It’s the holiday season! And we are finally feeling it over here with a little popcorn threading! I always start this season fighting it just a little bit. It always means winter is coming. And then am I listening to Christmas music too soon? Oh darn I haven’t taken that Christmas card photo yet! (Didn’t even send out any cards last year…) What am I getting/making for everyone? And it just keeps going and going…. And then I embrace it, run with it, enjoy it, and have so much fun squeezing in as many activities and traditions as I can! And now that I have kids, it has brought that childhood excitement back into the holidays! I love the holidays, but that childhood wonder just makes it twice as fun.
I try to hold off as long as possible and enjoy one holiday at a time. But there are only a few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and so much to do! Or at least that I want to try and do. So, last week I gave in and we started prepping for Christmas! Thank you, Target, for having so many pretty, bright, Christmas decorations to get me started this year! And after Target, I started with my Christmas gifts and completely finished with Kevin’s side of the family! And throughout the weekend we have just had popcorn everywhere. First time I’ve tried popcorn threading, but I wanted to thread some for our tree that we will be pulling out this weekend. And we even tried to make it pink! I mean, how fun is that? Thanks to my sister, we actually have a decent amount for our tree already… Thanks, Bernadette!
Threading Popcorn! Pink Popcorn!
What you need:
popcorn, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbls. butter, pink/red dye, thread, needle
1. Pop popcorn.
2. Boil sugar, water, and butter for 3 minutes. Color till preferred shade of pink is achieved. Mixture will be thick and sticky.
3. Pour half the mixture over popcorn and mix immediately. Then pour the rest over the popcorn trying to cover untouched pieces and mix again. It will be very sticky and hard to mix. I tried to keep mixture as thin as possible as I pour it over the popcorn just to achieve a light shade of pink on each piece.
4. Allow to cool and then thread!
Anabelle loves this. Yes, we are still at it and still have a big bowl of regular popcorn that we are threading. I didn’t want to give her a needle, but she kept picking out the pieces of popcorn and handing them to my sister. “No, this one better!” And then she’d stick it on the needle! Actually a great little motor activity for her. Plus, when I just had tiny crumbs left of that sugar coated popcorn, you better believe she learned how to load up the palm of her hand and dump them in her mouth… Instead of one piece at a time… But let’s be honest, most of that ended up on the floor… It was cute watching her anyway! Threading popcorn the weekend before Thanksgiving, I think this is a new tradition to add to the list!