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JAN-FEB 2016

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30 Stirring it up Story and Photos by Teresa Day Life Is Salty; Love Is Sweet r e a d u s o n l i n e a t w w w . c i t y s o c i a l . c o m Beautifully packaged and tagged with this clever saying, simple popcorn sweetened with a crunchy coating of sugar and sprinkled with a few salty nuts, or even bacon, makes for a thoughtful parting gift. These cute little popcorn favors are simple to make and easy on the wedding budget. Plan ahead and start hunting today for bulk packaging supplies like cases of jars with galvanized-style lids or large quantities of wax-lined bags printed with your new monogram or with our favorite little quote here. There are hundreds of cute ways to package your favors and personalize them for your special day; choose whatever fits the style of your wedding style and will stand up to slightly sticky, finger-licking good clusters of popcorn. You can multiply these recipes for the quantity you need in order to give one to each of your guests. If you need to make a hundred or more favors, you can certainly ask your caterer to prepare the popcorn for you. You can have a favor packing party with a few bridesmaids and package it yourself, or see if the cater can handle that as well. If you'd rather not make these into individual favors, set up a popcorn bar for your guests to fill a container for themselves. You provide the packaging, the popcorn and some toppings, and let your guest choose what they like. Some suggestions to get you started are chocolate sauce or chocolate chips, spices, salts and nuts. Position this near the exit so that your guests will be sure to see it and make their treats before they leave the party. Sweet and Salty Peanut Popcorn Maple Bacon Popcorn wedding guests, or all party guests for that matter, love a favor they can savor later. if you or someone you know is plan- ning a small wedding at home or even a large wedding this season, consider a "life is salty; love is sweet" theme for favors and send your guests home with some sweet and salty popcorn. As they are written below, you can make these recipes for a typical Saturday movie night with the family, too. The basic stove top popcorn recipe here is great with a Cajun seasoning blend, some garlic powder, Italian seasoning or my personal favorite, Rougarou seasoning blend from Red Stick Spice Company for a little bit of sweet balanced with a just a tiny hint of heat. It's true what they say, "life is salty; love is sweet." Tying that philosophy into your wedding day will definitely illustrate what marriage is all about. It shows your pledge to face the salty times and turn them into sweet memories with the one you love forever. Stove Top Popcorn • 1 cup popcorn kernels • 1/3 cup coconut oil • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon seasoning blend of your choice (optional)

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