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Amish Caramel Corn

Amish caramel corn

So I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I love homemade gifts.  Sure, I can whip up a batch of cookies or bars for Christmas or someone’s birthday, but I’m talking crafts here.  I love hearing about older aunts and grandmas who start knitting in July so they can have everyone’s blankets or sweaters done by Christmas.

I’d love to be able to make someone a quilt…wait, let me rephrase that.  I’d like to be able to make someone a quilt and not want to pull my hair out halfway through the process.  I can crochet a little bit, but I always seem to get my stitch a little too tight or end up going at a wonky angle.  It’s a wonky scarf!!  I’d really like to knit, but using both hands seems to make the whole thing harder for my amateur craft abilities.

Now, I am not without artistic ability.  I loved to draw as a kid.  Art class and English class were always my favorites.  And I really like watercolor.  But the catch is that I can only draw really well when I have a picture in front of me for reference.  With a picture there, my waterfall looks like a waterfall.  But if you just give me a piece of paper and tell me to draw a waterfall it’ll look like a five year old scribbling huge water drops. 😃

Amish caramel corn

While I continue practicing crafts to hand out as gifts, in the meantime I’ll stick to what I know: food as a gift. I cut myself a lot less on scrapbook paper that way. 😄  And since before you know it we’ll be heading into a fall state of mind, I thought I’d turn to something that could possibly be a festive gift: caramel corn!

Now wait, wait, wait. You’re thinking “But didn’t you just have a caramel corn recipe?”  Well…yes I did. But I’m practicing recipes for fall and Christmas and I just didn’t want to wait with this one.  It was too crunchy, caramely, and delicious.

This isn’t just caramel corn, this is Amish caramel corn. What’s the difference?  Well, they’re not afraid of caramel, that’s for sure.  They may be my new best friends because of it.  And it has a rich, almost maple-y taste.  Mmm, gift giving is hard work, especially when you make food gifts.  You have no choice but to taste test everything, you know?  I mean, you have to make sure it’s perfect. 😋

Amish caramel corn

(From an Amish caramel corn recipe on All Recipes)

Amish Caramel Corn
 
Ingredients
  • 7 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Put popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans or disposable roasting pans. Add peanuts and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to combine.
  5. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be foamy.
  7. Pour over popcorn/nut mixture and stir thoroughly to combine.
  8. Baking for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

 

 

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Coffee Smoothie

coffee smoothie I am digging this cooler weather.  Ahh, 74. T hat's just about right in the summer for me, thank you very much. It's Saturday!  Anyone have any big weekend plans?  Maybe go out for a nice, log walk.  Catch up with your favorite novel, perhaps?  Maybe figure out what's wrong with the fridge?  Or just binge-watch Stranger Things? Well, whatever the weekend has in store for you, one thing is always certain: you are going to require the coffees! Ahh, coffee.  I love fitting it into my diet any which way I can get it.  Into brownies?  Sure!  Into ice cream?  Why not?  Poured quickly straight into my mouth?  ALWAYS!  😋 coffee smoothie And if you're looking for new and delicious ways to consume coffee, here's one for you.  It's coffee in a smoothie! This is perfect for both a hurried or lazy morning.  It has banana, coffee, PEANUT BUTTER, YA'LL, and cocoa powder.  And personally I love the texture from the frozen banana.  And if you want to add a few cubes of ice or freeze some coffee ice cubes and stick them in there, I wouldn't blame you!  If you like the texture of frozen hot chocolate, you'll like this.  It's great on its own before a morning run, or why not have it with a piece of toast and go really crazy?  Double peanut butter! Personally the way I like this smoothie best is by doubling the recipe and getting as much coffee in my system as possible. 🎉😀.  Just kidding!  Except maybe not really. 😉 coffee smoothie (From a coffee smoothie recipe on Prevention)
5.0 from 2 reviews
Coffee Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until combined.

 

 

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Tangy Cucumbers

tangy cucumbers

Hello, everyone!  How’s the week going? How’s the weather?  Last weekend was pleasantly cool.  By the way, how come the temperature never steadily goes down?  Instead, it always has to go from 90 degrees and humid to 60 degrees and a little breezy, just so your body gets really confused.

Anyway, the temperature may be up a little again, but now I’m longing for all things fall.  Especially since most of the kids around here started school this week.  Most of them actually started on Wednesday, which I don’t really get.

Anyhoo, all of this fallish activity has me craving pumpkin spice lattes and dreaming of my never-ending drawer of scarves. 😀

tangy cucumbers

Another thing I’ve been dreaming of lately is a recipe from my childhood.  Of course when you’re a little kid you hate a lot of the things adults eat.  I hated vinegary coleslaw, and now I love it.  I hated orange chicken and now I love it.  And somehow, I hated snickerdoodles…what did they ever do to me?! 😉

Another thing I hated?  A cucumber vinegar side dish that you’d see occasionally at other people’s houses.  What was that stuff?  Ick!  Cucumbers and vinegar and onions (sometimes)!  Eww. 😄  How the times change, huh?  Well, since I’ve grown a taste for all things vinegary I thought I’d try to dig around and find a recipe that reminded me of the dish I used to turn down.  Silly, silly kid.  I didn’t know what was good for me.

This is a great side for the summer.  And to tell the truth, I wouldn’t be against chopping the cucumbers up really small and putting this on a burger or hot dog.  That’s just the way I am!  ✌️

tangy cucumbers

Tangy Cucumbers
 
Ingredients
  • 3 medium cucumbers, diced thin
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Place in a container in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to meld. Stir occasionally.

 

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Nutty Caramel Corn


nutty caramel corn

Ok, true confession time time, everyone.  I mentioned this a tad bit waaaay last October, but here I’m forcing it on you again. 😉  I have an obsession, one that began back when I was thirteen.  And this one doesn’t involve chocolate in any way…or maybe, if you eat chocolate while doing it.  So what is this obsession?  It’s not yodeling.  It’s…old movies.

And when I say “old movies” I’m not talking about movies from the 80s, 70s, or 60s.  I get a little annoyed when people think that’s old. 🙂  Nope, I mean movies from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.  Especially the 30s.  That’s where the true obsession dances around like a happy little pixie at a Renaissance festival.

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So if old movies bore you, you might want to skip down to the recipe before you fall asleep.  When I was 13 I watched Bringing Up Baby (from 1938) with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.  After that there was no turning back.  Some of my favorites are The Thin Man, Hobson’s Choice, and Eyes Without a Face.  And if you’re looking for horror or gore, check out 1940s-1950s Japanese cinema.  They have it goin’ on.

So what does this have to do with anything, you ask?  Well, one can’t watch all of those classics without a little somethin’ somethin’ to munch on, am I right?  That’s like a law, I’m pretty sure, isn’t it?

And whether you’re watching Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr or a recent Marvel movie, popcorn is necessary.  Popcorn is a must.  And ain’t nothing worse than bad popcorn with a movie.

This is not bad popcorn. This is the popcorn we all dream about during a movie.  Why?  It has caramel!  It has nuts!  It’s butter!  It’s amazing!  And it makes a goodly amount!  So tomorrow when you turn on Turner Classic Movies and find out that Notorious starts in ten minutes, you’ll be all set.  FYI: I’ve been obsessed with that channel for years.  That, PBS, and HGTV are pretty much the only channels I watch.

Are any of you fans of classic movies?  What are your favorites?

nutty caramel corn

(From a caramel corn recipe on The Pioneer Woman)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Nutty Caramel Corn
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup umpopped popcorn (it'll be about 15 cups when popped)
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp unsulphured molasses
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ¾ cup organic cane sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Pop the popcorn and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Chop the pecans roughly and toast them in a pan over low heat until they begin to smell fragrant, about five minutes. Add to the popcorn.
  4. In a medium saucepan melt the butter. Add in molasses, honey, and cane sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring every once in a while, and let simmer for five minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and add baking soda. It will foam up.
  6. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat every last piece.
  7. Spread out on rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  8. Bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

 

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