Monday, January 31, 2011

Candy Popcorn - White Chocolate & Peppermint!

We made popcorn.
I must admit I was a bit apprehensive.
Peppermint popcorn?
If you have any of these left over

This is a good recipe for Valentine's Day

White Chocolate and Peppermint Popcorn:

~ 2 packages white chocolate baking morsels (or 16 oz almond bark)

~ 1 cup finely crushed (like sand) peppermints (about 10-12 candy canes or 40 mints). I recommend using a blender or food processor. (Note: mints will scratch plastic if you do not have glass.)

~ 2-3 bags microwave popcorn or (4 quarts popped popcorn)

Slowly melt white chocolate or almond bark in the microwave. Stir often to keep chocolate from burning. Stir 1/2 cup crushed peppermints into the white chocolate. Place popped corn into a large bowl. Pour melted white chocolate and peppermint mixture over the popcorn. Gently stir to coat popcorn while sprinkling remaining crushed peppermints over the popcorn. 

Pour onto parchment paper and let coating harden!
I used

See my big chunks of candy cane.
This pic is BEFORE I got wise and used my blender!
At first I was easy on the candycanes -
(I did not know what it would taste like)
So I only put a few candy canes in a plastic bag and used a rolling pin -
Not fun - lots of holes in the plastic bag, candy pieces flying everywhere!

(So I do recommend a blender - just drag it out, it is worth it)

I did discover
the mintier the better too!

It was really yummy!

she has better pics!  Seems like her candy canes had more red - prettier that way!

And just for fun!
They have the Valentine Spirit already!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Who needs organization - I say it is simply overrated

This guy is quite a helper!

I am not going to complain that our utensil flatware drawer
 like this!

He is a hard worker
and gets the job done!

Would you like him to unload your dishwasher?

He is available in the am as
naptime takes precedence in the afternoon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snow Fun - Snow on Your Tongue!

Making the perfect snowball

Takes much concentration.

I love how she is always willing to stop 
and smile for my camera!

And she of course
 enjoys a good snow snack too!

Every year
 snow is still so new to a child.

Have you let a snowflake
 fall on your tongue lately?

"Stop and condsider God's wonders"
The Book of Job

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Do you want to look like a rooster?

After bathtime it is fun to give this guy a mohawk.
He does not care so much that
 it is one of the silliest do's you could do.

One line from a movie that I always remember laughing at
 in National Lampoon's European Vacation:

Rusty Griswold says -  "That's it! That's what I want my hair to look like dad!" (pointing to a punk mohawk)

Clark says every so casually-
"Ah Rusty you don't want to look like a rooster do you?"

Cy does not seem to mind so much!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Catholicism Project

I enjoy listening to Fr. Robert Barron.  This looks like an amazing journey!