I have a group of 10 7th grade girls that I meet with once a week during the school year. So much more could be said about them – how they challenge me, shape me, make me laugh, sometimes their stories make me cry – they are awesome. Last Wednesday was our last meeting of the year, so last Friday I had them over to my apartment for a sleep over…lots of sugar, scrap booking, nail polish, and fun.
My friend Chrissy came over and helped me prepare some goodies for our night – cupcakes, blackberry pastry cups, chips and queso, Chex mix, and caramel corn. We actually made the caramel corn from scratch. this is something that my mom used to do when I was little and I had tried it one other time. I used a recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook – I know this isn’t a book of culinary genius but I honestly believe it’s a cookbook that should be in the kitchen of every new cook. It’s basic recipes and easy to follow directions make it easy to use. It also has great tools – hints, weights and measurements, substitutions, and more. Anyway, here’s the recipe and I even remembered to take a few pictures! Oh, and I added peanuts to mine to make it a little more ‘Cracker Jack-like’. Recipe can be found here.
Here it is before covering it with caramel (I added peanuts)!
Here I am stiring in the butter…
Here it is getting all carmelly
And there it is cooking in the oven!