Kristan and I are going “theme week” again.
A theme’s good for the soul, don’t you think? Get’s your mind thinking about only one thing…getting you energized and creative.
Since theme weeks work so well on my site, I’m thinking about implementing it in my daily life, ala “Themed House Cleaning”.
Like this week at home will be “closets week”, next week “bathrooms week” and so on…
Honestly, it’s not such a bad idea…
I think I might just have cracked the code to my cleaning dilemma. I can make up t-shirts and cute decorations.
I don’t think my husband would mind a few cute little “Clean the closets” banners made with jazzy fonts on pretty pastels around my house, do you?
Now, I just need to go to Pinterest, where everyone’s houses are amazingly clean and get a few tips…
Do you see what just happened? I just made cleaning into an event..with banners, T-shirts and probably invitations.
Invitations, YES! My kids love to get mail…maybe I should send the invites through the postal service, inviting them to clean their closet.
That’s sure to drum up some enthusiasm, right?
While I get on designing those invitations, let’s talk about the theme this week on my site…Caramel Apple Week!
Kristan and I had so much fun a few months ago with Brownie Batter week that we thought we’d give it another go and serve it up fall-style.
First up on my list of treats I made: Caramel Apple Popcorn…
So let’s get going.
Start with 1 cup of unpopped kernels. Or if you want to use microwave popcorn, pop about 3 bags.
Make sure you pick out any unpopped kernels. I’m trying to give you cavities here, not break your teeth.
I grabbed some apple chips at the supermarket…I used 2 (2.5 oz) bags..but feel free to use more if you’re looking to get all appley…
Mix it up good…
- 1 cup unpopped corn kernels
- 2 (2.5 oz) bags of apple chips
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 (14 oz ) can of sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 250°
- In an air popper, pop your kernels into a large bowl. Pick out any unpopped kernels.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat until melted and begins to boil. Once boiling, pour in your can of sweetened condensed milk and stir continuously for 5 minutes, to prevent burning.
- Remove from heat and pour directly over popcorn and apples, stirring until coated evenly.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly.
- Remove from oven, break into pieces and allow to cool.
You don't have to bake this caramel corn if you prefer it softer and chewier. But if you don't bake it, it will remain fairly sticky.