Snacks that Pop!

My Mom makes THE best homemade popcorn. I’ve tried to duplicate it a million times but mine never tastes like hers. At first I was a bit intimidated to make popcorn on my stove. I’ve always just made the good ole microwave version. But I decided to give it a shot and man I am glad I did. My kiddos love it, you don’t have to worry about the danger of the chemicals in the microwave version. And it takes about the same amount of time! So back to mine not tasting like my Mom’s – I am happy to say I have found and mastered my own version and it’s pretty tasty too! I use coconut oil, vegetable oil (just a small pour), butter and popcorn kernels.ย  Simply add your coconut oil to your pot, let it melt a second, then add a very small pour/tablespoon of vegetable oil. I know I know you are thinking vegetable oil?! One of the many times I was making this I was low on coconut oil and my pot was too dry so I added a pour of veggie oil and BAM!! I’ve used it ever since. Then dump in your kernels, make sure they are all coated. Then I cut about a tablespoon of butter into 4 little cubes and add them right on top. Cover your pot annnnnd the magic happens. Takes maybe 3-4 minutes to pop. I immediately sprinkle kosher salt when it’s still hot and just like that you have a tasty snack! I store mine in a large glass container that sits on my countertop. The popcorn stays good for a while. I try to make it on a Monday so I can send it with the kids as a snack for school and it usually makes […]

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Do you Advent?

In my years past the answer would have been no. This is my very first year to introduce the Advent Calendar to my family and I am very excited! I’ve pondered what I would fill it with. Of course Jesus being the main focus but also I wanted it to fun and educational and something everyone looks forward to each day. My son was gifted The Jesus Storybook Bible by his Mimi. We love this Bible! It’s perfect for kids. So during my search I stumbled upon an Advent Guide that corresponds to The Jesus Storybook Bible. It gives step-by-step instructions. You simply download the PDF, print the pictures with the matching scripture and cut! Now you can still use the guide even if you don’t have the storybook. You can look at the beautifully done pictures and read the scriptures from your own Bible. I decided to kick it up a notch and add a “bonus” treat to a few of the days, every other to be exact. I wanted my kiddos to get REALLY excited about each day. Not saying the story of Jesus isn’t enough but I have a 4 year old and an almost 6 year old. Incentives help! I added some fun “extra 30 minutes of screen time” and “hot cocoa night” stuff like that. I think they are really going to love it. I printed and cut each picture, scripture card and bonus card. I used a hole punch and tied them together with some cute ribbon. Now you don’t have to do that. You could just place them in each bag, basket, or holder you are using for your calendar. Even staple or paper clip! And instead of all candy…which most of it is! I added other goodies like mini ornaments for their […]

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