homemade kettle corn

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn

homemade kettle corn
Okay who doesn’t like sweet and salty kettle corn?
One of my favorite things to get at the fair or ball game is kettle corn. But having to wait for a special event for this tasty treat just didn’t seem right anymore. ‘Enough of the waiting let’s do this at home!’

Well 5 minutes later and we’ve got Kettle Corn! Seriously this is my new favorite treat to make in my kitchen.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn

I mean easy, 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and just a little elbow grease. If you’re like me you hate exercising, just throw all of these in the pot and shake shake shake for a few minutes, burn a few calories and get rewarded with a perfectly sweet and salty treat. It’s a win win :) -or at least it is in my book.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn
 
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Sweet and salty popcorn your kids will love! Seriously, I had 5 little ones devour this.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves/Makes: 6

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs Peanut Oil (or Sunflower Oil, or Canola Oil)
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ⅓ Cup Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Popping Kernels

Directions
  1. Throw all ingredients into a large 8 QT thick bottomed pot with secure lid. Turn heat to high and cover.
  2. Put on oven mitts to protect your hands and begin to shake pot continuously holding the lid on tight (about 3 minutes). Shaking keeps the sugar from burning and heat to distribute evenly.
  3. Once kernels begin to pop shake pot vigorously until popping slows down. (only about a minute of popping).
  4. Remove from heat immediately, leave lid on for a few more seconds for the last couple of pops, then pour into a large bowl.
  5. Add more salt to taste.

Corn Recipes

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Easy Kettle Corn

homemade kettle corn

Perfectly Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn in 5 minutes!

To kick off the party we’ll share some of our recipes this week, but in the weeks to come we’ll feature some of our favorites that you link up.

Corn Recipes from Popcorn to Cornbread

mom's-popcorn

Easy Homemade Popcorn

Ghosts Almond Bark Popcorn

Spooky Almond Bark Popcorn Ghosts

Festive Popcorn

Fall Popcorn for Parties

CaramelCornCandybar

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

cornbread

The Best Cornbread

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

mom's-popcorn

Simple Old Fashioned Homemade Popcorn Recipe

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The smell of popcorn instantly transports me to memories of the drive-in theatre that we’d go to when we were kids. Mom and Dad would bundle us up in our pj’s because they knew we would fall asleep. We’d always bring dinner like fried chicken. And Mom would make popcorn on the stove and throw it in a paper bag to bring with us.

Well a couple years ago I was just sick of the microwave fake popcorn. I mean, have you ever cut one of those bags open? Some fake congealed yellow butter-flavored oily substance coats a small handful of kernels that have been sitting in that yellow mush for months until you finally throw it in the microwave. Not something I want to put in my mouth. Remember, I’m all about eating REAL food. So I set out to make Real Homemade Popcorn like Mom used to, with my own spin of course.

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Easy Homemade Popcorn

The perfect after school, sleep over, movie, or game night treat. Stovetop popcorn is super easy, and ready in just a couple of minutes -just as fast, better for you, and better tasting than the microwave!

Simple Old Fashioned Homemade Popcorn Recipe
 
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Homemade Old Fashioned Popcorn like Mom used to make it! Simple and real ingredients!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • 2T Butter, or a bit more.
  • 2T Canola Oil (I’ve also heard Sunflower Oil works well)
  • ⅓-1/2 Cup Popping Corn, I let the measuring cup fill over
  • Salt or Season Salt – our recipe here!
  • 1 Large Clean Paper Bag or a couple paper lunch bags

Directions
  1. Place all but the salt in a thick bottom 8 qt sauce pot with a good fitting lid covering it.
  2. Put heat on high, yup high. Now gently shake back and forth. In a few minutes you will hear it begin to pop (about 2minutes). I suggest wearing oven mitts to keep your hands comfortable during this.
  3. Shake a bit more vigorously while kernels pop and keep contents moving well.
  4. Then when popping starts to really slow down – believe me you will be able to hear it (about 1 minute of popping). Take it off the heat and quickly pour into paper bag or large bowl, salt to taste and shimy shake the bag for a moment or two.
  5. DONE! Pop in a flic, get a cold beverage, and enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Cider

Spiced Wassail, Traditional Apple Cider

This traditional apple cider recipe is perfect for the whole family, it’s not too sweet, not too tart, and not too spiced. Just the way I remember it -I’m so glad my mom wrote this one down.

Get yourself a gallon of good unfiltered apple cider, and spice it up with cinnamon sticks, pineapple juice, orange juice and more. I’m pretty sure everyone will love it, hot or cold! My favorite is to make this on a cold morning and let it sit and mull on the stove all day. It makes your house smell wonderful, and keeps your family warm and happy sipping on it for hours. And if you have left overs, you can throw them back into the apple cider jug and have amazing cold cider the next day. Mmmm… that’s it, I’m going to the store to pick up another batch!

Homemade Caramel Apple Cider

 

Spiced Wassail and Caramel Apple Cider
 
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Spice cider up a bit with a few extra ingredients, perfect on a cold autumn or winter day.
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Recipe type: Spiced Cider, Wassail
Serves/Makes: 12

Ingredients
  • 6 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 3 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 20oz. Can Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
  • ⅓ Cup Orange Juice

Directions
  1. In a large pot slowly bring all the ingredients to a simmer over medium-low heat. Heat at least 5 minutes, keep over low heat until served.

Tips
Add a tsp. of caramel into your cup, add cider, and top with some whipped cream and another drizzle of caramel, for a fabulous caramel apple cider!

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

Easy Pumpkin Chip Cookies

Do you love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies as much as I do? I used to go to the store late at night just to pick up a batch -true story- I am so silly sometimes…. Well now that pumpkin is back in season, all I’ve wanted to do is have pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but alas I haven’t been able to find any around here. Then just last week my mom told me that her dear friend Krysta brought over some delicious pumpkin cookies that she made. She said there were only two ingredients, Pumpkin, and Spice Cake Mix. That’s it! I know you can’t believe it, but it’s true!

We had to try it out for ourselves, and because I love chocolate I threw in mini chocolate chips. Oh my goodness! These were so easy and they turned out great. In fact, I think they tasted better the second day! So go ahead and make these suckers ahead of time, and you and your friends will be so impressed when you walk in to your next get-together with these in hand. Or you can, make these for your kids and have them decorate them for Halloween like I did. Only, I don’t have kids, so those are pictures of my poor decorating skills :P … I think I’ll leave the fancy stuff to Laura.

So that’s it. Super simple, decently healthy, savory and sweet, Pumpkin Chip Cookies!!!

1 can O’ Pumpkin + 1 box O’ Spice Cake Mix + 1 cup O’ Mini Chocolate Chips = Yummy!

Easy Pumpkin Chip Cookies
 
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3 Ingredients – bake and done – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!
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Recipe type: Cookies, Holiday
Serves/Makes: 24

Ingredients
  • 1 15oz Can Cooked Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Frosting / Icing (optional)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix and pumpkin puree with a mixer, add the chocolate chips, stir, well.
  3. Scoop by Tablespoon fulls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean.

Tips
Decorate with store bought icing, or frost with cream cheese frosting for an added treat :)


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Spiced Apple Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Apples, A Perfect Homemade Fall Breakfast!

I think a perfect breakfast includes pancakes and eggs, and occasionally bacon. :P   But with Fall here and apple season in full swing, I had to cook up something special for breakfast Sunday morning. Drawing inspiration from my Pumpkin Apple Spice Yankee Candle, I whipped up some of the most Heavenly homemade pancakes I’ve ever had. I mean both my husband and I thought they would be good, but we had no idea they’d be that amazing!!! Not only are these pumpkin pancakes wonderfully delicious, they are pretty darn easy to make, and super filling. So a pancake or two per person will do ya just fine, which means this recipe will feed the whole family!

Imagine fluffy spiced pumpkin pancakes melting in your mouth. Topped with fresh crisp apples that have been seasoned with cinnamon and sugar, a touch of cloves, and warmed with a dab of butter. Oh yeah! This is the life you’ve always dreamed of! Or at least, one that I’ve dreamed of. :)   30 Minutes, and you too can be eating your very own Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Apples.

4.8 from 4 reviews

Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Apples
 
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Gooey Spiced Apples top steaming fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes in a recipe that hits all the right notes!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Treats, Fall, Pumpkin
Cuisine: American
Serves/Makes: 5 people

Ingredients
Pancakes
  • 1½ Cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Clove
  • ½ tsp. All Spice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Tbs Melted Butter
Apples
  • 4 Medium Apples Peeled, Cored, Small Chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 Small Lemon Juiced (about ¼ Cup)
  • 1 Tbs Butter, Melted
  • 1 Tbs Flour
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Cloves
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Water

Directions
  1. Start by prepping your Apples. Peel and dice into 1″ cubes, and drizzle each apple after cubing with about 1 Tbs. lemon juice. Using about ¼ cup of lemon juice for all 4 apples.
  2. Melt 1 Tbs. butter in the microwave, whisk 1 Tbs. flour into the butter and throw in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Toss in your apples.
  3. Coat apples in Cinnamon, Cloves, All Spice, and Brown Sugar, and toss thoroughly allowing the butter and flour to melt and combine with the spices and sugar evenly over the apples. Add the ½ cup of water, stir, and cover. Allow to slowly simmer and cook while you prepare and bake your pancakes, stir occasionally. (cook about 20 minutes)
  4. For your pancakes add all of the pancake ingredients minus the melted butter and stir until just incorporated. Then add your melted butter, stir, and let the batter sit for a couple minutes while you heat your griddle to about 350 or pan to medium heat.
  5. Use a small dab of butter to coat your cooking surface. Then give your pancake batter a quick stir and ladle about ¼ cup of batter into a circle on your cook top. Allow to cook until the edges begin to be lightly brown (note* you may not see your typical bubbles because this is a thicker batter). Flip pancake and allow to cook for a couple more minutes. I cooked each 4″ pancake for approx 5 minutes because it is a thicker batter and you don’t want it to be doughy in the middle. Try testing 1 pancake first to get the appropriate cook time.
  6. Once your pancakes are done top with apples and enjoy!

Tips
Top with some whipped cream and your kids (or you) will go crazy for these!
If your pancakes are too dark or burning on the outside, but still not quite done or cooked through the middle, turn your heat down on the pan and cook your next batch lower and slower.


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Ghosts Almond Bark Popcorn

Festive Fall Popcorn for Gifts or Parties

Fall is officially here, and I am beyond excited! I love Fall. It ushers in wonderful weather, beautiful aromas, amazing food, and warm hues of reds and yellows as far as you can see. But it’s my favorite time of year because it brings friends and family together. So here’s something you can make at your next party or as lovely gifts for your neighbors, coworkers, or friends if you wrap it up in cellophane gift bags. This Festive Fall Popcorn can be decorated anyway you like, and presented in a big bowl, on a cookie sheet, in cupcake liners, or small paper bags. This is a perfect treat to make with your kids, letting them decorate, and mix and match. I hope you have fun with it and enjoy this time of year!

4.2 from 5 reviews

Festive Fall Almond Bark Popcorn
 
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Sweet and salty makes this a perfect combination. Add almond bark and any other toppings you’d like to this fall popcorn and you can have an instant treat in as little as 10 minutes!
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Recipe type: Treat, Party Favor, Gift
Serves/Makes: 48

Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Vanilla Almond Bark
  • 2 tsp. Crisco
  • 2 Bags of Popcorn
  • 1 Bag of Fall Colored M&M’s
  • 3 Tbs. Caramel
  • Food Coloring

Directions
  1. Pop 2 bags of microwave popcorn and set aside. (I used smart pop)
  2. Melt half a package of vanilla almond bark with 1 tsp crisco in microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until in runs nice and smooth.
  3. Dump one bag of popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl, drizzle with half a package of almond bark and stir until thoroughly coated. Place covered popcorn into serving container(s).
  4. Repeat above steps with the other bag of popcorn and the rest of the almond bark.
  5. Decorate popcorn with colored M&M’s, drizzle warm caramel, and you can also color a tablespoon or two of melted almond bark into orange, red, or yellow, to drizzle over the top too.

Tips
To make spooky ghosts. Stack the white almond bark popcorn into a ghost shape in a cupcake liner, and decorate with a ghost face, using black icing bought from the store.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Cup

Spooky Halloween Ghost Popcorn

Make these Halloween Ghosts for your next party by simply decorating little faces with black icing.


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apple butter

No Butter in this Fall Apple Butter

I love Apple Butter! It is the taste of all things Autumn. I really believe if fall had a flavor, it would be Apple Butter. It looks so tantalizing sitting there in the pretty jars, then once opened the aroma wafts all around one’s head until you can’t grab a spoon and piece of toast fast enough, so you nearly stick your finger into the jar to have a taste. I salivate just thinking about it.

4.5 from 4 reviews

Spicy Apple Butter
 
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Serves/Makes: 7 jars

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  • Around 8 pounds of Granny Smith and Fuji or Pink lady Apples. (Or any combo).
  • ½ Cup Apple Juice
  • 2 C. Brown Sugar
  • 2 C. White Sugar
  • 2 Tb. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tb. Chinese 5 spice

Directions
  1. Quarter apples and place in a large crock pot. Add all other ingredients and give it a stir to coat.
  2. Place the lid on and let it cook on low for 9 to 10 hours.
  3. At about 9 hours, strain the contents through a wire mesh strainer into a large pot and place back into your crockpot, discarding seeds and cores (perfect for the compost pile)!
  4. Place it back in the crock pot and cook an additional hour uncovered until thick. Place into sterilized jars and refrigerate. Makes about 6-7 pint jars.

Apple butter is a lost art. Many stores do not carry it and even fewer people make it. The question left unanswered for me is, ‘why?’ It is the most easy of all of the jams in the entire world to make. My recipe is so simple, just toss everything into the wonderful invention that is the crockpot and walk away. 10 hours later there is jam.

Well there is another step. Most will peel and core every apple. I don’t waste my time with that. I am an old fashioned kind of gal. The pectin that makes the jam set doesn’t need to be added from a packet. Nope, it is in the peel and the core of the apples. So I just quarter the whole apples and toss the few other ingredients in. At the end of 9 hours, when I believe all is well and cooked, I smash everything through a wire strainer, thus removing peels and seeds. In this process everything is so soft there is little effort involved. I know, I know, is she crazy or is she a genius? Well, go ahead and try this easy recipe and you can decide. I will warn you, unexpected guests may suddenly appear due to the wonderful aroma coming from your home.


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Biscuits and Gravy

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Biscuits and Gravy

Okay I promised Sausage Gravy for those delectable biscuits, so here it is!

For years growing up the only thing I would order for breakfast at restaurants was biscuits and gravy. I’m sure that contributed to my waist line, but I couldn’t help myself. It was and still is one of my favorite comfort foods, warming to the body as well as the soul.

So when I asked Memaw for her secret recipe she handed it over gladly, and I was surprised just how easy it was to make.

Classic Biscuits and Gravy

Only 5 ingredients! Just how Memaw used to make it in the heart of Minnesota at the restaurant. Thick, but not too thick. Peppery, but not too much. A savory breakfast to fuel your day.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
 
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Memaw’s sausage gravy recipe, a classic white gravy perfect over biscuits.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 lbs Breakfast Sausage (pork or chicken)
  • 2 Tbs. All Purpose Flour
  • 1+ Cups 2% or Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions
  1. Ok start with your pan on high heat. Brown the sausage into tiny bits. If your sausage came in casings remove from casings before cooking.
  2. Once the sausage is cooked, browned (not burned), whisk or use a good wooden spoon to stir in 2 tbs of flour into the sausage drippings. Scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan and work the flour into a paste.
  3. Then slowly whisk in your milk to the flour and sausage until the flour is dissolved. Bring the gravy to a boil to thicken. If the gravy is too thick, slowly add milk by the tablespoon until it’s the consistency you want. Hint: it should not boil and spit everywhere that’s too thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. I use both liberally.
  5. Enjoy over our buttermilk biscuits!

Biscuits

Try Our Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe!


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Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuits

Mmm… Ok, okay what’s better than biscuits? I mean they are melt in your mouth savory buttery goodness, and I personally can’t get enough of them! I love them with jam, or just with butter, or honey. Or, dare I say I love to dip them in gravy. Ooooh, yes brown gravy and biscuits so good. But, even better, I’m going to be posting our sausage gravy recipe soon and these biscuits pair perfectly for an amazing breakfast, so excited!

Anyways, biscuits are one of my all time favorite sides, and although I love making easy drop biscuits -like our Cheddar and Chive Biscuits, you just can’t beat a good old fashioned biscuit -rolled and cut and layered.

Homemade Biscuits

Here’s a classic buttermilk biscuit recipe from our aunt Nellie. Tried and true for generations!

Buttermilk Biscuits
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

Directions
  1. In a bowl combine the flour baking powerder and soda. Cut in a unreadable until it resembles coarse unreadable unreadable in buttermilik. Knead gently roll out to ½”" thick. Cut with a cookier cutter and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-10 minutes. Unreadable garden lawn. <-- What on earth? Can't read that.