The best caramel corn recipe can be used on more than just popcorn! And pecans and cereal for a fun snack mix!
I burned myself making this popcorn for you.
Oh, how I sacrifice for my craft!
Let’s just say, when this candy comes off the stove it is very very hot. Be forewarned. Was it worth it? Yes. Yes, it was. Because caramel corn is good, but caramel corn plus chex and pecans is great. Fantastic. Amazing, even.
And speaking of sacrifice… do you know how hard it is to make this gorgeous, crunchy caramel and then NOT eat it immediately? I promised my family I would bring snacks to the family get together this month, so into a lidded container this whole batch went.
*sniff* *wipes tear*
Here’s a little insight into my life as a dessert blogger. When my kids come home from school/work/friends/misc. activities, they say something like, “Mmm, it smells like…” insert something here like “peanut butter” or “caramel” or “cookies.” This is immediately followed by, “Can I have some?”
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True story: A ton of my friends tell me Halloween is their favorite holiday. But me? Not so much.
In fact, I kind of hate Halloween. I hate spending money on candy and coming up with costumes for my kids, and dealing with candy wrappers all over the house.
I do like passing out candy, though. And I like the decorations. But that’s about it.
It seems like Halloween is always hectic. Is that just me? Between the school parties for the kids, and trying to get everyone into their costumes, and get some actual dinner in them, and the trick-or-treating, and visiting the grandparents, and passing out candy… there is just a lot to do. It’s always a busy night.
I mean, let’s face it, sometimes a girl needs a break.
Let me be more specific: Sometimes, on Halloween, a mom needs 10 minutes to herself, so she doesn’t lose her cool. We all know what that looks like, and it ain’t pretty. It might be the scariest part of Halloween, actually.
Brownie Cookies from mix; These easy chocolate cookies are made with a boxed brownie mix. These brownie cookies from mix are delicious and so easy!
I never really did get nauseous when I was pregnant. What I got was massive headaches.
I still get massive headaches.
I’ve learned over the years to avoid them by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, limiting my caffeine intake, and keeping myself hydrated, and I’ve learned a few tricks to help me manage the pain a little better, but these things are not a cure. Not by a long shot.
This morning, for no good reason at all, I woke up with a doozey. It was bad enough that I begged Robb to handle the morning routine without me so I could stay in bed.
When I finally emerged hours later, I was headache-free, but had a strong strong chocolate craving.
I nearly drove to the nearest fast food restaurant in the pouring rain for a chocolate milkshake, that’s how strong it was. In fact the only thing that kept me from doing just that was the knowledge that there was a brownie mix in my pantry.
Making cookies from a brownie mix on a heavy headache day is a double bonus. Bonus number one, the obvious one, is the chocolate.
But bonus number two is equally as important. Because you’re making cookies from a brownie mix, they are fast and easy to mix up, and you can do it all in one large bowl with a wooden spoon.
Last time the massive-headache-chocolate-craving-blues hit me hard, I made these gorgeous Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies. Those got the job done, let me tell you.
I was kind of excited also to use a new product I found. The people at Star Fine Foods offered to let me try their new Butter Flavored Olive Oil, and I tried it in these cookies. I’ve never really been one to bake with olive oil, but the butter flavored oil gives a nice buttery flavor, with the soft consistency of oil.
Best of both worlds. Thanks, Star.
(P.S. You can’t get this product everywhere, but I’m almost positive it’s available at WalMart.)
Sprinkles turn this orange cake into something special! This orange cake mix is kicked up with buttermilk, sour cream and sprinkles, for a fun take on the classic funfetti!
It got a little crazy on my Facebook page the other day. Here’s how it started:
I dropped off a neighborhood kid at his home, and I asked him if he would be able to get into his house, because I knew his parents kept the doors locked and he generally had no key or way to get in. He said yes, but since his parents work from home, he had to wait a while after ringing the bell for his mom to make it to the door.
I told Robb about this and he was dumbfounded. “People lock their doors while they’re home?”
“Yes, my love, they do.” I tried to explain how a mom of young children might want the doors locked, but he comes from a very small town in the middle of a state full of very small towns, and this whole concept was completely foreign to him.
“I hate living in the city,” was his reply.
Since I was pretty unsuccessful at convincing him how normal this is, I went to Facebook. I asked people to weigh in on whether they lock their doors while they are home. If you want to read the entire thread, you can do it here.
Robb obviously believes “Y’all are CRAZY.” (This was his comment after I sent him a text message telling him it was heating up and he might want to check out how incredibly right I am.)
My teenagers are growing so fast I can hardly keep up with it. Our #2 son, “The Fruitarian,” was laughing at himself the other day, while trying to keep his shirt tucked in. He said, “tucked…” then raised his arms a little, “untucked.” At least a couple times a week he mentions needing new clothes, new shoes, or new swimwear.
On top of that, they are eating me out of house and home. I bought two large pizzas for dinner the other day, which I thought would be plenty for three children and one friend. It was naive, I know that now. Our daughter told us she only got one slice of pizza and she was still hungry. After questioning the boys, we discovered they had eaten about 5 slices each.
My favorite chex mix; This chex mix recipe uses coconut, almonds, and other cereals to make the best tasting chex mix you’ll ever have!
Do you drink much Kool-Aid? Me neither. I’ve never been a huge fan of the stuff. On the other hand, my kids get tired of drinking water, and I get tired of shelling out for milk and single-serving drinks. I found a sweet sale + coupon price of $.07 per packet on the Kool-Aid, so I went nuts and bought 45 packages, 5 each of 9 different flavors.
I learned something interesting by doing this. Did you know that a 13-year-old is perfectly capable of making a pitcher full of Kool-Aid, but completely incapable of cleaning up the mess? I always know when offspring #2 has been making Kool-Aid, because I find the following items on the kitchen counter:
– Empty drink packet, torn into two pieces
– Container of sugar
– Measuring Cup
– Pitcher of Kool-Aid
– Empty cup with traces of Kool-Aid in it
And so, Kool-Aid has surprisingly become a tool for teaching my son responsibility. Son: “Mom, can I make Kool-Aid?” Me: “Last time, that didn’t work out too well for me.” He is now pointing out to me that he cleaned up his mess. And I am responding by making him list every part of the mess that he believes he cleaned up.