Monday, August 5, 2013

Movies and Popcorn

With all the rain that has been going on, we have had a lot of movie days.  Our TV is downstairs and sometimes we are too lazy to walk all the way down the stairs.  

So we pull out the futon and watch movies on the computer screen.  

Charlotte has to join us.

Or make a fort and watch movies on the teeny-tiny portable DVD player.

Either way, we always have snacks.   Number one on the snack list is always popcorn.  I splurged a couple weeks ago and bought an air popper.  We really like this one.

"Can we have that popcorn machine kind of popcorn?  Not the one in the box."

Music to my ears.

The kids like watching the popcorn pop and spill over into the bowl and I like that it takes about the same amount of time to pop as a bag in the microwave but costs much less.  And tastes much better.  I microwave a tablespoon or two of butter and pour it over the already popped corn, sprinkle it with salt and the kids go to town.

If you don't have an air popper, you can use a brown paper lunch sack.  I did this for awhile and it makes the perfect individual sized portion of popcorn.  Take 1/4 cup of corn kernels and pour them into a brown paper lunch sack.  Roll the top of the bag over a couple times and use one piece of tape to secure the top.  Then microwave it for around 2 minutes.  Sometimes it takes 2:30, just listen for the popping to slow down and you should be good.  Then voila!  You have fresh air popped popcorn!

It really is a lot cheaper to buy the kernels than the pre-made popcorn bags.  After you taste the buttery salty goodness of fresh air popped popcorn, you won't want to eat that chemically manufactured butter flavored popcorn again!


  1. AMEN! We have an air-popper and the kids love watching it pop as well. I grew up with one so I was never into microwave... my kids like the white cheddar you can sprinkle on it... haha. :) Rainy days are great for forts, movies and of course POPCORN!

  2. White Cheddar... sounds amazing! I will have to look into it! If I am feeling extra special, I sprinkle Parmesan cheese over it after the butter. So good. And it really does taste better than the artificial stuff. We had to resort to a microwave bag the other day and I had forgotten how bad it really tastes compared to the all-natural stuff! It was a good reminder for me to stick with the homemade!