Hobbies & popcorn :)

This is a random post.  You all know that food, yoga, health, and fitness are big parts of my life.  But what else do I do for fun?  One of the hobbies I’ve picked up recently is making earrings.  It’s fun, relaxing, and gets my creative juices flowing.  These are some of my recent creations…

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On to food!  Since I’m currently out of a job, and being frugal is one of my passions, I wanted to share a money-saving tip.  A fun and easy snack that I make a lot is popcorn.  But I don’t buy the 100-calorie bags because it’s much cheaper to pop your own.

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Ingredients (for 1 100-calorie bag)

  • brown paper lunch bag
  • ~3 tablespoons unpopped kernels
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • salt, cinnamon, chili powder

Directions

  1. Place the kernels in the lunch bag.  Fold over the top.  Microwave for 2-3 minutes (until there are a few seconds between pops).
  2. Pour the popcorn into a bowl.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle on your desired spices.

Eat!  There are actually premade seasonings that you can buy in stores – I like Kernel Season’s the best.  I get the Nacho Cheddar flavor.

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Stay tuned for a product review (some very “virtuous” granola products), another way to use turmeric, some Japanese soba noodles, a new book by a fellow blogger, and more.  What is your favorite popcorn flavor?

26 Comments on Hobbies & popcorn :)

  1. Andrea
    5 February, 2009 at 12:41 am (6 years ago)

    I like your website! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    5 February, 2009 at 12:58 am (6 years ago)

    The earrings and the new blog look are both fab!

    I love the sweet and the salty of kettle corn!!! But your flavors sound good too!

  3. Andrea of Care to Eat
    5 February, 2009 at 1:35 am (6 years ago)

    Whoa! Holy new blog Salad Girl! Me likey!
    Anyways, before I got distracted, I was going to say that be careful because one time I made popcorn that way, and it caught on fire in the microwave. Although, that was sometime in the 80s and I was probably 7 or 8. So it could have been me, or the microwave – probably the first of it’s kind. Whatev – just keep an eye on it :)

  4. Pearl
    5 February, 2009 at 2:18 am (6 years ago)

    howwwww cool!

  5. VeggieGirl
    5 February, 2009 at 5:49 am (6 years ago)

    LOOOOOVE your jewelry creations!! And your new blog layout :-)

  6. Ashley
    5 February, 2009 at 6:38 am (6 years ago)

    love the jewelry! i am defnitely a HUGE fan of kettle corn, and also, just regular popcorn with jalapeno and some of the juice YUM

  7. Dori
    5 February, 2009 at 7:33 am (6 years ago)

    The new layout looks great! And I love the earrings!

  8. Melissa S.
    5 February, 2009 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    omg those earring are wonderful! they are seriously the kind that i buy every time! you willing to sell? cause i would TOTALLY buy!

    love the new layout!

  9. Sharon
    5 February, 2009 at 8:08 am (6 years ago)

    Oh wow, the earrings look amazing! That is soo cool!
    And love your new layout!

  10. gina (fitnessista)
    5 February, 2009 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    the earrings are gorgeous! you are so talented :D
    i always pop my own popcorn too. it’s so much healthier and tastes waayyyyyy better
    have a great day!

  11. Marian eats. The Italian way
    5 February, 2009 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

    I just found your blog and love it! Look forward to reading it! I love those Kernel seasoning’s

  12. coco
    5 February, 2009 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

    really cool earrings!!! You should teach me how to make them!
    and the popcorn direction is so useful! but I need first buy some paper bags! :D

  13. HangryPants
    5 February, 2009 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

    I love the earrings, the new layout (is it new?) and the popcorn. I love making it in a brown paper bag in the micro! My dad used to make it stove top with tons of butter! Now I eat it plain or with a little parm. cheese and garlic powder.

  14. fitforfree
    5 February, 2009 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I like my popcorn nutritional yeast and black pepper!

  15. fitforfree
    5 February, 2009 at 12:57 pm (6 years ago)

    *with

  16. Biz
    5 February, 2009 at 1:15 pm (6 years ago)

    Those earrings are really pretty! And I agree, making your own snack packs is a HUGE savings!

    Love the new look too!

  17. Michelle
    5 February, 2009 at 1:52 pm (6 years ago)

    you’re a smart cookie! I’m guilty of buying the 100-calorie snack packs because i can’t trust myself with making a whole big bag. :P oops. Yours is a fabulous idea though! Maybe i’ll try that next when i go thru my packs! (When they go on sale, they’re $2.99 at Dominick’s for 10! Is that bad?? hehehe)

    My favorite is caramel apple. :P But i always get kettle corn.

  18. polly
    5 February, 2009 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

    Maggie girl,
    you are talented AND frugal AND sweet! Love your blog and the popcorn idea! XOXO

  19. Meg Wolff
    5 February, 2009 at 4:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Maggie,
    What a great idea!! None of those chemical additives either.

  20. K
    5 February, 2009 at 4:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m lovin the new layout and I’m partial to kettle corn if that’s a flavor!

    YOU ARE TALENTED!!! Those are gorgeous! Well done :)

  21. Brittany
    5 February, 2009 at 9:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I like your new layout and thanks for the popcorn recipe. I love having it as a snack, but I totally didn’t realize you could pop it yourself in a brown paper bag. Kettle corn is my fav.

  22. Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    5 February, 2009 at 10:33 pm (6 years ago)

    omg! I had no idea that you can make popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag! this is so neat, I am definitely going to be saving some mula =)

  23. FoodsThatFit
    6 February, 2009 at 11:59 am (6 years ago)

    What a cool talent you have making earrings! They are really pretty!

    Abbie

  24. emily
    7 February, 2009 at 12:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I always make “paperbag popcorn!”

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