We have three weeks left until the Big One starts Middle School. I can’t believe it. My heart hurts a lot. I can’t believe how big he’s gotten. We’re dealing with a new school, a new starting time for school, lockers (and the anxiety-inducing combination locks), changing classes, cell phones, and girls (but that is for another blog post, sigh!) It’s a lot for me to process. I’m not sure how the Big One is doing handling all this, as I’ve found that tween boys talk even less than school-aged boys. Regardless, I wanted him to get back to school with a few Mom Made supplies, especially from me. As Minecraft is still big around our house, I decided to make a few Minecraft Inspired Back to School Supplies.
This article is sponsored by Pop Secret. All opinions and thoughts shared are 100% my own.
We have a hard time settling on a movie that all of us can watch for a Family Movie Night– it’s hard being the only woman in a house full of boys and men. Their taste isn’t mine. At Christmas though, I have a whole collection of family favorites that we watch each season. My favorite for Family Movie Night is the Homecoming, the prequel to the Waltons television series. The show embraces the best of Christmas movies– it’s about love, and family. The other thing that is special about this movie is the fact that the family doesn’t have a lot of money, but they do have special things at Christmas, and one of them is popcorn balls, and popcorn strung around the Christmas tree that was chopped in their yard. I thought I would share a recipe for Chocolate Popcorn Balls to make if you ever decide to watch this movie. Plus, thanks to Popsecret Popcorn, you can use their handy Perfect Pop App to make sure that you get a perfect batch of popcorn for your homemade popcorn balls each time! It’s so easy to use!
To make my chocolate popcorn balls, I used the Homestyle Popsecret popcorn. It is lightly salted and butter, and has a flavor that tastes just like the popcorn that my grandmother made on her stove. It’s delicious!
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Honestly, the popcorn was perfect, not a single burnt kernel and only about 5 under-popped kernels. There were no unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bag! Now if you don’t have an iPhone, or you’d rather do it yourself, you can still get beautiful popcorn, you’ll just have to stand by the microwave and listen to the popping. After the popcorn was perfectly popped, here’s how I made the Chocolate Popcorn Balls!
- 1 Popped Bag of Popsecret Homestyle Popcorn
- 4 1/2 Cups of mini marshmallows
- 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
I melted the butter in saucepan over medium heat, and poured the popcorn and chocolate chips into a big bowl that would allow for both my hands to get in their and mix. Once the butter is melted, pour in the marshmallows and stir them up with the butter, letting the mixture melt. The mixture should be well melted. I then poured the mixture over popcorn and chocolate chips, and blended and tossed it together with a spatula. Once it was well-mixed, and somewhat cooler, I used my hands to mix it thoroughly and form it into balls. I was able to get 7 good sized balls with one bag of popcorn. I let them cool for about an hour until they were all ready for movie time! Yum!
The Haven Conference was this weekend, and it was so much fun. It was really fun for the Silhouette Challenge group because we got to catch up with each other and meet! It was also an awesome conference because several HGTV stars were there, including one of my all time favorites, Mike Holmes! Our theme this month for the Silhouette Challenge was Our Favorite Things, and I thought that onesies and home improvements stars were two of my favorite things. When I went to Haven, I wanted to make sure that I had something special for Mike Holmes to sign, so I created a onesie for My Little Monkey with Mike Holmes’ logo, “Make It Right!”
It was such an easy design to make. I used black flocked HTV and a red “Rabbit Skin” onesie that I bought at Amazon. I ended up finding a hammer image online, and used that image along with Mike Holmes’ Trademark “Make It Right!” (By the way, if you ever go meet a celebrity with their trademarked phrase on an item you created, be sure to tell them that you aren’t selling them and didn’t pay for the shirt!) During his session and Q&A at Haven, I had Mike Holmes sign the onesie.
Now my little
builder Monkey has a one of a kind Mike Holmes Onesie to wear! I’m not sure he’s going to be that impress, but I am!
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds
When I first started sharing recipes here, I wanted to make all of my reader knew that i am not a fancy cook. I am definitely not a foodie. Instead, I try to focus on creating delicious homestyle, southern meals that my family loves. I consider myself a family cook, not a fancy cook. Today, I’m sharing a recipe that is a pretty basic, common home meal for many families– Stuffed Bell Peppers. In fact, Mellow Man asked me in early May to add these into our weekly meal planning repertoire. I called my Mother-in-Law to get her recipe as a starting point, as I knew that she made Stuffed Bell Peppers. I took her recipe, along with my memories of making Stuffed Cabbage, and practiced until I got a recipe that I liked. Here is my version of Stuffed Bell Peppers in case other families are looking for some traditional homestyle dishes to add to their recipe bank.
Guess what? I heard the humming of cicadas this morning. They were doing their buzzing crescendo, and it made me smile. Then tonight I walked out to my car at 9:00pm, and it was the earliest part of dusk where the sky is a silvery grey. The lightening bugs were just starting to blink in the yard. All these things can only mean one thing– summer is officially here. (In case the constant heat and humidity of Georgia left any doubt in my mind!) Today, to help you celebrate summer, I am delighted to be able to present an exciting summertime cash giveaway.