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A {Pretend Play} Popcorn Shop

Pretend Play Popcorn Shop | Mama Papa BubbaOur makeshift puppet theatre got LOTs of play and it was {well past} time to switch things up in our little Ikea SKYLTA Market Stand.  Because we’re amidst our 5 days dedicated to packing our entire house, it had to be something super quick and easy to set-up, but highly engaging in order to keep Miss G happily {and independently} playing for as long as possible.

IMG 0406To get things started, I made a little ‘Popcorn Shop’ sign that took less than a minute to make, and popped it into the structure’s sign slot.

IMG 0407Then Grae and I made a big bowl of plain stove-top popcorn (in coconut oil of course) and she grabbed a measuring cup to act as her scoop while I grabbed an old salt shaker that works terribly (it barely lets anything out, and in this case that’s perfect) and put a little sea salt inside.

IMG 0409While I’ve seen really cute old-fashioned popcorn bags at our local dollar store, I’m a big fan of using what you have on hand if you can, so I grabbed some paper bags I’d used at a recent craft market and quickly wrote ‘POPCORN’ across the front of each one.  Together we decided that the small white ones would be the shop’s personal size and the bigger brown ones would be family-sized.  

IMG 0412After retrieving an apron, Miss G opened her popcorn shop for business.

IMG 0405She took orders, asking us about our size and salt preferences, and carefully scooped popcorn into bags.  When an order was ready, she’d deliver it to us wherever we were working in the house, then check back in a few minutes later to see if we needed a free refill… Now that’s what I call service!

IMG 0404Our popcorn shop was a total hit with Grae and my guess is that she’d continue dishing out bags of popcorn as long as I’d continue filling the bowl.  

This inexpensive cardboard contraption has brought us a ton of fun already and I fully plan to take advantage of it for the last few weeks before we move.  ☺

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Apple Crumble Dessert Popcorn

Apple Crumble Dessert Popcorn | Mama Papa BubbaOh my goodness.  After our morning cooking class at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. where the lovely Suz shared more of her secrets, Gracen and I whipped up a batch of this sweet, satisfying popcorn treat.  It’s ridiculously delicious.  

IMG 8561Here’s the line-up of ingredients…  Pure maple syrup, coconut oil, dried apples (we dehydrated our own, but you can just as easily buy unsweetened, unsulphered ones at the store), popping corn, cinnamon, and sliced raw almonds (not pictured because ours were toasting in the oven).

IMG 8564To start off, we added our coconut oil, popping corn, and cinnamon into a pot (thanks to my lovely friend Tairalyn who reminded me that putting seasonings directly in the pot is a brilliant idea).  We have this fancy popcorn popping pot (which we adore!), but any decent quality pot will do.  Warm your oil, popcorn seeds, and cinnamon over medium heat until the seeds start popping.  Shake the pot back and forth over the element almost constantly once the popping begins.

IMG 8567When the popping has finished, we had a delicious, slightly coconut-y popcorn, evenly coated in warm cinnamon.

ApplesNext, we chopped up our apples, put them in a bowl, and drizzled our maple syrup on top.  

MixingThen my freshly bathed sous chef dumped the mixture on the popcorn and mixed it all up with her hands.

IMG 8580The last step was sprinkling the generously toasted almonds on top and giving the popcorn one final mix.  

IMG 8593Depending on how much will power you have, you can either eat it immediately, or lay it out on a baking sheet and let it lose some of its stickiness for a few minutes – both ways are delicious (though we definitely know how the ‘served immediately’ kind tastes like better than the ‘wait’ kind).

IMG 8584When I asked Grae what she thought of it, she replied with “Nummy!”, “Sweet!”, and “Delicious!” in between ‘mmmmmmmm’ sounds.  My guess is that she liked it every bit as much as I did.

 

Apple Crumble Dessert Popcorn (inspired by Suz of Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company)

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of popcorn seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of unsweetened, unsulphered dried apples
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of raw sliced almonds, toasted until golden brown
 

Toast sliced almonds in an oven set at 200 degrees.

Put coconut oil, popcorn seeds, and cinnamon into a large, heavy pot and pop over medium heat.

Roughly chop dried apples and drizzle the maple syrup on top.  Dump the apple/syrup mixture on top of the popcorn and mix well by hand.  Sprinkle toasted almonds on top and mix again.

Serve immediately or let sit on a baking sheet for 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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