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Popcorn For Dinner
Being a stay at home mom has many advantages. One of which is having time to prepare dinner without being rushed. However, there are days that it isn’t possible. We sometimes opt for popcorn. You may be wondering if we’ve fallen off the crazy train by thinking popcorn for dinner is a good choice. Well, to clarify, we’re still on the crazy train around here AND we’re eating popcorn for dinner. Oh, heavens, not always, of course! Just every now and then as a treat. I have another confession. Are you sitting down? We usually have ice cream with our popcorn. If not by the scoopful with delicious toppings, we have shakes.
An Actual Meal
Really. We’re not crazy! Are we the only ones? Tell me you’ve done it, too. If not, at least promise me you’ll give it a whirl; your kids will love the idea! Before we began doing this, I learned that my grandma would do the same thing for my dad and his siblings when they were younger. When I heard that, I thought it was brilliant! Pure genius! I have to admit, though, I never saw it coming from my prim and proper grandmother. Gosh, she’s the best, and that news just made her that much better!
Family Movie Night
Our evenings of popcorn and ice cream usually revolve around a movie. Nine times out of ten, it is a spur-of-the-moment decision. Sometimes, nothing sounds good for dinner. Other times, we have no other choice! We always seem to have popcorn and ice cream, though. When we really want to go crazy, the Mister and I allow the kids to eat their popcorn and ice cream in the living room WHILE watching the movie! This is a strict no-no in our house, so when it happens, the kids really do think we’ve lost our marbles.
Thoughts On Popcorn
I have my opinions about popcorn. There are several different options to choose from, right? You can buy microwaveable, pre-popped, or you can buy the kernels and pop it on your own. Before you buy it, you then have to decide what flavor you want. I recently saw one brand advertise 5 different flavors ranging from 94% Fat-Free Butter, Movie Theater Butter, Butter, Butter Lovers, and Extreme Butter. I’m sorry, but how is a person supposed to choose from that array? Those kinds of choices make my head spin, so I stick to buying the kernels. This way, I don’t need to worry about any additional ingredients or chemicals that might accompany a package of microwaveable popcorn.
The Many Ways To Pop It
Oh, getting back to my grandmother’s days, she popped corn on her stove. With a little oil in a pan, she’d get the temperature just right and those kernels would pop and fill her pan. She’d drizzle a little butter and salt on top and feed her four children. In our early marriage days, when I decided to go on strike from purchasing microwaveable packaged popcorn, I bought some paper lunch sacks and would pop the corn in those bags. I’d microwave the kernels, and they’d be a delicious treat once garnished with salt and butter. We took a leave of absence from popcorn for a while. I’m unsure why, but it happened.
The Weirdest Accidental Gift Ever
We moved into a new home once. The previous owners left us a few things and we were aware of almost all of the items, except for one thing. One weird silver-looking pot with a wooden handle and a crank. I had no idea what it was for. When I got to investigating it, I realized it was a popcorn popper for the stovetop. It’s called a Whirley-Pop. I laughed out loud when I read the name. I had to do a Google search to see how to use it. Come to find out, it’s much like the old stove-top poppers! Who knew?
Looking back, I regret ever making fun of the gadget. This popcorn popper has become one of my favorite things to use. It’s so much fun, too! I have to admit that making popcorn this way has proven to make the best-tasting popcorn I’ve ever had outside of a movie theater. Each kernel is popped to perfection, leaving very few unpopped. There is little to no waste, which I love. In 3 minutes, you can make as much popcorn as you would from a microwaveable bag. It can make up to 6-quarts in one batch. When the corn is popped, just like my Gram’s used to do, I drizzle melted butter over the popcorn and sprinkle some salt on top of that. We also like to add the flavored seasonings you can buy these days. (Our favorite is the Kettle Corn flavor.)
The Whirley-Pop World
I’ve done some researching on this popcorn popper. I thought it would be a great gift for those folks who seem to have everything. You know the ones… It’s difficult to buy a gift for people when they either appear to have everything, or you just don’t know what to get them. Enter the Whirley-Pop! Everyone needs one. Take my advice – if they have children, the Whirley-Pop is the slam-dunk gift! Get them some corn to go with it. A little bit of oil is needed as well. (I prefer to use coconut oil as my oil of choice!) Here’s a fun fact I just found: The Whirley-Pop is currently ranked #1 or #2 in many reviews I’ve read for 2019. Obviously, this isn’t a surprise to me.
You Need One
Not only do you need to buy one, but you need to buy several, I am guessing. Your sister needs one, your brother’s family, your nephew who just started college, your daughter who just had her second baby needs one. Heck, get one for your grams! She’ll love the old-fashioned design!
To make the process easier for you, I’ve linked you to the Whirley-Pop. What I like about the following option is that it’s already packaged as a gift-set. You can choose from 4 different popping kits. Just click on the picture.
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Our kiddos are at the perfect age to enjoy movie nights these days. They especially love it when popcorn and ice cream is served for dinner. I love surprising them with an impromptu sweet and salty meal and movie. Go against the normal. Dare to make your kiddos smile. They’ll thank you for it, and who knows, maybe one day your grandkids might think you’re the coolest grandparent ever when they find out about your fun dinner habits! Leave some love in the comments – let me know how it worked in your home! Maybe you already do this? Tell me about it! I want to hear your fun stories!
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