We have a Sunday night tradition we all enjoy. Since we have our big dinner with the entire family in the afternoon, our evening meal is usually popcorn, cheese, and fruit. I like this for about 25 different reasons, one of which is that the kids make it themselves, and there is nearly no clean-up.
Russ was always the popcorn maker in our family. Years ago he mastered the art of popping it on the stove in our largest pot. I, however, preferred the ease of microwave popcorn…the problem was that I knew the bright yellow color and other chemicals weren’t good for us. I just didn’t want to deal with the hassle of making it in the big pot.
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Enter the Wabash Valley Farms 25008 Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper– which transformed our Sunday nights.
I had heard of the Whirley-Pop, and even given one as a gift, but had never tried one myself. Then my friend, Beth, loaned me her well-used popper and we were hooked. Sunshine mastered it first and has continued to be our champion popcorn maker, although even Eby can make popcorn now with a little bit of supervision.
It only takes a little bit of oil and 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to make a big batch of popcorn; it’s rare to have any kernels that remain unpopped. When the popper is cool, we just wipe it out with a paper towel and put it away.
Once the popcorn is made we watch a show together. For a long time we watched The Cosby Show, which we liked because, unlike so many tv shows, it is a rare example of the media showing parents as strong, capable, and in charge of the family. Not to mention the kids learned many good lessons while laughing at the same time.
We watched the Huxtable family from the first season through the eighth, and then I bought Little House on the Prairie on DVD. I was a little worried that a couple of my young teens (who shall remain unnamed) might make fun of it, or worse yet, make fun of their siblings who liked the show and then ruin it for everyone. I’m quite happy to say that after a few episodes, even my skeptics were hooked.
It’s not easy to find a TV series the entire family can watch, but it’s worth it when we can all kick back together, bowls of popcorn in our hands, and enjoy a show. And it doesn’t hurt that each Sunday night the kids get subtle (or not so subtle) lessons on the value of hard work, the importance of honesty, and trusting your parents even in hard circumstances.
By the way, this is not a paid review for the Whirley-Pop, I just honestly like it so much, it seems worth sharing. Besides, it would make a great Christmas gift.
Do you have a Sunday night tradition? Can you recommend any other family-friendly shows? I’m always on the look-out for more.
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