I’m officially 27!
Today, I’m going to spend my birthday writing, eating good food, and hanging out with awesome people. I am super excited for my Jane Austen tea party tonight, but the fun doesn’t end there. Shane and I will also be celebrating this weekend (because who can have just ONE birthday party?) with games, fun, and more good food.
I have to admit, being 26 was fantastic. Some big highlights were: the birth of my two nephews, Ira & Samuel, going to a Packer game at Lambeau Field, moving to Bemidji, receiving two grad school scholarships, being awarded the Region 2 Individual Artist Grant, starting a blog, and–oh, yeah–BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! There were also hundreds of small moments and joys that made my 26th year wonderful. I am truly lucky to be surrounded by such loving friends and family. Thank you for making my life something to celebrate!
And what treat will I be celebrating with? As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of cake, so I really love to get creative with my birthday treats. For my 27th birthday, I decided to make something that is truly me: birthday cake popcorn!
To say I love popcorn is an understatement. I have no idea how some people manage to eat a few dainty handfuls–when I make a big bowl of popcorn, it is gone in record time. I inhale it. Popcorn is my absolute favorite go-to snack. When I discovered this recipe while looking up fun ideas for my birthday, it was fate. I’m only slightly tweaking from the original recipe by using unrefined, ungross ingredients and fair trade chocolate. Oh yeah, and I’m probably quadrupling the quantity. I mean, at least.
Julia’s 27th Birthday Cake Popcorn
10 cups popped corn (I’m air popping those bad boys)
1 Green & Black’s Organic White Chocolate bar, broken into small chunks
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, melted
Salt, to taste
A few handfuls of Let’s Do Organic Sprinklez
Place popcorn on two large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for one minute or until melted and creamy, stirring halfway though. Stir in the melted coconut oil. Drizzle over the popcorn and mix with a spatula to coat (careful, it will be very hot!). Toss in the salt and sprinkles. Let cool completely, then break apart any large pieces that are stuck together.
Stick a birthday candle in a big bowl and DEVOUR!