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Butcher’s block - Aug. 28, 2013

I cannot believe that my baby, Sloane, turned 2 this week. It seems like just yesterday that my wife woke me up in the middle of the night, and said, “It’s time.” The day of her birth is almost right out of a television show. We were pulled over on the way to the hospital, where the officer took one look at my wife and said, “Good luck.” We were unable to reach our children’s godmother so her husband, who was a police officer but was out of town at the time, called another officer to send for a welfare check and wake her up so she wouldn’t miss the birth, and to top it off our normal doctor was out of town! This should have been an indication that this little one was going to be a handful, and that she is! But, I couldn’t imagine life without the little hell raiser. So in honor of Sloane’s birthday here are some simple and fun recipes for your next kids party!

Kool-Aid Popcorn

2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

6 quarts plain popcorn

2/3 cup butter or margarine

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 packages Kool-Aid

Preheat oven to 225. Boil sugar, butter, and corn syrup for 3 minutes. On large ungreased cookie sheet spread out popcorn. In separate bowl combine Kool-Aid and baking soda. Remove sugar syrup from stove and carefully stir in Kool-Aid mixture. This will puff up; be careful not to get burned. Take sugar mixture and pour over popcorn and carefully stir. Place popcorn on baking sheet and put in oven. Stir every 10 minutes, repeat this three times. Remove from oven and let cool. Break apart into pieces and enjoy!

Simple Party Gifts

Take a clear plastic cup with a dome lid and fill the bottom with your favorite candy. Take white gift shred and layer on top of candy for the appearance of whipped cream. Put on lid and add a fun swirly straw and then insert a red tootsie pop into the top of the cup, as the cherry on the sundae. The white stick will blend with the shred basically disappearing.