Book of Joy, Day 5, by Lynne

I like to make edible treats to share with family and neighbors during the holidays.  I often have the kids help me with preparing or decorating the goodies.  This year, my older son came up with an idea for some treats he wanted to make.  We did a test run of them before Thanksgiving, and they were so delicious, we decided to make more to give away this year.

My aspiring chef wanted to experiment with making different flavored popcorn.  So, we made a big batch of air popped popcorn and then added different things to it.  We made three different kinds, and they are all quite tasty.

The first one was melted Kraft caramels drizzled over the popcorn, then sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice.  (This was my favorite, and it was very difficult to keep my hands off of it!)  The second one was melted white chocolate drizzled over the popcorn, with crushed candy cane powder and Christmas sprinkles shaken on.  The third was the easiest of all.  We melted equal amounts of milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips, and drizzled that over the popcorn. We packaged them up in pretty bags to give as gifts.

We did no schoolwork today, but I think we learned a lot by working together and having fun experimenting with what flavors worked together.  We also had to figure out how much popcorn to make and the ratio of flavorings to popcorn. I think the recipients will enjoy their treats, and I can’t wait to see what the boys come up with for next year.

Take some time to make some treats with your kiddos. You can gobble them up yourselves or give them away.  Either way, you’ll have a delicious time.

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Lynne–Lynne has enjoyed homeschooling her two sons for the past 4.5 years, after their brief stint in the local public school.  Her older son is a humorous fellow with high functioning autism who thrives in a home education environment.  Her younger son is a sensitive soul with a great deal of patience. The boys, Mom, and Dad, along with the two guinea pigs, live in Northeast Ohio.  Lynne holds a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature.  She is also a Harry Potter fanatic, enjoys line dancing and Zumba, spends hours scrapbooking, and loves organic vegetables.  You can visit her soon-to-be revitalized blog at www.daysofwonderhomeschool.blogspot.com.

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