We've been having a pretty low key summer. I signed the boys up for one session of swim classes, which fizzled out when someone got a fever and someone else didn't want to go anymore (not that he could have gone when his brother had a fever anyway.) And the rest of the time I've just been doing whatever occurs to me.
So we went to a minor league baseball game and sat so close we needed a net to protect us from foul balls.
We learned some new chores.
We watched a movie at an Aunt's house.
We've built a lot of things.
We played in the sprinkler.
We ate healthful snacks.
And then there's this:
Homemade Kettle Corn
I could pretend its good for us, since it's whole grain and all, but I won't. It's delicious and doesn't need to be justified. You'll need a stove-top popcorn maker, or an electric version that stirs.
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon high heat oil such as sunflower
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
Add butter and oil to popper and heat over medium-high flame until butter melts. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and replace lid. When you hear one of the test kernels pop, add the remaining popcorn and the salt and sugar. Close popper and stir continuously. The addition of the corn and sugar will cool the popper, so it will take some time for the corn to begin popping. Don't stop stirring. If you stop the sugar will burn and that is not good times. When the popping stops remove the popper from the heat and continue stirring for a minute. Dump popcorn into a large bowl. Because of the hot sugar this will be hotter than you might be used to. Wait until the sugar has cooled before sticking your hand in the bowl.