Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A NIGHT IN


*A Night In is sponsored by Anolon.

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.  

Measuring Cups

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.

ENJOY:)xx







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



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4 comments:

  1. Love! Definitely need to try popcorn on the stove!

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  2. Good gravy, that sounds delicious. So happy to have you take part in this series, Shelby! Definitely gonna have to give the cast iron popcorn a try.

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    1. Thank you Kim for including me! We had a blast taking part!

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