Hardee Party Animal Crackers

It’s F.R.I.D.A.Y ! Yippee Yah Yea Yummy!
Animal Cracker day was back in April. Oops. I missed that! But here’s something that will put a smile on the face of any child, adolescent, or adult for that matter.

In a large bowl mix together any combination of the following:
Animal crackers
Mini marshmallows, pastel colored if you can find them
Popcorn
Chocolate covered raisins
Gold fish crackers
Craisins
Pretzels

Divide among mason jars
Share with your favorite peeps.

Calling All POPCORN Lovers

I simply adore Katie Lee (briefly Katie Lee Joel a few years ago!).  She is young, energetic, accomplished, darling and has been cooking with her Grandma and Mom since she was a tiny four year old.  This recipe comes from her second cookbook, The Comfort TableRecipes for Everyday Occasions. She dedicates the book “to mom and grandma – women who taught me that being a good hostess isn’t just about the food that you serve, but how you make people feel in your home.”  I echo that sentiment and strive to make my home a safe, fun, worry-free environment for all who enter.  Come on in, friend!

Appetizer Spice Popcorn

Five Spice Popcorn

3/4 cup popcorn
1/4 cup canola oil
3 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs Chinese 5 Spice powder
1 t salt
3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted

Place popcorn, oil, sugar, Spice powder, and salt in pot with tight fitting lid.
Place on stove over medium heat.
Shake constantly.
When popcorn begins to pop, reduce heat to medium low.
Continue shaking until popping begins to slow.
Transfer to bowl.
Drizzle with butter and mix well.

Serves 6.