Monday, January 3, 2011

Memories...Light the Corners of My Mind

It always seems this time of year brings on nostalgia...

A great childhood brings even better memories. And I am thankful to say that my childhood was everything I hope my children will experience!

My dad was often busy between his job and church service. Because of this, he always made sure to build in those bonding moments with the six of us. And they say the kitchen is what brings families together. He always made breakfast for us on Saturday mornings (still does when I go home to visit). We're talking pancakes, waffles, and our personal favorite Norwegian pancakes. One of the other things he would do is make dessert on Sunday evenings. There were always two family favorites: Tapioca pudding and Carmel popcorn.

This New Years Eve was the first time the hubs and I decided to stay home and begin our own family traditions. There were personal pizzas, milkshakes, movies, and a puzzle that we obsessed with for 3 days. Seriously, we just finished it. But one of the things I decided to do with my kids is to make carmel popcorn. And as I poured the carmel over the popcorn, I was taken back to my childhood watching my dad do this same thing. And I remember keeping my eye on the parts that were drowning in carmel in hopes that I could be the lucky recipient.

So I'm sharing the recipe that I take no credit for but simply sharing a tried a true with you.

Freshly popped popcorn
1 stick of butter
2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of Karo syrup
1 can of Eagle Brand milk

Pop your popcorn first. My sister swears by her Whirley Pop. "It makes the best popcorn!" That's a direct quote. I used a microwave bowl that I got at Target for popping corn. It did the job.

On a stove top, bring butter, brown sugar and Karo to a boil. Add in the milk. Stir constantly while bringing it back to a boil. Pour over popcorn. Mix it all up.


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