The other day Sean noticed something on the counter. It went like this….
SEAN: Why is the popcorn bowl out Mommy?
ME: Because Daddy had popcorn?
SEAN: When did Daddy have popcorn?
ME: After you went to bed last night.
SEAN: That’s not fair. Why don’t we get any?
You can guess that I’ll never win this little discussion. Especially since Sean thinks he is always right! To avoid discussing this all day with him I let him know that the boys could have popcorn after school if everyone behaved.
Well Jack and Ewan got home from school and started homework immediately since it was a swim practice day. They had some fruit and nuts while they worked. Then Jack had a major meltdown over his spelling homework.
He isn’t fond of writing much and on this particular day he had to write a sentence for ten of his spelling words. His meltdown followed my directions for this part of the homework. It took some time but he finally finished.
Unfortunately it was too late to make the popcorn. It was time to leave for swim. The boys weren’t thrilled to hear they wouldn’t be getting their popcorn. I wasn’t thrilled with the meltdown so really nobody was happy!
As it was Jack had me so distracted after we left for swim I turned around before we got far. I forgot to take the quiche out of the oven so it would be ready when we got home. That would have been a disaster if I forgot it!! The day didn’t get any better when we got the the gym, the kids stretched and then swim was cancelled because the water was too cold.
We survived that day somehow. The next day wasn’t much better. The bus was extremely late which meant I had to drive the boys to school. Of course I was wearing workout clothes since I had a cake to frost that morning and didn’t want to get my clothes dirty before Sean’s Thanksgiving program.
We all ran home from the bus stop, dragging the lazy dog along the way. I ran upstairs, put on a dress and heels, brushed my teeth and Sean’s teeth too. I couldn’t find the cake carrier since I was in such a rush so a platter with plastic wrap would have to do. Luckily the frosting wasn’t too soft.
The brussels sprouts I was going to put in the oven for the program after the bus would have to wait. Luckily I remembered to turn the oven off. Everyone gets in the car and I got the boys to school only two minutes late.
It is another 25 minutes before I can drop off Sean so we sit in the car and hang out. After I drop him off I scope out my front row seat for his program and hang out in the gym for nearly two hours until the program starts. It was freezing in the building!
Sean had a line in his program and did very well. The feast was also nice, though it could have used my brussels sprouts. Green bean casserole just doesn’t do it for me. I wanted some sort of roasted vegetable, not a creamy salty casserole. Oh well, more room for the yummy pumpkin bundt cake I took!
I managed to grab a few pieces of the cake still on the platter before we left. Jack and Ewan were extremely upset to find out they wouldn’t be getting any cake. Imagine their excitement when they got home from school to discover they got a piece!
They also got their popcorn when they got home. My three boys are popcorn monsters. I usually put the dog outside and put a big bowl of popcorn on the floor and stand back while they inhale it! This time I decided to give them something other than plain popcorn, something more sit at the table worthy.
They love garlic salt on toast so I figured I would give it to them on their popcorn. Then of course I had to add parmesan because it just goes together. Needless to say they thought I was mom of the year on that particular day. We’ll see how they feel later today when they don’t get cake or popcorn!
Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
2 Tbs. canola oil
2/3 c. popcorn kernels
2 Tbs. butter, melted
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
Mix the garlic salt into the melted butter and set aside.
Put the oil in a large pot, heat over medium high heat. Add the popcorn, cover and pop until you no longer hear the corn popping, shaking ocassionaly. Pour the popped corn into a large bowl. Drizzle the garlic salted butter and parmesan over the popcorn. Shake until distributed evenly. Serve immediately.
Yields: 4 servings
Wow Gretchen – your story at the start made me laugh about dad having popcorn after the boys have gone to bed – and thanks for the inspiration on adding parmesan and garlic butter – I usually go with plan and simple salt so this would jazz things up nicely!
What can I say, our lives are pretty comedic sometimes! The Parmesan is great on the popcorn, worth the little extra effort to jazz up your usual popcorn.
Thanks Gretchen – I will give it a go!
What a giggle I had reading this. You miss these times once they have all moved out. Would never have thought of Parmesan on popcorn. Might just try some. 🙂
We always have something crazy going on! I’m sure it will seem quiet and boring once they are all gone and moved out! The Parmesan is definitely great on popcorn.
I’m definitely going to try this … er … not your schedule, Gretchen, but the popcorn. 😉
I don’t recommend my schedule to many, the popcorn though yes! Hopefully you like it as much as we all did.
Wow this is fantastic… am gonna give it a go….
Garlic and Parmesan? What a great combination of ingredients. I never imagined I could add garlic to popcorn but it does sound like a great combination. Thanks for inspiring me!
Who knew, right?! Mostly you see different sweet popcorn but there are plenty of savory options as well. Butter will make just about any spice or herb stick!
Definitely a nice alternative to plain popcorn.