Bad Movies, Great Popcorn

I received a party invitation from my friend Brian Haslanger, for Bad Movie night. What a great idea for a get-together! The invitation read:

Prepare yourselves for Bad Movie Night: Disaster Edition. We’ll hang out at my house, drink refreshing beverages, and watch two terrible films.

The general plot for these movies: One scientist saw it coming and nobody listened. Now we are all doomed.

Our choices: (one line synposes written by Brian)

  • The Core: The core of the Earth

    stops spinning.

  • Daylight: Sylvester Stallone is a taxi driver/EMT stuck in a tunnel collapse.
  • The Day After Tomorrow: The next ice age happens overnight.
  • Poseidon: Cruise ship turns upside down.
  • Armageddon: Asteroid will smash into Earth unless Bruce Willis can dig a hole.
  • Volcano: Tommy Lee Jones is a geologist.
  • Twister: Bill Paxton chases tornados.
  • Firestorm: Howie Long (the football guy) is a firefighter. There is a prison break at some point.

Wow. They all sound terrible. Except for Armageddon, I admit I kind of like that one. I think I voted for The Core and Volcano since they looked the worst to me, but in the end, The Core and Daylight won.


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decided to make Peanut Butter Popcorn to snack on. They came out really well, except it was a bit on the sweeter side for me, and it could have been more crunchy. I would make it again…I love pigging out when I’m watching a movie. I might have to sneak a bag of this popcorn into the theater the next time I go.

I think watching bad movies for the sole purpose of making fun of them is way more fun than just watching a movie, especially with a great group of friends. It was a fun night of laughing at bad acting, over analyzing the plot, and guessing predictable lines. I’m looking forward to the next movie night. I hope it’s Bad Kung-Fu Movies Night…but maybe it will be Bad Comic Book Movie night?

Thanks for everything, Brian!

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Recipe from The Kitchn >

Peanut Butter Popcorn
Peanut Butter Popcorn
makes about 8 cups
From the Kitchen

1/4 cup popcorn kernels
Vegetable oil
Fine salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (should be free of added sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Prepare a clean paper shopping bag or oversized mixing bowl. Heat a large heavy pan over medium heat and film the bottom with vegetable oil. Add the popcorn, shake to distribute, then put a lid on the pan. Leave a small crack for steam to escape. When the popcorn starts popping, shake vigorously to make sure the kernels pop evenly. When the popping slows, take the pan off the heat.

Pour the popcorn into the paper bag or bowl to cool, being careful to leave any unpopped kernels in the pan. Coated with peanut butter caramel, the unpopped kernels are a serious tooth hazard. Lightly salt the popcorn to taste.

Mix the honey and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for a couple minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla.

Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until it’s all coated. Once it’s mixed you can put it in a serving bowl. Cover tightly after it’s cooled.

Uncooked popcorn kernels stored in an airtight jar.

Only half a quarter cup of corn kernels are needed to make an entire bowl of popcorn goodness.

Pouring the kernels
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into the pan. Yes, I had one hand doing that, and one hand holding the camera. It was a challenge.

Kernels cooking in a pot lightly greased with oil. The recipe says to use a pan…but where would the popcorn go? I like using a pot better.

Leaving the pot open just a crack to let the steam escape.

I decided to use cane sugar instead of refined white sugar for the peanut butter glaze. It’s probably pretty similiar, though.

Melting the honey and sugar together.

Peanut butter glaze is done.

Drizzling the glaze on the popcorn.

Before mixing the glaze into the popcorn.

The finished popcorn. It’s warm and sticky, but eventually cools off to be more chewy…but not exactly crunchy. Maybe using less of the peanut butter coating will make it more crunchy? I’ll have to experiment.

Bad Movie Night

Brian and his two equally bad action movies for us to watch: The Core, and Daylight.

Brian had a great idea of giving us disaster nametags. The best ones were “The Scientist Who Figured It Out First”, “A Giant Snake With More Snakes Inside“, and “Sun Burns Out”. My name was “Tornado”. Ha.

All of us watching The Core.

Nothing better than a little beer and Rock Band!

Brian rocking out on the plastic drums. I actually tried playing the drums for the first time…it’s more fun than the guitar.

Brian got a ukulele! No fair. I love it. It sounds happy, no matter what you play on it.

Me playing the ukulele, really badly.

This is Stinky. Brian has five (yes, five) adorable cats that hang out in his house all day. Again, no fair.


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  1. Brittany says:

    To bad George didn’t make it ;)

  2. Paula says: (Author)


    Haha! I know. Poor guy.

  3. Brian says:

    That popcorn rocked my world. Also: that is the best photo of Stinky ever…she is usually not very photogenic.

    RIP, George. (Maybe he’ll come back in a sequel?)

  4. Mike says:

    I bet George is still down there, surviving off of discarded orange peels and rats. His neck is probably healed up by now too…1996? Yeah, it’s definitely all better by now.

  5. Angela says:

    T-Bag was my always my favorite character on Prison Break. That guy rules!

  6. Rachel Price says:

    i love both peanut butter and cheeze as the filling of my morning sandwhich.;:”

  7. Capt Steve says:

    I’ve been making peanut butter popcorn for decades. Cut the honey in half and add a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a table spoon of both molasses and clear corn syrup. Then cook the mixture to hard ball stage. I test it by dropping a drop onto a granite counter and working it with a knife like it is putty. If the texture is like taffy, it’s done. Add a pinch of baking soda to the mixture and immediately pour over popcorn to evenly coat it. The baking soda makes it crunchy but also adds air to it so it is light like peanut brittle.

  8. Sharon says:

    Hey! To make your popcorn more crunchy, try baking it like you do caramel popcorn. It’s what I do to make my Nutella popcorn.

    Fill popped popcorn in shallow ovenproof dishes. Drizzle topping on the popcorn. Bake in the oven at 250F (200C). The longer you leave the popcorn in the oven, the crunchier the popcorn will be. Typically, I bake mine for 15 – 20 mins, but most caramel popcorn is baked for 60 – 90 mins. Stir your popcorn every 15 minutes to prevent burning.

    When you’ve decided that the popcorn is done (or just can’t wait any longer for super duper yummy popcorn), remove the trays from the oven and carefully break popcorn chuncks up (works best over a clean table).

    Store popcorn in a airtight container.


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