Its' just been too long since I sat down and posted something worthwhile here...and I apologize for that. We ended our summer season with a feeling of gratitude (we have the BEST guests here and we felt blessed to meet such lovely people this summer) and exhaustion. Since then, we've been chasing girls (now 14, 12 and 7) and getting to know our Finnish exchange student and figuring out how to parent a 17 year old.
We wish you, and yours, the happiest of holiday seasons.
Fondly, Tim and Charissa
P.S. You didn't think I'd let you get away without a recipe, did you? This is from my cousin Sarah - her quick caramel corn is easy enough to be dangerous. This is the Reid girl's favorite winter snack with a cup of hot chocolate and a movie. Sarah, soon to be Dr. Sarah, is about to graduate from University of Wisconsin Madison and we hear she is headed our way for a visit. We can't wait! Congratulations Sarah!!
P.S.S. We start taking summer reservations on January 1st. Call early for best availability. We can't wait to see you on our doorstep...and I've been working on new recipes all month after a very inspirational trip to France in November. More about that soon!
Microwave Disappearing Popcorn
16 cups popcorn (any kind except if you are using microwave popcorn, choose plain)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a large glass measuring cup and microwave for 3 minutes total. (Cover with a paper towel - it will pop and splatter - this is okay!)
While the sugar mixture is heating, spray the inside of a large paper grocery sack with cooking spray and put the popcorn in the bag.
Quickly add baking soda and vanilla to the hot sugar goo. The mixture will foam and expand.
Pour the sugar goo over the popcorn, turn down the top of the bag and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!
Microwave 30 seconds on one side, SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, flip the bag over and microwave 30 more seconds and SHAKE some more. Pour in a big bowl and let cool before making is magically disappear!
NOTE: The cookie cutters (skating polar bear and tulip heart) are part of the Hammersong collection and available through the Bozeman based internet business www.fancyflours.com I try and add another one to my collection every year. The no-fail sugar cookie recipe on the Fancy Flours website is excellent for cut outs. Happy Baking!