Monday, January 28, 2013

Popcorn!

For last few months I've been making a real effort to avoid buying processed, ready-made type foods. Partly due to wanting to eat healthier and partly due to trying to cut costs.  

One thing that I have decided to eliminate from the pantry is microwave popcorn. It's not something I eat very often, only occasionally at work and never at home. It isn't something I make at home since I'm not much of a snacker.  For some reason (I'm blaming night shift) I decided that popcorn would be a great idea in the middle of the afternoon yesterday. (it was a shorter night shift, only eight hours on Sundays not the usual twelve, so I had some extra time)

I got out the big pot, heated a little oil in the bottom, poured in the popping corn and waited. Nobody seemed to care, not even when the popping started. Once it was done and the smell wafted into the living room, a couple of the pack wandered into the kitchen to see what was happening, which of course prompted everyone else to follow.

Hiker, ready, just in case there is something.

I had a decision to make. Popcorn in their bowls to have a fair and controlled distribution or just hand out pieces like treats. I went with the bowls. Some of them have had popcorn once or twice but not for a long time. Breeze was the funniest. She seemed very confused. 

 

You can see that she is standing far back from her bowl.  Breeze was no doubt expecting kibble, not this stuff. She picked out a piece, rolled it around in her mouth then spit it out. Back to the bowl and repeat. By this time, Forest was done and was looking for more. Here he is trying to get the pieces that Breeze spit out. She took a few minutes to make up her mind but decided that she like it after all. (Note: another dog getting close has not been allowed in the past due to Breeze's outbursts of growling and air snapping. I decided to let Forest get close and see what she would do. Breeze had no reaction at all.)

 
 Bill is somewhat food obsessed and gobbled his up with no hesitation.


Then, one more small handful to share with no bowl.


That last handful, I might have made some remark about how clean our floors are. So clean you can eat off them!

16 comments:

  1. I can see why a dog might not know what to do with popcorn when presented with it for the first time. :-)

    We've had a long tradition of sharing popcorn with our previous dogs. We'd usually toss handfuls all over the living room and the dogs would embark on a scavenger hunt. Sadly, we aren't able to give Wrigs any popcorn because of his digestive issues, so we rarely make it for ourselves anymore.

    Twelve hour shifts sound grueling!

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    1. When there was only one dog (many years ago!) I'd do the handful thrown around for her to find. I was a bit surprised and pleased that the pack did okay with finding it and not getting mad at each other.

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  2. Roxy and I, Daisy, love popcorn. But alas, we don't get it very often.

    Keep warm.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Oh, and our floors have never been too dirty for us to eat off.

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    1. I suppose the floors never are too dirty for treats, are they? Maybe you should mention that other dogs are enjoying a popcorn treat. It might work.

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  3. POPCORN! I love popcorn too!

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    1. Is popcorn a good snack for football watching?

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  4. Riley loves popcorn, too! She likes to catch it if I throw a piece to her. Everything's a big game to her...!

    Elyse and Riley

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    1. Some of the pack can do that but Bill always lets it hit him in the head, he then glares at whoever threw it, then eats it off the floor. The blind trio...well...you know!

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  5. I am not allowed to eat popcorn...but my daughter and the collies love it. So she always saves a little when she goes to the movies, so they can each have a bit. :)

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    1. Wow, they get movie theater popcorn?! Yummy!!

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  6. The only processed food Blueberry gets is when she finds it at the park in the playground area. It's her version of McDonald's I suppose!

    Love that they all had different reactions to the popcorn treat!

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    1. Maybe you should make some for her!

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  7. Too cute! I love the picture of Hiker! Snout at the ready.

    Elli is a popcorn fiend; as soon as the smell of coconut oil wafts around the room, game on. It totally threw her for a loop when I used coconut oil in my hair.

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    1. Hiker is always ready if there is the possibility of food.

      Do you pop yours in coconut oil? I just used vegetable oil. Hmmmm....we have coconut oil, maybe I should try that.

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  8. WE don't get much popcorn around here, and that is because My Vickie cannot eat it without layering it with salt and butter. She has no control. So because of that we don't get to have it.

    Give HIker a hug for us will you. We love the shot of him waiting for the popcorn.

    Love
    Bert and My vickie

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    1. Bert, your Vickie needs to prepare a special small bowl just for you that is plain. That's what I did. Plain for the pack, a bit of season salt for The Mom.

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