Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funny face (cereal) we love you!

When I was a kid, my mom would get me to eat my Cream of Wheat by making a face in it with m&ms. Now I do that with Bella. She calls it "funny face" cereal.

Here is what my family looks like as m&ms. (Sizes are not to scale -- Bella's tall and getting taller but she has yet to pass me up. Maybe in kindergarten.)

A more recent family food tradition is making this cinnamon candy-coated popcorn for Valentine's Day. It's also yummy at Christmas, but I usually don't make it for all the other traditional holiday goodies.


32 cups plain popped popcorn (If you're using an air popper, this is 1 1/4 cups unpopped kernels.)

1 cup margarine or butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 9-ounce package Red Hot candies

Grease with shortening or cooking spray three 13-by-9-inch pans. Put the popped popcorn in the pans.

Melt margarine, syrup and candy together; bring to a boil (the candies will sort of clump at first, but they do eventually dissolve.) Boil 5 minutes.

Pour over popcorn and stir to coat.

Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool. Break apart. Store in airtight container.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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