Friday, December 13, 2013

Polar Express Movie Night

Last night was one of those simply enjoyable family times... Didn't make anything fancy for dinner (artichokes and mac and cheese), but husband got home at a good hour and we got to soak up some time with our Peanut.  I had rented The Polar Express from the library for us to watch, and it was the last night before it was due (of course David told me it's up on Netflix, too), and I thought it'd be fun to whip up some popcorn to go with.

We have one of these fun little microwave popcorn makers from Walmart, so with just a little bit of oil, 1/3 c. of popcorn kernels, and 2 1/2 min. in the microwave, we had ourselves some fresh popcorn.  Adding M&Ms to our popcorn is a common occurrence in this family (I think it was my sister Krista that got us hooked on this deliciousness), so that was a given.

But then I noticed a recipe on the kernel wrapper that sounded too taste not to try.  It was delish!  Ellie loved getting her hands messy (see pic below where she's holding them up so as not to touch anything haha). And I liked getting to mix things up a bit with this cinnamony-sugary-easy-peasy-sweet-and-tasty topping.

Christmas Popcorn Topping
2 Tb. melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle in some M&Ms (the heat from the popcorn melts the inside of the M&Ms just perfectly, yum). Drizzle butter over popcorn and stir.  In a ramekin or small bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Sprinkle some of the topping over the popcorn, stir, taste, and repeat as necessary. ;)

Look at that delight. :D

Seriously, gotta love how much fun it is to just snuggle up on the couch as a fam (without our phones!), munch on popcorn, and talk as we watch together.  And--I was totally surprised how much Ellie enjoyed the movie!!  She sat through the whole thing (minus any dancing opportunities of course.  The girl hears some good rhythms and she's on her feet!), and was totally interested the whole time. She especially loved the part where the three kids slid down a chute into a pile of presents. :)  Some of the "intense" scenes on the train made her nervous (worried about someone falling or what might happen)... But with chipper reassurance from Mommy and Daddy (and a lowered volume--so funny how that makes a difference), she knew everything would be oooookay. :)

We also had fun signing as we talked about the movie.  Click here to learn how to sign TRAIN!

Impromptu family night, success.  Might just have to make this a tradition!

What are some easy, low-key traditions you like to do?

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