We love to camp! After 15 years of camping in a tent, we finally bought a trailer and love it! This last week we had a fun filled camping trip at Black Hawk in Payson Canyon. Next to Yellowstone, Black Hawk is my favorite place to camp. It is so beautiful! This was my view every evening.
My cell phone does not get service at Black Hawk, so we are truly cut off from the rest of the world. My kids keep themselves entertained by making forts, shooting BB guns, playing with cousins, and riding horses. I get to read, eat good food, and visit with family. It is so relaxing that it is always so hard to come home. In the picture above, you can see that the mountain peaks have a bit of snow. A storm blew over the peaks and left a little snow. Isn’t it crazy that at the beginning of August there is snow in the mountains?
This year we hiked a few trails while so the kids could look for toads.
Isn’t it gorgeous! I couldn’t stop taking picture. The trail we hiked on took us to the top of the mountain. I felt like I was on top of the world.
On our hike, we even saw a few signs of Fall. Payson Canyon is absolutely breathtaking when all the leaves change colors! You can see some of my pictures of Payson Canyon from last Fall here.
Across the meadow from where we were camping,there was a watering troth. In the evenings we would watch the deer cross the meadow and drink out of the troth.
My family loves popcorn. I thought it would be fun to pop some popcorn over the fire while we were camping. I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for popping popcorn over the fire. It didn’t work out as well as I hoped and it was a lot of work for a small individual serving. I was bound and determined to have some popcorn while we sat around the fire, so I whipped up a few batches of this popcorn in my trailer. If you don’t have a trailer, you could also make it on a Camp Chef or a propane stove. I just like the fact that the popcorn is a much cleaner snack to eat around the fire. I think this is a tradition that I am going to carry on with my family.
This is probably one of my favorite ways to make popcorn. I think it taste a lot like movie theater popcorn. I like to sprinkle a little salt over the top as soon as I remove the popcorn from the heat. This way it sticks to the popcorn a little better.
This weekend will be the first weekend since school started and I am looking forward to curling up on the couch with a bowl of this amazing popcorn while watching a movie with the family.
With love from my kitchen to yours,
How To Make Perfect Stove Top Popcorn
4 tbsp. of canola oil
1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
1. In a medium sized sauce pan with a lid, add the oil and 3 to 4 popcorn kernels. Place the pan over medium heat and place the lid over the pan.
2. Once the kernels begin to pop, remove the pan from the heat and add the remaining popcorn kernels into the pan. Place the lid back over the pan and let it sit for thirty seconds.
3. Place the pan back on the heat. Once the popcorn starts popping, gently shake the pan with the lid slightly ajar to allow the steam to escape until the popping slows to every 2 to 3 seconds. Be careful because sometimes hot kernels can pop out of the pan.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle your favorite popcorn seasonings over the top.
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