Sunday, December 6, 2009

Home for the Holidays

As expressed in earlier posts I am a holiday fanatic! It's a good thing I work in retail because if I didn't I would probably go around begging people to let me put their trees up!
In my dining room I hung these sweet little retro pipe cleaner trees from the light fixture.

This is our pseudo fireplace...ahhh nothing like a crackling fire for the holidays or a rotating bulb and blower with heat...

I love paperwhites, I know some people that think they stink but I think they are wonderful! We have them at the shop from our local grower for $5 a bulb. I can't wait for them to open!

The tree, sure the picture is a little crooked, but you get the idea. It's a champagne tinsel tree with lots of metallic bulbs and our family ornaments. The topper is purposefully not pictured because there isn't one yet. I want to do a polka dot ribbon but am having trouble finding such item.

Now onto the good stuff- it's not the holidays without treats! The year I moved to Green Bay my grandmother passed away at Thanksgiving. Grandma Curly was super cool, she had more energy in her 80's than I do now!
The woman baked- a lot. One of my favorites was her caramel popcorn. As the first Christmas without her neared closer all I wanted was her popcorn. I called my mom and asked if she had any idea how to make it. She started laughing and said it's on the back of the bag!!!
No way- Grandma's famous popcorn was on the back of the bag?!?!?

Indeed it is- so pick yourself up a bag of Old Dutch puffcorn and get cracking!

1 bag Old Dutch puffcorn
1 cup butter (not margarine)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 Tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a 2 QT sauce pan, cook on medium heat until mixture is melted. Once mixture has melted add the baking soda. It will foam!!!

Pour Old Dutch puffcorn into a large roaster pan. Pour caramel mixture over puffcorn and stir till coated.

Place in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and carefully pour onto wax paper. Break apart and let cool.


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  1. If only I thought my teeth could hold up to caramel corn!

    I love that your family's food cultural tradition includes processed food!

    When I got married, Husband and I shared more holiday family food traditions - he has things like pierogi and stuffed cabbage. My family has things like grasshopper pie and never fail fudge - both made with marshmallow Fluff!

    Yeah! My family food heritage - right from the back of the package!

  2. Ha!

    Your husband's family sounds like my dads. Pierogi, stuffed cabbage, easter soup, kolaches, etc.

    Where as mom's is more 5 can casserole, green bean casserole, and the famous cream chipped beef on toast!

    My husband and I fall somewhere in between, he's from Missouri (lots of brisket, fried things and barbecue!) and I've been a vegetarian for 10 we have twins on the way so we shall see where that leads us!


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