I was in the midst of a deadline last week and didn’t have a chance to post a recap of our Brooklyn Children’s Museum visit.
If you are ever in the area, you* must* visit the museum which is located in Crown Heights. It was renovated in 2008 and is a truly spectacular. It is more spacious and inviting than its Manhattan counterpart (you can literally spend all day there!), and it’s the first “Green Museum” in the city.
To celebrate the opening of Muriel Feldshuh’s Brooklyn Literacy quilt, I read Soup Day in the museum library for Story Time. All six of Muriel’s quilts are on display there. It is fun to find favorite authors and illustrators in each one.
Then we got creative and made collages out of a bunch of different materials.
The children were so enthusiastic with their projects. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was busy meeting people (some came especially for the event–thanks, guys!) and helping out with gluing and cutting. It was great fun.
After the workshop we ate lunch in the cafeteria and then visited our favorite part of the museum: World Brooklyn.
Jamie has always loved this area from the time we first visited when he was just four. World Brooklyn celebrates our borough and its amazing diversity. The “hands on” exhibit is comprised of child-sized versions of real stores in Brooklyn which kids can explore and do activities in.
On to real food…
We had another movie afternoon the next day. This time the feature was The Fellowship of the Ring (Denis and Jamie had just finished reading The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring). It gave me an excuse to make popcorn!
I was completely lusting after The Choco-aholic’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn recipe for days and had to make a batch. I’m sure hers is much more “gourmet” than my lightened version, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of brown sugar, plus 1/2 lb. of chocolate and 1/3 of a jar of peanut butter for just one batch of popcorn! If you want to make the original recipe, I say “go for it” though! 🙂
Ours was mighty tasty and the level of richness was just right for us. The caramel flavor melds with the chocolate and peanut butter so perfectly. Even the lightened version had the perfect trinity of sugar, salt, and fat, creating the “bliss point” of irresistibility that David Kessler writes about in The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite … Ah well, everything in moderation!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn
Adapted from The Choco-aholic (Lightened up and without the kettle salt, as I didn’t have any)
10 cups of popped popcorn (I used an air popper)
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
4 ounces of milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Pop popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl.
3. In a large pot combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes. Add chocolate chips and stir to melt. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.
4. Pour the boiled chocolate mix onto the popcorn. Toss until all the popcorn kernels are evenly coated with the chocolate.
5. Spread out onto prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with salt, stir and let cool for about 30 minutes.
6. Melt peanut butter in microwave oven for about 30 seconds. Pour chocolate popcorn back into mixing bowl and pour melted peanut butter over popcorn and coat evenly. Refrigerate until hardened for about an hour.