Finally the end of school! No more struggling to make dreadful school lunches, no more remember to sign agendas and no more listen to my children complain about homework. Although I get excited about the start of school, after dragging my butt for the last two months struggling to get my children to focus with the beautiful weather, I’m happy to allow them a little freedom.
As per tradition, the first thing we do as they get off the bus is unload their backpacks and the bags and bags of work that they bring home from school. My kids are hoarders! Mitts, toys, and left over snack wrappers are only a few ‘treasures’ we find in their bag. Each child is allowed to keep 5 piece of work that they are extremely proud of for their scrapbook. The rest is recycle. We sort through pencils, try on indoor shoes and see what is salvageable for next year. Backpacks are tucked away. Artwork is neatly placed in their scrapbook and we are officially ready to start summer vacation!
This year, I decided to create this delicious treat to reward my children for not only great report cards, but to celebrate the end of a school year!
S’MORE Popcorn Balls
STEP 1: Place 1/2 cup of popcorn seeds in a brown paper bag and microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
STEP 2: In a good size pot, melt 5 cups of the marshmallows with the butter over medium heat until you get a smooth consistency.Remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside.
STEP 3: In a large bowl, toss 1 cup of marshmallows, all of the popcorn and graham crackers.
STEP 4: Pour the melted marshmallow mix over the dry popcorn mix and stir until well coated.
STEP 5: Let cool for a few minutes. Grease hands and roll 3/4 cup of the mixture into balls. Place on waxed paper and let cool!
STEP 6: While balls are cooling, melt 1/3 cups of chocolate and drizzle over the popcorn balls for an added decoration. Set for 10 mins in fridge.
Normally, I have a lot of trouble finding a good gluten free cookie to add to my baking recipes. Sometimes I substitue with pretzels and others I use plain cookies instead of the cookies they are called for. Graham Crackers are one of the most difficult to find. Glutino to the rescue! They made this recipe easy with their all new Animal Graham Crackers.
Comfort food by the handful!
See the dainty lion dance with the bearded buffalo, the calico cub on the flying trapeze and the vaulting camel tame the man-eating goat. Proof – to children of all ages – that you’re never to old to giggle.