Thursday, October 9, 2014

made with love // fall yarn wreath + a yummy recipe

This mama has been putting her crafty pants on lately! I love making things in the kitchen and for our home. Knowing it came from my hands gives it that much more of a touch of love that makes me happy.

And, after enjoying Bonnie's fun Fall Blog Hop with so many amazing bloggers that I love, I put my crafty pants into overdrive and pulled together this yarn wreath with all leftover craft supplies + flowers from the dollar store that were...$1. The fact that I spent $1 this year on this lovely craft makes me smile. 

Here's what the yarn wreath progression looked like in photos:

I double wrapped the wreath under an hours worth of time. Picking it up here and there throughout the day.

1 bunch of flowers from the dollar store
1 bunch of yarn
bare Wreath
Leftover Burlap Ribbon
Paper Clips (2) - used the paper clips to start and stop the yarn. Just stuck a paper clip into the wreath, tied down the yarn to start, and tied down the last piece of yarn to finish.

I went to hang up my new lovely Fall piece in our hallway because I loved how the deep red brought out some red loveliness from our icon wall.
Then I left for awhile to come back to this sweetness. He literally was sitting there telling me he really likes me weethh and that it is really beooteefull. That right there was so very validating. I want my son to see and find beauty in our home! Finding him sitting there made my heart pretty happy.

Now, onto the recipe!

A few weekends back, Uncle A and Bekah visited us and we had an amazing time feasting on tomato basil soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. While Bekah and I were talking, she told me that her and Uncle A had been enjoying homemade popcorn of all sorts of different seasoning variations.

Naturally, this piqued my interest and you can bet on our next grocery trip out I bought some popcorn kernels, coconut oil (this is a must!), and assumed I could figure out some sort of fun seasoning at home with my cabinet.

This not only piqued my interest because it sounded yummy and fun, but also because I remember as a child when we would pop popcorn at home. I remember all the different popcorn seasonings we would sprinkle over our popped kernels with this bad boy:
Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Fun times down memory lane! Mom, do you still have this? If you do, maybe you should bring it up over Thanksgiving along with the photo album? Maybe?

So that's the story and now here's the recipe.
I found this one that led me to this one. I loved the recipe and would only suggest adding a smidge more than just a pinch of salt. Say two pinches? I over-pinched, but it was still amazing! And, instead of just one TBSP, I would add two, because 2 TBSP of sugar just felt like a better idea. So after over-pinching and over-sugaring, I bring you the recipe for this lovely Homemade Coconut Kettle Popcorn.

Homemade Coconut Kettle Popcorn

1/4 C. organic virgin coconut oil
1/2 C. organic popping corn kernels
2 TB. organic sugar
Sea salt to taste (I pinched twice)

Pour in 1/4 C. of organic virgin coconut oil over Medium-High heat in a heavy pot and cover. Add 1/2C. of popping corn kernels (We used the Ancient Heirloom Popcorn Kernels pictured above and loved them!) and then cover pot again. After the first popped kernel add in the 2 TBSPS of organic sugar, recover heavy pot, and be sure to shake pot every so many pops. Watch the popcorn magic happen. Once you start hearing pops every 2-3 seconds take off heat and keep shaking.

Pour your popped corn into a bowl and salt to taste (I say two pinches.) and mix as to spread out the salty goodness. Finally, put your Homemade Coconut Kettle Popcorn into your mouth and let your tastebuds smile. I promise they will!

There you have it friends! Some crafty Fall fun and some delicious popcorn! ENJOY! And please come back to let me know how it all turned out!


  1. Can't wait to try this! It's pretty much exactly what I do minus the butter, plus a little sugar. The only thing I would add is that popcorn pops much better if you wait until the oil is very hot. Then it pops right away, more kernels pop, and it goes much quicker. :)

    1. Haha, that's a great tip, Micaela! Pretty sure I stared at the kernels in the oil willing them to start their magic for longer than I care to admit! Will let the oil heat next time for sure! Thank you!!!

  2. Yum! I'm so excited about this recipe. I'm such a huge fanatic for kettle corn, but I usually just use the microwave bags (and I don't even WANT to know what's in those), so I'm glad to have a recipe that I can try and whip up (and hopefully not burn!) ;)

    1. Yah, we've been microwaving like no-ones business since we got married in the popcorn department. So, this is all new (well sort of since I grew up with fun popcorn times) and delicious. I was so happy with the coconut oil too! Let me know how it goes, Cate!

  3. Ooh! I've never tried coconut oil with our popcorn. Can't wait to try it!
    And the wreath is lovely!

    1. Thank you, Theresa! I was excited with the turn-out for the popcorn and the wreath! Let me know what you think of the coconut oil!

  4. Um....both of these things are SUCH great ideas! I need a new wreath for my front door, and lately I've been really into snacking on popcorn. I can't wait to try both of these! Thanks!

    1. Anna, so glad you came by my little space on the webs! And so glad you liked both ideas! The yarn wreath was easy enough and the popcorn was sooooo good! Let me know how it goes if you end up doing either!

  5. Mmmmmm....lovely wreath!

    And now I want to make popcorn. We do it this way, but we always have flavorless coconut oil because my kids don't like the flavor. However, I LOVE coconut so I think it would be delicious with the natural flavor in it.

    1. Gina, you would love the popcorn with the coconut oil! It's sooooo yummy! Honestly, you should make it one day for your kiddos and I doubt they would taste it. The coconut oil with the caramelized sugar does something wonderful! Let me know if you try it!


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