Bite-Sized Honey Popcorn Balls

Honey Recipe: Bite-Sized Honey Popcorn Balls

I just love cooking with honey and Halloween!  This honey recipes is a fun and new way to make popcorn balls.  These mini popcorn balls is an easy and fun honey recipe!  These popcorn balls are a great alternative to large unmanageable popcorn balls.

Ingredients

  • 20 cups air-popped popcorn (from 2/3 to 1 cup kernels)
  • Honey Recipes

    1 1/4 cups butter, cut into chunks, plus more for your hands

  • 1 1/4 cups honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Put popcorn in a large roasting pan. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper.
  • 2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, use a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to stir together 1 1/4 cups butter, the honey, and salt until butter is melted. Increase heat and boil honey mixture gently 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Carefully pour honey mixture over popcorn in roasting pan and stir gently to coat. Bake popcorn, stirring every 5 minutes, until deep golden all over, about 25 minutes.
  • 4. Let popcorn stand 5 minutes, or just until cool enough to handle. Working quickly with lightly buttered hands, press small handfuls of the mixture into 1 1/2-in. balls, occasionally loosening popcorn from bottom of pan with a spatula. If mixture cools too much to be malleable, return it to oven for about 45 seconds to soften.
  • 5. Put popcorn balls on prepared baking sheet and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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Honey Recipes: Honey Popcorn Balls

Honey Recipes: Salad Dressing

Honey and Olive Oil Salad Dressing

Honey Salad Dressing | Swarm Naturals

Honey Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
1/4 cup apple vinegar
1/4 cup evoo
1/4 cup honey
1 TBS garlic
1 TBS dijon mustard
splash lemon juice

Mix together and enjoy.  Try this over a bed of fresh greens from the garden or farmer’s market.

Honey Recipes: Salad Dressing
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup apple vinegar
  • ¼ cup evoo
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 TBS garlic
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • splash lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Whisk until completely combined.
  3. Enjoy!


Honey Dill Pickles

Tonight I made honey dill pickles, and boy are they yummy.  Here is the recipe.



Honey Dill Pickles
10 cucumbers, sliced
1 lg. onion, sliced
1 to 3 cloves garlic
1/4 c. pickling salt
2 c. honey
2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. water
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. turmeric
Fresh dill


Combine cucumbers, onions, and pickling salt, let stand for several hours.  Heat to just boiling honey, vinegar, water, salt and turmeric.  Place cucumber mixture into sterile jars.  Pour liquid over cucumber mixture.  Add 1 head of dill to each jar.  To seal, process in boiling water for 10 minutes. 


Yummy, Enjoy!

Friut Leather

Make Your Own Fruit Leather!


Fruit Leather Recipe!

I found a wonderfully easy recipe to make fruit leather, a great way to use up our ripe raspberries!
It was a big hit with our whole family.

Easy Fruit Leather
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh fruit (cleaned, pitted, peeled)
2-3 TBS honey (Swarm Naturals!)
Several drops of lemon juice


Instructions:
1.  Puree your fruit in a blender until well processed.  If you like, you can remove the seeds from fruits like blackberries by pressing the puree through a sieve with a spoon or running it through a food mill.  (W left our seeds in, we like to keep the extra fiber and it adds crunch)
2.  Stir in your honey and lemon juice.  You can adjust the measurements to suit the sweetness of your fruit.
3.  Line your sheet pan with parchment paper and pour the puree in to about an 1/8 inch thickness.
4.  Dry according to preference.  Options for drying include:

  • Dry in oven at 200 degrees for approximately 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on it.
  • You can try the “hot car method,” which is widely recommended online.  Put the fruit leather in the back window of a south facing car on a sunny day.  It should take about an afternoon.
  • Leave your drying ideas in the comments!
Drying Fruit Leather
The fruit leather is ready when it is slightly sticky to the touch.  When it’s ready, it will easily pull off the parchment paper.  Cut it and roll it up.  You can also simply cut it into rectangles to serve. Store it in the refrigerator in a glass jar.  Yum!!!


Honey Popcorn

Honey Popcorn

Honey Covered Popcorn with Extras!

This snack is SO simple and fun to make with the little ones.  You don’t really need a honey popcorn recipe to make this!  But if you need a honey popcorn recipe, keep reading! =-)


Other Recipes You May Enjoy, and beekeeping supplies!



Honey Popcorn Recipe

Simply pop your corn into a large bowl.  (We are old school and use an air popper…it’s probably from the 80′s…but it works great and the popcorn is much more healthy than that stuff that comes out of the microwave).

Addition11/27/2011:  We just discovered that popping corn in a pan on the stove top using PEANUT OIL makes the best tasting popcorn.  Try it!

Honey Popcorn Recipe

Honey Covered Popcorn with Cinnamon

Honey Popcorn…

Now for the fun part….drizzle the honey.  We aren’t stingy with this part…the sweeter the better.  But drizzle the honey to your specific taste.

Now here is where you can get creative.  You can now divide the popcorn into individual bowls and let each person add their own toppings.  Some things to try, Cinnamon, sea salt, pepper, Cayenne pepper (not for the kids), chocolate pieces, crumbled up pretzels, bananas, chopped nuts.  The additions truly are endless, so be creative…see what tastes good to you and your family.  So pop, drizzle, sprinkle and enjoy!

Boom Boom Boom Mr. Brown Make Thunder!

Boom Boom Boom Mr. Brown Make Thunder!
Today in good ole’ Michigan sweet Mother Nature decided to rain down on us.  She brought 60-70mph damaging winds, buckets of water and darkened the sky in the middle of day.  So when the rain comes to play inside we stay.

Liam “wrapped” up in his blanket
But what to do when stuck inside on a summers day?  Well what else do you do but grab your favorite blanket and watch movies or play a game or two?
Thanks to streaming Netflix we have access to all sorts of interesting mind numbing cinema productions to help us pass the time.  =-)  We decided to watch Kung Fu Dinosaurs.
 
For our rainy day snack we pulled out the air popper and popped some corn. Now here is the tip into making your everyday run of the mill taste spectacular.  We like to coat the popcorn with honey.  Simply drizzle the honey all over the popcorn string occasional until desired sweetness is reached.   For an extra kick we add a few shakes of Cinnamon, and there you have it a sweet treat for a rainy day.  I’ll let you all know how Kung Fu Dinos is at a later time. 
Honey and Cinnamon Popcorn

In the mean time try this yummy, easy to make crowd pleaser of a snack,
Enjoy!