Merry Christmas from our house to yours! We are still alive and kicking at the old Green Farm. Maybe our kick has slowed up a bit, but our love for the country life is still as strong as ever. Read on for what’s been happening at our house.

The spirit is willing

Right now, it is Christmas time, and hubby and I are trying to keep up with the family traditions, but we are falling a bit short of the mark. The old maxim: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” – certainly applies to us. No matter how hard we try, hubs and I can’t quite get things done like we used to.

For instance, there are no green or red colored popcorn balls sitting on our kitchen table. This is indeed a real calamity! Shame on us for not having this treat prepared to give as a gift to anyone who stops at our place during the Christmas season. Somehow, it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without these tasty, crunchy morsels!

Now in all truthfulness, I’ve popped several big bowlfuls of popped corn and have left them to cool before mixing up the syrup mixture. However, every time I’m ready to stir up the syrup mixture and combine it with the popped corn, I discover there’s no popped corn in the bowl!

Who stole the corn?

The bowls of popped corn have mysteriously been emptied of every last kernel. Who stole it? I don’t know, but I guess I’m going to have to pop some more corn. And this time put it under lock and key. Maybe we need to install a high-powered security system and catch ‘em in the act! Humph!

But the flesh is weak

Well, here it is already Christmas Eve, and I’m back to popping corn like crazy. Whew! I’m even getting a bit winded from all this activity. My old flesh is getting tired and weak. Maybe I better change my plans. So much for the old time traditions…. How about creating a new one?

Hmm? Yes, creating a new tradition is definitely needed. Now, let me think. Faced with this situation, what would my mother have done? I need something easy to make but still tasty.

How about this old recipe of my mom’s? Instead of making popcorn balls, she often made homemade caramel corn in her oven. It’s tasty. It’s easy and it doesn’t take as much time and everyone loves it. And that’s exactly what I did this year. This oven baked popcorn was a hit with the family and anyone who stopped for a visit! How about that?

Reflections

Family traditions are wonderful, but a little change once in a while doesn’t hurt a thing.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and are looking forward to the New Year.

Carmel Corn Recipe

Start with 5 quarts of popped corn.

In a kettle mix:

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup

1/2 cup teaspoon soda

Bring mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the popped corn. Spread into a large greased baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes in a 250 degree oven. Stir several times while baking. Pour out on wax paper and separate pieces.

Jane Green and her husband, Jim, live near Clark. Contact Jane for some public speaking, to order one of her books, or to register your comments. Email her at jgreen@itctel.com.

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