Having a house full of picky eaters, it is sometimes hard to make a snack that everyone agrees upon. One snack that everyone in the house likes is Popcorn!!! (Thank God they can agree on at least one thing) Popcorn is okay with me! It is a lot healthier alternative to cookies and cakes. The only bad part about most store bought popcorns is…they are full of Chemicals. Who likes Chemicals or wants to feed them to their kids? Not me!! That is why when I saw a Pinterest pin for an easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn I knew I had to add it to my list of To be tested pins.
What you need for this Homemade Microwave Popcorn Recipe:
- Dry Popcorn Kernels
- Microwave safe bowl
- Ceramic Plate
- And last but not least a Microwave! (as if you couldn’t have guessed that part)
How to make Homemade Microwave Popcorn:
- First place about 1/4 cup of Popcorn Kernels in a Microwave safe bowl
- Next Place your plate over the bowl and place in the microwave
- Set your Microwave about for 2 minutes 45 seconds and Wait for the Awesomeness to begin!
- Once your Popcorn is done the bowl and Plate will be VERY HOT…Carefully remove the plate right with a pot holder when the popcorn is done. ( to avoid having mushy popcorn)
- Top with salt, butter, or nothing at all…eat and enjoy
So…Did it work?????
I was skeptical at first. The only popcorn that I have ever tried in the Microwave is the store bought and bagged kind. I showed the pin to Miranda, and we both decided that this was a pin that we had to try! So we got everything we needed, put it together, placed it in the Microwave, set the timer, and waited.
Much to our surprise the popcorn kernels began to pop! As a matter of fact, every popcorn kernel popped. The true test however is the TASTE TEST!!! I could not believe it…it was crisp and puffy popcorn just like if I had made it on the stove! I LOVE this pin test! It is so much faster and less messy than the stove top popcorn alternative to the store bought popcorn.
PIN TESTED, PIN PROVED!!!!
Thank you Cherryvale Farms for the recipe and the inspiration!!!!!
Need a sound boost?
You can follow this iPhone Sound Booster tutorial from a toilet paper roll to increase not just the volume but the quality of the sound too!!
My New Phone
I recently bought the iPhone 5.
Yes, I am an Android convert.
I was actually kind of dissapointed by the sound quality of the iPhone.
However, a really awesome person came up with this idea to give your iPhone a better sound and increase the volume.
The speakers on the iPhone 5 are at the very bottom of the phone. So, if you place it into a hollow tube like that of a toilet paper roll, you can get an awesome sound boost!
Seriously, when you place it into the toilet paper roll it sounds sooo much better!
To set up your iPhone Sound Booster
Toilet paper roll
What You Do:
Cut a rectangle that will fit your phone into the top of the toilet paper roll.
Place thumb tacks into the bottom as legs. The tacks will keep the toilet paper roll, or rather your iPhone sound booster, from rolling away!
We couldn’t believe how well this actually worked! I actually began imagining how I would dress up my new iPhone sound booster. I’m thinking I could try out some of those fancy and cute duct tape rolls at Wal-Mart with the neon colors or the patterns. Or maybe I will bedazzle it. I don’t know but this is great to have in my bathroom while I am taking a nice hot bath or outside while working in the yard.
I know it seems ridiculous, but it really is that great!
Don’t have an iPhone but need a sound boost?
If your smartphone’s speakers are not at the bottom of your phone like the iPhone then try out the bowl method we tested a few months ago. It works!
A while back I saw a pin that looked like it was some sort of vintage add or a classic recipe for Dole Pineapple slices using jello. Being a mother of three small children that LOVE Jello this pin caught my attention. It seemed easy enough and I thought I would give Pineapple Jello Slices a try!
What you need for Pineapple Jello Slices:
- An 18 ounce can of Pineapple (drained)
- A 3 ounce package of Jello (the flavor of your choice)
How to make your Pineapple Jello Slices:
- Pour off the pineapple juice from your can of Pineapples.
- Next make your jello with half of the water that the box calls for.
- Chill your pineapple and jello cans in the refrigerator until the jello is set.
- To remove the jello from the can once it is set, you need to run a little bit of hot water over the sides of the can to loosen the jello.
- Once the sides are loose, use a can opener to cut off the bottom of the can
- Push the jello and Pineapple mold out of the can and cut between the pineapple slices
- Serve and enjoy
What I learned while making Pineapple Jello Slices:
I have said before that I am not a HUGE fan of reading directions, let alone following them! This is one instance where I had to lean to follow instructions the hard way. It just so happens that I made two cans of Jello and Pineapple slices…It is a good thing that I did, because for some reason I thought it would be just as easy to run hot water over the can and shake it out! WITHOUT CUTTING THE BOTTOM OF THE CAN!!! Boy was I wrong! haha I squeezed and shook the can until HALF of the jello mold came out. That is right half!
Being who I am, I could not give up at only half a can of jello. Nor I would not stoop to using a can opener now that I have started this “can opener free” quest! So I went back to the sink and turned on the faucet. About 3 minutes and one GIANT jello fart sound later…my glorious jello mold was free!
I was a little smarter with the second can…I used the can opener! It was not as amusing (aka no fart sounds) but it came out in one jello giggling piece!
What I thought about the Pineapple Jello Slices Pin Test:
I thought that this was a fun pin to test. It worked just like they said it would. The only problem that I had with this pin, is that there was not much jello on the pineapple slices in the middle of the can. The top and bottom slices were great, they had lots of jello on them.
Another thing that I didn’t like about this pin test was it was a bit messy. Even without my Anti Can Opener can, I was still covered with jello chunks. After the molds were free from their cans and the slices were cut the mess was not so bad.
I really liked that you could taste the pineapple even in the jello, and tasting them instantly made me think of summer!
Pin Tested~ Kid approved (Well 2 out of 3 kids isn’t bad is it?)