Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! What a blessing to live in a country with the freedoms that we enjoy! Thank you seems so small in light of the costly sacrifices of so many.

For us this weekend has been a good mix of working around the house and hanging out with friends. On Friday evening, we modified our normal book club meeting by watching a movie, Emma and catching up. For our movie night, I made Samantha's "Perky Popcorn" recipe, which took me back to our days in Columbia--that seems like a lifetime ago.

On Saturday, my Grandma came to spend some time with us while her air conditioning is out. The kids have absolutely loved having her here and are keeping her busy playing games, coloring, playing dolls, reading and blowing bubbles. I have a sneaking suspicion that Grandma's enjoying herself as well.

Today for our BBQ, I made a simple trifle with a patriotic look. I baked a pan of brownies, and when they cooled, I cut/crumbled them into pieces then topped that layer with whipped cream and cherry pie filling. I repeated the layers adding blueberries to the cherries for the top. Very good and very easy and fed a crowd of nearly twenty!

And now, let summer begin!!

For Sam:
Perky Popcorn

10 cups popcorn
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup M&M candy
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Butter the sides of a large bowl well. Mix popcorn and M&Ms in a large bowl. Butter the sides of a saucepan. Add sugar, honey, and corn syrup. Stir until boiling. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. When peanut butter is melted, pour over the popcorn mixture and spread to cool.

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