Popcorn is good on its own, but the addition of white chocolate and sprinkles makes it birthday-week-worthy.
I shared this popcorn with the third- and fourth-graders at my church, and they could not quit eating it! I lost count of how many times I heard, “Can I have some more popcorn?”
Before I begin, allow me to express my shock that I am twenty-four years old! I feel old…but also young…sort of rickety…but also fresh… Can anyone relate?
Anyway…you’re here to read about the exciting things I did this year. Here you go:
I wonder why some ice cream companies dye their mint ice cream green and other companies make white mint ice cream. Personally, I don’t think the color affects the flavor–I love a few scoops of white mint ice cream from Breyer’s as much as I love a green mint Klondike bar. This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make green mint chocolate chip cookie bars for St. Patrick’s Day.
If you are only here for the recipe, you can find it below the next picture. If you want to read about how I went a little mint crazy last fall, keep scrolling!
- 1 cup milk
- 1 overripe banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
- 2 large handfuls of spinach (for the green color, optional)
In December, I had the passing notion to take a photo every day in 2019 and post the photos to my blog. I had seen other bloggers do this, so I found a list of 365 photo prompts, and I halfheartedly decided that I would try to take a picture every day in January. To my surprise, I succeeded, and since I was already 1/12 of the way done with my unintentional 365-day photo challenge, I figured I might as well continue.
I feel the need to apologize for the plethora of Old Salem photos you will see this year (nearly 36% of the photos that I am sharing this month were taken in Old Salem). My only hope is that all the pictures of handcarts, colorful doors, and archaic signage will make you love Old Salem as much as I do.
But I won’t apologize that four of the photos this month contain chocolate. February is, after all, National Chocolate Lover’s Month.
1. A is for…apple
2. B is for….bowl of blue baubles
3. C is for…cone (pine cone, that is)
4. D is for…dirt
5. E is for…early
6. F is for…files
7. G is for…God’s Acre
8. H is for…handcart
9. I is for…icing
10. J is for…jump (I am sure this bird jumped before it flew)
11. K is for K9 (or canine; spell it as you like)
12. L is for…love
13. M is for…merchant
14. N is for…note
15. O is for…Old Salem
16. P is for…popcorn
17. Q is for…quality–“export quality.” A little backstory: my parents returned home from the Philippines on February 17. This photo is so pitiful because I was enjoying quality time instead of taking quality pictures.
18. R is for…red and rotund
19. S is for…senecio mandraliscae
20. T is for…teacup
21. U is for…unfinished
22. V is for…valuable
23. W is for…wet
24. X is for…xylanthrax (charcoal)
25. Y is for…yard
26. Z is for…zapatos and zig-zags
27. Ten Things
28. Out of Place
P.S. – I am cohosting Fiesta Friday this week with Laurena @ Life Diet Health. Head over to Angie’s blog to see a multitude of delicious recipes.
In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!
I kindly ask you to click the link above and review the flowchart at the beginning of the post. It may change your life.
- The Time Machine by H.G.Wells
I continued reading (or, more accurately, listening to) books on the 100 Books Bucket List. Out of the 5 books I completed in February, The Time Machine is the only book that I can recommend.
Forgive me for including two grammar-related resources, but if you consider yourself a snoot (syntax nudnik of our time), you will love Garner’s hefty handbook, which cheekily explains every grammar error you could ever encounter.
I never intend to stockpile nut butter; it just happens. I buy a few jars of nut butter on sale. Then my brother gives me nut butter as a present. Then a friend hands off a flavored nut butter that she doesn’t like. Then I win a giveaway. Next thing you know, I’ve got 10 jars of nut butter and only one mouth to feed. If you (like me) ever find yourself with an accidental stockpile of nut butter, bake a batch of these bars!