Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This one's for you Eggers

I was reminded yesterday that I neglected to post photos of our annual Popcorn Ball making party last month. I did post photos on Facebook, but forgot to put them on the blog. So this is not a very timely post, but it's very necessary to some (Tom, I'm talking to you.)!

December 19, 2009 was the 38th Annual Evensen Popcorn Ball making event. For those that don't know what this is all about, we gather (the last few years have been at our house) to make a fairly large quantity of popcorn balls. We each have our little tasks we perform and then we split up the booty and go on our merry way. My parents started doing this when I was 1 1/2. I guess you know how old I am now, or will be in 6 months - yikes!!

Most of the regulars were in attendance (minus Bev & Barb) and some new bodies joined us. I finally remembered to take photos this time, so this post is a little picture heavy.

Here we are in the prep stage. Tom's on standby with the giant Reynolds wrap box. Rose is cutting the ribbons to tie on each ball after they're wrapped in plastic wrap. Aunt Lena's checking things out, she's a first-timer.

Dad, saying something funny, as usual.

Hi Tom.

Janet's working the stove, melting the butter, jello and marshmallows.

Ed's listening to a game on his radio.

Here's the first batch.

Dad's job is to put his hands into the boiling, sticky goo that is poured all over the popcorn. We all wish he'd let us have a turn, but he insists on doing that job every year, heh heh heh.

Alicia! Don't eat all the marshmallows, we only have enough for 187 popcorn balls!!

Mmmm, lime's my favorite.

Jaxon's turning Uncle Gaylon into his own personal jungle gym.

This photo captures perfectly just how hot that mixture is. Sorry Dad!

Cousin Drue, don't look at the camera!

Here we are curling the ribbon and making the popcorn balls look all pretty.

Another batch. I think it was strawberry, but could be cherry or raspberry. Does it really matter? They're all good.

What kind of face is that Alicia?

Rose, smiling on cue for the camera.

Aunt Lena seemed to enjoy the event.

Ed's having a good time too.

Don't try to hide from me Alicia, I'll find you. muahhahhaaa

Look at us all being so helpful, just watching Dad work.

I'm glad you think it's funny having that hot, sticky goo stuck all over your hands Dad, because I don't think I'd be smiling.

Hi again Tom.

Caught Gaylon with his mouth full.

Anna & Conner taking a cookie break.

Let's see what's going on down in the basement while the work party continues upstairs.

Looks like Abigail's trying a little Guitar Hero on the Wii. What kind of face is that Jaxon?

Mateo must have been taking a break from Farmville.

Not sure what Drue's doing. Maybe she thinks if she gets up real close to the couch I won't be able to see her. :)

Hi Jax.

Hi Conner.

Look, there was even a game of Frisbee going on while I was down there.

Oh, it looks like the work party has ended. Time for more snacking and moving watching!

Another successful popcorn ball event. We ended up with 187 this year, not a record, but a good amount. I forgot to take a photo of all of the booty! Oh well, there's always year 39 in 2010!


Sparkle said...

Sounds like fun! So whats your recipe? This is intriguing me, lol.

Linda said...

I spy the evil mustard in this post!! :)

Marin said...

I have sampled those popcorn balls and they are the best!