Ok, so I just typed this long thing about how I am having a terrible day. Its true that I have felt gloomy all day. Mostly because I spent most of the day at the dentist. I have eight cavities. Yup, eight. Not fun.
I wailed about how the book I was in the middle of is overdue and I was dumb enough to try to renew it when five people have it on hold ( I had to hand it over). I ranted about how my move across the country is stressing me out and how I have a sore throat.
I went on and on about every little thing that was going wrong. I was mostly being dramatic, but I decided to delete it. You don’t need to hear me complain. My life isn’t really that bad. I have a home. I have a loving husband. I have food in the pantry. True, I have eight cavities, but I haven’t had to deal with tornados, floods, tsunami’s, or hurricanes. I have a job. I have a dishwasher. Life isn’t that bad. I just had to be dramatic for a little bit to bring me back to reality.
I also had a bowl of this delicious homemade kettle corn to shake me out of my gloom. It is hard to be sad when you have a bowl of this. It is easy, fast, and so so so yummy. It is addicting. Once you try it, you will crave it everyday. The sugar makes this crispy layer around each kernel. It is salty and sweet and so much better than the microwave kettle corn ( I hate that stuff!). So the next time you are having “one of those days” take one minute to take some deep breaths and two minutes to make some of this kettle corn.
To see me making this pop corn, check out the Phamdamily page on YouTube!!!
- 1/4 C. canola oil
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 1/2 C. pop corn kernels
- salt for sprinkling Note: I would suggest sticking with these measurements. I tried doubling it to make more at once and there was too much to shake. The sugar burned at the bottom. You can cut it in half, but just don’t double the recipe.
1. In a stainless steel pot (make sure it has a lid that fits) heat up the oil on high. Put 2 or 3 kernels in the oil and when they start to pop, the oil is ready.
2. Quickly dump in the sugar and the pop corn kernels. You can give this a really quick stir to mix in the sugar, but if the oil and pop corn are popping and sizzling then don’t worry about it. Cover the pop with the lid.
3. Shake the pot off the heat vigorously every three seconds or so. Trade off letting the pot sit on the burner and shaking it about every three seconds. This keeps the sugar from burning. Do this until the popcorn stops popping.
4. Immediately pour into a large bowl and toss with desired amount of salt.
Serving suggestion: This pop corn is delicious made with white sugar. To mix it up, try using brown sugar instead of white sugar for a more caramel corn flavor. I am drooling.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com