Hello! This week is winding down and I'm so happy there is a break in the wet weather today.
I generally don't mind the rain, as you know, but, having some sunshine after a few days is always a nice treat!
It's been a week of projects for these kids - ugh - and with each one is a slew of materials they need (that cost a pretty penny!) to complete them.
I just don't remember my parents having to buy so many supplies when I was in school - maybe an occasional piece of oak tag, but these kids need so much crap for these assignments, that, in the end wind up being thrown out!
Ok, my rant is done!
Well, as you might have noticed, today, January 19th is National Popcorn Day.
You may be wondering what this has to do with travel, but may I remind you that corn and the development of popcorn has its roots from various places around the world!
AROUND THE WORLD POPCORN FACTS (Source: factretreiver.com unless otherwise noted)
More than 4,000 years old, the earliest popcorn kernels were discovered in a Mexican bat cave once occupied by the Cochise Indians. T
Popcorn likely arrived in the American Southwest over 2500 years ago, but was not found growing east of the Mississippi until the early 1800s due to botanical and environmental factors. (source: PBS.org)
Grains of popcorn around 1,000 years old have been found in tombs in Peru. The kernels are so well preserved that they can still be popped.
When explorer Felix de Azara visited Paraguay in the 18th century, he noted that the people would place kernels on a tassel and then when it was boiled in fat or oil, the grains would burst. Women would adorn their hair at night with the popcorn.
The world’s oldest known popper, a shallow vessel with a handle and hole on top was designed around A.D. 300.
The first popcorn machine made its debut at the 1893 World’s Fair (Columbian Exposition) in Chicago.
A 1,700-year-old funeral urn was discovered in Mexico that shows a corn god wearing a popcorn headdress
Did you know: Americans eat more popcorn than any other country.
A 1,000-year-old popped kernel of popcorn was found in a dry cave in the southwestern part of Utah.
The practice of popping corn was common among Native Americans: Ancient crumbs have been discovered in Peruvian tombs, while Cortes found Aztecs using it to decorate necklaces.
Evidence in Peru suggests that popcorn existed as early as 4700 B.C., making it one of the oldest forms of corn. Peruvians didn’t just pop their corn; they also ground it into flour to cook in other ways.
In ancient times, people would make popcorn by heating sand in a fire and then stirring kernels of popcorn in the hot sand.
A KERNAL POPPING (credit: shutterstock)
WHAT MAKES POPCORN POP? The secret to popping is in the kernel.
Popcorn comes from a certain variety of maize that produces small kernels with a hard outer shell.
These kernels cannot be chewed without a good chance of cracking your tooth. To get to the fluffy edible part, you must heat the kernel, which turns the moisture within into steam.
When the outer shell has reached its pressure point it bursts, releasing the soft inner flake and creating what we recognize as popcorn.
I could not resist sharing these pics with you of Punkin! Last night she snuck in my room and curled up on the bed between the pillows! So cute!!
Then Gianna snapped a few more as she was contemplating coming downstairs with mommy!
PUNKIN TAKING A SNOOZE ON MOMMY'S BED (WITHOUT PERMISSION!) (c)travelincousins.com
CAPTIVATED BY THE PICTURE HOOKS ON THE WALL WHERE FRAMED PHOTOS ONCE WERE (c)travelincousins.com
EYEBALLING GIANNA (c)travelincousins.com
CONTEMPLATING WHETHER TO CONTINUE DOWN THE STEPS (c)travelincousins.com
As far as the rest of the day goes, I promised the girls we'd have a little Starbucks break after school and homework. Just to unwind from the studying and work this week.
Kelsey loves Cake Pops and Gianna loves to try something new each time. They both NEVER pass up a chance to have a Starbucks drink!
And that's my day - hope it's a good one for you!! -E xoxo
Tanya's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 18 DAYS
Well hellooooo everyone!
It's raining, it's pouring, and I'm a happy camper! We've been getting more rain here in California than I can ever remember...and I'm lovin it.
DID YOU KNOW: 42 percent of the state of California is now out of drought!
And the mountains are getting more and more snow. In fact too much than they can handle!
I have such mixed feelings about this - it sounds amazing, but I know first hand from being up there last week that skiing was impossible and thus we were pretty much holed up.
Well I do hope that with all of the snow, that the season will be nice and long and that there will still be plenty of snow (not slush) when we head up there next - in March for my Birthday trip:
PARK CITY - LAKE TAHOE - SAN FRANCISCO
But of course before that trip takes place, we have our Euro Ski Circuit which is departing in 18 days!
Overlooking Chamonix, France (c)travelincousins.com
I'll give you one guess as to who is going to the top 2 locations??
What an fantastically amazing trip it is going to be!
I figure that I'll start a countdown and trip prep with you beginning next week :-)
More in travel (because I was obviously bouncing around in planning mode yesterday) - I booked a Mountain Biking Shuttle/Ride that both Dave and I are very much looking forward to in Moab, Utah. This was a ride that we had wanted to do last year - but the timing just didn't work out.
I also was day dreaming about our trip to Hawaii - I even attempted to make some dining reservations only to find out that it's still too early for the system to accept reservations that far out (May 2017).
Not only that but I was thinking as far out as next Spring - 2018 and our trip to Germany/Poland/Austria/Czech Republic - I know it is over a year away - but I've gotta tell you... We are already getting quite excited about this one!
Last night was actually quite fun, as we took Dominic to a Fencing class (he received a session of fencing classes as a Christmas gift).
He seemed to have great fun as Dave and I sat and watched. We even brought a little snack to munch on while being entertained by the class.
Speaking of snacks - today is National Popcorn Day - go figure that even popcorn gets its own day! Be sure to bop on over to Elisa's column, as she managed to share a great many interesting facts all about Popcorn that you are not gonna want to miss.
I on the other hand figured that I'd share some of the most interesting and bizarre popcorn flavors that are out there. Long gone are the days of just buttered or cheese flavored popcorn!
According to Factretriever.com: Bizarre popcorn flavors include Beer-flavored Pub-Corn, Yo-Pop’s Butterfinger Crunch Popcorn, KukuRuZa’s Buffalo Blue Cheese Popcorn, Popcorn Palace’s Jalapeno popcorn, Jolly Time’s Mallow Magic Yummy Marshmallow Flavor Microwave Popcorn, Popcorn Pavilion’s Brown Butter & Sea Salt Popcorn, Kernel Encore’s Pumpkin popcorn, Popcornopolis’ Cupcake popcorn, and 479˚ Popcorn’s Black Truffle and White Cheddar popcorn.
While most of these are not vegan, here are some that are and that I can often be found munching on while traveling - especially on road trips!
There was actually a road trip through Ireland that we took a few years back and I recall being a bit peckish. We went into a local market and walked out with a bag of "Proper Popcorn"!
Lastly let's not forget that today is TBT (Throwback Thursday) and how much I always love sharing some fun pics from our past - enjoy~
North Cascades National Park - Washington 2010 (c)travelincousins.com
Ireland 2011 (c)travelincousins.com
Breckenridge 2012 (c)travelincousins.com
Well folks, that's about it from me for today.
Join us back here tomorrow for some FOODIE FRIDAY fun!