Maybe it’s the college student in me, but I LOVE second-hand/thrift stores. When you’ve only got so much money to spend on extra things like decorations for holidays, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity stores can be a lifesaver! I’m also a big fan of the mix-and-match decor method, everything doesn’t have to match perfectly for it to look perfect. Yesterday I went on a bit of a shopping spree and got plenty of candy, decorations, plates, and random baking tools for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day. My sister thinks I have a bit of a problem. But all of it came from Habitat for Humanity, Dollar Tree and Party City, so I didn’t have to drop $100 for a couple fun things.
I got a beautiful and simple red vase which I plan on filling with some flowers I treat myself with on Valentine’s Day, because I’m a strong independent woman who don’t need no man! I also found a few plates and napkins, ready and waiting to pose with some delicious treats for pics. Not to mention all the silly things I just had to grab, like a headband with springy hearts bouncing above my head. Too cute and a little annoying, perfect! We’re still just under a month away from Valentine’s Day, but I’m just too excited to wait to decorate! But until I’ve got some decorations up and pictures to share, I’ll continue with the national fun food days.
National Popcorn Day
I grew up hating kettle corn until I got one of those long bags at a soccer tournament then couldn’t figure out why I hated it. If you’ve ever had chocolate covered pretzels, kettle corn is delicious in the same sweet + salt kind of way.
Homemade Kettle Corn
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp salt
Set a large pot over low heat and take out a large bowl to be ready to pour out the kettle corn when it's finished.
Turn the heat up to medium and add the oil to the pot. Add three popcorn kernels. When two of the three have popped, add the rest of the kernels.
Add a lid and shake periodically while the corn is popping. When the popping slows, pour in the sugar and salt and cover. Count to ten then turn the heat down to low.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the popcorn, scraping the bottom of the pot as you stir. The sugar will begin to melt and brown. (Be careful, the kernels can still pop)
When the kettle corn is an amber color in a few spots, pour it into the prepared bowl. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Original recipe from Modern Mrs Darcy