Sunday, November 7, 2010

Boys' banquet and a Recipe

Last night was the boys' racing banquet. G1 is pretty proud to be the points champion this year.

G2 came in second. His trophy was really nice too.

Both boys got trophies for perfect attendance at the track. Those trophies were just a smidgen taller than me. (I'm 5' 4".) Here's AD with G1. 

And here he is with G2. I think it's pretty cool that G2's AE shirt has the number 9 on it. 

Here's a picture of the boys with their parents. It was a good night. 

G1 won this in the prize drawing. G2 won an air compressor. Congratulations to both boys on their race season!

I haven't posted a recipe in a long time. As I was blog hopping the other day I came across a recipe for

Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn. It is outrageously wonderful. If you try it, you might want to invite some people over. It makes a bunch!

I found the recipe here. Check out other recipes on the site. There's so many I want to try.

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans & White Chocolate
aka Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn 
Recipe from Our Best Bites

12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)*

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside. 

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl.  Mix well.  Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture.  Pour corn syrup over the top of everything.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine.  Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes.  Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. 

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  Mixture will foam and rise.  Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.  

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.** 

Melt almond bark according to package instructions.  Drizzle over popcorn mixture.  When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

*my note: In the package of almond bark that I used 2 squares equalled 4 ounces. Be sure to check your package.
** I thought I could skip this step because the caramel corn was already on foil. Ummmm - no! The caramel corn really does need to be moved to another piece of foil, parchment paper or waxed paper. I used parchment paper.


  1. Congrats to your boys on a successful racing season. Those trophies are huge. The caramel corn looks delish. Now you did say there were no calories right.

  2. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. WowWowWow!!! Let's hear it for the boys!

    Your Friend,

    PS Could you please email me the 'agency' your son used for the adoption? Thanking you in advance.

  3. How cool! Those trophies are as tall as him! Congrats!

  4. Applause for those winners.. It great to see youn men follow a dream and theirpassion.

  5. Congratulations to the Gs on their great season. AD will have to add a trophy room on to the house! That recipe makes me drool a little.

  6. Lanyardlady, The boys' trophies (and their dad's) are all in their shop, although I've heard it's almost totally filled up. My daughter says their not coming in the house though. We'll see how that goes.

    That caramel corn is just downright sinful!

  7. Congratulations to you ALL!
    I know everyone played some part in the boys wins.

  8. Congrats to the boys!! Those are some ginormous trophies!

  9. Congrats to the boys.
    Those were great photos that you got.
    That recipe does yummy.

  10. OMG those trophies are huge. Congratulations to them! Have a good week.

  11. Those trophies are impressive!!!

    I'm sending your link to my friend at North Dakota Kitchen for that popcorn recipe!

  12. Look at those handsome grandboys!!! What blondies!!! Congratulations to all!

  13. forgive me if this comes twice, after commenting on another post I saw the word verification and did not do it on this post so maybe it didn't go through. anyway this recipe looks great, consider linking it or another holiday treat to North Dakota Kitchens holiday treat page for all to see!

  14. Your grandsons must have a huge trophy cabinet, where on earth do they keep all their trophies?

  15. Grandkids are wonderful and I know you are so proud of them. Congratulations on their winnings and such nice trophies too! One of my granddaughters was into racing when she was a teenager, the dark haired one, Casey. Johnny, her dad, built racecars and Casey raced. She won a few trophies and enjoyed it.

    Oh, the caramel corn looks so good!


  16. Wow, congrats to your guys!! And how could you not love this caramel corn - sounds delish.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me this week and for leaving a comment!

  17. OK............I'll be making some of that good stuff!!

    Congrats to the guys.

  18. I guess you're grandkids are pretty successful!

    I am salivating reading that recipe. I'm thinking about doing some baking tomorrow! YUM!!!

  19. Wow those trophies are Huuuuge! Congrats to both of the boys... and what awesome prizes too. :)

  20. Love the photos of your boys! The recipe looks perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing it.

  21. Congrats on winning! The popcorn looks awesome!