Wow! This week has been a busy one. It's actually been a pretty busy month. In the last week I have been planning our family's Halloween party. It's one of my favourite things to do all year.
Decorating, planning, inviting, list making, shopping, prepping, baking, cooking and then partying. And I love every minute of it.
We played 2 games, we danced, laughed, hollered & cheered, sang along to thriller, shared stories and ate A LOT!
- chocolate hazelnut cups (If you look at the recipe, I replaced the peanut butter with hazelnut butter)
- raw nanaimo bars
- creamy maple walnut crumble with raspberry puree
- vegan cheese dip
- apple crumble muffins (recipe coming soon)
- spinach quinoa muffins
- oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
- and caramel popcorn.
My mom and mother in law brought guacamole and hummus! Everything was soooo delicious. I haven't eaten that much in a long time. My belly was satisfied.
I was so impressed with all the wonderful people who could come. We had 3 witches. 2 dolls, 1 princess, 1 TV, 2 people from the 80's, 1 church goer, 1 lady bug, 2 bears, 1 deer, 1 lion, 1 clown, 1 baseball player, 3 skeletons, 2 grim reapers, 2 bumble bees, and a Charleston dancer!
I wonder what everyone will dress up as next year! We just finished watching Maleficent. I wonder if I could pull that one off.
Makes 10-12 cups of popcorn
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup unpopped organic kernels
- 1/3 cup unpasteurized honey (I always use Big D's Bees local honey)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. ginger powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. celtic sea salt, ground
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- top off with celtic sea salt, ground
1. Preheat oven to 300° F (150° c). Pop popcorn in air popper. Line a lasagna dish with parchment paper and fill with popcorn.
2. In a large pan, with high edges, add honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, ginger powder, cinnamon and salt. Turn heat on to medium/low heat and stir until it starts to boil.
3. Once it boils, stop stirring. Let boil for 5 minutes on medium/low heat. (At this point I filled my sink with super hot water to place caramel dishes in. The hot water cleans them off nice and easy.)
4. Once 5 minutes have passed, take the pan off the heat. Add vanilla and baking soda. Caramel will form and get thicker. Pour on top of popcorn and stir.
5. Place dish in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes. Take out a stir well. Put in the oven for another 5 minutes. Take out a stir well again. Place back into the oven for 4-5 hours. TURN OVEN OFF. (I went to bed during this time and then took it out in the morning)
6. Put the popcorn in an air tight container.
Make sure you brush your teeth after you eat this stuff! It's so good but I'm sure your teeth just hate how sweet it is! I'm so happy I could make a recipe that has quality ingredients in it, better then the stuff you buy in the store, that's for sure.
Thanks again for reading and happy cooking!