Game night has played a part at every different stage in my life in very different ways. Growing up we lots of nights of playing games like Risk and Phase 10. I also have fun memories of my dad teaching us how to bridge shuffle. I remember laying on my parents bed as my dad showed up how to do a bridge shuffle, which I thought was absolute magic. It took me a long time but once I learned how to do it I would show off to my friends feeling so magical.
In my early 20’s game night meant showing up at my co-workers house and playing poker and blackjack until 2 or 3 in the morning. My co-worker who was obsessed with poker, he even studied techniques and even played online in hopes of one day quitting his job and playing professional. He always won but I do remember the one night after months of getting my butt kicked I beat him. He wasn’t too happy but that might have been because we gave him a hard time. I do wonder what ever happened to him and if he achieved his goals.
Now games are just as big in my life as ever only my husband and I love finding unique games like, Pandemic, Small World and Quiddler. The thing I love about games is it can be a fun evening, doesn’t have to cost anything and it is engaging rather then passive like watching tv is. Why am I talking about games instead of food? Because I am all about family and budgeting and there is nothing I love more then finding things to do with my family that doesn’t cost a lot. Having family game nights where you focus your attention on each other and just having a good night is so important and it is becoming increasingly rare for families. I can’t wait until Morgan is a bit older so we can start planning our family game nights with her.
So today I wanted to share with you my attempt at making homemade Kettle Corn as a perfect addition to a family game night. I have been trying to perfect the art of making sweet popcorn since it is what my husband prefers but up until now I just couldn’t get it right. I never knew how they made kettle corn but I knew it tasted a lot like what sweet popcorn in the UK tastes like. So after some research I decided to give it a try. I did find it a bit difficult to get the timing right and please be careful as you are dealing with very hot oil.
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Salt to taste