Does anyone else hate the couple days after Christmas too? I miss it! I had a very good one though. It was low key and my first year in a long time not going to Minnesota for the holidays. The dinner went well, I didn't mess anything up believe it or not! I got some nice gifts and some surprising gifts. Shawn got me a 32 inch flat screen tv. I was beyond shocked, I guess I had accepted my old 19in box tv from the 90's and that I wouldn't be able to afford a nicer one until after I get a real job. It is beautiful and I have yet to get off the couch and stop watching it...yes, I'm on the couch now.
Kirby got a lot of presents and is now a spoiled little boy. He has been depressed since my dad left with his dog, they were inseperable :( The day after Christmas I was privileged enough to spend the day with Shawn's family. We ate a lot, looked at family pictures and went on a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt was actually so much fun! I have a blast with them...they're simply awesome.
One of the things I made for Shawn's families goodie basket was this homemade caramel puffcorn. I remember once in High School a friend of mine got this stuff from a vending machine and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. I am pretty sure I ate most of his bag. But since then, it has been nearly impossible to find in a grocery store. The craving was overwhelming me so I decided to make my own. Oh...my...gosh...it is sooooo good!
Homemade Caramel Puffcorn
1 (8 ounce) bag corn puffs
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
Place corn puffs in a large roasting pan. Cook together butter, brown sugar, corn syrup for two minutes, stirring constantly. Add baking soda to the mix. This will cause the mixture to foam so make sure you use a 2 quart saucepan.
Pour caramel mixture over corn puffs and stir until mixed. Place in a 250 degree oven for 45 minutes. Stir at least every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour on wax paper and break apart. Enjoy!