So I'm just going to make a list...of the six things I've been meaning to blog about lately.
To all my friends who have birthdays in October, (and there are sooo many of you) I'm sorry I missed your birthdays. I have no excuse. October just got away from me and I didn't get any cards made (or even bought) or mailed. So sorry. Please know that you are still loved...and not forgotten.
I love popcorn. Well, truthfully, I love butter and popcorn. Since college, I have enjoyed a small bag (sometimes half) of microwave popcorn almost every night. It's a ritual. I eat a little popcorn and watch a little tv...it's calming. So imagine my surprise when I read about something called "popcorn cough". Apparently, there's a chemical in microwave popcorn that can collect in one's system and cause a lung condition. I know, I know. It sounds like an internet spoof/hoax/prank/legend but it seems to check out. You can google it if you want.
With this in mind, I started experimenting with the old fashioned way of making popcorn on the stove. Turns out, it's much less complicated than I remembered and has several advantages, not the least of which is price. Purchasing a bottle of whole popcorn kernals is *significantly* less expensive than purchasing the envelopes of prepared microwave popcorn. A bottle of popcorn costs about $4 (not including any coupon savings) and contains enough kernals for about 30 of my nightly bowls. Stovetop popcorn does require a touch of oil, but the savings is still quite a bit, when you consider that the prepared bags of microwave popcorn usually cost around a dollar each, depending on sales and brand choices.
Another advantage is that I can easily adjust the amount of popcorn made, so none gets wasted . And did I mention that there are no foreign chemicals and no "popcorn cough"?
And the kernals are larger.
And there's no messy bag to dispose of.
And the time involved is only about 4 minutes.
Now I can't remember why I liked microwave popcorn to begin with.
Bad Holiday Sweaters
If you need a bad holiday sweater, the Goodwill Thrift Store on Highway 96 in Franklin is well-stocked. Glitter, bells, patchwork Santas...crazy holiday embellishments run amuck! I love a good holiday sweater...and trust me, there are some real gems hanging out there. For cheap.
Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan's Purse
The boys and I have been box-packers for several years now and every year I get such a thrill out of packing two Christmas boxes for two boys we don't even know. We are so very blessed and sharing God's blessings is such a special thing. The boys really get into it and it sparks alot of good conversations.
I recently discovered this silicone spatula and it's divine. Easy to use and easy to clean. Worth every penny. Available at Publix, too.
Also from Publix, Bom Dia Acai Juice with Pomegranate. Oh man. Stick it in the freezer for a few minutes and enjoy. Delightfulness with a little kick.
So now we are all caught up.