Road Trip Series: Kettle Corn & Smoothies

Please excuse my two day absence. I won’t lie, I was playing hooky. I totally hate that it is spelled that way, I prefer hookie. Hooky looks too much like “hooking,” which I definitely wasn’t doing. Anyway, I needed a boost of energy and here I am, energized and ready to blab your ear (well, eyes) off again!

So, I talk about my friend Lisa all the time. Lisa as in Lisa’s Apple Cake Lisa.

Lisa is so rad.

Guess what my friend brought to a park playdate last week? Kettle corn! Not a left over sack from the farmer’s market, not a bag of Orville Old Man kettle corn, but the real stuff. What makes Lisa extra rad, is that she had emailed out the super simple kettle corn instructions by the time we were home from playing.

Now, I should say that I think my mother would kill me extra dead if I let my kids eat popcorn in their carseats. Let me take a second and share information that my mother would want me to tell you about (if you don’t already know).

The top ten foods that children choke on are:

  1. hot dogs
  2. peanuts
  3. carrot
  4. boned chicken
  5. candy
  6. meat
  7. popcorn
  8. fish with bones
  9. sunflower seeds
  10. apples

-NY Times

So, please don’t piss off my mother. Is “piss off” profane? Kettle corn is easy to bring on a road trip, but not for letting your kids eat while you have your eyes on the road, mkay?

Kettle Corn
Recipe Type: Snacks
Author: Food It Forward – Via Lisa Pechdimaldji
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Serves: 4
  • Lisa’s Kettle Corn
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt
  1. Heat oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Stir in sugar and then popcorn. Put the lid on the pot and give it (the pot, not the lid) a few shakes, back and forth over the burner until you hear some kernels pop. Remember the Jiffy Pop pans? Shake like that. Then add in some salt (to taste) and pop that corn in your belly!

Don’t let the kernels over-cook (I let mine go a minute too long). Dang it, Tina!

This item is sold out 🙁

I’m sorry, but is there really anything funnier that you can think of than Napoleon yelling, “Tina, you fat lard, come and get your dinner!”

As for the smoothie, I have a new and most favorite combination. The measurements are not specific, nor do they need to be. It’s just the fabulous flavor combo of:
  • strawberries
  • mango
  • orange juice concentrate
  • protein powder
  • honey
  • flax or chia seeds

I add water to thin the smoothie out a bit, but it is just a no-fail combo, I promise! Once again, I would suggest packing a cooler with some large Mason jars full of smoothie. You could give them some good shakes before drinking (don’t forget to pack straws). The fruit and protein powder are a great balance to the carb-o-licious popcorn.

Thanks for giving me a couple days off. I mostly felt crummy from eating too much sugar. I know, I know, do I even read my own blog? Stop with the sugar already! But I’m back and ready for mo’!

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