I enjoyed the holiday season this year in between episodes of illness, as the entire family passed around several viruses. I will just say that I am glad that December is over and a new year is underway!
I did want to share a gift idea that I came up with. I made these as a holiday gift for my daughter's teachers, but these would be nice for other occasions too (housewarming or hostess gift?) Or you can mentally file it away for next year. :-)
According to some inside intel from a school secretary, I found out that both my daughter's teachers ranked popcorn as their favorite snack. So I got the idea to make some different types of popcorn seasoning mixes and gift them along with some popcorn kernels.
In searching around for popcorn seasoning ideas I came across this post with recipes for five different types, and I ended up making all five varieties. For gifting, I put a layer of pocorn kernels in a quart sized mason jar, followed by a little clear package of seasoning mix squashed in such a way as to approximate the shape and size of the jar. A double layer of saran wrap folded into a packet was what I used but I think the non-zipper top type baggies would be the way to go (if you had any on hand or could find them at the store late at night, ahem.) I continued layering popcorn kernels and seasoning packets until the jar was full and then I put on the top. I made clear labels with my labelmaker for each flavor and put a homemade bow and a homemade gift tag on the top.
At home, we had to make up a big batch of pocorn and taste test all of the varieties. The ranch and s'mores flavors definitely are the family favorites. DH liked the smoky southwestern, and I was somewhat surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed the sugar and spice variety once it was sprinkled over the popcorn. The only one we didn't really dig as a popcorn topping was the pizza flavor, but I think we will actually enjoy it sprinkled on top of breadsticks or pasta.
I hope you had a joyous and bright December and are enjoying the beginning weeks of 2012!