Sunday Night Popcorn and a Family Show

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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.

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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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Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

9 Comments

  1. Maureen Reagan Shear
    October 23, 2014

    Have you tried different flavors in the Whirley Pop? That is a favorite activity around here. Some are simple, some wind up being complex. Some have been awesome, some have been burnt disasters that leave me actually having to clean the pot. One of our favorite 'simple' variations, how does the type of oil change the flavor of the popcorn? (Sunflower Oil is now a favorite) Does it change how fast it cooks and/or how hot you should have the stove?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 24, 2014

      That sounds fun, Maureen. Sunshine always uses olive oil, for some reason, even though I tell her regular canola oil is fine. She likes the taste better. I put the oil in a plastic squeeze bottle to make it easier to control the amount poured out.

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  2. Sonya Hillrich
    October 23, 2014

    We do Sunday night homemade pretzels. It is a little messy but everyone helps roll & cook & cut up fruit & cheese cubes. We told the kids we were weary of it a year ago or so, but they all promised to help more, if we would just keep it up 🙂 So we gave in.
    Then we watch a movie in the basement & to quote the 15 yr old "actually the ones we don't like & make fun of are the best!" The Netflix series "Too Cute" is one example…..oh.my. We have 5 kids 9-19 which (like you) makes it so hard to find things to watch. So I totally get the comments about hoping the kids would like Little House on the Prairie. Maybe we should try that. We have also done Cosby. LOVE!
    We do sometimes play games together, but there are so many Sundays that it takes everyone too much energy to be nice….so we do a movie.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 24, 2014

      Sonya – I'm inspired by your homemade pretzels! Do you want to share the recipe in the comments? I'll definitely check out "Too Cute." We've tried so many shows that ended up being duds – even the ones I thought were so clean when I was a kid!

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  3. adventisthomemaker
    October 23, 2014

    Every Sunday night is homemade pizza night at our house! I look forward to seeing what family show recommendations others have. We really enjoyed Cosby Show and were so bummed when Netflix removed it from their streaming.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 24, 2014

      I know, we were so hooked that we ended up getting Hulu Plus so we could finish watching it. Beza's favorite person is Dr. Huxtable 🙂

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  4. Anita
    October 23, 2014

    Our "family night" is on Friday's. After a long week at school, this teacher has no energy left to cook dinner. We order pizza and play board games or do a jigsaw puzzle together. Some of our favorite board games are Sequence (and Sequence Jr.), Ticket to Ride (we love the Africa version), and Rivers, Roads, and Rails. We've come to look forward to our Fridays every week!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 24, 2014

      Anita, thanks for those game suggestions! We play Ticket to Ride, but haven't played any of the other ones.

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  5. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    November 4, 2014

    i love that meal idea…popcorn, cheese, and fruit. Brilliant! we have a similar weekly tradition, but ours is on Friday nights.

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