Home Made Caramel Popcorn

I had a sweet tooth over the weekend and there was nothing sweet in the house (I got rid of all the temptations) so I decided to make a sweet, delicious snack that takes a couple minutes to put together. I raided my cupboard and found that I only had popcorn, so I decided to make caramel popcorn.

Step One:
Prepare the Caramel Sauce, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon light-colored corn syrup (optional)
1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)

Methods

  • In a medium to large saucepan, add the sugar, water, corn syrup and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Allow the mixture to boil for 5 to 12 minutes until it turns caramel colored. Keep a watchful eye as sugar boils very quickly and can easily burn. Stir when necessary to prevent a built of crystallized sugar on the corners of the pan.
  • As soon as the sauce has turned caramel-colored, reduce the heat to low.
  • Very carefully and slowly, add the cream.  Be careful, the mixture will bubble.
  • Carefully add the vanilla and salt, to taste.  
  • Whisk until sauce is smooth and combined; allow it to boil for another minute, to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Transfer sauce to glass jar or heat-safe. Allow sauce to cool uncovered to room temperature; sauce thickens considerably as it cools. If the sauce gets too thick, add warm water and mix thoroughly to thin it out.  
  • Sauce will keep airtight at room temp for about one month.  

Step Two:
Pop the corn. I use Goya Yellow Popcorn. You can use any popcorn you like or any plain microwave popcorn. 

Step Three:
Add Caramel Sauce to popcorn.   

Combine Popcorn with Caramel sauce

 

Step Four:
Enjoy!

Be Inspired: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

To say that I love Maya Angelou is an understatement. She was the epitome of a strong woman. She knew herself and was unapologetic about who she was or what she believed in. Her poems inspire me not to be bewildered by my circumstances, but to rise above them and be the best person that I can be.

Here is…Caged Bird…

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill 
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 

Is it Ever Okay to Objectify a Woman?

The term objectify, defined by Dictionary.com means ‘to present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense’. To objectify a person means to reduce them to mere objects, often, objects of sex and/or physical gratification. From my vantage point, there are varying degrees of objectification; there is the misogynist objectification, the male chauvinist objectification, societal objectification and self objectification.

Misogynist objectification is the complete reduction of women to mere objects with no regard for her dignity, rights or feelings. The woman is treated to the extent of which she is needed, to pleasure the man and to bear his children. The Male chauvinist objectification regards women as not being worthy or deserving of any other treatment but that of an object. The chauvinist treats her as if she is made to be treated as the play thing of the man. Societal objectification is where the woman’s body is used as a tool, a means to an end, whether it is to increase a company’s bottom line, to improve its visibility or brand or to make it more appealing to the consuming public.  Societal objectification influences the masses to believe that women should be sexualized and their bodies perpetually put on full display. Women as a result believe that they should be sexualized and objectified, and in turn objectify themselves. They understand that appearance is important to both society and the opposite sex; as a result, some women reduce themselves to mere boobs, butt, and thighs.

The issue of female objectification is an age old topic; women have be objectified and sexualized since the dawn of time, so much so, that women have fought tirelessly to be viewed by society and men not as the bearer of children and pleasurer of men but as smart, intelligent, capable human beings who are equal to all men. It is ironic though, that the fight for women’s rights and equality have been sullied, women now no longer wait for men to objectify them, they do it themselves.

Many women objectify themselves without even knowing it while others do it, simply because it is expected. We have become so consumed by sex and sexuality that we cannot exist, identify ourselves or operate in a world without it. Sex has become an integral part of our daily lives, it is in the magazines, on the news, in music videos, on advertisements, and just about everywhere you look. We are living in a sexualized era, sex and sexuality is no longer taboo.

Some women as part of their identity, have embraced and celebrated their own sexuality, they put it out there for the world to see, objectifying themselves on their own terms, beating society to the punch. Society frown on these women for being too sexual, they frown upon them for doing the same thing that is being done to them.

I am a woman, as such, I am a sexual being, I want to feel sexy, I want to feel wanted and desired. I, like most women, in some instances, want to be admired for how good we look. We want to be told that we look wonderful, ravishing all those good stuff. We do not want the fact that we look fabulous in our bikinis to be all that matters. We want to our bodies to be celebrated not objectified!

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