Wednesday, September 29, 2010

'Party Popcorn and nuts'....

'Party Popcorn and Nuts'

The recipe for 'Party Popcorn and Nuts' comes from the 'Harvest Baking' magazine which contains a 'Land O Lakes' Recipe Collection. This is a fun recipe to make on a rainy fall day for a football game, Halloween party, or perhaps as a special treat for a sweet little someone in your life. The key here is special treat. It's not something you would want to serve every day.

The recipe calls for:
8 cups of popcorn
2 cups salted mixed nuts
1/3 cup LAND O LAKES butter
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 cup candy corn
I also added 1 cup of the fall colored M&M's
You will also need some kind of a container or bowl to store the popcorn mixture in.
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminium foil and then spray the foil with a non-stick cooking spray.
Combine the popcorn and nuts in a bowl and set aside.
Combine butter, syrup, and brown sugar in a 1-quart sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking for one minute.
Pour the butter mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir well to coat. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake one hour stirring every fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Cool completely in pan.
Break up pieces. Place in a large serving bowl. sprinkle with candy corn or any other fall type candy of your choosing. Store in a food container with a tight-fitting lid, or seal in a bag.

Then comes the fun part! Decorate your containers or bags in a fall or halloween theme. You can use colorful ribbons, stickers, spiders, flowers, and home made gift tags. You could even attach a poem to orange and black paper, punch a hole in the top and attach that to your container. There are so many creative things you could do that the possibilities are endless.

You can always serve it in a bowl like I did here or find a little bucket like I found at Target in the dollar section. I justed added a pretty ribbon and a sticker. I think it looks rather festive if I don't say so my self :>)

I have also put the pop corn mixture in a bag, switched the ribbon, and again included a festive sticker. Thank you so much 'Harvest Baking' for giving me my inspiration.
I look forward to seeing what all of you are cooking up in your kitchens for the up coming holidays.
I hope all of you have a beautiful and blessed day ♥
Charli is looking forward to the yummy home made treats I will be baking for her this Halloween.
With all our love and very warmest regards,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cougar football!......

Cougar Football!!!!
This has been a very exciting beginning to a school year for my hubby and I as our grandson Thomas is playing high school varsity football. It's been so much fun to attend the games and see all of the school spirit and comradery. There is so much I would like to share and show you but it's just to difficult to down load pictures these days. I think part of the problem may be that I have used 98% of my allotted photo space here. I have no idea what will will happen to my blog when I reach the full 100%. All I can say is that no matter what occurs I want all of you to know that I have enjoyed my time here and have especially loved getting to know all of you.
Many of you have been making wonderful mosaics and posting them here in blog land. I decided it might be fun to make a mosaic to apply to the bag I carry back and forth to the football games. I have gotten a lot of positive feed back on mine so I thought I would share it here with all of you. These bags are fun to make and can be used for just about anything you might need a tote for. The totes can be ordered right here on line as well as the transfer paper for your photos. The following site is just one of places here on line where you can order the totes if you decide you might like to make one for yourself or a special someone in your life. t

This is my tote all set and ready to go.

I thought I would leave you with a little clip of the Dakota High School Mascot in action. I hope it turns out and you will be able to view it. It's sure to bring you a smile and perhaps even bring back some memories of your own high school football days.

Charli and I are off for a morning walk.

I wish all of you a wonderful and blessed day ♥

With warmest regards, Carol


Friday, September 24, 2010

The 'KMarkovich Art Gallery'.......

The 'KMarkovich Art Gallery'.....

I thought I would re-introduce you to a wonderful artist today who just happens to be my very own cousin. I have spoken about Kathy here on my blog before when I shared pictures with you of the fabulous Sponge Bob cake she made. Kathy is amazingly talented! She truly has a gift and can make just about anything anyone requests. Recently she started her own blog at
where she shares some of her incredible art work with all of us us. I hope you will pop over and say hello. Welcome to our blog world Kathy!

I hope all of you have a beautiful
day! Charli and I have some cleaning to do and then it's off for a walk.
We will be going to our grandson's football game later today. More on that in future posts :>) Poor Charli, she is not allowed in the stadium.
With warmest regards, Carol

Thursday, September 23, 2010

'The 'Rag Time Street Fair' at Greenfield Village

The 'Rag Time Street Fair' at Greenfield Village

Having grown up in an area very close to the Henry Ford Greenfield Village, I have been fortunate to be able visit there during all of the various seasons. I have visited at Christmas and Halloween which proofed to be very fun experiences. Although I have taken several school trips to Greenfield Village as a child I have especially enjoyed the village as an adult. It is truly an American experience. There are many interesting demonstrations going on all of the time from glass blowing to candlestick making. Here you can listen to tales from Huckleberry Finn or see an old fashion baseball game. I have been in and out of the homes and buildings so many times I have lost track of the count. As a young adult I used to like to go there sometimes as often as weekly to sit by the pond and leisurely enjoy all of the sights and sounds. It's a great place to relax and unwind. I don't go to the Henry Ford Village as much as I used to because I prefer the small village and historical museum here in my own home town. I like the close proximity, it's much less expensive, and it offers many wonderful programs and events as well. However, I do like to sometimes go back to Greenfield Village for special programs and events such as the 'Ragtime Street Fair.'

Here are just a couple of the ways you can travel through the village. I especially like the horse and buggy rides.

There are always friendly people who can direct or guide you along your way.

'The 'Ragtime Street fair' takes place in the center of town and is very much like a festival or fair would be in any small American town across the United States.

You can take impromptu dance lessons if you like or pull up a chair and listen to some good old Rag Time music. There is also a Dixieland Jazz Parade that is scheduled at different times through out the weekend.

If you prefer to walk away from the center of town you can enjoy a stroll through timeless streets where you will see wonderful old historic homes, pass by a lovely stone edged pond, or walk over a quaint covered bridge.There are also many beautiful gardens to stroll through. Where ever you go through out the village you can hear the comings and goings of the train as it clanks, chugs, and whistles along the tracks. It's one of the things I look forward to most at the village.

The guy in the picture below is having fun on his old fashioned bicycle.

The center of town is bustling with activity as chickens and ribs are grilled, corn roasted, and fresh vegetables sold. You can also purchase frozen custard, popcorn, candy cotton, and peanuts, as well as a number of different kinds of cold drinks.

Below are some ladies trying to get women the vote.

The thing I love most about the village is that every where you look people are talking and having fun. To me, there is just no better way to spend an afternoon.

Poor Charli had to spend yet another day home alone but we made it up to her later that day.
I hope all of you have a lovely day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol
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