Everyone loves the salty and sweet fix that kettle corn provides.
Now, you don't have to wait till the next carnival arrives in town to indulge in this treat. My good friend Jodie taught me this recipe last time she was in town. Thanks, Jodie!
Using a large stock pot, pour in oil and turn burner to high to medium/high heat. (Temperature varies on how your stove heats. You want it to be pretty hot, but not so much that you burn the kernels or the sugar.) Also, throw in 2-3 kernels. Cover with a lid.
Once the kernels have popped, you know your oil is at the right temperature. Sprinkle the sugar over the oil.
Then, add the popcorn.
Cover with the lid again. I've learned the hard way how hot exploding popcorn and sizzling sugar can be. Once you've put on the lid, lift the pot slightly and swish the pot around to help the sugar dissolve. I do this several times before the popcorn actually pops. This way the sugar doesn't burn.
Once the popcorn starts popping, you will want to occasionally (and carefully) shake/swish the pot so the corn on the bottom doesn't burn. After the popping slows, remove from heat and dump into a large bowl.
While it is still hot, sprinkle salt on the corn.
Then, stir it to evenly disperse the salt.
Let the popcorn cool and serve it up .... time for a family movie night. Be prepared to make multiple batches cause this snack is highly addictive and flies out of the bowl.
This is a great treat to fix in advance. We take it camping, on long car rides, to football games and even make it as gifts. Just be sure to seal it up tight so it doesn't get soggy or stale. (I use those gigantic zip lock bags.) Kettle corn keeps for a week.
From the Mustard Seeds Archives:
Dressing in costumes is a major part of celebrating Reformation Day. Renaissance/Medieval costumes. Think: princesses, knights (think armor of God), Robin Hood, maidens, etc. I saw a knights kit at Target (in the toy section) for $12. And with all the Halloween costumes in stores, you should be able to find a costume relatively cheap and easily.
You can also go for a traditional monk costume. I made Jack's out a brown turtleneck and a piece of cording.
More on Anne's costume here...Every little girl loves dressing up like a princess and this is a perfect opportunity.
Capes are also very fun and reformation-ish. Simplicity Pattern 5927, is a very easy and simple pattern to follow. This pattern requires very little sewing when you make it with felt (what the pattern actually calls for). You pretty much cut out the cape and the hood and then just sew those two pieces together. Add some ribbons ties and you are done. Plus, with felt recently on sale at Joann's these cost only about $8-9 to make (including ribbon). I altered it a bit for Anne's version (above) to include a lining and the strap and vintage button across the top. I used red velour for hers. Note: Red is the liturgical color of Reformation Day.
And, here I am in full garb with Anne (a Reformation princess) and Jack (Martin Luther).
Decorations and Hammers
Red is the color of Reformation Day (representing the Holy Spirit and also martyrs of the Christian Church). I set the coffee table up with red linens and Anne's little red chairs. Matt helped me make these little wooden hammers, which the girls used to "hammer" on the doors around the house (just as Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the church door). The also used them to knock on doors when we went to give/receive treats.
The girls made stained glass windows, like those that had to be replaced after riots and fighting broke out in Germany during this time. They also wrote with quills, as Luther did when he translated the Latin Bible to German so the common man could read it.Transcribe the Bible
In Martin Luther's time, the Bible was only available in Latin--a language very few could read. While he was in hiding (many people wanted to kill him), he translated the Bible into German. This way, the common man would be able to personally read and reflect on God's Word, instead of relying on priests and scholars.
Have your little one "transcribe" the Bible by copying an entire page or just a chapter of the Bible in their own handwriting. Or just have them write one verse. Or, if they don't know how to write (like mine), they can just pretend to write.
To make it more fun, let them use a quill or feather. And let them use a fun color of watered-down poster paint.
Reformation Day PDFS:
A color sheet with the "Luther Rose" and a verse. The Luther Rose was an important symbol for the day because it was a seal that Martin Luther wore as a ring. The Luther Rose consists of a black cross, on a red heart. The heart is set in the middle of a white rose. The white rose is placed on a field of heavenly blue. Encircling this field is a ring of gold.
And, a printout of Reformation Facts and Activity Ideas.\
From the Mustard Seeds Archives....
We celebrate Reformation Day (Oct 31). For those of you who also might like to celebrate this year, I thought I'd better post some stuff so you can plan your special day. Over the next couple of days, I'll be reposting some ideas from last year as well as some new items.
To me, Reformation Day is an opportunity to teach my kids a little church history and instill in them the message that our salvation is through faith not works. And, yes, this my attempt to create an alternative to the spooky stuff (and sometimes evil) associated with Halloween. Let me be clear: I'm not saying you're bad if you celebrate Halloween. No judgment here, my friends. This is just something we are doing for our family.
Let's start with...What is Reformation Day?
Also, the illustrated book above is a great resource. Beautiful illustrations and it does a great job outlining the history. The text may be a little long on some pages for really tiny ones, but I just abbreviate as I read sometimes.
This list is "just for fun." Some things realistic, some absoultely not. But fun, none-the-less.
My in-laws have one of these. It's seriously one of the main reason I love waking up at their house in the mts. Instant, amazing froth--every time.
An iPhone with Nancy Drew cover.
Moonbeam alarm clock: flashes soft light instead of loud noise...Vintage and practical.
What's on your fall wish list?