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Another Look: Autumn!

Welcome to a new installment of Another Look!  This post is designed to share a handful of goodies from my archive while I’m recovering from my surgeries.  I hope you enjoy these links, whether you’re seeing them for the first time or have seen them once before.  Today’s category is Autumn  – and could also be recipes!  Just click on the name of the post to link over to the original post…

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Popcorn Ball Recipe
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A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch
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Pumpkin Bars Recipe!
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Apple-Cranberry Cake Recipe
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I hope you’re enjoying Autumn thus far, dear readers.  Will any of you be dressing up for Halloween this year?

Warm regards,
Melody

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Popcorn Ball Recipe

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Nothing says “nostalgic childhood dessert” like popcorn balls!  I used to love eating them as a kid, and still love them as a “big kid” of thirty something.  They remind me of autumn, as they seemed to surface most often around Halloween, but they’re delicious any day of the year.

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I found this recipe for popcorn balls online a few years ago, and was happy to discover that it’s a great one.  They’re easy to make, and the recipe produces soft and delicious popcorn balls – not rock-hard, tooth-chipping ones!

Though the recipe doesn’t “require” coloration, you can add color to your popcorn balls by using food coloring.  Orange for Halloween, red or green for Christmas, pastels for Easter?  I chose to leave my batch colorless and added a pop of color in the packaging.  (Cellophane, ribbon, tag, etc.)

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Popcorn Ball Recipe

Yield: 20 popcorn balls

Ingredients:

¾ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons cold water
2 5/8 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup marshmallows
5 quarts popped popcorn

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, confectioner’s sugar and marshmallows.  (Add food coloring now, if you opt to add color to your popcorn balls)  Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.  Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel.  Grease hands with margarine or cooking spray and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools.  Once cool, wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:

3 bags of microwave popcorn = roughly 5 quarts.

Pop the popcorn and remove all un-popped kernels of popcorn before coating with the sugary mixture.

Use a greased measuring cup (1 cup) to scoop up the coated popcorn and to ensure uniform portions – finish by rounding the portion into a ball by hand.

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I hope you enjoy this fun, festive, and yummy recipe!

Warm regards,
Melody

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