Friday, September 27, 2013

Weekend Coupon Codes

I wanted to pop in here quickly to share three great coupon codes for this weekend. All three of these websites are places I've ordered from and have been very pleased with the products and service. (Affiliate links included below.)
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Huge supply of all kinds of grosgrain ribbon, trims, and more.

The codes are good from now through midnight EST Sunday, September 29th and can even be used on sale items!

Order subtotals from $.01 to $39.99 SAVE 10% using code AUTUMN10.
Order subtotals $40 and up SAVE 15% using code AUTUMN15.

Download Sewing Patterns Today!

You Can Make This
Huge supply of downloadable pdf sewing and craft patterns.

Updated Website SALE
This code is only good through tonight, so order quickly!

Use the code NEWYCMT when you check out and receive 20% off your order.

Receive the Watermelon Table Topper pattern by Kimberbell FREE with your purchase over $25.
Receive the Perfectly Imperfect Quilt and the Watermelon Table Topper patterns by Kimberbell FREE with your purchase over $40.

Tropical Traditions
America's #1 source for coconut oil and virgin coconut oil plus many more products.

FREE Shipping is back! Through midnight EST, Monday, September 30th, all Tropical Traditions Ground shipments within the lower 48 United States will be FREE with the use of our FREE Shipping coupon! A minimum order of $16 dollars is required.

To take advantage of this special, you MUST enter coupon code 130913 in your cart before checking out, and choose either Ground or SmartPost from the drop down list of shipping options!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Homemade Dark Chocolate Drizzled Kettle Corn

About a month or so ago, my mom asked me if there were any recipes for homemade Kettle Corn. She had been enjoying a little chocolate drizzled kettle corn as an afternoon snack, but the bag was almost empty, and as it was a seasonal item, the stores around here didn't have any more available.

So I went searching on Pinterest to see what I could find. Sure enough, I found a recipe that looked easy, and decided to give it a try. The first batch was sort of a success. I only had a regular cooking pan to make the popcorn in, and the sugar stuck to the bottom of the pan a little and the popcorn had a slightly burned taste.

I wasn't ready to give up yet, and thought I'd try it again on a lower temperature. This time was worse! Not only did the popcorn burn again, the sugar also badly burned onto the pan leaving black spots that only came off with vigorous scrubbing and cleaning products! Things were just not working!

Then one day we were at church getting our weekly carry-in meal ready and one of the families brought their new Whirley Pop popcorn maker to make kettle corn! That's what I was missing! A regular pan just wasn't good enough for making kettle corn, I needed a special popcorn popper! We've always used and air popper for making popcorn, so this was something new.

Within a week or two, I had purchased a used Whirley Pop popper off of Ebay and was in business! This pan is just perfect for making kettle corn, and we have been thoroughly enjoying it since we got it. It takes a lot of turning to keep the oil, sugar, and popcorn kernels moving so that they won't burn, but it's worth it, and turns out perfect yummy kettle corn every time!

Making Kettle Corn
Measure 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 1/4 cup organic sugar (or regular sugar), and 1/4 cup coconut oil (affiliate link).

Pour oil in popper and heat over medium heat until hot. Add popcorn and sugar. Stir to combine. Close lid and begin stirring as the popcorn heats and the sugar melts.

Just as you begin to think nothing is going to happen, the kernels begin to explode first one or two at a time and then more and more at once! Keep stirring until you can't stir anymore as the pan is completely full.

Quickly dump into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt to taste, stirring to get the salt mixed in thoroughly.

Now, you're ready to dig in and eat your yummy treat, OR you can go a step farther and turn your plain kettle corn into an even more special treat by adding drizzled chocolate!

Melt 1/2-3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (depending on how much popcorn you have left after eating sampling the plain kettle corn) and whatever oil has settled in the bottom of the measuring cup from making the popcorn.

Spread the popcorn in a single layer on cookie sheets. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Place the pans in the freezer (or fridge) for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

Break into chunks and enjoy!

You could also try this with semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips or peanut butter chips for a fun and yummy variation!


Note: FREE Shipping Coupon!! Through midnight EDT, Monday, September 9th, all Tropical Traditions Ground shipments within the lower 48 United States will be FREE with the use of our FREE Shipping coupon 19139!