Christmas season has just begun and I’m kind of over it. It’s like my daily to-do list just took a massive dose of juice.
Don’t give me the side eye. I do love Christmas. I wait all year to enjoy priceless family traditions and witness how all these activities make my kids go bananas with excitement.
Buuuttttttt….all these freakin’ family traditions and activities are shoved into 25 normal-life-still-needs-to-happen-too days! And guess who needs to execute the behind the scenes not-so-jolly grunt work? Not the short people going bananas with excitement.
I’ll admit, I brought the Christmas overload on myself. It’s hard to not get caught up in all the magical, Christmastime fun and forget to think reasonably. Traditions keep being added, but nothing gets taken off the plate. Unfortunately, kids have a knack for remembering fun events from the year prior even if you try to “forget” them.
I’m feeling like some sort of Holiday Activity Board should be established to keep us all in check. New agenda items must be voted on and approved by fellow (exhausted) parental board members before a new tradition threatens to be hastily rolled out. For instance, if I have a lapse in judgment and decide our family will now spend a December weekend trekking to the North Pole for ice skating on Santa’s pond, my idea would instantaneously be shot down for grossly lacking logistical rationale before I present it to my kids.
Wait. Did I forget to mention I decided NOW would be a perfect time to potty train Elliot? This idea would have definitely been vetoed if I properly vetted it first.
They keep telling me, though, my kids will only be young once. So at least there’s that.
Where does Mom’s Easy Microwave Caramel Corn come into play with all this Christmas overreach? No, I didn’t string it on a 30 foot tall evergreen for us to witness birds nibbling a Christmas treat (but don’t give me any ideas). I share this recipe with you because it is any quick, easy, and completely delicious homemade holiday gift that won’t send you over the edge.
Let me be clear, I do have a few criteria when it comes to making homemade Christmas gifts. First of all, I don’t want to go to the store and spend the equivalent of purchasing cashmere sweaters for everyone. The ingredients need to be economical. Also, I don’t want return home to spend the next consecutive 48 hours in a blurry-eyed stupor trying to make the damn things. You’re in, you’re out. Nobody gets hurt. Lastly, I’m not very elf-like if my planned gift is a big flop and doesn’t turn out. It has to be a consistent, manageable recipe. I promise you this recipe will not make your heart grow three sizes too small.
I claim no responsibility for all the other Christmastime craziness you bring on yourself, though. Preaching to the choir, sister.
How to Make Mom’s Easy Microwave Caramel Corn:
- ½ cup popcorn kernels, air popped plain OR 2 regular bags of plain microwave popcorn
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- Pop popcorn in air popper or microwave bags and place in large, paper grocery bag. Set aside.
In a large microwavable glass measuring cup or bowl, place butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt (do not add baking soda yet). Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir.
Cook on high 2 more minutes, then stir in baking soda. Pour syrup over popcorn in paper bag. Roll down the top of the bag and shake well.
Place closed bag in microwave and cook for 1½ minutes. Remove and shake well.
Flip bag over and cook again for 1½ minutes. Remove and shake well.
Flip bag over and cook for 45 seconds.
Shake and pour on ungreased cookie sheet to cool.
Store in airtight container.