Saturday, December 18

12 days of SIMPLE holiday gift giving • day 6

It's Saturday...

exactly one week before Christmas.
Needless to say it's a busy day for us all, I'm sure.

Let's keep the post short and sweet...

Day 6
holidaymovie


When you return home from all-day shopping...
gather your family together...
pick your favorite HOLIDAY movie...
(or use your handy dvr if you have it, to pre-record)
pop some popcorn...
snuggle up together...
and get lost in the holiday togetherness!!
If tonight doesn't work...
plan it for a different night.
Invite neighbors/family over if you REALLY want to reach out.

Need a movie suggestion?
Here are my favorites:
Elf (I never tire of this movie...LOVE it).
the Holiday (adult movie...LOVE)

Now...
as for the popcorn.
Keep it simple by choosing the microwave variety.
Or...
Try these next "tried and true" recipes I absolutely find delicious and worth the effort...


Crunchy Caramel Popcorn
(adorable popcorn box pictured here is available from Party Starters on Etsy)


Mmmm...
in fact, this is the best recipe I've ever tried.


Want the recipe?
(Download the FREE 4x6 .pdf here)
(Thank you Southern Living for the BEST Caramel Popcorn recipe EVER!)


OR...
try my FAVORITE kind of popcorn

Old-Fashioned Kettle Corn
(download the FREE 6x8 .pdf here)
thanks to "Our Best Bites" I've found a recipe I LOVE and is super easy!


HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING IDEA
Bundle up bags of "Crunchy Caramel Popcorn" or "Old-Fashioned Kettle Corn" and include the recipe card.

Easy peasy and so yummy!

If you've got it in the budget...include a dvd too.


KEEPING IT REAL
• That 2nd picture of the Crunchy Caramel Corn happened by accident when it tipped over during the photographing process. I was frustrated at first and then realized the beauty of it. Perfect!
• I burned the first batch of Kettle Corn but the process was so easy I wasn't discouraged.
I ended up making 3 additional batches after that and they came out perfect.

• Cleaning up the pot and lid after making the Kettle Corn is a pain - just soak it in warm water and then have someone else wash it. *wink*

• I finally "fully" decorated my "lights-only" tree yesterday afternoon.
As the girls and I stood admiring it just after we'd placed the angel on top...
the tree fell right on top of Ella. *gasp*
Ella was completely fine...she didn't even cry. She just kept saying "mess".
And yes...it was quite a mess with water, ornaments and christmas tree needles all over the floor.
I actually laughed when it happened...
but was thoroughly irritated after spending 20+ minutes sopping up water and getting stabbed by needles as we attempted to reposition the tree and make it more secure. *wink*
And then of course the drama of my middle daughter storming off mad/upset when my oldest daughter blamed her was so enjoyable.
I think what happened was Ella was actually pulling ornaments off of the tree and I think she just tugged a bit too hard. *wink*
The tree is now secure...
everything cleaned up.
It's amazing how one minute we were blaring holiday music, singing along while decorating the tree...
really enjoying the time together...
and then BAM!!!
pure chaos! *smile*
I will attempt to redecorate the tree perhaps later this afternoon!?
Or maybe it's just destined to be a "lights-only" tree this year?
I'm okay with either option....really.

5 comments:

Melissa December 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

I have never laughed so hard reading a post before. Little Ella is such a good sport huh, poor thing. Katie keeps undecorating and redecorating the tree every day so I can kind of relate. I see the tree tipping each time knowing one day it's going over. Thank you for the out loud laugh today I needed it.

jess @ pen n' paperflowers December 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

Melissa....
I SO should've taken a picture...it was pretty funny.
I keep playing over in my mind...all in slow motion.
If only we'd had the flip video recording everything - I surely would've won something from America's Funniest Home Videos.

Alex K. December 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

I can't wait to make the caramel popcorn! Orville Redenbacher used to have a caramel popcorn when I was a kid that I loved and I crave it from time to time. This will be a great treat!
PS did you see my email yesterday about changing the info font? After that I'm ready for you to print. Tell me when to send the $50.

CraftCrave December 18, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [19 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm December 19, 2010 at 6:08 AM  

Thank you for sharing such great ideas!! :-) I will have to try that caramel corn recipe! Happy holidays!! hugs!! Britt :-)

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