popcorn balls and garland



My mom was affectionately known as "Mama Dirle" throughout college to my roommates.  The rare times she would fly to come visit me she would spoil us with homemade milkshakes and homemade ice cream treats and such.  I loved when she would call on the phone to talk to me and one of my roommates would answer the phone first.  I'd hear an excited, "Mama Dirle!" with small chat until the phone was handed to me.

Thankfully, some of my mom's recipes are all compiled in a bound recipe book from her congregation.  The other day I was craving a "Mama Dirle" favorite, her popcorn treats.  We gathered ingredients, melted, poured, and formed and wrapped.


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Then we stashed them in a container on top of the fridge for easy snacks to and from ballet.   They know that instead of standing in front of the vending machine while we wait for the other sister to finish her class the girls will help me make an exciting, healthier treat for ballet.

Mama Dirle's Popcorn Treats

10 c. popped corn

1 bag marshmallows

1/2 stick butter

1/3 c. raisins

 1/4 c. sunflower seeds

1/2 c. chocolate chips

1/2 c. peanut butter

Melt marshmallows with butter.  Add everything else, chocolate chips last.  Spread on greased cookie sheet (or Silpat). Let Set.  Cut into squares. Pretty easy, huh?

Although I grew up with these being more like popcorn bars, I like to ball them up and turn them into popcorn balls that I then wrap.  They are much easier to through a bunch into my purse.

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Oh, and unrelated, we made a colorful garland of snowflakes to add to a more colorful kitchen.  I went through a lot of paper until I finally gave in and looked online to remember how to make a 6 sided snowflake.  The more I look at the garland the more it looks kinda Valentine-y, too.  I'll just tell myself I did that on purpose.


the sleepy time gal