Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thomas turned 2 !

Oh my, we had a big bash!
 I made little goodie bags of kettle corn,
 and Elmo cupcakes.

I love to munch on kettle corn!  It's an inexpensive, sweet and salty treat, that's not quite as guilty as caramel corn!
Super easy, if you have a popcorn maker, like a Whirlypop, or a Popstir,.
 which can be purchased for about $20-$25.
 First,  combine in the kettle, the oil and popcorn, and add the sugar  and salt after the corn begins to pop.  Be careful- the exploding kernels are flying everywhere!

                      Kettle Corn
                   1/2 cup popping corn
                   2 tbsp. vegetable oil
                   3 tbsp, sugar
                   1 tsp. salt    
   Add corn and oil to kettle. Place over medium-high heat.
Once you hear the first kernels popping,  add the sugar and salt and mix well. Crank the handle continuously and lower the heat slightly.  When the corn finishes popping, remove from heat immediately so the sugar won't burn.
 Pour into a large bowl.  Break apart when cooled.

I looked at lots of recipes online, and  choose this one by Dorie's Lori. 
She has some more good tips, just click on the photo.
 I  got  some cute cellophane party bags at the Dollar Tree.

We had hoagie trays,
 salads, chips and cake.
The weather was sunny,
 warm and breezy.
 It was just great to see
the family and friends,
 and celebrate in the pavilion
 at a nearby park
 and playground.    

Some red jimmies,  a few orange jelly beans
and frosting eyes with upside-down chocolate chips for pupils.

Happy Birthday to my sweet little buddy!
I'm so proud of my big grandkids, Gary and Amber,
 and how loving and helpful they are with the
care of our little tyke.  They chased after him
 and  supervised him on the playground equipment.

My heart is full, for I am truly blessed!  It is indeed a simple pleasure
 to be with the children, and  to celebrate with family, but no small thing!

Thank you Lord,  On this second birthday, for this precious child you've entrusted in our care. Help us to nurture and guide him in all the right ways.  We ask you for wisdom and patience, and we thank you for the love and joy he gives us.  Please give him your protection for his mind, body and soul as he grows. 
 In Jesus' name, Amen  

Love, Linda

Party time!
I'm joining the fun at this party!

and the party at  Grandma's Briefs!

and Wow, this party too!


Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Happy HAPPY birthday to Thomas! What a great party (and the kindness from the big kids is so sweet to see!).

I *love* kettle corn. Even more than caramel corn. I have one of those big popcorn poppers, the carts, but kettle corn doesn't work so well in it. I tried—and nearly ruined my popcorn cart. Will have to look into one of the nifty gadgets you mentioned.

Thank you so much for linking up Thomas' sweet day to GRAND Social!

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Hi, Linda. The prayer that you wrote for Thomas' second birthday is very moving. I am certain that you and your family will continue to be blessed with the gifts necessary to guide Thomas through life.

Thanks for stopping by my post and leaving the sweet comment.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Darling children. Those grandkids are what life is all about. Thanks for sharing!

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

What a sweet post! Looks like all had a lovely time. I look forward to having grandchildren.

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh! My Mackenzie has her 2nd birthday the end of this month! Looking so forward to it - only get to see her a couple times a year.

Soooo cool that you sold the Larry's II gang the Gilligan book! It was a stroke of genius, their theme, and the food was amazing! So fun. Will you be at the November antique shoe this year? Hope to see you there - if there aren't wedding things to be done - Bethany is looking at a mid-November date!


Grandma Kc said...

What a wonderful birthday! LOVE the cupcakes!

Carol Covin said...

What cute Elmo cupcakes! And, you made your own Kettle Corn. I've only had it at the Farmers' Market. Thanks for the recipe.