Do you realize how long it takes to clean 3 lbs of popcorn kernel off of the cob? No? Well neither do I, because as I was doing it, I was lost into a deep dark mind numb that is the RNC pre-show. Not in the mood to talk politics today, let's just say that Joe Lieberman and I have a lot in common. I have filled my green glass Ball jar. The one I keep my popcorn in. I guess I will be making a lot of popcorn balls for Christmas.
Popcorn is a great mainstay on the homestead. You can grow a lot in a little space. The stalks grow 1-4 ears on them. It is a wonderful whole grain that helps with energy. It also makes a great animal feed if you plan on growing your own. 1 1/2 rows of the stuff is enough for my family for 1 year. I still have 2 1/2 rows to pick. eek! What to do with all that popcorn? My 6 year old (turns 7 today!) informed me that under no uncertain terms, am I to give popcorn to a mouse. Because If I do that, he'll want to go to the movies. And who wants to go to the movies with a mouse!?! I agreed with him, and told him that rats are much more fun. (Phelan, pet rat keeper)
There are all kinds of things you can do with popcorn, and you don't have to keep it as a snack. We have it with our dinners. You can pour a light pesto sauce over it, or mix it with fresh fruits and berries. Popcorn is a great thing to have on hand when you have a house full of boys. You'd be amazed how quickly their mouths stop emitting noise when full of popcorn.
oh popcorn, so much better then a gag.