Salted Caramel Popcorn

So, my friend had her annual Oscar party last night and I had no idea what to bring. I was trying to bring something that I already had stuff for at home… and I need to go grocery shopping. PLUS my birthday was on Saturday and I had just spent the whole weekend NOT cooking and laying around! HA! So… what to do?!?!?!

I went thru Pinterest like a mad woman! I was looking for an easy recipe that had just a few ingredients that I already had in my cupboard. I couldn’t do “Oscar” shaped cookies, or fancy cheesecake filled strawberries, or bacon wrapped filet etc… lol. It had to be SIMPLE.

And then…. I saw it. Golden – PERFECT color! – warm and easy with just a few ingredients…. Salted Caramel Popcorn! YES!

So I start making it and I realize I do not have brown sugar. So, I being an emotional woman, break down into tears. Yes, tears. It was a sad sight. My husband looked at me very strangely and did what any good husband would do: He went quick to my mom’s house to get me some brown sugar. 🙂

And here it is!

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I did NOT use my own recipe, I got it off of this great blog that came to me in my time of need! 🙂

http://cookiesandcups.com/salted-caramel-popcorn/

Check it out!

Salted Caramel Popcorn
Makes about 16 cups of caramel corn
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels (about 16 cups popped corn)
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • â…“ cup light corn syrup
  • 1½ – 2 tsp kosher or sea salt, divided
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  3. Pop popcorn kernels using air popper into a large bowl.
  4. In a small saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and 1 tsp salt together over medium heat. Bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes without stirring.
  5. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
  6. Pour popcorn into lined pan, sprinkle remaining salt on top (1/2 tsp – 1 tsp depending on your personal taste preference) and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Allow popcorn to cool on a parchment lined counter.
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Notes
You can add in 2 cups of nuts to the un-coated popcorn if desired! Coat with caramel as states!
– I didn’t follow her recipe exactly because I do not have an air popcorn popper, I have the oil popper. I also do not have parchment paper, so I used sprayed tin foil. AND, I did not have a full pound of butter… so I reduced all of the amounts of the ingredients for the caramel. I also added about 1/2 tsp of vanilla to the caramel mixture. Other than that I followed her recipe and it came out perfectly!!!

ENJOY!

And now, for the quote of the day:

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New Year, New You… or Me?

Ok… so it’s been a while. Gotta be honest, we’ve had a LOT going on in our home! I am still cooking, almost every night. I just can’t always find the time to write down every ingredient amount and the recipe while I cook, and then take pictures. Horrible, right?! I’m a food blogger! I LOVE to cook! Sometimes when I just feel down… I just want to cook. I go to my mom’s house, I want to cook… I go visit my sister, I want to cook… it’s bad! HA!

Any way… my family went to Disney for a week… with a meal plan… and then came Christmas and New Years. Let’s just say I gained a bit of weight. Yeah.

So… back to the normal… home cooked, healthy meals for me!

I’ve been up at my sister’s house and reading a lot of Dietitian Cassie and getting some GREAT ideas! I can’t cut out all carbs/bread… but I like how she talks about food!!!!

Here’s her pinterest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/dietitiancassie/

Here’s her website: http://www.dietitiancassie.com/

So, my sister and I did our blogilates: http://www.blogilates.com/

and then we decided we needed a night time snack…so we checked out Dietitian Cassie’s suggestions under pinterest and found something DELICIOUS!

I had to change a few things because she recommended Almond Butter and due to a food allergy in my home, we only had sunflower seed butter… but man… what an awesome nighttime snack!

Here ya go!

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This is called Apple Nachos.

Now, I didn’t follow the original recipe completely… so this is my adapted version.

The original version is here: http://letthemeatclean.blogspot.com/2014/02/apple-nachos.html

Apple Nachos

2 large Fuji Apples
1/4 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
1/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chips (or semisweet)
2 pieces of caramel
3 TB Half&Half
1/4 cup Shredded raw coconut
Nuts of your choice (I did not put nuts on mine)
Slice apples and place on a plate or tray. Place sunflower seed butter, chocolate chips, caramel and half&half in a glass bowl in the microwave. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir. When smooth, remove from microwave and drizzle over sliced and plated apples. Then, sprinkle coconut
and nuts on top.

DELICIOUS and filling!

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