Over the Weekend

Some photos of our set up at the craft fair this past weekend. It was a lot slower than I thought it'd be, but the audience is sort of limited on an Air Force Base. :/ We ended up doing better than we expected, but still had a really good amount of stock for the shop, so it was a win/win. :) We're starting to look into outside craft fairs now, but I have a much better gauge of the stock I need/want next time around. 

The table cloth + sign were sort of an after thought, but it turned out pretty decent :)

Some of our new mini bows!

Some of my favorite holiday bows in stock now! I'll have them in the shop soon!



And we made my dad's famous popcorn balls for the first time! It's tradition for him to pass them out to friends/family trick-or-treaters. Fall is our hands-down favorite, so we've been scrounging around for things/activities to make it feel a little more like fall at home. Dad usually just modifies a betty crocker recipe he knows by heart, but we tried to follow it exactly, first. So if you're interested, here it is:

Popcorn Balls (Makes roughly 6)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 t. salt
8 cups popcorn (we like kettle corn, for extra sweetness)
and a bowl of cool water on the side for hands

1. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine, and salt to simmering in a large pot on medium high heat, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in popcorn until well coated -- for about 2 minutes. 
3. Dip hands in water, and form the popcorn into balls (I'm not sure the water part is actually a part of the recipe, but it's definitely necessary.)
4. Place on wax paper to cool completely

*And I should note that the recipe calls for 8 cups of popcorn, or roughly a regular-sized bag, but some of ours fell apart and were extra gooey and chewy-- so my dad says he uses 2 - 2 1/2 bags usually. Oh! And if you want to dye them fun holiday colors with food coloring, he suggests you use regular sugar and light corn syrup. 

Also, if you aren't into popcorn balls, the receipe is the same to make caramel popcorn; you just throw in any extras-- peanuts, cashews, etc, and bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, then let sit for 10 minutes or so. 

The popcorn balls are great for parties, and homemade caramel popcorn makes for a great gift idea! Super easy. But I didn't say it was healthy. :)


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