Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

cinnamon roll popcorn

Yet another DELICIOUS popcorn recipe.  It is popcorn that tastes like a cinnamon roll.  Can life get any sweeter? I submit that it cannot!

I didn’t have a party that I was hosting or going to for this batch, so I wrapped up little bags to give to some of my neighbors.  I hope they don’t mind my telling you, but most of them admitted to not sharing with their kids.  Yup, this is the kind of treat that you are going to go hide in the attic to eat so you won’t have to share.  Surely, this would be a safe treat to prepare for a party because your guests are going to love it!


Here is what you’ll need:

Recipe by Our Best Bites (I left out the Pecans – not my cup of tea)

12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels if using an oil popper or air popper)
1 C brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 C Karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
6 oz White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Place popcorn in a LARGE bowl and set aside. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 Quart microwave-safe bowl.  Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup (or honey) over the top of everything.

Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine.  Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from the microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. It will start to foam up a bit. I bet you’re glad you used the 2 Quart bowl, like I told you.  Pour right over the popcorn and begin to stir immediately.  Continue stirring until the popcorn is coated in the cinnamon-caramel mixture.


Pour onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  While that is baking, prep your “cooling area”.  Take a spray bottle of water and spray your cooling surface.  Then, lay foil on the wet surface.  This makes it so your foil will stay put and your precious popcorn will be safe.   Neat trick I learned from this guy while learning to make ciabatta bread.


When your popcorn is done baking, pull it out, give it a stir, and transfer it to your cooling area.  While it is cooling a bit, melt your white chocolate chips.  Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue microwaving 10 seconds at a time and stirring until just melted.  Don’t over do it.  From here, I like to put my melted chocolate in a ziplock bag, cut the corner off, and gently drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn.  Let that cool until the chocolate is hard.


This is a great addition to a popcorn bar at a “ready to pop” baby shower, neighbor gifts at Christmas-time, or just to indulge while watching the latest Nicholas Sparks movie.  Enjoy!

Mint Cookies & Cream Popcorn

Mint Cookies and Cream Popcorn

I will begin by saying that this popcorn is amazing!  And easy!

I took a batch of this – ok, a little less than a full batch 🙂 Quality Control – to a get-together with some friends and it was a hit! No problem polishing this off and wishing there was more.  Next time I will probably double the batch.


Here is what you’ll need:

10-12 Cups of Popcorn (Regular or Kettle Corn) I prefer the Kettle Corn. But if you must, regular popcorn will do just fine.

8 oz White Chocolate Chips

12 Oreos Crushed

1/4 tsp of Peppermint Extract

Green Food Coloring (optional)

Pop your popcorn.  You can use the microwaveable bag popcorn or make your own Kettle Corn following my post here.  If you are using your own popper you will need about 1/2 Cup of kernels.

Combine crushed Oreos and popcorn in a LARGE bowl until well mixed and set aside. Melt half (4 oz) of your white chocolate chips by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring, and following with 10 second intervals.  Be sure to stir well at each interval.

Pour melted white chocolate over popcorn mixture and stir well to coat evenly.

Melt remainder of chocolate.  Add peppermint extract and food coloring (if desired). Stir. Pour over popcorn and stir to distribute evenly.  Pour out onto a foil/parchment paper/wax paper covered area and allow to cool.  Store in an airtight container.


 Make sure you hide a secret stash before offering this to your party guests. You’ll be glad you did!

If you like the paper garland in the background, you can find it here.

Recipe adapted from Erica’s Sweet Tooth.

Fool-Proof Kettle Corn Recipe

Welcome to Popcorn Week on The Handmade Shindig! I will be sharing a few of my favorite popcorn recipes that are perfect to serve at parties or even wrap up for a party favor!

fool proof kettle corn

One of my favorite smells at carnivals is the fresh kettle corn! When my sister shared this recipe with me and offered the opportunity to have that smell in my house anytime I want – I wanted to cry for joy!  This is my go-to treat to make when we are going to or hosting a low key party.  It is so simple and quick! And it disappears instantly.


The thing that makes it so easy is the popper I use.  It is the Hamilton Beach Hot Oil Popper.  You can find it on Amazon here.  If you don’t have that popper or want to make it without the popper, you can.  It just requires a little more attention.


So here is what you will need:  

½ Cup Popcorn Kernels

¼ Cup Canola Oil

¼ cup sugar

Sprinkle of Salt

Large Pot with Lid or Skillet Popcorn Popper

Ok, so my sister always makes this in a pot and I always make it in my popcorn popper.  We both get requests for the recipe like crazy, so I am pretty sure both methods are awesome.  My method is just lazy easy.

Disclaimer: I don’t know if making kettle corm in the popper will shorten the life of your popper…proceed at your own risk. It is definitely a bear to clean but has produced consistent results for me.  I have had my popper for almost three years and have been using it to make kettle corn for over a year (about one batch a week) and it does not look like it will quit any time soon.  


If using a popper:

Put Sugar, Oil and kernels in popper and turn on. Stop it when the popping slows (or it will burn) and sprinkle with salt as you pour into a separate bowl. Is important to sprinkle the salt while the popcorn is still warm and sticky from the sugar. Once it cools it will harden, giving it that fantastically sweet crunch!


If using a pot:

Put oil and sugar in the pot.  Stir to combine. Add kernels. Cover with lid and allow to sit on the stove at medium heat for a few minutes.  Once it starts to warm up, occasionally swirl the pot to get the kernels moving.  Keeping it on medium heat the whole time. Now this is where it gets quick.  The kernels will start popping.  You will want to take the handles of the pot and hold the lid down and shake up and down to let the popped kernels make their way to the top and the un-popped kernels to work their way down.  When the pops start to slow down it is time to take it off the heat. Pour into a separate bowl and sprinkle salt while the popcorn is still warm and sticky.


My girls know exactly what is happening when they see me pull out the ingredients for kettle corn.  One particularly will sit at my feet until it is done, screaming joyfully that she would like some.  Lucky for her, she only has to wait about five minutes. It really does taste like it is from the fair.  Your party guests will thank you.

Snap Bracelet Party Game

snap bracelet party game

This is a fun, simple game that can be played at any party! My hubby came up with this one.  We were in the backyard watching the kids play and our daughter brought over her awesome new bracelet she got from a fair.  A snap bracelet! Remember those? Well, my hubby grabbed the bracelet, turned to me and said “put your arm out!” and hurled the bracelet at my wrist.  It snapped on, and I thought, “how much fun would it be to have a bucket of bracelets and a time limit?”

Commence super fun party game for all ages! (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)


Here are the rules:

Stand about 6 feet apart.  You have 60 seconds to get as many snap bracelets on your partners arm.  Then it is their turn.  Who ever got the most bracelets to snap on wins! This would be the most fun to play “Tournament Style” and with a group of people that are not afraid to be loud and have fun!


If you didn’t save your collection of snap bracelets from the scrunchie days you can get them in bulk on oriental trading or by the dozen from Zurchers for just under $3.


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Tucanos Taste-Alike Veggies

tucanos taste alike veggies

With Labor Day quickly approaching and the grilling season coming to a close, I have been trying to fit in my grilling before it gets too cold. So for your final BBQ or two of the summer, I would like to share my favorite grillin’ goodie!

Have you ever been to Tucanos? Or Rodizio Grill? Or any Brazilian grill? If you are not familiar, it is an all you can eat place that is amazing. I know that the meat is what is showcased on the billboards but I love to go for the veggies! As much as I love to stuff myself until I hurt, there are times when I just want those delicious veggies at home. So I took my favorite things about those pricey restaurant veggies and tried it out. And now, I give you the Tucanos Taste-Alike Veggies!

This is so simple that you can whip it up for a BBQ to entertain your friends or just for a dinner for two. Either way, everyone will lick their plates clean.



Veggies (Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash)

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Grated Parmesan Cheese




Cut veggies into equal parts. Toss lightly in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat in grated Parmesan cheese. It is key here to get the really finely grated stuff so it is like tossing in flour. Slide prepared veggie pieces onto skewers and grill. I have also prepared these in the griddle on the stove before and they are also good. But if you want the full experience, go for the grill. Enjoy immediately.


This will become a staple for any BBQ. They are easy to prepare, easy to cook, and incredibly delicious!


Daniel Tiger Themed Brunch and Free Printable


daniel tiger inspired brunch 2

Hi there, Neighbors!

My three-year-old loves watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and I must say, I don’t mind it either.  That show has a song for everything!  From being frustrated to using the potty, Daniel Tiger covers it all. We have found some of our favorite treats on this show too.  So I decided to host a little brunch to share some of our Daniel Tiger treats with some of our favorite neighbors.  They are very simple and make foods that can get boring a little more fun.


Banana Swirl

Just frozen bananas and milk.  Put two frozen bananas and about 1 cup of milk in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  This will make a delicious smoothie that is more like a healthy milkshake.  A tasty tip for great tasting banana swirl is to let your bananas get good and ripe before putting them in the freezer.  I don’t make banana bread with over ripe bananas any more – I make delicious banana swirls!


Strawberry Pancakes

Use your favorite pancake recipe or check out my favorite pancake recipe.   Instead of all-purpose flour, I used wheat flour today and they still tasted delicious!  Just add diced strawberries and “mix-a, mix-a, mix-a” before scooping onto the griddle. My three-year-old loves to sing the “look a little closer” song from Daniel Tiger when we eat these.  With the burst of juicy strawberry in each bite, these pancakes are sweet enough that you don’t need syrup.  We eat them plain and they disappear!


Hosting your own Daniel Tiger brunch? Just using these yummies for any party? Here are some printable labels for your treats.


Here is where you can find the trolley paper garland.

Deliciously Fluffy Pancakes to Please the Masses

deliciously fluffy pancakes

My sister-in-law is smart and forward thinking.  The first Christmas my hubby and I were married she gave all of the couples in the family a binder with some family recipes and lots of room to share recipes over the years.  In that binder was this recipe for pancakes that looked intriguing but a little overwhelming because it was “from scratch”.  Since I am usually a lazy person, making pancakes from scratch did not seem that appealing when there was a “just add water” mix in the pantry.  But one Saturday morning I wanted to make pancakes for my hubs and our “just add water” mix was out.  So I pulled out the binder and conquered my fear of pancakes from scratch.  Success!

Let me tell you, these pancakes are delicious. And they make a TON of pancakes.  This is definitely for pleasing the masses.  Perfect for a party! I usually half this recipe and it stuffs my family of four and have leftovers. Over the past five years, I have made these pancakes over and over and everyone that eats them has loved them.

Well, here it is.


   Deliciously Fluffy Pancakes 

6 Eggs

1 Quart Buttermilk (or 4 cups milk with 1 tbsp. of vinegar per 1 cup of milk)

4 Cups Flour

1 Stick Melted Butter

2/3 Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Baking Soda

1 Heaping tsp Salt


I have almost always used the “cheat” for the buttermilk because I don’t keep buttermilk on hand.  They still taste just as good.


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Mommy to Bee Free Printable

To say thank you for visiting The Handmade Shindig I would like to give you this:

 Mommy to Bee Free Printable

Here are some ridiculously adorable water bottle wraps for a “Mommy to Bee” baby shower!

The cupcake toppers and paper garland are both found in my etsy shop.

Download the printable!

Royally Chic Bunting & Lace Banner

royally chic bunting banner

A fantastic addition to any party is a bunting banner.  But for a Ballerina or Princess party where all things must be pink and girly to the max, one must take it to the next level.  Add lace to a “royal” bunting banner.  I call it royal because this shape with the upside down “V’ cut at the bottom reminds me of all the banners from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.  The lace is not really lace it is actually paper doilies found at any party supply store.  Craft stores carry them as well.

I will talk about two ways to make this – with a sewing machine, and without a sewing machine.  Both are SUPER simple.

Here is what you will need: 


2 sheets of 12″x12″ Card stock for 10 Royal Bunting Paper Flags

10 – 4 in. Diameter Paper Doilies

Thread & Sewing Machine -OR- Twine & Glue

Scissors, Paper Cutter or Electronic Cutting Machine

First, cut your flags out of the card stock.  To get 10 flags out of 2 sheets of 12″x12″ card stock you will arrange them to look like this:

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I used my silhouette cutting machine for these but with all straight lines, it is not hard to cut by hand or with a paper cutter. Make sure your flags are 3.75 inches wide and 6 inches tall.


Fold your paper doilies in half.

For the sewing machine: Place the doily over the top of each flag and set aside in a pile.  Set your machine to a wide single stitch .  Now feed your flags through the machine leaving about an inch between flags.  Sew about .5 inches down from the top of the flag.


For Twine and Glue: Take all of your flags (no doilies yet) and glue the twine to the back of your paper about .5 inches from the top.  Then glue the doilies over the top to conceal the twine.


Simple and striking.  This banner definitely adds a feminine touch to a classic banner. The tutu wreath pictured can be found in my etsy shop.

The Best Homemade Shaved Ice

the best homemade shaved ice

Yesterday, I was singing “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music in the car with my husband.  Every time we sing it, my husband changes the lyrics – he is pretty creative.  This time I am pretty sure there was something about brown paper sausages.  But I would like to petition to squeeze in one more thing to the list in that song – shaved ice.  Ever since I had this treat about seven years ago, it has been a summer favorite!

Here is what you will need: 

Ice & Ice Shaver (If you do not have an ice shaver you can get the glorious pebble ice from Sonic and pound the bag a few times.  That would do just fine.)

Flavoring Syrup (I am not brand loyal with many things, but this is one thing that I will go to multiple stores to find.  You can find it in most grocery stores by the coffee.)

Sweetened Condensed Milk



First, fill your serving bowl with your desired amount of shaved ice. Drizzle flavoring syrup to saturate about half of your ice, leaving the bottom half of clean ice to be mixed.  Now, decorate with your fruit.  Get creative here! This is where you can tailor your dessert to fit a themed party.  Finally, drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.

This treat is best when mixed while enjoying.  That way you can get ice crystals clinging to the fruit so every bite is a sweet and tangy firework in your mouth!

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