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All About Popcorn

all about popcorn 150x150 All About PopcornThis post contains Amazon affiliate links and we will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. Popcorn History, Tips, Recipes and Gift Tins! Popcorn is a snack staple in the lives of most Americans. People of all ages love popcorn and the statistics show it. In fact, the average American eats over 200 cups of popcorn each and every year! In this article, I give you a brief history of popcorn and tell you what makes popcorn pop - scientifically speaking. In addition, I've included some of my favorite popcorn recipes as well as my tips for choosing great popcorn gift baskets for friends, family, or corporate clients. Popcorn History 101 Popcorn has been grown and eaten as a snack in the United States for thousands of years. Archaeologists Read more

Baby Shower Mocktail Ideas

shutterstock 150406793 600 150x150 Baby Shower Mocktail IdeasA baby shower isn’t exactly the place to start drinking, but nothing like a few cocktails can get the room relaxed and talking. The compromise, of course, is a few great mocktail ideas. Here are some to consider for your upcoming baby shower. The Mint Breezer: If you’re looking for a refreshing twist at your baby shower, this is certainly the mocktail you’ll want to consider. From the lime to the pomegranate juice, it’s likely to thrill and refresh at the same time. You’ll need two ounces of pomegranate juice, pineapple juice and club soda. You’ll also need ¾ of an ounce of lime juice, a pineapple slice, and some mint leaves. Mix the fruit juices together in a shaker. Add some ice and shake hard. Strain it into a highball glass, then top it off with soda. Use the pineapple Read more

How To Throw A Christmas Cookie Exchange

7173196206 491e3d883d 150x150 How To Throw A Christmas Cookie ExchangeWhat is a Christmas cookie exchange? Never heard of one? A Christmas cookie exchange is a festive Christmas party where everyone swaps cookies. Each guest brings two dozen homemade cookies—one dozen to swap and one dozen to serve at the party. Everyone goes home with a sampling of other guests’ cookies as a sort of Christmas food gift. It’s so much fun and so easy to host. Why not try throwing a Christmas cookie exchange party yourself this year? First, you’ll need a guest list. Think about who you’d like to invite. This is a good time to invite people who may not know each other as the atmosphere is so light and jovial. You might invite friends from work, family and friends from the church or gym. Everyone will mingle together over a favorite subject—cookies. Next, you’ll Read more

When Did Nuts Get Introduced to Cookies?

Andie712b 150x150 When Did Nuts Get Introduced to Cookies?An increasing number of cookie recipes contain nuts. These days, you’ll find chocolate chip cookies with nuts as well as decadent treats like macadamia nut cookies in the top ten of almost every major cookbook. While nut cookies certainly aren’t a new addition to the world of cooking, they’re more popular than ever. Wondering how they got their in the first place? Here’s a quick overview. Cookies 101 Cookies that even resemble those treats we have today didn’t appear until the 7th century. Sugar had become fairly common throughout Persia, and they were creating a wafer that could be used to travel. They began to spread throughout the region, and by the 14th century, almost every European region had them at all ranks of society. They traveled quite well, and one of the most popular Read more

How To Make a Snack Gift Basket

snack gift basket 150x150 How To Make a Snack Gift BasketThe next time you have a party to go to or are visiting a friend for an overnight stay, bring along a snack gift basket. You will be bringing some good cheer as well as a treat that no one can resist. What are some things you could include in a snack basket? The question really is what can't you include! Snacks of every shape and kind can be incorporated into a basket for a good friend or family member. Choose a Snack Theme Start off by picking a theme. Do you want to go savory or sweet? Do you want a movie themed basket with treats you'd eat while watching a flick? Or do you want a basket that the kids can easily grab from to help themselves at snack time? Containers Start by choosing a container. This can be anything from a galvanized metal tub to a handsome wicker basket. Plastic Read more
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