This is definitely one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

Not to mention the fact that there’s nothing hotter than watching a man cook, si?


This recipe is uber delicious and I’ll tell you why. Because it doesn’t stick to your teeth. Kid you not. It’s probably all in the cooking handy-work but I’ll give you the tips.

We made two batches.
If you cook the caramel for a long time [10-12 min], it’ll be a candied caramel when you load it on the popcorn. To test this, you have to continually drop little bits into a bowl of cold water. Once it hits the water it should harden. If it doesn’t, keep cooking it. This candied method will give you a cracker jack texture.

To make it softer, more chewy, simply bring the caramel to a boil and it becomes a golden brown color, then pour over the popcorn. To test the consistency and make sure it’s just perfect, carefully dip a piece of popcorn into the caramel, let it cool, then chomp it. If you cook it too long it gets in between the soft phase and the candied phase so make sure you watch it closely.

Caramel Popcorn

1/2 cup kernel, unpopped corn
1 cup of butter
2 cups of brown sugar
1/2 cup of karo syrup
1 tsp of salt

Once it’s boiling and ready for the popcorn, add:
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 tsp of baking soda

So good!
Now go make some!

I wanted to do the head braid without a part so I started the braiding right above my left ear then worked my way around and wrapped the end behind the starting point. I really loved this look because from straight-on there isn’t a part showing where I started and finished the braiding. The ladies at work all had me explain how I did it because it looked so complicated but we all know it really isn’t :)

We took some family photos over the weekend.
I took some, AJ took some, the tripod took some.
Hopefully they’ll improve with years gone by.

This is my new favorite braid.

It’s an upside down braid so you tuck each strand under the others as you braid and you only braid in the top and not the bottom. So the hair closest to my forehead isn’t being brought in, only hair from the top is. Does that make sense? It’s like a half french braid. Anyways, I am loving the look because it’s different from the standard and it’s gotten easier and easier each time I’ve done it. Go try it.

After finishing the first Hunger Games I raved about it so much I begged and pleaded with AJ to read it. And he did. In one day. He stayed up all night finishing it. I was so surprised. It’s seriously that good. So if you haven’t read it yet, run your little legs over to the library and grab it. Everybody’s doing it.

Quote of the Day:

Me: “I had a dream last night that I had a baby.”
AJ: “What color was it?”