I know we all looove looking at the bright white, well lit spaces on social media and blogs around town...but, do you ever feel like you are ready for something a little different? Friends - I have you covered because for today's post I have been invited to participate in a series where us bloggers are sharing photos of our home at night - with the lights down - and the sun down - and the moon out....lol, you get the point;).
|buffalo check blanket // popcorn bowls|
One of our families favorite night-time rituals is being together and watching a movie. Even if it means watching Inside Out, Frozen or Jurassic World for the 100th time - there is nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with your babes and being lazy for the evening. For us, watching a movie means popcorn. You have to have the popcorn.
Due to obvious reasons, I am very against microwave popcorn. So for the past few years, I have always made our popcorn on the stove in my spaghetti pot. Yummm....
This has worked great, however, recently I have been cooking with my cast iron skillet more and more and came across a few food bloggers mentioning that the best stove made popcorn they ever had was when cooked with a cast iron. I honestly had never put two and two together that you could even do this. Because I love cooking with our cast iron - I had to try using it for the popcorn.
I knew I would need a 'deep dish' cast iron, and one with a lid. In comes Anolon and their 5 quart round casserole cast iron. It was exactly what I was looking for to make copious amounts of salty popcorn for our movie snuggle nights. It even came in a really pretty navy blue color that just happens to be my 'color' throughout my home. I love to leave this dish sitting out on my stove. It just looks pretty.
Because I thought you all might be curious - here is the Reed Family Cast Iron Homemade Popcorn recipe -
- Pour enough oil down in your pan to cover the base (be sure to use an oil with a high smoke point, like avocado or peanut oil).
- Heat your cast iron on medium high heat (b/c it's cast iron - it will take about 5/6 minutes to fully heat up).
- Drop 3 - 5 kernels into your pan and wait for them to pop - once they pop you know the pan is hot enough.
- Depending on how much popcorn you want to make (I typically make 1/3 cup if it's the kids and I, a little more if Mike is included;)) - dump your kernels into the pot and put the lid on (extremely important if you want to limit the random kernels popping all over the place).
- This next step is something I like to do, but not crucial - when you drop in your kernels, also drop in a teaspoon or two of butter. This way when the popcorn pops it will be tossed around with the butter in the hot pan.
- Use some warming pads to shake the pot around to get the kernels moving a little quicker, if needed.
- Once the kernels have slowed down - turn the heat off and take the pot off the burner. I always err on the early side, because I am not typically a fan of those burnt pieces.
- Pour on the salt, and if I'm by myself, I like to sprinkle parmesan cheese (shake cheese as my Mom used to always call it) after it has cooled down, along with some pepper.
Now for the really awesome part! Would you like to see some of my favorite, uber-talented bloggers sharing some of their homes in the dark?? These ladies author blogs that I have followed since before I started GLG. I am so honored and grateful for my name to be in this group! Be sure to check out these inspirational ladies A Night In spaces below...
Julia & Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia
Kim & Scott Vargo, Yellow Brick Home
Kristin Jackson, Hunted Interior
Alison Alien, Deuce Cities Henhouse
Gwen Hefner, The Makerista
Anna Smith, Annabode + Co.
Brit Pierce, House Updated
Joni Lay, Lay Baby Lay