Changes and Celebrations

>> Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's amazing how one little moment in time can make such an infinite change in someone's life. One of my closest and dearest friends, Aimee, gave birth to twins on Friday!! Two beautiful boys that are absolutely amazing!

{Meeting Noah}

{Archie's going to make such a good dad!}

{So absolutely amazed by him!}

What a difference they have to look forward to. We are so excited for them. It was so fun getting to be there at the hospital with her for a bit. I've gotten to meet one of the boys, but the other is needing to be monitored for a while in the nursery, so I will get to meet him soon.

{Elijah right after birth... can't wait to meet him}

It's so crazy to me how they went in on Friday morning, and within 15 minutes she had 2 beautiful babies (I know I'm excluding the time in the womb, but you know what I mean). What a glorious change in a small family!

So, here's to celebrations. Celebrations of the new life of two precious little boys that are so incredibly blessed to have such amazing parents! And trying not to think of the idea of them moving away in 4 months!
{So blessed to have such amazing friends!}

On a completely unrelated note... how about some popcorn! :) This is such an easy snack, and somewhat on the healthy side (minus the butter, but there's really not much compared to the amount of popcorn)... it's a nice treat when you want something sweet, but don't want to blow the diet! I think I had the idea that homemade popcorn was hard - not true! You don't even have to have a popcorn maker - just a large pot!

** Post update - I have made this with real maple syrup and the results tasted just as good!

Honey Buttered Popcorn (Adapted from: Tasty Kitchens)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup white popcorn kernals (uncooked)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. fleur de sel salt (you can certainly substitute regular salt)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a small sauce pan place honey, vanilla, and butter together on low heat. Leave on low and allow to melt together.
2. In a large pot place the 2 tablespoons of oil. Place two kernels of popcorn in the pan with the oil and place on medium heat with the lid on.
Allow to heat until you hear the kernels pop open - that's how you know the oil is hot enough to place in the rest of the popcorn. Once open, pour in the kernels.

Place the lid on and shake frequently. Isn't my hubby a nice helper! :)
Remove lid when popping has stopped to 1-2 seconds between pops - otherwise it WILL burn! You should have glorious looking popcorn that looks like this!

Go ahead and give a good sprinkle of fleur de sel, and then drizzle with the honey butter mixture. Mix it all up, and enjoy your yummy creation! SO much better than movie theatre popcorn!


Emily March 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

Congrats to Aimee! That's great!

This popcorn really looks good. I'd love to make it with maple syrup.

Rebekah March 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Emily, the maple syrup was really great. Kind of sticky, but the flavor was awesome. Not too maple-y but good.

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