Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Family Fun with Pillow Forts and Popcorn

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Pop Secret.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Cold, dreary winter days are a real downer, especially when you have kids who need somewhere to expend their energy but its really too yucky to head outside to play.  It's days like these that I'm glad Mr. Smith Summary is a big kid at heart, because he loves to take the girls and do fun things like build pillow forts or play with Legos.  We were faced with one of these yucky days this past weekend and Mr. SS came to the rescue by making the girls one of his best pillow forts yet - and I contributed to the build by fueling them with a new popcorn recipe!

The staircase in our house has a large landing, which creates a great spot to build pillow forts.  This time, Mr. SS took an old sheet and attached it to the top of the staircase wall, creating a cover where the girls play "in secret."  Add just about every spare pillow in the house and you have yourself a crazy awesome pillow fort!  They enjoyed it so much I almost couldn't get them out of it to enjoy their snack!

Both girls had enough room to lay down in their pillow fort

Making the silliest faces for the camera - playing underneath the canopy made them feel like they were camping in a tent

And now to share my popcorn recipe!

During the holidays I make these delicious pretzel and cracker snacks and I thought why not use the same seasoning on popcorn??  The end result is my Cool Ranch Popcorn!


Cool Ranch Popcorn
2 bags popped popcorn (I used the Pop Secret homestyle popcorn - you definitely want one with butter so the seasoning will adhere; this is not the time to use the reduced fat versions - LOL)
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Dash of dill 

While you pop the popcorn mix the seasoning mix together in a small bowl.  When the popcorn is done, shake the bag just like you normally would and then put it in a ziploc bag along with half the seasoning and shake really well so the popcorn gets evenly covered.  It's important to do this step right after the popcorn comes out of the microwave so the butter is still hot - this is how the seasoning sticks.  Repeat with the second bag of popcorn and the remaining seasoning.

The end result?

An irresistible snack that you can't stop eating!

Pop Secret is all about fueling family fun!  Visit their Facebook page and submit photos of your family pillow forts!  You'll find fun surprises there and be eligible for rewards when you submit pics - and be sure to snag a $1 off coupon while you're there!