Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentines for the non-crafty mama

I am not a crafty mama.  God made me more of a Pinterest fail mama, but this week I made a fairly decent valentine.  I'm sharing it because it's super easy, and provides a healthy snack for kids instead of a bunch of sweet treats.  

My kids are still so little valentines cards just aren't even on my radar.  However, we were invited to a really fun Valentine's party play date at a park with other little ones and their mamas.  The night before I was reviewing the invitation to remind myself of the details, and I realized I should have something for my boys to pass out to other kids.  Dang it! Yes, I know it wasn't required, but I wanted my toddler to get the experience of giving to others.

My first thought was, "I'll just print something, cut it out, and it's just the best we can do right now."  But, I couldn't let the idea of doing something slightly better go.  Quickly, I scanned my brain for valentines ideas to include some kind of non-candy treat, knowing my little one will be getting enough sugar over the next couple of days.  Then my eyes fell on my popcorn kernels.

Previously, I had heard of making popcorn in a brown paper bag, but hadn't actually tried it myself.  So, I gave it a go and it was super easy. The idea of a basic popcorn for the kids I really liked because it's sugar free, and allergy-free.  I had the popcorn kernels, and I had my husband stop on the way home to get enough brown lunch bags (thanks honey!)
This bottle was enough to fill bags for 16 kids.  You could cut the amount of kernels in half and get 32 bags. 
I made a very basic print out to cut and tape to the bags, wishing the boys' friends "a poppin' Valentine's Day."  I don't know what a "poppin' Valentine's Day" would consist of, but I believe it's a good thing.
My computer decided to be crazy when I pressed print.  This was not the font I chose, but I wasn't messing with it anymore. 
The next morning, the toddler helped me fill the bags with 1/4 cup of popcorn. This amount fills approximately 3/4 of a brown paper bag when the popcorn is popped.
Simple, quick printout with instructions
Here are the instructions for brown lunch bag popcorn:

  1. Fill the bag with 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
  2. Fold down the top of the bag
  3. Shake the bag a little so the kernels are spread out and put the bag flat in the microwave
  4. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes (keep an eye on the bag, times may vary, and your popcorn could burn)
  5. Season however you like
  6. Enjoy!

Fresh popcorn, with no additional ingredients
Since we got home from the party, my child has asked me for three bags of popcorn.  I cut the amount of popcorn in each bag in half, down to 2 tablespoons of kernels and only microwave it for 1 1/2 minutes, it's a better serving size.

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