How to Make Old-Fashioned Popcorn on the Stove

Microwave popcorn does not compare to the old-fashioned kettle-popped variety made on the stove. It is not nearly as crisp or as flavorful no matter the toppings or seasonings. This was the only variety available before the invention of hot-air poppers and commercial poppers like those in movie theaters. With a gas stovetop this old-fashioned can still be enjoyed. Not only does it taste better and have a crispier texture, it also saves a considerable amount of money. Follow these directions for old-fashioned popcorn on the stove, and try a cheaper and tastier alternative to microwave popping corn.

Necessary Supplies

To make old-fashioned popcorn on the stove you will need a aluminum kettle with a lid and a handle, popping corn and oil or shortening. All it takes is enough melted oil to cover the bottom of the kettle. Also necessary is a stovetop with a flame and a big bowl for serving this crisp and tasty snack.

Procedure

Begin by melting shortening in the kettle or heating the oil over a medium to low flame. Once it is completely melted, add one or two kernels of corn. Put the lid in place. When the test kernels pop, the oil or shortening is hot enough to make good old-fashioned popcorn on the stove.

Immediately add enough popping corn to just about cover the bottom of the kettle, and put the lid firmly in place. Do not just let the pan sit. The oil will burn. With the lid in place, shake the pan forwards, backwards and side to side. The popcorn will begin popping as the oil continues to heat, and it will pop with enough force to push the lid off the pan if it is not held firmly in place.

When the popping significantly slows, turn off the flame and pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Top it with salt and melted butter, or one of the following tasty homemade toppings for old-fashioned popcorn.

Tasty Topping Ideas

Countless seasonings can be used to add flavor to old-fashioned popcorn made on the stove. After enjoying this popular snack made on the stove either with or without flavorful homemade toppings, nothing else will compare.

Spring into 2020 Fashion

Spring and summer 2020 appears to have the designers taking inspiration from your favorite Easter candies. Think pastel M&Ms;, cotton candy, and ice cream colored creations by Chanel, Valentino, Versace, and Dior. With such a step back from the bold colors of the summers past, a new emphasis is placed on fabric, textures and layers to create visual interest. Chanel showed off it’s ready to wear collection as a romp in the hay: youthful and fun designs incorporating ruffles, chiffon, and lace all done with that impeccable Lagerfeld construction. The baby blues, pale yellows, pastel pinks, lilacs, creamsicles and minty greens along with sheer and flowing silhouettes all bring back a sense of childhood nostalgia and innocence. Not so innocent are the skirts: get your legs ready, as the length for summer is a definite mini.

 

Hot Fashion Accessories for Summer

With summer fashions hitting the stores and an early warm-up after a cold, blustery winter, women around the country will be looking for ways to freshen up their summer wardrobe without spending too much money. If you have the basics – tees, leggings, shorts and skirts – brighten up your wardrobe with some cool accessories – necklaces, bracelets, earrings and coverups that will take you from day to evening without missing a beat.


Necklaces – necklaces for the season are big, long, colorful, and draping. Many styles in stores and online are featuring mixed media – beads and wood, metal and glass, ceramic and stones. Since this is a seasonal trend, go for dramatic fashion jewelry – less expensive and more pieces to play with. Check out the new SPIN by Mitchell Gross collection on qvc.com for some great examples, like this Two-to-Twist Set of 2 Necklaces ($23.00 plus shipping and handling) in hot colors orange and green, mixed with basics black and white; at 32″ long, layer them, knot them, or wear them long. Another great piece is the Santa Fe Strands Wood Pebble Necklace ($25.00 plus shipping and handling), available in coral or turquoise, which has a layered look without the fuss.

Bracelets – also colorful and chunky, wear one or many for a fresh summertime look. Try this chunky Rachel Zoe Scroll Design Bracelet ($59.50 plus shipping and handling), available in goldtone or silvertone; this high-polished cuff is easy to wear and looks more expensive than it is. For something more colorful, this Susan Graver Bold Colored Link Stretch Bracelet ($17.75 plus shipping and handling) is available in orange, dark blue, light blue, and yellow.

Earrings – long shoulder-dusting earrings continue to be hot for summer, but anything with color will be on-trend. These ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! Colorful Tonal Faceted Bead Cluster Earrings ($16.25 plus shipping and handling) are available in tones of blue, green, and purple, while these SPIN by Mitchell Gross Coin Toss Dangle Earrings ($21.75 plus shipping and handling) are nearly five inches in length and feature neutral tones that will compliment any summer wardrobe.

Coverups – whether they’re used as swimsuit coverups, evening wear over slip dresses, or over a tee and leggings, coverups, wraps, and tunics play a big part in easy, breezy summer fashion. This SPIN by Mitchell Gross Taos Crinkle Caftan with Beaded Detail ($46.68 plus shipping and handling) – available in black, brown, or turquoise – is made of sheer crinkle polyester and looks great paired with a slip dress or over a cami with leggings or a slim skirt; wear it loose or belted. The same collection features the Four Courners Tie Tunic ($39.00 plus shipping and handling) in brown, black, and turquoise, which can be wrapped in numerous ways for many different looks.

Fall Fashion: 2020 Prints

This Fall, expect both new and some classics to be trendy, popular prints for 2020! Here are three of those patterns that are going to be exciting to see and wear this Fall.

Plaid: I’m not talking about boring, outdated plaid prints here. This Fall’s plaid patterns are fashionable and colorful! Plaid prints are on pants, shirts, jackets, ties, scarves, purses, and shoes. Both men and women are wearing plaid prints this Fall. Sure you can wear the classic vintage plaid flannel shirts, but take a look at the bold new colors and styles available. Here are some of my favorite looks: Briana Plaid Shirt from Delias, Plaid Casual Pea Coat from Aeropostale, and for men, the Old Navy Poplin Chest Pocket button up shirt.

Leopard Prints: Leopard prints are a timeless classic that will always remain trendy, in my opinion. Trend Hunter even states that “leopard prints are still strong.” Your leopard prints don’t need to stand out. Subtle is the top fashion for 2020. Lovelyish says leopard print coats are going to be hot this Fall. On the Lovelyish website you can see celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Blake Lively wearing very stylish leopard patterned outerwear. Jackets aren’t the only pieces of apparel you can wear with this trendy pattern; hats, purses, heels, scarves, skirts are all being worn this Fall. Also, you don’t have to wear the traditional orange leopard patterns. Different colors and styles are just as trendy this Fall. Some of my favorite leopard prints for Fall 2020 are: Rue 21 Sublimation Print Leopard Tank Top you can layer with a hoodie, Forever 21’s Flutter Trim Leopard Top and Forever 21’s Leopard Chic bangles. I also love Ellie’s Leopard Print Satin Lace Pumps.

Watercolor Prints: I love watercolor prints on apparel because they are so feminine, “artsy”, and gorgeous! Omiru says that “watercolor-like prints are a feminine twist on the broader Bold Prints trend. Because they are so dramatic, we recommend making them the focal point of your outfit. They are simply lovely on dresses.” A simple, autumn color in this pattern is popular with women and teens. I especially like Bebe’s Pleated Bodice Fall Watercolor dress. You already see celebrities such as Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, and Olivia Palermo wearing watercolors.

Dress for Success

It has been said many times that first impressions are the keys to open doors and letting the world see what a valuable bright star you can be. First of all you need to know what to wear for every occasion. For instance, if you were invited to a casual event you shouldn’t dress formal or sporty. Be sure to do a little of both with attire that will show you as a professional, but with a relaxed more casual style. When it comes to shade always wear the colors that compliments your skin, hair and eyes so people can remember you by appearance. Accentuate your best features to be more attractive with subtlety. Meaning, dress to flatter in a modest way not tight or too baggy for people of all sizes. Express yourself with a particular style suitable for work, church, casual and sports that shows your individual personality.

When it comes to hair style once can do a variety of things to using pieces, getting perms or relaxers, special styling devices, or wigs and toupees. The best way to style your hair is to bring out the shape of your face, and draw attention on your eyes. Pay close attention to you flaws as well when choosing a hair style. For example, one with a short neck and a large face should have a longer hair style to make the neck look longer. For a large face, the mane should be brought forward surrounding the shape of the face to make it look slimmer. For large and wide foreheads , bangs would be appropriate to wear to balance out the features. For large noses or long noses the best hair style would be to wear the hair back and up in a style to make the eyes look at the whole picture not focus on one element. If hair is thin puff it out with curls. If hair is too thick or curly thin it out straighter. If your hair cannot grow to do these styles use weaves or go as is dressing in colors and clothing that will balance your look.

Your skin and teeth should be the first priority of appearance above all the others due to the fact that it is your basic look. For skin not only are products what you need, but diet plays a large part in how you look. You want a flawless appearance without wrinkle or blemish to show you as a person who takes care of his or her health. Keep a balance diet, lay low on the spicy, greasy fattening and sugary foods. When you keep those basic rules, you may find that you do not need products for your skin. If it is hereditary use only the best products to tighten and brighten your face. I recommend using Glycerin soap or ivory for the cleaner almost radiant look. Use baking soda and salt to whiten your teeth, floss, mouth wash and brush at least twice a day. Remember to keep all these factors in mind when coming out into the world to make the best impression every where you go and still letting the world see who you are in the process.

Dressing Your Best

This article will discuss how to put your best foot forward in the name of fashion. Everybody has their own style and I do not want to discourage you from expressing yourself. Although, you should avoid some things in the realm of fashion.

When you are attired in shirts or dresses that have spaghetti straps or no sleeves, always wear a strapless bra! The garment ‘s impact is diminished by the appearance fof a bra strap.. If you are wearing a solid t-shirt, pair it with a simple rope chain necklace or a pair of dangle earrings.

Now let’s talk about shoes. Clam diggers, pants that end at the ankle and less form fitting than Capri’s, look fashionable with flats. Don’t wear boots with a dress. This will convey a mixed message of whether you are going for a dressy or casual look.

White is in for this season . Consider the following tips; don’t wear a white bra under a sheer white top. Pick an undergarment that is beige in color. Don’t advertise you underwear… In other words, don’t wear dark underwear under tight white pants. Also bulky accessories like lace up espadrilles are a no with the color white, which has a high impact in itself. Less is more, wear a ring on each finger.

Now for some do’s when wearing white. Add a color scarf to a all white outfit. Also a simple white top goes great with a pair of jeans. If you are fighting the battle of the bulge, don’t buy horizontal striped shirt. I made the mistake myself and one look in the mirror cured me of putting this garment on in public.

Makeup should put on in small amounts. Too much makeup distracts from the real beauty of aperson. You should notice a lady’s features not the makeup. I would recommend don’t overdo on the eyeliner. It can distract attention from your eyes. Frosty blue eye shadow belongs in the 70’s not in the year 2006. as well as the frosty lip color. This type of makeup does not look natural. Opt for a neutral color eyeshadow like beige that has a works on everybody and brings out your own beauty.

Now I understand that everybody wants to look young, I am in my forties myself. I recommend clam diggers for spring. They are less form fitting and look very stylish and young without giving away your age. So remember girls this is only a guide… These tips are offered in order to help you in your quest to be fashionable. Take these tips with the well meaning intentions behind them and happy fashion hunting.

Dress-Up

You wore those play clothes as a child–

Those hidden in a chest.


And dreamed of the day you would be wed–

In satin would be dressed.

Did you imagine such a day–

With family and with guests–

Just like today–who wish you joy

And wish you all the best?

More Tae Kwon Do Dress Code

In the dojang, wear nothing overt
as in coming to class in a skirt.
The Master dislikes it,
and he near had a fit
from my beautiful Hawaiian shirt.

At this dojang, we go by the clocks. 
And we learn from the school of hard knocks. 
The clocks say “tick, tick” 
while we punch and kick. 
And we love our Instructor – Ms. Fox.

27 Dresses

I took a trip to the movie theater to check out the movie “27 Dresses”. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Jane), James Marsden (Kevin), Judy Greer (Casey) and Malin Akerman (Tess). I wanted to check out the movie since I’m an admirer of Katherine Heigl’s and Judy Greer’s. I anticipated a highly comedic and ultra-romantic film that would stay with me long after I exited the theater. Let’s just say I tend to have high hopes for films.

The Cast

I think that the choice of cast was great. The cast members, as individuals, definitely have had great performances in their careers. However, in this film, the chemistry between the cast members was inconsistent. I felt that the chemistry, in general, between Jane and Kevin was great early in the film, grew throughout the middle portion of the film. I feel, though, that the chemistry failed at the movie’s conclusion and didn’t deliver the punch it could have.

Independently, Katherine Heigl was believable and adorable, though in a couple of scenes her performance was a bit over the top and borderline cheesy. Marsden’s performance was seamless. I think he nailed the devilishly handsome, but pessimistic and sarcastic bit.

Judy Greer as Casey was perfection and was the real comedic force in the film. I believe she really carried the whole thing on her shoulders despite the fact that she wasn’t the lead actress. She totally has movie ‘lead’ potential and I hope to see her in such a role in the near future.

Malin Ackerman as Jane’s bratty sister Tess looked beautiful and her character oozed confidence, but she didn’t deliver as memorable a performance as she could have.

The Story and Script

I really feel the premise of the story was wonderful. It had the potential to really blow me away like “Never Been Kissed” or “13 Going On 30”. The writers, talented as they may be, neglected to stimulate the audience (or at least me) with witty and smart conversation throughout the film. The movie seemed really familiar to me. I kept the film was like “Seinfeld” without the steady stream of punch lines. That said, I hold the dialogue written into the script responsible for the inconsistent chemistry between Marsden’s and Heigl’s characters over the course of the movie.

Conclusion

Despite the faults I find with the movie, I must say I enjoyed watching most of it. “27 Dresses” doesn’t make a big entrance at the start of the film and neglected to blow me away at the end. It neither left me thinking of anything profound, nor dreading my decision to venture out to the theaters to watch the movie.

White Dress

I walk through walls

But I can’t find the door


They see right through me

But they don’t know me at all

Like a candle swaying in a dark room

Help me find relief from a long day

Night can never come too soon

Cause in sleep I have no words to say

So surreal and so delicate

Nothing’s perfect but nothing’s a mess

So extreme and so fragile

Wonder why I’m wearing a white dress

And like a lighthouse by an ocean

Guide me to relief from a long night

Day seems like the right potion

Cause in sleep my fears take flight

I walk through walls

But I can’t find the door

They see right through me

But they don’t know me at all