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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Luck of the Irish Popcorn

This crispy popcorn has a great pistachio flavour and is full of St. Patrick's Day fun.


Luck of the Irish St Patrick's Day Popcorn


My kids LOVE popcorn. So when I was thinking of something fun to make, to share with my readers for St. Patrick's Day, I thought a green coloured popcorn would be fun. When trying to think of ways to turn the popcorn green, I thought of one of my favourite treats- pistachio pudding. I quickly researched to see if you could somehow coat popcorn with pistachio pudding and I found THIS recipe over on the Taste of Home website. I thought it would be a great way to make my popcorn.

This popcorn was super addictive and the kids LOVED the Lucky Charms marshmallows inside. I do wish it was a bit more green though, so I suggest adding 1-2 drops of green food colour to yours if you'd like. The green colour does show better in person, than in the photo, which is super frustrating, LOL. Regardless, this is a super fun way to celebrate St. Patricks Day.


Luck of the Irish St Patrick's Day Popcorn


Luck of the Irish Popcorn
adapted from Taste of Home

10 C popped popcorn (I popped mine on the stove, but air popped is also good)
5 Tbs pistachio pudding mix (sifted to remove the pistachio bits)
1 Tbs butter
1/3 C light corn syrup
1 tsp almond extract
1 pinch of coarse sea salt
1- 1 1/2 C Lucky Charms marshmallows (just pick em out of the box!)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Add the pudding mix, butter, salt and corn syrup to a small sauce pan and place over low heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and mixture is smooth and bubbly. Pour immediately over popcorn, tossing to coat. Spread popcorn out onto baking sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, Stirring once; making sure not to brown the bottom.

Let cool and break into clusters. Once completely cooled toss in the Lucky Charms marshmallows. Keep in a large ziptop bag, or air tight container, for up to 4 days.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins

All the goodness of banana blueberry muffins, with the goodness of heart healthy oats.


Oatmeal blueberry banana muffins, using raw honey


Muffins are a staple in our household. I usually make a batch of muffins, at least once a week. The kids always request banana chocolate chip muffins, but since we are trying to cut down on sugar, I decided to go with sweet blueberries and bananas. I still have quite a few bags full of wild blueberries in the freezer, so I've been itching to make banana blueberry muffins.


I decided to slightly sweeten these muffins with some RAW honey, after reading some of the health benefits associated with it. I love the fact that I did not have to add too much sweetness to the muffins, because of the sweet bananas and blueberries. I also wanted them to be heartier, so I used some whole wheat flour, and oats. These are a great afterschool snack, sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Oatmeal blueberry banana muffins, using raw honey



Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins

1 C  whole wheat  flour
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 C oat bran
3/4 C large flake oatmeal, divided
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 C raw honey
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 C buttermilk
3 bananas, mashed
2/3 C blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a mixing bowl combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, oat bran, 1/2 C oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In a larger mixing bowl combine the egg, honey, vegetable oil, and buttermilk; whisking well. Add in the dry ingredients and bananas, mixing until just about combined. Gently fold in blueberries.

Using a 1/3 C measure, portion out batter to paper lined muffin tins and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 C oatmeal. Bake for 20-25 minutes; until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes in pan, before removing to a wired rack.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #101

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

What's for Eats? Sunday February 22, 2015

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!


Weekly Meal Plan Dec 14, 2014 www.hunwhatsfordinner.com
Image courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy Sunday!! This weekend is Mr.B's 10th birthday weekend. We celebrated with hamburgers and cake on Friday night, and went out for ice cream yesterday. Today we are having a Movie Day and I will be making a bunch of fun snacks to munch on all day. Tuesday is Hubby's 40th Birthday, so we have to get ready for that too. He is working on his birthday, but his Mom and I have bought a bunch of 40/over the hill decorations, LOL. I'm sure he'll be surprised when he gets home.

This week should prove to be a busy one. My mother in law is visiting until Tuesday evening, I have a fundraising meeting Monday night, as well as helping at school Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Oh, and a Dr's appointment on Thursday. Can you say CRAZY?!? Here is what I have planned for the week (I'm bringing over a few dishes from last week)