Here is a good little recipe for a healthy alternative to corn syrup filled caramel corn, that your family will love!
Things you will need:
7-10 cups Plain or lightly salted popcorn
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
1 cup pecan (optional)
3 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp organic vanilla (optional)
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Make or purchase 7-10 cups of lightly salted popcorn (no butter).
The Better Made Popcorn is gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, and low fat. Best of all . . . . no work involved!
Evenly spread out your popcorn onto your parchment covered tray.
Brown your butter or melt your coconut oil over low heat. Add in your 1 cup of sugar, stirring continuously. Do not let it boil or it will burn. Just keep it over the heat long enough to dissolve the sugar into your oil of choice.
Here is the sugar that I chose to use. I like to use coconut sugar because it tastes so much like brown sugar.
Take your dissolved sugar mixture off the heat and stir in the salt, baking soda, and optional add-ins. Feel free to be creative! Maybe add some carob chips!
Carefully pour hot mixture over popcorn and thoroughly mix until all the popcorn is well coated. Bake on 250 for 60 min. Stir every 10 – 15 min until sugar mixture has been mostly absorbed.
How to Have a Christ-Centered and Gluten-Free Halloween
At the By Grace Cakes bakery, we look at Halloween as a chance to preach Christ. Here are a few simple ways to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Halloween.
1. Keep it Child-Like
What does it mean to keep Halloween child-like? Let this night be for Christ first, and then for the kids. Keep this in mind when picking out costumes and decorating your home. When opening up the door, to hand out candy, kids should ooooh and aaahhhh over a fairy princess! Don’t let it be a scary zombie or inappropriately short dressed red riding hood. Keep is a a fanciful night of fun for your kids, like seeing his or her favorite characters come to life.
2. Keep it Family Focused
When decorating your home, let the kids help. Pick out pumpkins as a family and bring them home to carve together. Roast some pumpkin seeds and make great memories together! So skip the ghouls and the goblins and keep it happy and homey:)
Skip the witches brew and the skeleton bones and stick with candy corn treats, God’s beautiful fall leaves, and pumpkin patches. Here is a free printable Halloween Cupcake Topper, to keep your fall family day, Christ centered.
What’s Hot and What’s Not in Wedding Cakes this Season
Wedding season is in full bloom. This year’s hot wedding cake trends are quickly setting themselves above the rest. Where modern, edgy cakes ruled supreme, now vintage, old world glamour has stolen the scene. Here at the By Grace Cakes bakery, we know that what’s hot and what’s not in wedding cakes swings back and forth like a pendulum. Old designs and new designs inspire each other putting new twists on styles from the past, and inspiring new designs for the future.
Modern Goes Natural
Let’s be honest, we are all a little tired of the word “rustic”. When someone says “rustic” an imgage of an out-doorsy, woodsman type of a person that only eats jerky comes to mind. And, needless to say, the word “rustic” is overused and misused so often. It has been stereotyped into something that it’s not. You don’t have to be married in a barn to appreciate a simple white ruffle, a lace flower accent or some well placed jute. So let’s call it, Modern Goes Natural. It has, after all, the same sleek white base that a modern cake boasts, but without all of the harsh, sharp edges. This type of wedding cake design exudes softness, a welcoming charm and a delicate touch. So the next time someone asks you if your style is “rustic” tell them that your style is Modern Goes Natural.
Vintage, Vintage, Vintage
Just as an example of how hot this cake design is right now, Pinterest clocks this cake at having 16723 repins as well as 1929 likes. I think we can safely say that this cake is providing some major inspiration. Again we can see that the harsh, sharp edges of the modern-day cake are gone. And in its place, we have soft rounded edges, simplistic design elements, muted florals and whimsically placed pearls. This does not mean that your wedding dress must look like a flapper dress, covered in lace and hemmed with a row of fringe. If you like the mermaid sheath or a diamond studded ball gown, you go girl! Once your vintage wedding cake is wheeled out, all you will hear is shooshed of whoos and ahhhs from your guests. Think of this cake style as a reflections of your inner beauty; the heart of you.
Sparkle and Shine
Now I know that some of you brides out there are bursting at the seams saying “Need . . .more . . .SPARKLE!” So this one is for you. More than likely your taste for sparkly things reflects the sparkling personality that you are. With your bubbly, vivacious personality you want to add just one more sparkle to your cake. Put the bedazzler down and sllooowwwlly step away from the cake. Glitz and glamour are probably one of the most difficult wedding cake design elements to balance. You don’t want to have too much of a good thing. The cake shown above is a great example of Sparkle and Shine done correctly. Please take a close look at the proportions. Sorry ladies, but if you want an entire cake tier covered in sequins you may have to settle for a smaller cake. Proportion is everything. If you had a large cake even partially covered in sparkles, the guest might confuse your cake with the chandelier. But don’t fret, simply do a few complimenting smaller tiers on a fabulous dessert table, or compliment your sparkly creation with accenting cake pops, cupcakes, mini cakes, petit fours or designer cookies! You can keep it simple and still let your Sparkling personality Shine!
Your Style is Unique and Beautiful
Take heart, if what you imagine as your perfect wedding day cake is not listed among the hot trendsetting cakes of 2015; there is no cause for concern. It doesn’t mean that your day will be any less spectacular. These designs are just a starting point used to inspire you. Your wedding cake should be as unique and beautiful as you are. Put your own twist on a trendsetting design or create a trendsetting style all your own.
Join the conversation. I would love to hear back on what cake designs inspire you!