Monthly Archives: April 2013

ALMOND JOY ULTIMATE POPCORN

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I Remember the first time I had chocolate covered popcorn. I thought itwas a disgusting idea. But I gave it a try and boy was I wrong! Whenever I make it The Boy calls it Ultimate Popcorn and I rather like it. And because sometimes you feel like a nut, I came up with this.

INGREDIENTS
8 c Popped Popcorn
8 oz Melted Chocolate
1/2 c Almond
1/2 c Coconut

Line a cookie sheet with either wax paper, parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread the popcorn out in a layer. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and gently but quickly begin to toss it. Add the nuts and coconut and toss a little more. Allow to cool an hour till the chocolate is hard and eat.

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You can see by the photo I don’t drench it in the chocolate.  If you want every kernel totally covered you will need to double up on the chocolate.  Use whatever kind you like best, I used milk chocolate today.

S for the almoss I left them whole but slivered and chopped work too.

This time I used shredded coconut but flake definitely offers more pop.

Store in a Ziploc bag.

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Mow see if you can Headed it without singing “Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t …..”

KEEPING ICE CREAM

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Growing up we had goats and that meant an ample supply of milk and cream. That of course was why we never bought ice cream. Homemade all the way baby!

When I got married and bought a carton the frozen gunk on top would drive me nuts. Then I saw a simple solution on TV one day and gave it a try. By George it worked and I have been doing it for 20 years.

You need 2 things. Ice cream (preferably dirt cheap)

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and Serane wrap.

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Simply rip off a piece and push it down onto the ice cream. Air is what causes that nasty gunk and the plastic wrap needs to completely cover the ice cream to keep it out.

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And that’s it, perfect ice cream every time.  Now I am going to get myself a scoop.

PAINTING TERA COTTA POTS

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Plastic pots look…..well, like plastic. Tera Cora looks better but has no personality. A cheap and easy way to have your pots match your decor inside or out is to use a little craft paint and sealer

Start with a pot, it can be new or uses. If it has been used just be sure to scrub it inside and out. It needs to dry completely before you begin painting.

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Choose up to 3 colors you like. The base coat will show the least and then the top coat. The middle color is the prominent one.

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Between each color allow the paint to dry. The base coat should completely cover the pot and may require 3 layers. The middle coat will be a light layer that you can see through here and there.  The final coat will be very thin and allow the other 2 colors to show through. After applying the last coat use a rag to begin wiping paint off. Continue to wipe until you get the look you want.

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Allow the paint to dry overnight before applying a coat of sealer. The sealer ensures the craft paint won’t wash off when you water your plants. Because it does not have to be perfect this is a perfect project for the kids to help with ans when you are done they can help transplant. Happy spring!!!

EASTER MEMORY GAME

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The ham leftovers are in the fridge, dyed eggs are peeled, a chocolate bunny is missing it’s ears and the plastic eggs are back in storage.  But wait! Keep those eggs out a little bit longer this year and have some family fun.

Start by splitting all the eggs in half. Depending on the ages and abilities of those playing you can lay out 130 or just 10. They can be organized by color or all mixed up.

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Under each half put an item. Make sure you always have a matching pair. It can be a paper clip, rubber band, coins, Fruit Loops, jelly beans or anything else you can come up with. Those who find a set get to eat what they find.

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A benefit for little ones is the eggs are easier to pick up than the traditional cards. Also the color of the egg helps them to remember which egg had what under it.

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Even teenagers have fun when candy is involved.

Have fun!