It's hard to tell from the picture, but the yellow corn on these cobs was all dried up, and meant to be used as popcorn kernels.
Well, that was a fun and different fall activity! Try it!
We are big fans of popcorn around here. Makes a GREAT late night snack when you get the munchies. Low in calories AND fills you up. I thought the boys and I could make some of this popcorn for Finn to take to school today.
Well, that was not going to happen this morning. It was just one of those mornings. Nothing was going right.
Remember that sweet little baby that I just wrote a post about the other day?
That same sweet baby seems to have discovered his voice between now and then. And he was screaming all morning to be held...or to eat...or because he was stuck (again) under the piano bench.
And Finn and Calvin were having fits because Ollie kept wrecking their crafts. And Ollie did not understand why he could not play with their stuff, so he was crying. All of these things were making us late for school and I HATE being late.
Needless to say, Finn did not get popcorn and had to take a granola bar to class instead.
After dropping Finn off, I needed something to keep Ollie and Calvin busy. And Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was NOT an option. Seriously, they could watch it every day if I let them.
So I busted out the popcorn cobs. I thought it would be fun for the boys to pick the corn kernels off of the cob. And some of those kernels literally had to be pried off.
Calvin took his job very, very seriously.
Ollie did NOT understand and kept trying to bite into the hard corn on the cob. I quickly decided this could be a choking hazard and took his cob away. Which did not go over so well. Ollie was just devastated.
This seems to be our favorite thing to do these days. Sigh.
So I gave him some pretzels instead, which seemed to cheer him up.
Calvin was never so diligent.
Getting closer. This activity took up a nice chunk of time.
And finally, Calvin was done. Just one cob yielded enough kernels for a whole batch of popcorn.
So I brought our air-popper onto the deck and plugged it in.
The boys were fascinated. Normally the popper is up high on the counter, out of reach.
Cam you tell what Ollie is thinking?
I could tell instantly. A mom just knows.
"No, No, NO Ollie, Do NOT touch the socket!"
For some reason it took longer than usual for these kernels to pop, so the boys had to wait a little while.
Such excitement when the first kernels popped!
After drizzling a little butter, we had quite the tasty snack.
Mmmm... It was really good!