Simple Salted Caramel Popcorn

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Simple Salted Caramel Popcorn

So easy and so delicious you’ll be upset you’re just NOW finding this recipe!

1/2 C Butter (1 Stick)
1 C mini marshmallows
1 C brown sugar

About 3 cups of fresh popped popcorn (fresh not only tastes better, but microwave popcorn is kept fresh in a bag by known carcinogens)

Pop corn and pour into a bowl.

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.

Melt butter in a saucepan, add brown sugar and marshmallows and stir constantly until melted. I used a silicone spatula to stir to avoid a sticky mess.

Once mixed thoroughly, pour over popcorn and turn with spatula until coated. Pour onto cookie sheet and bake at 300F for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt when you pull it from the oven. Let cool.

Optional ingredients: Nuts (toast at 325 to your liking before adding, trust me.) Raisins, Chocolate chips (mix in once halfway cooled to avoid a complete meltdown.)

Let cool thoroughly and break apart to serve. Don’t skip the salt, it makes a BIG difference!

Bold Colored Easy Knit Baby Blanket

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Bold Colored Easy Baby Blanket

This reminds me of books from my childhood; bright colors and rhyming words with the message of being a good person tucked right into the story. I avoid making pastel colored ANYTHING (unless requested) and this one is my new favorite of all my baby creations.

I used Loops and Threads Impeccable in Folklore.

Size 10 needles (use connected circular, there is too much for straight needles)

Cast on 4 stitches

First, we start the corner:

Row 1: knit

Row 2: knit 2, increase one stitch by knitting the next stitch, leaving the yarn on the needle and knitting again into the back side of the same stitch. Also known as a bar increase. knit to the end of the row.

Row 3: knit 2, increase again, knit to the end of the row.

Row 4: knit 2, increase again, knit to the end of the row.

Row 5: knit 2, increase again, knit to the end of the row.

Here, we start the body, change how we increase, and start the border make it larger:

Row 4: knit 3, yo, knit to the end of the row.

Continue knitting the same as row 4 until the blanket is as wide across as you would like it to be from corner to corner.

Now, we decrease.

Knit 2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.

Continue to decrease until you have 5 stitches left.

Knit 1, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Knit 1, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Knit 3
Bind off.

yo: yarn over
k2tog: knit two together

Colorful Quick Knit Afghan

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Colorful Quick Knit Afghan

Easy knit afghan, quick to work up, one simple stitch and a quick tassel at each corner.

Worked various lenghts of various verigated colors in Charisma yarn by Loops and Threads.

Size 13 needles, cast on about 75-80 stitches across. You don’t need to be specific, as our simple garter stitch can be used on an even or odd number of stitches. Work in GARTER STITCH until it is as long as you would like, bind off, tassel and you are done!

NOTE: To get the best idea of the size while you are working, keep a small tape measure close by and measure the width of the project AND the length! The length can be tricky, be careful and be patient.

(It WILL stretch when you block it, or through normal use).

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Just about the only health benefits you will get from this gooey, sweet and savory confection are the endogenous opioids you body will release and the resulting feelings of that “food coma”. Check out the following article for a very interesting read on why eating high fat, sugary foods can affect the brain in a similar way to cocaine and heroin.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/24/thanksgiving.full.stomach/

Ingredients needed:

–One pack of bacon.
–One roll of Grands Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls (5)

I used center cut bacon for less fat, but next time I will buy regular bacon, because it is longer. After cooking and letting rest on a paper towel, the grease was absorbed enough.

1. Cook the bacon until just about your preference. It DOES need to be a bit flexible in order to roll.

2. Unroll each cinnamon roll and place the bacon, then roll back up. Some of the cinnamon filling will stick to the surface you are working on, but I just scraped it up with my finger and spread it back on the roll.

Place rolls into a greased spring form pan. I used the smallest size I had but will move up one next time so that they have plenty of room to expand. Place the side of the roll with the end closest to the side of the pan to prevent them from unrolling while baking.

3. Bake for recommended time, cover with icing and enjoy!