In our house we are popcorn connoisseurs. Sounds a little stupid, right? But, after you purchase a whole lot of GMO-free gourmet popping corn, it becomes hard not to notice the subtle differences. Popcorn is our go-to snack, along with fresh apples and the typical fruit snacks (I had to give in on something). We have been making and trying every color popcorn you can think of over the past few months. I even grabbed some locally grown corn in the fall and let it dry out so we could add it to our taste tests. I've always been a big fan of popcorn, but it wasn't until my oldest son also started showing interest did we really get into it. We ditched those horrible microwave bags years ago and started using a Whirley Pop. I got (stole) my Whirley Pop during a grab bag game at Christmas a few years back. One of the best things I have ever stolen from a family member. You might be thinking, is this woman really wasting my time on a "how-to" make popcorn? Well, not entirely... I also wanted to share with you some big news. Big news for me at least. Some of you might think I am completely insane, but that's ok, my husband does too. So I did some research, I brought a book and finally decided that it is time that I get CHICKENS. Yes, my super-suburb Jersey backyard is teeny tiny and not quite farm-like. But, I learned that with only three chickens I would get more eggs then I could go through each week. Which is good because I'll probably need some extra to bribe my neighbors with. With the breed of chicken I chose we will actually be able to get eggs year round (most breeds take some time off during winter months). I really don't see how it could get any better than fresh organic free range eggs year round from my own backyard. I wonder why I didn't have the guts to do this sooner. I guess I finally found some confidence at thirty (almost thirty one, ughh) Now, is it really legal to have chickens in my backyard? Well, lets just say that there is a lack of mention to chickens in our zoning laws so I'm just going to assume that it is sort of legal. Sort of like the six foot solid fence we had installed in our yard. Lets just say our town has a "don't ask, don't tell" kinda policy about things. As long as you don't bother anyone, they don't come poking around. So I'm just crossing my fingers that these three little girls will forgo any "egg songs" and possibly not be bothered by two running screaming toddlers that they will have to share a backyard with. I still have some more preparations to make before they arrive early this April, and they will actually be spending their first eight weeks inside with us under a very warm heat lamp. If you want to know how this all came about, it was actually this website that started my obsession and gave me the courage to give this all a try. I didn't realize how much you have to do, so it is actually a good thing that I can't get my chicks until April. I'm just holding my breath until then.
I was trying to grab some interesting popcorn shots, but it wasn't long before a certain little someone couldn't hold back any longer. Those little fingers can't ever seem to help themselves. Especially if they are waiting for some crazy lady with a camera. Lets face it, this post was really more about the chickens then the popcorn anyway.
Popcorn our way
1 Whirley Pop (Stove top popcorn maker)
1/2 cup corn kernels
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons butter
few pinches of saltPlace the 1/2 cup of corn kernels into the Whirley Pop along with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Cook over high heat, turning the crank slowly until you start to hear the kernels popping. Continue turning the crank until you stop hearing popping. Immediately remove the Whirley Pop from the heat. Melt your butter and drizzle over the popcorn and sprinkle on some salt. I normally do this while it is still in the Whirely Pop and I turn the crank a few times to toss everything around a bit. Serve warm, although I actually do enjoy stale popcorn as well!
This is our little brooder all set up and waiting for our girls to arrive. Beware, there are going to be many more pictures involving this brooder and cute little fluffy yellow chicks. I'll apologize now, but I'm not entirely sorry. Baby chicks are so darn cute, you'll see!