Mumford and Sons Radio is playing on Pandora and my office, which I have neglected since we moved home in mid-June is now in complete disarray as I make my way through files and folders. For the first time in months there are no little mouths to feed, no fights to referee, no one to build logos with. No one to interrupt me as I try to get something accomplished. Well, until 3:30pm anyway.
About 4 years ago, I vividly remember being in the playroom with my one and three year old children. Cecilia had just started walking and for the first time was getting into Max’s “stuff” which he was not too happy about. I was completely sleep deprived, pulling energy from deep within my cells in order to entertain them for the next 12 hours. I thought to myself, is it really another 4 years until they start Kindergarten?!?
I hadn’t slept in 3 years and it was snowy and cold outside. I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day, let alone the next 4 years. But we do. And they amaze us at each stage. Just when you think you can’t possibly change another diaper, they show an interest in potty training. Just when you think you can’t imagine one more night of musical beds, they magically sleep thought the night. Just when you think they are malnourished because they never eat vegetables, they polish off a bowl of broccoli. Each stage is challenging and amazing. And I agree with all those who have said it before, It keeps getting better and better.
Well, today is the start of a new stage. Max is now a first grader and Cecilia started Kindergarten. They were so excited to go to school this morning. Max got on the school bus and that image of him waving to me out the window will stick in my mind forever.
It’s a new chapter for all of us. Both of my kids slept in their own rooms last night. They are going to learn to read and write and socialize and to be responsible for their own things, among other things. And I may actually making it to a yoga class this week. Exciting times!! I do kind of wish I could peek in on them though, you know, just to see how my babies are doing. I just read about a couple who strapped a GoPro camera on their son to get some insight in his first day at school. Hmmm…
Come 3:30 my little monkeys are going to be home and they are going to be hungry. I want to be armed and ready with a snack for them. We are huge popcorn fans in my house. Homemade popcorn makes for an easy and healthy afternoon snack. It’s also great for school lunches, and of course a perfect accompaniment to movie night.
Making popcorn at home with good quality fats and toppings is a much healthier option. Butter and salt are the obvious flavoring for popcorn but that is really just the beginning. It could be so much better than that. Today I am going to share three easy and delicious popcorn toppings. The first is a take on kettle corn- that perfect combination of sweet and salty; melted butter with a squeeze of honey and some sea salt. Another favorite is to add freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the butter and salt. And if I am feeling particularly healthy, I will add melted coconut oil, nutritional yeast and some garlic salt.
I use this air popper. It is quick and easy and requires no oil. But a pan on the stove with some coconut oil is a great way to pop those kernals too.
I do not, however make microwave popcorn – there are way too many chemicals and bad oils in microwave popcorn. For example, this is the ingredient list of a popular brand- Popcorn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Modified Cornstarch, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor & Artificial Flavor, Lactic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Color (Yellow 5 Lake & Yellow 6 Lake), Nonfat Milk, Freshness Preserved by Propyl Gallate. No thanks. But the real problem is the lining of the popcorn bag. In an article on the AARP website, it states” The problem is the chemicals used in the lining of the bag, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA is also used to make Teflon and other stain- and stick-resistant materials, including pizza boxes. It’s part of a number of compounds that have caused liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer in animals. The chemicals may also be linked to infertility in women, according to a recent study at the University of California, Los Angeles.”
It’s not something I want to serve to my children. Or myself. And our air popper is just as fast as microwave popcorn, and it never burns. It’s easy, clean and fast.
I’ve been know to pour melted chocolate over popcorn too. Jut saying…
Is it really 3 O’Clock already? That went fast
- 1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
- 3 Tbsp organic butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Follow instruction below but omit honey (or keep it!) and sprinkle
- 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese to the popcorn.
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
In an air-popper, add the kernels and set a large bowl in front of the opening.
Turn on machine. Popcorn will fill the bowl.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and honey and melt together.
Pour 1/3 melted butter mixture over the popcorn and add 1/3 salt. Mix with a wooden spoon. Add another 1/3 and repeat. Add the remaining butter/honey mixture and salt and mix well.