I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Popcorn Bar

The Popcorn Bar

For any occasion you can dress it up or dress for a wedding, shower, soiree or you can dress it down for a sports event, movie party (see link HERE) etc...
Picture above is from Project Bride
 Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn
from BHG.com
12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. In a very large bowl combine the popped popcorn, cranberries, and almonds; set aside.

2. In a 2-quart saucepan cook and stir the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in orange juice. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Boil at a moderate, steady rate for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will foam up).

3. Pour the syrup mixture over the popcorn mixture in bowl; stir to coat well. Transfer to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan or a shallow roasting pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Transfer caramel corn to a large sheet of greased heavy foil; cool. Makes 20 (1/2 cup) servings.

Caramel Popcorn
Use same recipe as above but exclude the following ingredients: cranberries, almonds and orange juice
Chocolate Covered Popcorn
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups popcorn


Over medium heat, using a 4 quart pot, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, cocoa, and salt and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is well mixed, add the popped corn. Cook and stir until popcorn is coated, approximately 2 minutes. Cool mixture and shape into 3-inch balls.

White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Popcorn
2-3 Bags of Lightly Buttered Popcorn
1 C Almonds
1.5 C of Cranberries
White Chocolate Chips or Vanilla Bark (to taste)

1. Pop the popcorn and carefully try to remove any kernels that didn't pop.
2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Pour cranberries and almonds over popcorn.
3. Melt your chocolate either in a double boiler, or in the microwave in small intervals, making sure to stir after each 30 second interval.
4. When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour over popcorn and gently stir.

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