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20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

20 Delicious Popcorn Recipes that Will Make Your Movie Night More Delightful

We love our movie nights and our little get-togethers with friends and family, so why not try something a little daring with a treat that usually only gets the choice of butter and salt.  These popcorn recipes that are fun, sophisticated, playful, and exotic will turn up the fun. They are also a super safe way to start segueing into more exotic culinary adventures.

1.  Peanut Butter Cashew Popcorn

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    This popcorn recipe from Julie’s Eats & Treats is a grown-up popcorn ball that has cashews and honey as some of the ingredients.  Sticky sweet, it will have you reaching for more.

    2.  Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

    SPICEY BACON

      Spicy and with bacon!  That is enough said from A Cozy Kitchen. This popcorn recipe will make many weak in the knees.

      3.  Funfetti Popcorn

      Funfetti Popcorn

        Got kids or just a kid at heart? Stir up some fun with this rainbow sprinkle popcorn covered in cake batter mix and melted white chocolate. Fun and easy to make and to eat!

        4.  Turtle Popcorn

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          Get me started with anything that has real butter, brown sugar, and pecans! This will turn your favorite candy into your favorite popcorn.

          5.  Wasabi Popcorn

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            I can’t do everything sticky sweet, so turn up the heat with wasabi and cayenne pepper powdered popcorn! The sweet comes from the brown sugar.

            6.  Truffle Bacon Popcorn

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              Did someone say bacon? I don’t know if the truffle salt is worth the expense, but I do know a little substitution would probably not be missed in lieu of more bacon and dashed with parmesan cheese.

              7.  Curried Popcorn

              curried popcorn

                Want something with curry in a hurry? You can pop the popcorn and stir in the ingredients after. This will give you a different texture you might enjoy. But try it their way too, because the olive oil and the curry in the pan with the sugar while popping does something special with the flavor.

                8.  PB & J Popcorn

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                PB&J Popcorn

                  Something for the kids again and so pretty for presentation. It might be fun to do this with different jellies. The white chocolate is a great way to get any flavor to stick. You may have to play with the amount of jelly to get the color and flavor balance you want.

                  9.  Tequila Popcorn

                  Tequila Popcorn

                    Only a dash of tequila, cayenne, and cumin with some lime juice, so don’t think this is going to soggy or so risque. It is, however, fun and the flavor and smell could be very enjoyable and complimentary to a themed party. Got to try it.

                    10.  Taco Popcorn

                    Taco Popcorn

                      This is supposed to taste like Doritos! So I would try it out just the see, but I was missing the idea of real cheese melting all over the place. So I might just improvise and sprinkle on some cheddar. Get real cheesy!

                      11.  Coconut Curry Popcorn

                      Coconut Curry Popcorn

                        With curry, coconut oil, and cumin, you can get a little adventurous without breaking your budget or your kitchen. I think I’d pair this with a great movie from India. Have a themed movie night.

                        12.  Key Lime Pie Popcorn

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                        Key Lime Pie Popcorn

                          Miniature melted marshmallows and melted white chocolate make it an easy win. Key Lime frosting and more melted dark chocolate with graham cracker chunks make this a win-win.

                          13.  Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                          Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn

                            Salted caramel has got to be the great marketing catch phrase of the confection market. With the almonds and the pretzels to complete the dish, the only think I am wanted is maybe some dark chocolate drizzled on.

                            14.  Cookies and Cream

                            cookies and cream

                              There are only three ingredients: popcorn, Oreos, and white chocolate. Go for it!

                              15.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn

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                                I’m not sure if they needed more than three ingredients with this one. The popcorn, mini peanut butter cups, and with melted chocolate chips was enough to get me going. But their way is great, too.

                                16.  Parmesan Basil Popcorn

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                                parmesean basil popcorn

                                  Healthy and easy, this tasty treat you can whip up super quick with less mess. Just some coconut oil and some freshly grated parmesan and a little bit of basil.

                                  17.  Almond Joy Popcorn

                                  almond joy popcorn

                                    For this, you are not just tossing your favorite candy bar into a hot bowl of popcorn. The ingredients are parsed out and you mix it all together in perfect harmony to get this yummy dish.

                                    18.  White Chocolate Thin Mint Popcorn

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                                      In less than 10 minutes with just a handful of chopped up thin mint cookies, you will have a wonderful snack.

                                      19.  Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

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                                        If this could have a caramel crust on the outside that you crunch through bite after bite, you would have some serious noshing.

                                        20.  Nutella Popcorn

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                                          How many people in the world love that particular brand of hazelnut chocolate spread? And how wonderful and idea than to spread it all over some popcorn. Take a little extra time and a few extra ingredients, and you will have a splendid treat many of your friends would love to eat.

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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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