Friday, March 9, 2012

Blitz Post 3: Popcorn blog, supplemental

I thought I said everything I could say about popcorn last week, but I was wrong.  WAY WRONG.  I have gotten a tremendous amount of feed back here in the blog, on Twitter, even at work regarding Popcorn.  I'm beginning to feel like a regular Orville Redenbacher!

First things first, let me clarify things.  If have microwave popcorn use it by all means.  It convenient, inexpensive, and darn tasty!  But, if you want to save money, avoid excess packaging, and avoid potentially harmful chemicals, when you run out of your current supply of microwave popcorn, try the Brown Bag method.  I really think you'll be impressed.

Second, Recipes? We don't need no stinking recipes!

Recipes are guidelines.  Let me repeat that in a larger font.

Recipes are guidelines.

Tonight, the Wilkes Toastmasters Club hosted our International Speech Competition.  Since I was organizing it, I was responsible for filling all of the roles: judges, counters, timers, contest master, sergeant-at-arms, participants, and getting snacks and drinks.  Time was of the essence, and so was budget.  I am also the President of the club so I have an idea of what the finances are and I didn't want to spend any of the club's money on the contest.

Dilemma:  Very little time, and money for snacks are coming out of my pocket.  Solution:  Dollar Tree!
For under $15, I purchased several packages of cookies (including very good fudge grahams), a popcorn bowl, a serving scoop, aluminum trays, bottled water, microwave popcorn and chocolate covered pretzels.  WHAT?  MICROWAVE POPCORN!?!  Remember, recipes are guidelines.

When I got to the contest site, I microwaved two bags of popcorn and while they were still hot, I mixed in two bags of chocolate covered pretzels.  The chocolate melted and MELDED the popcorn with the pretzels and made a nice sweet and salty snack.

Was it fast?  Yes!  Was it cheap?  Not as cheap as brown bag, but it was fast!

The Contest was a lot of fun!  Debbie won the Table Topic competition and Wendy won the International Speech competition.  Both will be advancing on to the Area competition.  If you are interested in more information on Toastmasters, please contact me or check out

Until next time, I wish you Peace, Love, and Hollandaise Sauce.

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