December 9: Cabin Fever

mason-snowWe have a bad case of cabin fever around my house. I suspect you may be suffering from the same problem at your house too!

Both my guys are bored, bored, bored. The big one sleeps and watches sports on TV. My little guy, when not busy playing video games, is bouncing off the walls.

Other than being annoyed by their constant boredom and occasional bickering, I am thrilled to be stuck at home. The list of things I need and want to do is so long, I could be snowed in for months and never get to the end. Yesterday I cleaned, washed, ironed. Okay that’s not so fun but at least it’s done. I also worked on a new knitting design, baked a loaf of bread, roasted a chicken, and made caramel corn.

mason-popcornKeith’s Grandpa Bill loved caramel corn. In fact, he always said “it takes two to make caramel corn” and he was right. One to pour, another to stir. We love it so much we make three pans full. We’d make more but that’s all we can fit in the oven.

Mason loves to help Keith pop the popcorn in the air popper, and once we put it in the oven every 15 minutes we all hop off the couch to stir. Now that’s what I call indoor family fun. I’m not sure if my guys would agree, but it beats sleeping and video games.

One good thing about cabin fever, it’s a great way to tackle that stash. Snow days and yarning just go together!

Today is another double feature, in that I have two prizes for you.

My first prize is our Cowls pattern. Talk about a stash buster! This is a basic pattern written for nine gauges, ranging from 2-6 sts to the inch, five circumferences, and lists the yardage for five different widths. Infinity scarves are hot, hot, hot and super easy to knit. Why brave the bitter cold when you can knit presents at home and use up stash? Plus it’s a much better gift than more mass-produced stuff from China.

Download the Cowls pattern today, for it will go away tomorrow.

Oops, deal is over but you can still purchase the Cowls pattern (worth every penny!)

My second prize for you today is my caramel corn recipe. This is like crack for foodies. I can eat it until I practically put myself into a diabetic stupor. It is also one of the few foods that I am not good about sharing. I always made a point of sharing with Grandpa Bill, but now that he’s gone Keith and I hoard it for ourselves. So if you want to get any, you will either need to come over and help stir or make your own.

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Caramel Popcorn

Fill roaster with popcorn, about 3/4 full

Use disposable roasting pans, I repeat – use disposable roasting pans. Toss them when you’re through, you’ll thank me for this tip. One year we used our good roasting pan and it took a week of scrubbing to get the pan clean.  Our trusty old air popper works perfect. You’ll want to transfer the popcorn into the roaster by hand so you don’t get any kernels (ouch)

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo syrup
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

In large stockpot bring butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup, and salt to a boil. Boil 5 minutes on medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp baking soda. (get ready, it is going to puff up big!)

Pour over popcorn and stir well. Don’t worry if it’s not totally covered. It will melt all over the popcorn as it bakes.

Bake 1 hour at 250º, stirring every 15 minutes.

Before you pull it out of the oven, spread wax paper out on your kitchen counters. When finished baking, pour the hot caramel corn onto the wax paper, and break it up into smaller pieces by hand. Otherwise you’ll have one huge popcorn ball. When it cools, store in cute tins, plastic containers, or baggies.

We usually triple the recipe, pulling the center rack out of the oven and stacking the roasters on top of each other to fit them all in the oven. We rotate them after each stirring.

Enjoy!

 

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4 thoughts on “December 9: Cabin Fever

  1. I have been tempted to try your caramel corn recipe in past years and have hesitated, knowing once I go to the yummy side there will be no returning! It always looks delicious

  2. Thanks for the cowl patterns! Love them! And I love homemade caramel popcorn, too. My mom used to make it. And it is yummy!!!

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