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High Five Vol. 2

A weekly round-up of fascinating internet finds from HomemadeBanana.comHappy Sunday! After being stuck in bed with a migraine all day yesterday, I’m feeling extra perky and eager to take advantage of my pain-free head today. Alex and I are heading to brunch in Ballard, followed by a wander through some of my favorite shops. I’m on the hunt for some new office supplies: a pretty plant to fill an empty ceramic pot on my desk, and a new go-to pen (unsurprisingly, I’m very picky about my writing utensils). While I’m off shopping for sundries, give this week’s links of interest a scroll, why don’t you? Hopefully these pretty things will help ward off your Sunday scaries.

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Food

Mexican Street Corn-Style Popcorn Frico Recipe

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The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcorn
Football season is in full swing, and my house couldn’t be happier about it. We’ve spent each and every Sunday this fall camped out on the couch, changing channels between games, and now that it’s time for bowl games and playoffs, we need to step up our game-day routine just a bit. That’s where Orville Redenbacher’s® Movie Theater Butter popcorn comes in. I wanted to a whip up a crave-worthy snack that was great for sharing, but I wanted to elevate it a bit so it felt worthy of serving to our friends at our next viewing party.

I was inspired by the iconic popcorn frico that’s on the menu at one of my favorite restaurants in New York, but I wanted to give it a Mexican street-corn twist. Melted parmesan cheese, delicious popcorn, a dash of chili powder, a squeeze of lime juice and a drizzle of sour cream complete the bite-sized snack that makes game day just a little more fun. Keep scrolling to get the full (and super simple!) recipe.

The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornIngredients: 
• 6 oz grated parmesan
• 1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter popcorn
• chili powder
• lime wedge
• cilantro
• sour cream

The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcorn
1. Pour the grated parmesan into a small nonstick pack. Turn the burner to high heat and allow the parmesan to start to melt.

2. As the parmesan melts, gently scrape the sides with a spatula to loosen the cheese. Wiggle the pan slightly as the cheese continues to melt—it should come away from the pan quite easily.

3. Once the cheese has melted all the way through, turn off the burner. Then, pour some of your popped popcorn onto the melted cheese and gently press down.

4. Place a plate upside down over the pan and flip to transfer the frico to the plate. Be careful because the pan will be quite hot!

5. Let the frico cool completely, then cut into six wedges. Top with a dash of chili powder and a drizzle of sour cream. Finish with sprigs of fresh cilantro and lime wedges for a delicious punch of citrus.

The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornI’d been wanting to try my hand at making my own version of the popcorn frico, and Orville Redenbacher’s provided the perfect excuse. I love that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavors, or dyes, and that it pops up lighter and fluffier than ordinary popcorn. If you know me, you know that popcorn is one of my very favorite foods, so I found it fascinating to learn that in 1952, Orville Redenbacher hand selected a small group of family farmers to grow his exclusive kernel. Generations later, farmers like Richard Overmyer continue to grow that same special kernel, which is exactly what I used in this very recipe. Pretty cool.

Because I love popcorn so much, I’m especially excited to share this recipe with my friends and family for our next football viewing party. And I love that it feels a little elevated, so it’s a snack worthy of a special occasion (and hopefully a bit of a celebration if our team wins!).

The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornThe perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornThe perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornThe perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornThe perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcornBy the way, if you’re looking for the best place to snag a box of Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter popcorn, just pop over to your local Walmart. One trip down the snack food aisle and you’ll be all stocked up for your game-day hosting duties. And you can find more inspiration for your game day party here.

Happy popping, and may the best team win!

The perfect game day snack with Orville Redenbacher popcorn. #gameday #football #snack #popcorn

DIY

Last-Minute Gift: Palo Santo Bundles

The perfect last-minute gift, these palo santo bundles are super chic and smell great! Get the full tutorial at HomemadeBanana.com #holiday #diygiftThings are looking up: the shortest day of the year is behind us, and we officially have just three days until Christmas. A whirlwind month full of late-night work, festive happy hours and feverish shopping trips has culminated in a long-awaited vacation full of snow-capped mountains, delicious snacks and lots of pajama-clad lounging. All of my presents have been shipped to my mom’s house in Texas, waiting to be unboxed, rewrapped and opened by my family come Christmas morning. But just in case you are still in need of a few last-minute gifts for friends, coworkers or family members’ stockings, I’m here for you.

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Lifestyle

High Five Vol. 1

A weekly round-up of fascinating internet finds from HomemadeBanana.com
Today marks the advent of a new column here on Homemade Banana! I’ve been searching for a way to share my favorite random internet finds, large and small, with you and I’ve settled on High Five—a quick list of five things I’m loving this week.

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