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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The popcorn dance~

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A few months ago, we decided to get rid of our microwave oven.  After reading about the dangers of microwaves and trying to make our home a healthier home, we just felt this was best.  However, we all missed our microwave popcorn.  (Which might not be the safest thing for you either.)

We don’t have an air popper anymore but I remember as a little girl that my mom would pop popcorn on the stove top.  So I pulled out my deep pot with a lid and tried it. 

And we all loved it!  Yummy!

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It’s very easy to make.  Using a deep pot, we cover the bottom with oil.  (Probably about 3 or so tablespoons)  I put in about 3 kernels of popcorn over medium high heat and wait for one to pop.  Once I  hear the pop, I put in about 1/2 cup (give or take) of popcorn.  Cover with the lid and shake, shake, shake.  (I use a pot holder and hold the top and “scoot” it back and forth across the burner.  And I should note that I have a gas stove and not a real pretty flat top stove that I would be afraid to mess up with all my shaking.)  Once the popping starts, I listen for the pops to slow a bit and turn the fire off.  After waiting a minute or two for the pops to stop, I pour into large bowls and salt the popcorn. 

Sometimes, we add about 1/3 cup of sugar as we add the unpopped kernels into the pot.  This makes a kettle corn that is incredibly good.

The shaking makes a neat little rhythm and I made up a song called the popcorn dance.  While I sing this and dance a bit myself {blush}, the kids gather around and dance & sing in the kitchen too.  Our song goes a little something like this:

Popcorn dance, popcorn dance

Doing the popcorn dance

Popcorn dance, popcorn dance

Doing the popcorn dance

I didn’t say that it was a good song…just that we sing a song!  But it’s all fun.  ;)

And I have pictures of the dance in action too.  I, of course, had my hands full but my 10 year old son grabbed the camera and got a few pictures of his little brother doing the popcorn dance with a popcorn bowl on his head.  (Don’t worry, we washed it before we put popcorn into it.)

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And that is the popcorn dance of the Little White House on Pennsylvania Avenue! 

 

6 comments:

  1. I truly am feeling "joy" as I read your post.

    This is the cutest darn thing!

    YAY for you and getting rid of your microwave! That was one of those things that 8 years ago we got rid of and the wishy woshy us has one back now.

    because we are infact..

    wishy woshy with these things.

    You have inspired me to consider ditching it again so I can do the popcorn dance with baby boy!

    {i really love your new blog look. have I told you that? the colors are so soft and peaceful.}

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  2. Oh I remember making pop corn on the stove with my mom too.. it was awesome.. I dont remember what i taste like.. I just remember making it..lol

    My microwave is broke at this time.. and you are probably very right when you talk about how bad it is for us.. but I sure do miss it when i need to reheat my coffee..

    Thanks for a great post and bringing back a great memory..
    Have a blessed day

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  3. Yay!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! And it's YOUR song ( how neat)....think of all the sweet memories you are building for your children, and healthier is always better.

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  4. My grandfather makes THE BEST popcorn on the stove. Makes me all happy inside, I just LOVE it... I didnt know microwaves were not safe... Im checing out the site you listed... I wouldnt mind getting rid of ours, extra counter space for baking :) YAY!!! I am liking this idea!!!

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  5. Oh I remember making pop corn on the stove with my mom too.. it was awesome.. I dont remember what i taste like.. I just remember making it..lol

    My microwave is broke at this time.. and you are probably very right when you talk about how bad it is for us.. but I sure do miss it when i need to reheat my coffee..

    Thanks for a great post and bringing back a great memory..
    Have a blessed day

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  6. I truly am feeling "joy" as I read your post.

    This is the cutest darn thing!

    YAY for you and getting rid of your microwave! That was one of those things that 8 years ago we got rid of and the wishy woshy us has one back now.

    because we are infact..

    wishy woshy with these things.

    You have inspired me to consider ditching it again so I can do the popcorn dance with baby boy!

    {i really love your new blog look. have I told you that? the colors are so soft and peaceful.}

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