Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn

I did a demo on The Daily Dish (chn 30) last week. Here’s the clip to making Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn

Chocolate Drizzle

(pg 92)

Serves 4

8 cups popped popcorn

½ cup packed brown sugar

4 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. light corn syrup

¼ tsp. baking soda

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl. In a medium sauce pan melt brown sugar, butter and corn syrup together over medium heat. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Pour over popcorn and stir until coated well. Spread out on a cookie sheet and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Put chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at half power for one minute. Stir chips and cook again at half power for thirty seconds – stir. Continue cooking at half power for thirty second intervals until chips are melted through and runny. Drizzle white chocolate over cooled popcorn. Put cookie sheet in the fridge until chocolate sets. Can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container.

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Making New Year’s Resolutions

 

You’re never too young nor too old to make a New Year’s resolution. Even the youngest child can set a goal to brush their teeth every morning or pick up their toys before bed. Making resolutions together as a family is a good way for parents to exemplify the benefits of setting and reaching a goal.

 

Family Tradition

 

When making and keeping resolutions becomes part of your family’s traditions, children grow accustomed to reflecting on their past and looking for areas of improvement. Spend some time between Christmas and New Year’s Day discussing with your child what she has accomplished over the year. Perhaps she worked to improve her math grade or increase her reading comprehension. Praise her for her progress. If she started strong and then fizzled out around March, you can also talk about why she stopped working or progressing in that area. It’s possible she progressed as far as she was capable. In that case, she should be encouraged to call her efforts a success. If the goal was too broad or too advanced for her age, set it aside until she is older and pick something more appropriate this year.

 

Share Your Goals

 

Once every member of the family has chosen a goal, have a family meeting where you reveal your resolution. This is a good time to record them in a journal, on a bulletin board or place them in a special box. Have each child write their own resolution or draw a picture of their goal. Both sharing their goals and writing them down help to solidify the decision and make it real. Parents should share their goals as well.

 

Sticking to It

 

Some adults are motivated by checking items off their to-do list and kids are no different. Adding the New Year’s resolution to a child’s daily chore chart will help them remember it every day and allow them to feel a sense of accomplishment as they complete the task. You can also hold monthly meetings where family members review their goals. If you are already holding weekly family night, simply add five minutes to the beginning or end of the evening to review progress, redirect if necessary, and provide encouragement and praise. Randomly look for times when you can reward your children, and yourself, for your efforts. Focusing on the positive and using failure as a springboard for improvement and reevaluation, will improve your child’s self esteem and provide them with a model they can follow throughout their life.