The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I am a bona fide Christmas fanatic.  I am.  I'll happily admit it.  I honestly don't see anything wrong with beginning to decorate the day after Halloween.  I adore Christmas music, from Bing Crosby to Ru Paul, and am thrilled to switch my iPod over to All Holiday All the Time.  I even found an app for that!  I break out the Holiday Four - Love Actually, It's a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, and Elf, and consider adding new movies to the roster, like Fred Claus and Four Christmases, and I play these nonstop, or at least until Hubby fakes a broken cord on the Xbox (I'm on to you, Hubby!) I beg and plead for a Christmas Tree, but still feel nostalgic about the little one that Hubby purchased one Christmas Eve from an antique store, when we couldn't travel for the holidays.  This year, I'll even have a white Christmas in the District, thanks to a freak 20" snow storm this weekend! While I'm a little blue to not spend Christmas with our family of origin (mine is in Wisconsin, and Hubby's is in Boston), I am excited to spend our first Christmas as married people together. And so in this grand spirit, I have begun to bake.  I'm on my fourth sweet, and I have no one to feed.  Watch out co-workers and friends, here comes the desserts!  Here are the recipes I'm working on!

Fleur de Sel Caramel Corn

That means salted caramel.  This is like kettle corn, but even better.

Pop about 5 cups of popcorn.  Air-popped is best, although I imagine you could do microwave, if it's plain.

Preheat stove to 200

Mix together and cook over medium heat

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • salt
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup (or replace with butter if your Hubby is also anti-corn syrup)

Boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat, then stir in 1 tsp of baking soda.

Pour mix over popcorn, and stir well to fully coat. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt.  Put the coated popcorn onto wax paper lined cookie sheets and bake for around an hour, mixing occasionally.  Spread on wax paper to dry, and sprinkle liberally with sea salt if you like.