Wednesday, January 28, 2015

21 Delicious Popcorn Recipes

There is nothing better than a delicious popcorn recipe. I know when I make chocolate popcorn, I have to put it away or I can eat the whole recipe myself. Yum. Here are some amazing popcorn recipes that I want to try! 
Birthday Cake Popcorn Mix from Loves Bakes Good Cakes. 
White Chocolate Popcorn by Housewife Eclectic. 
 Cinnamon Kettle Corn by From This Kitchen Table.
 Frosted Cake Batter Caramel Corn by Jasey's Crazy Daisy.
 Candy Coated Popcorn by An Affair From The Heart.
 Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn by Honey and Birch.
 Salty and Sweet Hot Chocolate Popcorn by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
 Coconut Key Lime Popcorn by Num's The Word.
 Vanilla Caramel Popcorn by For The Love of Food.
 Kool-Aid Popcorn by Housewife Eclectic.
 Lemon Popcorn by Our Thrifty Ideas.
 Mother Goose Popcorn by The Princess and Her Cowboys.
 Milky Way Popcorn by Dinner Dishes and Desserts.
 White Chocolate M&M and Macadamia Nut Popcorn by Play.Party.Pin.
 Princess Pink Popcorn from Huckleberry Love.
 Red Velevet Popcorn by Anyonita Nibbles.
 Salted Caramel and Bacon Popcorn by Savory Experiments.
 S'More Popcorn Made in the Microwave by 7 Alive.
 S'More Caramel Popcorn by Messes to Memories.
 Snickers Popcorn by Play.Party.Pin.
Truffle Popcorn From Food Folks and Fun.

Which one do you want to try the most?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grown-up Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are practically a food group for most kids. Even as an adult there's something fun about chicken nuggets. But as our palates refine, we want something more sophisticated than the dino nuggets.

Sure, Chick-fil-A nuggets are good, but it's hard to justify dropping $7 when you have a craving. So make your own faster than you can make it through the drive through!

These grown-up chicken nuggets are easy to make, easy on the wallet and something adults and kids will eat. Plus, you can easily transform them into a full meal.

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

  1. Whisk the milk, vinegar, hot sauce, egg, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Add chicken to the mixture. Remove the chicken in small handfuls and coat in Panko bread crumbs.
  3. Using a large electric skillet, warm oil to medium-high heat.
  4. Carefully add the chicken to the oil, being careful not to let the chicken clump together. If it does, let it fry for a minute, then break apart with a metal spatula.
  5. Fry the chicken on each side for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the oil and allow to rest on a paper towel lined plate.

And there you have it: adult chicken nuggets, ready in 10 minutes. The Panko bread crumbs are the key. They make these nuggets light and crispy. You can serve with your favorite dipping sauce or turn it into a meal by adding the chicken to a bed of rice and top with sweet chili sauce.

Monday, January 26, 2015

White Chocolate Valentine's Day Popcorn

Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today's discussion.
I absolutely love popcorn. Add caramel, salt or chocolate and I am there. I don't make a lot of popcorn recipes, simply because they all seem to have so many steps, except this one! This recipe is super easy and comes together in just a few minutes plus cooling time. It is delicious and I always want to eat the whole pan. The only thing that makes this recipe better is enjoying it with your kids inside a homemade fort!

 You will need:

  • 1 Bag of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Cake Mix
  • Valentine's Day Sprinkles
  • Homestyle Pop Secret Popcorn (You can find $1 off coupon on their Facebook page here)

 Melt the chocolate chips in your microwave for one minute. Stir and then microwave the chocolate chips in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until they are smooth.
 Add 1/2 cup of cake mix and stir into the melted chocolate.
 Add 1 bag of popped popcorn to the bowl and stir until it is evenly coated. Spread the popcorn out on parchment paper, sprinkle the entire pan with a liberal amount of sprinkles. Allow it to cool completely.
While you are waiting for your popcorn to cool, grab every pillow and blanket in your house to build an awesome fort. We have tall kitchen chairs, so we like to use them as the base of the fort. We put them all back to back and drape the blankets over top. We add a blanket to the ground to be the carpet and my 6-year-old love to put my flower pillows at the entrance to be the front flower beds. After the fort is finished, we climb inside with out big bowl of popcorn and a good book. Right now we are reading Nancy Drew together! 

Create your own Pop Secret Fort and submit it on their Facebook page for your change to win awesome prizes! 

 Where do you like to enjoy your popcorn?
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Friday, January 23, 2015

I Mustache You To Be My Valentine Printable

Do kids love anything more than a sticky mustache? This darling and simple Valentine is a favorite among my daughter's friends. For this Valentine, you just need to print the printable at the bottom of this post and buy packages of sticky mustaches. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. 

When you are attaching your mustaches. Don't peel them off and stick them on the Valentine's. Cut around the sticker and then attach the mustache on the Valentine with double sided tape, so that the kids can still peel off the mustache to play with later! 
You can find the download of this printable here. Please keep in mind that this Valentine is for personal use only and if you want to share the Valentine feel free to do so, but direct people to this post and not the download directly. You can find the rest of my free Valentines here.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

10 Strawberry Recipes for Valentine's Day

When I am planning our Valentine's Day meals, I always find myself reaching for the strawberries. There is something about strawberries that screams Valentine's Day to me. This year I have compiled some of the most delicious strawberry recipes I could find for one delicious Valentine's Day. 

 DIY Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet by While He Was Napping.
 Strawberry Jello Poke Cake by Housewife Eclectic
 Strawberry Crepes by Our Thrifty Ideas
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries by Nifty Thrifty Things.

 Strawberry Cream Cheese Fruit Dip from Loves Bakes Good Cakes.
 Strawberry Cream Truffles from Dizzy, Busy, Hungry.
 Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes from Handmade in the Heartland
 Strawberry Milk No Bake Cookies from Living Better Together.
 Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs from Create. Craft. Love.
Super Easy Strawberry Fudge from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kids' Art: Monster Hug Pop-Up Card

Hello again friends! I'm here today to share a fun little pop-up card featuring preschool art. This monster hug card is perfect for Valentine's Day or just for sending to a loved one who lives far away.

The pop-up folding part is more for older kids or an adult, but the art part is fun for toddlers on up. I will admit, I think I had even more fun than my kids did! We painted our monsters on a separate paper and then cut and glued them into the card, but you could save a step and just paint right on the card interior, too.

Kids' Art Technique: Straw Painting

This straw painting technique is one I remember doing often as a kid, thanks to that magical blue Childcraft Make and Do book. It's easy, only a little bit messy, and makes for some awesome monsters, amoebas, or whatever you'd like to call your shapes. 

Just water down some paint so that it's good and runny for blowing. I used regular acrylic craft paint, but poster paint would work, too. Dollar Store ice cube trays work great to hold the paint!

Then use a straw or an eyedropper to spread drops of paint around the page. These inexpensive pipettes from Amazon would be perfect so that the kids can easily do their own paint drops! 

Since we were making monsters, I put 2-3 large drops in just one color right in the center of a 1/4 sheet of paper, but when we did them the next day, we used a full sheet of copy paper and lots of colors to talk about color blending. My kids had a blast getting the colors to mix with each other!

Set them aside and let them dry overnight. You can also press them in a stack of books to flatten them out, if you want. 

Make the Monster Pop-Up Card (with free printable template!)

Now, for the card! I was so inspired by this adorable card on Etsy and I wanted to put my own spin on it for my kiddos. I have a printable template for you (like always!) so you can download and print a card with a Happy Valentine's Day message, just the monster hug message, or completely blank to draw your own huggy creation. (Just click on each link to get the free download from Box.)

Once you've printed the template on either regular paper or cardstock, cut out the shape and fold it like so:
  1. Fold it in half, crease, and then open it back up. 
  2. Along the crease of the arms, gently fold it back the other way. 
  3. Fold one edge of the arm down to match up with the edge of the paper, and crease the diagonal at the top, stopping at the middle crease. 
  4. Then fold the arm back along the pre-made fold, and fold the top of the card down and press firmly -- your corner will have a triangular part folded out. 
  5. Repeat for the other arm. 
  6. Now when you close the card, the arms should fold in, and then pop out when you open it!
As I said, we painted separate papers and cut and glued them in, but you could easily paint on the template before cutting and folding, too. 

Then just glue or draw some eyes and a mouth, write or paste on your message, and pop it in the mail! (The font I used is called My Unprofessional Handwriting, downloaded free from Dafont here.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of 3 kids and wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She happily shows up here at Housewife Eclectic a few times a month, when the creative bug strikes in between projects at her awesome job as a virtual assistant. You can check out her other projects here on Housewife Eclectic, or her former blogger life and projects over at just Lu.

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