables for free! Yay!

Tatertots and Jello is one of my favorite blogs and this link will hook you up to some very cute projects and FREE  printables.

Like this one

from funky polkadot giraffe.

     from funky polkadot giraffe.


So now we have food, desserts, tablescape…what are we missing?  Hmmmm…..

VALENTINES!

(duh, me!)

Whipperberry came up with these very cute homemade Valentines that I think I will try.

Melted Crayon Hearts

       Melted Crayon Hearts


I hope I have left you with some Heart-sy Valentine-y ideas to try this year.

And if all else fails, Hallmark cards work for me!

Right, Babe?

(My husband knows from past experience what happens if I don’t get a Valentine’s card.)

Me without a Valentine's card...

Me without a Valentine’s card…

Love and Peace,

Kathy