Monday, September 28, 2009

Question Of The Week

Way back when......before DVRs and even DVDs existed.....(Sassafrass just play along because I know you are too young to remember such hard times).....people used to sit and watch TV together. My family had a few staples each year - often holiday focused and kid friendly:

The Wizard of Oz
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Frosty The Snowman
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Can you remember? My mom used to find them in the TV guide that came in the newspaper. We'd look forward to these specials, gather as a family and watch the program with popcorn and coke. Old school popcorn, made on the stove with real melted butter. Here is the recipe in case you've never made it and if you haven't, step away from the computer and get busy.

Stove Top Popcorn

handful popcorn kernels
vegetable oil
plenty of salt
lots of melted butter

Throw a few kernels in a large, covered pot. Coat the bottom of the pot with about an 1/8 of an inch of cooking oil. Turn heat on medium-high and wait for the few kernels to pop. When they do, add the rest in, again covering the bottom of the pot. Holding the lid on, shake the pot occasionally during heating to prevent burning. When the pops stop, the corn is done and it's time to salt. Don't skimp.....this is a delicacy. Melt butter in the microwave and add it, too, if you wish.

I make stove-top popcorn often for the kids and they love it. Far superior to microwave. Better than movie theater popcorn. Trust me. I'm an expert in this department.

****What shows did you watch as a kid? Any special memories?


Jennifer said...

I have very fond memories of Christmas Eve when I was younger. We would go to the Christmas Eve service at our church then to a Christmas Eve party at my mom's friends house. Then we would go home to get on comfy clothes and sit by the fire while my Dad would read "The Polar Express." After the book was over, my brother and I would get to open one present. I hope to start a tradition like this with my girls and they will have the same fond memories I did :)

Dee Stephens said...

I was into all the Charlie Brown specials and Rudolph was my fav! I would know a week in advance when they came and would count the days down.
We got popcorn too and sometimes pizza! Chef Boyardee style!

Monica said...

We watched all the same ones you did. Those were the days.

SASS said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Turbo. I totally caught the tail end of VCRs and cassette tapes. And they sucked.

I remember the specials! Rudolph, The Grinch, Charlie Brown--all the classics! Katie Sam and I can recite pretty much every song.

The popcorn is new to me-I'm trying it!

FROGGITY! said...


i would get all excited when a 'special presentation' would come on tv. you know, it was usually 'late at night' around 7:30or so.

garfield was my absolute FAVORITE! garfield's christmas, etc., and then of course charlie brown christmas, muppet specials, and rudolph the rednosed reindeer. wait, actually rudolph was my favorite. good times.

my friend had a 'beta max' with a 'poochie' (the cartoon) tape. that was a short lived experience b/c vcr of course then took over! lol!

starnes family said...

Froggity, my friend had a Beta, too, and I thought she was SO RICH. Hilarious.

Malinda said...

I loved all the Peanuts holiday shows. I also loved Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but the Wizard of Oz always scared me. Don't ask me why, but my brother and I loved the old TV dinners. Our special treat would be to get to pick out a TV Dinner and sit in front of the TV and eat. These were the old TV dinners that were in a metal tray and took an hour to cook in the oven. I always picked the cheese enchilada dinner.

If the shoe FITZ said...

I like watching Rudulph and Frosty.
I have had the luxury of having Casey make me popcorn. It's delish.

Jodee said...

We watched Rudolph and Frosty. I totally remember making popcorn on the stove while growing up. We still make it -- on occasion -- now! It's the best!

The Lenzers said...

I can't say I really remember an annual fave movie with the family. All though we were good watching shows together. And my mom made the popcorn too-so yummy!!
Glad you got to return to Dallas again to check on your sis. We are still praying for her (and you) and won't stop. I can't believe you do all those drives by yourself, and at night. Mark won't let me drive the kids on road trips anymore, which I find odd because he is not really the protective type.

Kelly Beatty said...

My mom and I would ALWAYS watch Ms. America every year. Loved it. Oh, plus I used to beg my mom to let me stay up late and watch Magnum P.I. We lived on the East coast and I think it came on quite late.

Clare said...

The Great Pumpkin, The Grinch, Garfield, and Christmas Story, LOVE that movie. The 24 hours of a Christmas Story started later, but I still leave it most of the 24 hours, drives my fam crazy. Oh, and It's a Wonderful Life, what a great movie!

Moni said...

Oh my...the Beta...I remember my Dad bought both that and VCR because he didn't know which one would "take off." Funny that neither are used today! I love all the silly holiday stuff...when I see commercials for that Rudolph puppet thing and Charlie Brown, then I know it is Christmas time!

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