I use this time to spy on my children.
It’s a little like National Geographic, examining them in their natural habitat.
As a parent it’s totally necessary to spy.
And really if I wasn’t there today in the library I wouldn’t have heard my child get ASKED OUT!! THAT HAPPENED TODAY!
I will remind you he is in 4th grade.
Because I am almost 99% sure he would have failed to mention this when he came home…
I honestly do my best to bombard my children with loads of questions everyday when they get off the bus, “How’d it go?”, “How was lunch?”, “Who’d you play with at recess?”, “Was math fun?” (I just throw that one in there.)
Never once did I think to ask, “Who asked you out today?”
Of course as soon as I heard the girl, I stopped and held my breath, waiting for his response, “No, I don’t date anyone except my mom”.
But he DIDN’T SAY THAT!
He looked at the girl and shrugged and then walked away.
I felt all at once glad my child left the situation girlfriend-less and completely embarrassed he left her hanging…the worse thing that could possibly ever happen for a girl. Ever. Ever.
Despite the immediate commands I give to my children everyday, forbidding them to grow any bigger, they continually disobey me.
Now I have to worry about girls too.
How am I ever going to manage?
So to quell the emotional turmoil I felt after the library incident, I came home, made and ate this kettle corn.
Made. and. ate.
Then I had a stomach ache on top of a broken heart.
Yes, I am dramatic.
But I have to say, it might have been the happiest stomach ache ever, thanks to this, my new favorite treat in all the world: Fruity Pebble Kettle Corn
I’m not kidding you when I say you need to make this.
I was a little scared to attempt my own kettle corn.
But it was totally easy and incredibly delicious!
Let me walk you through the steps…
Get 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels ready…
Throw in a few kernels and wait for them to pop, so you know your oil is hot enough…
Once they’ve popped, pour your popcorn kernels and sugar into the pan and stir quickly to coat all the kernels.
Immediately put a lid on the pan and start shaking it back and forth, so your kernels don’t burn. Every few seconds lift the pot off the burner, continuing to shake…keep shaking for 1-2 minutes until the popping slows.
Remove from heat immediately, continuing to shake and spread on a large cookie sheet or parchment paper lined counter to stop the cooking process. Sprinkle immediately with salt.
Here’s the thing, this will BURN FAST! SO shake it til your biceps can’t shake no more and get it off the heat AS SOON AS THE POPPING SLOWS
Now you can totally stop there. And trust me, once you start “sampling” you might not be able to stop…
But really you should take it to the next level.
Heat some white almond bark in the microwave until melted. I like the almond bark for this instead of white chocolate because it sets much faster.
Drizzle that all over your kettle corn…
Then immediately sprinkle your Fruity Pebbles on the almond bark.
Then really…go ahead and emotionally eat the heck out of it.