#5 Popcorn

3405289_786d806078_oThis is part of my series of posts counting down to and through the Thanksgiving holidays and expressing my thankfulness for something I’ve received, experienced or participated in.

Popcorn.

I’m absurd about popcorn. It’s been my snack of choice since I was a very small child. No candy or cookies for me. I wanted popcorn, and I learned very young how to make it on the stove top, which is how I still do it today. No microwave popcorn at my house.

My children are also big popcorn lovers, and my 13 year old has made it her snack of choice after salads. I was very similar as a kid. If I wasn’t eating popcorn, I was eating a salad, and water was my drink. Same with her, and now for the part that makes me so thankful.

Eating popcorn is cheap. It’s really cheap even when it’s cooked as a healthy snack. And it’s already pretty darn healthy with its fiber content and the newly discovered anti-oxidant benefit. So why am I making such a big deal out of popcorn? This year we drastically cut back on everything, and I’m so glad we could still sit down with a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie or show via Netflix and have a marvelous time. No one in the household felt they were being cheated out of something. It was all good.

By the way, when I do splurge on popcorn, my favorite brand is Black Jewell. Just thinking about that stuff is a temptation. Truly the best popcorn made!

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