Happiness Is… Recipe: Our Favorite Caramel Corn

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Happiness is a 2 week Christmas break with my family.

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Happiness is spending the weekend at my parent’s house.  They do everything for us while we are there.  It is like our very own bed and breakfast, and I love it.

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Happiness is Advent.  We give the littles very small presents every morning, and I love watching their excitement as they sit together, patiently waiting to open it.

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Happiness is memories of where it all began.

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Happiness is a nephew who makes me smile…and dreaming of holding another baby niece or nephew one day.

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Happiness is Christmas decorations.

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Happiness is yummy snacks during the holidays.  When I recently did some baking for the faculty and staff at our school, I decided to make some Caramel Corn, too.  I knew exactly which one I wanted to make because I had made it for Ethan’s birthday party, and it was a hit.

Our Favorite Caramel Corn

Our Favorite Caramel Corn

Ingredients

12 C popped popcorn

1 C brown sugar

1/4 C white Karo syrup

1/2 t salt

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 t baking soda

1 t vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200.
  2. Pop popcorn and set aside.
  3. Place brown sugar, Karo syrup, salt, and butter in a microwave safe dish, and cook in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave, and stir it all to combine.
  5. Return to microwave and cook for another 2 minutes. Take it out and stir, and then cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the microwave, and add the baking soda and vanilla.
  7. Place the popcorn in a large bowl, and pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring to combine.
  8. Line a large baking sheet with foil, and spread the popcorn out on it.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/12/20/happiness-is-recipe-our-favorite-caramel-corn/

Recipe by Our Best Bites.

Have a happy, blessed weekend!

My New Life – Recipe: Individual Breakfast Egg Scramble

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As I have mentioned, the littles all three started school on Monday.  In the blink of an eye, my life changed a little bit.   Sean and I joked that I would be sitting around eating bon bons all day.  In all honesty, though, I have not had much time for idle nothingness yet.  I have purposefully stayed busy because, well, the house is just way too quiet these days.

When the littles asked me last night if I liked being at home alone, I did not know how to answer.  I did not want to exclaim, “No!” because I did not want them to become clingy and worry about leaving me.  I did not want to say, “Yes!” because that is simply not the truth. So, I did the typical mom thing and remained neutral.  I told them that I missed them during the day but that it helped knowing that they were having so much fun.  I also told them that I feel like I can get more done during the day so that I can just focus on them each afternoon when they get home from school.

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The truth is that when I am looking for the rainbow, there is one.  The one thing that I do like is that I can complete a project without stopping to fix a snack or a meal.  When I decide to eat lunch at 2 or breakfast at 10, I can do that.  While those things certainly do not make up for all of the ways that I miss my littles all day, it does help me to focus on the positive about having all three in school, happily learning, making new friends, and growing in so many wonderful ways.

For today, I will enjoy my late morning tea and breakfast cooked up in 5 minutes flat.  When I was deciding what to make, I remembered that sweet Kristen had posted a breakfast scramble recipe a few weeks ago.  I made one for my family that very weekend, and they loved it.  When I made one for myself today, it was literally ready in about 5 minutes.  I love meals that are quick, easy, and healthy.  And, as an added bonus, I was able to focus on cooking and taking pictures for a few minutes instead of watching the clock to determine exactly where my littles were at that given moment in time.

Individual Breakfast Egg Scramble

Individual Breakfast Egg Scramble

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

2 eggs

salt

pepper

1 tablespoon feta cheese

1/4 cup black beans

2-3 tablespoons fresh salsa

1 tablespoon sour cream

Instructions

  1. Spoon butter into small cooking pan, and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the eggs, and sprinkle in the feta cheese, salt, and pepper.
  3. Once the whites start to cook, scramble the eggs together until they are the consistency that you prefer them. I like mine a bit soft.
  4. Remove from pan and place on a plate.
  5. Spoon the beans on the eggs, then add the salsa, and top off with the sour cream.
  6. Enjoy!
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/08/29/my-new-life-recipe-individual-breakfast-egg-scramble/

The littles truly are doing great, and I am very, very happy about that.  I know that I will adjust to this new life.  I will eventually get into more of a routine of substitute teaching, menu planning, organizing our daily schedules, and taking care of our household.  I will be thankful for the time that I have to complete tasks without saying, “Just give me one more minute.” School is hard, but it is also amazingly wonderful.  I often tell people to “just embrace it” when things in life are not going exactly as planned.  So, I am giving myself that advise today.  I am going to embrace this new life…and maybe even take a nap this afternoon after eating some bon bons and watching a movie.

Summer Fun: Make Doughnuts – Recipe: Baked Doughnuts

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With summer break officially wrapping up this week, I am still trying to focus on the days that we have left together, not dwelling on the fact that it is almost over.  There are still some things that I want to mark off of the summer fun list.  And, more than that, there are just some memories that I know we are destined to make this last week.

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I have been wanting to make doughnuts all summer.  Every time I would think that I was all set, something else would come up that would prevent me from getting everything going early enough to let the dough rise.

Saturday was the perfect day to attempt to make Krissy’s Baked doughnuts.  I put everything in the bread machine and let it do the work while I went on my early morning walk.

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Summer woke up just as the dough was ready to roll out, so she was thrilled to get to help roll and cut out the doughnuts with me.  Even more exciting than rolling and cutting, though, was the fact that I allowed her to decorate some of them fresh out of the oven.

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We all really enjoyed the doughnuts.  Since they are not fried, they are not only healthier, but they are also easier to make.  And, now that I have experienced making doughnuts for the first time, I cannot wait to try it again.   For the recipe, jump on over to Krissy’s Creations right here.

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Now, I have some memories to make, and I hope that you do, too.  Have a great week!