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Popping 4th of July

Fourth of July Popcorn | Popcorn & ChocolateHello popcorn lovers! Can you believe it’s already almost the 4th of July? What are all you doing? For me every year is different. When I was little, my family used to go to the local park and watch the fireworks with our close friends. I always loved this since they set up a carnival and rides beforehand. My dad and I used to bike down early in the day so I could play on the rides. I always remember one year he bought me a balloon and just as we left, the balloon popped because it was so hot out! I was sad so we went back and got another. We got half way home on the bike with this balloon before, POP! We ended up just going home, and my dad drove back later and got me a new balloon. I kept this one until it got small and pruney. Thanks dad :)

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More recently I prefer to grill up some good food, make a refreshing drink, and watch the Macy’s fireworks on TV. I know that’s lame, but it’s always fun to watch! Plus, then you can pop up a huge fresh batch of popcorn and eat it right out of the bowl. And lately I’ve been dreaming up this delicious red white and blue inspired sweet treat for your 4th of July get-together. This strawberry pie popcorn is sweet and decadent without being too over the top. The best part is that it’s not too messy, so you could pack it up in tupperware with your picnic and bring it to share with whoever you watch the fireworks with. But be warned, you might want to hoard it all for yourself. It’s that good. Plus, it’s very allergy friendly – there’s no dairy, nuts, peanuts, shellfish, or gluten here! Just freeze dried strawberries, coconut butter, coconut oil, salt and sugar. Simple and delicious! What are you waiting for? Let’s get popping!

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Ingredients: Serves 2 hungry popcorn lovers or a group of 3-4

  • 1/4 cup Freeze dried strawberries  (we bought them at Target, but Trader Joes also has a good selection)
  • 1.5 tablespoons slightly melted Coconut butter
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons melted Coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (if you don’t have vanilla sugar you can just use the sugar of your choice)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup kernels

Instructions:

  1. Pop up your kernels either on the stove top or in an air popper and then lay out on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet
  2. Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Grind the freeze dried strawberries, the vanilla sugar and the salt together in the food processor for a couple of seconds or until the strawberries are a fine powder
  4. Mix together the coconut butter, 1.5 tablespoons of the coconut oil, and about half of the strawberry mixture in a small bowl
  5. Drizzle the remaining coconut oil over the popcorn and then sprinkle the remaining strawberry mixture on top of it
  6. Drizzle the coconut butter mixture on top of the popcorn
  7. Pop in the oven for about 5 minutes – you don’t want it to burn!

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Happy Pi(e) Day!

Today, 3/14/15 is the ultimate Pi day, i.e. a day to indulge in all things pie! Pie day happens every year on 3/14 but this year it’s ultimate because the year is the next two digits of pie! Neither Rose or I are big fans of traditional pie. Despite our parents disapproval, on Thanksgiving we both opt to make bars or brownies instead of apple or pumpkin pie. Don’t get me wrong, I will still indulge in a big slice of pie drowned in ice cream when it’s placed in front of me, I just prefer something a little more crunchy I suppose. Lets be honest, I will indulge in anything drowned in ice cream… heck just put the whole pint in front of me with a spoon. But I digress.. back to the ULTIMATE pi day.

We decided to round up some different, non-traditional pie recipes for you to try out today in honor of pi(e) day. Please note that none of these recipes or pictures are our own and we have credited all of the wonderfully creative people who’s they are.

Coconut-Key-Lime-Pie-Martini-1First up is this Coconut-Key Lime Pie Martini from Home Cooking Memories. We love the idea of making a pie martini. It sounds and looks absolutely delicious, especially with spring weather in the air.

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Next are these absolutely drool worthy Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts from How Sweet it is. How Sweet it is is one of my favorite food bloggers and she always has fun food combinations worth a try, like these pecan pie doughnuts. If only we had a doughnut mold!

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Onto a more savory pie recipe with this Tortilla and Black Bean Pie from Martha Stewart. Now this is a pie I can definitely get on board with; tortillas, corn, beans, cheese, oh yum!

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This Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie from One Ingredient Chef just looks too good not to try. We have made a similar recipe before and absolutely loved it so this recipe I’m sure what disappoint. I mean, just look at that sweet potato.

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie recipe from Creole Contessa also looks amazing. We love love love chicken pot pie here and being able to let it cook all day in the slow cooker just makes it sound even better! Time to pull out the slow cooker again..

Next we have these Pumpkin Pie Roasted Almonds from Knead to Cook. As our previous post mentioned, we are big nut eaters in this household. Add some pumpkin pie to the nuts and yum! I could just eat these all in one sitting.

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Last we have this Apple Pie Oatmeal from Eat. Drink. Savor. Repeat. This oatmeal looks like the perfect bowl to wake up to. Apple pie for breakfast? Count me in!

We hope you all have a wonderfully delicious and filling day full of delightful pie treats! We know we will be making a few of these recipes in the near future (if not right now…) so you should try them out too and let us know your favorites! Happy Pi Day!