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Homemade Stovetop Popcorn Three Ways

Hope you all have been enjoying your holiday week! We have been extra lazy enjoying these slow last few December days, but have been getting pretty excited to ring in the new year! Brandon’s family came to surprise us and will be staying for NYE. We are planning a fun evening in with the kids (and probably a balloon drop just for added flair!) but I wanted to share some festive old fashioned stovetop popcorn that we have been loving lately that I think would be such a fun treat for the new year! I found a year in review newspaper that made the perfect way to serve it, each cone filled with different toppings. We make these all the time, and for those of you who have asked on snap or IG, we don’t use any special popcorn maker, just a pan on the stove & a big jar of popcorn kernels! It’s so easy and so much fun, especially for the older kids who can enjoy it!

Here are the basics for making stovetop popcorn.

Heat 2-3 tbsp canola or coconut oil in a large pan or dutch oven that has a lid. We used a wok here because the lid is glass & the girls love to see it pop! Shortly after you start heating your oil, drop in 2-3 kernels of popcorn, and watch for them to pop to let you know that your oil is hot enough. Once they have popped, pour in 1/4-1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, remove the pan from heat for 15 seconds, and then let it POP! It should pop evenly without burning, shake the pan around a bit to help keep the kernels to the bottom. Once you feel that most of the kernels have popped, remove from heat and immediately dump out the popped corn into a bowl! Your house will smell SO good!!!

Now for the toppings. Our three favorite ways to eat it are:

  1. Good old fashioned melted butter + coarse sea salt. Seriously addicting!
  2. 1 tsp truffle oil + 1 tbsp melted butter (mix together in a saucepan), drizzle over popcorn & add finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. 2 tbsp melted butter + handful of mini marshmallows (mix together in saucepan) & pour over popcorn quickly mixing together with a spoon. Tastes like a combination of popcorn & rice krispy treats!

POP! Fizz! Clink! Enjoy your new year friends!!! XO

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Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas, friends!

On Christmas Eve, we had some friends over for breakfast & made reindeer pancakes for the kids. Such a fun way to kick off all of the festivities!! We had candlelight service at church & a Christmas party to attend that night, so we decided to make chicken noodle soup for dinner during the day so that it would be ready by the time we got home and we wouldn’t have to cook. Between noodles & the rest of our sugar cookies, our counters (and kids!) were covered in flour for about five straight hours. The girls were so excited all day long, Harper’s class at school made reindeer food (dry oatmeal + glitter) and she has had it in her backpack for over a week just waiting so patiently to get to put it outside. We read the night before Christmas, set out our cookies & milk, and the girls sprinkled their reindeer food off the back deck before going to bed. We got to work in Santa’s workshop for the next few hours before calling it a night, there is no sight quite like the tree lit up & covered in presents on Christmas Eve night!

“Hark, the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king.”

I set my alarm to wake up early before the girls so I could see their faces when they came downstairs, but of all days, they slept in! Brandon & I were awake drinking coffee and debating whether we should go wake them by the time they finally came peeking out of their room! They were SO excited, I loved every single minute of it!!!! Harper was screaming “Ellie! Santa brought us princess dolls that we didn’t even ask for!!!!!” We opened gifts, then went to the kitchen to make cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, and then later came back in to open stockings. Every attempt to make it last a little bit longer! Harper loved the princess dolls and beads most, Eloise loved her boots & bubble tape, and Claire got her very own toy tablet that she played with pretty much all day.

We had my family over for lunch, we did a cheese tray & another batch of chicken noodle soup, then the kids got to take all of their new toys outside to play since it was 65 degrees! It was beautiful weather, although I would totally have preferred a white Christmas! πŸ˜‰ We had spaghetti dinner at my parents house, and ended the with some moscow mules & a dance party with my siblings after the kids were in bed.

Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  We are keeping our tree up for a few more days & enjoying the festivities as long as possible. I love this time of year so much! I hope you all had the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS and were able to spend time with the ones you love. XO

Minted Holiday Cards + Giveaway

It’s that time of year again! I love Christmas card season!!! I’m a last minute person with almost everything, and although I start scrolling through beautiful holiday cards at Minted on November first every year, it usually takes me up until the very week of Christmas to have our cards in hand and ready to send out. Run, run, Rudolph!!

This year we are teaming up again with our amazing friends at Minted to giveaway a $250 credit for holiday cards!!! It’s never too late friends, their selection of New Year cards are SO amazing & would be such a fun way to send some holiday cheer!

This year we went with a traditional Merry Christmas message, but did a fun shape & I am attaching little bakers twine knots to them! And if you get one in the mail from us that is covered in crayon drawings of Christmas trees or stick people (with beards), that’s just Harper’s way of saying hello! πŸ˜‰

Enter by leaving a comment below telling us what cards you would send, some belated Christmas cards, New Years or maybe even Valentine’s?! I love sending fun snail mail in February! Winner will be announced on my Instagram @jlgarvin tomorrow at 12pm EST.

Five more sleeps til Christmas! XO

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