Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, and not just at movies. Maybe it runs in the family, because we used to call one of my grandfathers “Grandpa Popcorn,” due to his addiction to the stuff. His version was drenched in butter and salt, whereas I prefer to air pop it, give it a quick spray with aerosol oil, and sprinkle just a bit of salt on top. It’s perfect for a little bit of guilt-free, mindless munching. But I decided to try making a much more decadent version with coconut and chocolate. While you might not want to eat a whole tub of this stuff, it makes a great treat in small batches.
Chocolate Coconut Popcorn
3 cups popcorn, popped
1 Tbsp chocolate chips
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (or chips)
2 tsp unrefined coconut oil
pinch fine salt
Either by hand or in an electric spice/coffee grinder, finely chop the coconut. In a heat-proof measuring cup or bowl, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil by microwaving for 30 second increments. Stir, and drizzle half over the popcorn, then sprinkle with the salt and half of the coconut. Toss the popcorn, then drizzle the rest of the chocolate and coconut oil over it, followed by the remainder of the coconut.
(Make sure to grab a napkin–this stuff is a bit messy unless you wait for the chocolate to solidify, and who wants to do that?)
Everything looks better on a pedestal. Even in ancient times they put statues up on stands, and at some point somebody decided that cakes and desserts deserve to be treated as objects of worship, too. And so cake stands were invented. The Mosser glass jadeite version kills me (it comes in a bunch of lovely colors: black and white and even pink). So while I don’t bake enough cakes to really justify buying a cake stand, the other issue is that I can’t decide which color to buy. Luckily, it’s very easy to make your own cake stand from thrift store supplies. I’ve seen these made with upside-down metal cake or tart pans, pizza pans, or even terracotta pots or log rounds, and many different styles of candle holders, cups, or wine glasses for the base. (These wild cat cake stands are a really fun twist on the idea, too.) There are about a million different variations, but when I spotted this pretty wooden candle holder at a thrift store, I knew I needed to make my own version of this beautiful wood and ceramic cake stand. It just took a little glue, and soon I had my very own cake stand.
Candle holder – I found mine secondhand, but World Market has a good selection.
Plate – As flat as possible is best.
Glue – I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy, but I’ve seen people use everything from E6000 to silicone aquarium glue.
Stick or skewer – To mix and apply the glue.
1. Make sure your plate and candle holder are nice and clean. Mix up your glue and apply it to the candle holder, then press it to the center of the bottom of the plate. Let dry. That’s it!
You don’t have to limit the use of cake stands to edibles. Pile them with flowers, or your collection of matchbooks, candles, or rocks (or all of the above). I’ve seen them used for jewelry storage or perfume on a vanity, and with plants or candles on top they can work as a table centerpiece, too. They’re so versatile that obviously we all need several in every color.
Now I have to give Portland spring and its flowers a shout-out here. I just went out in my front yard and cut all of these blossoms. To those of you still suffering through winter, I’m sorry. I’m sure you’ll have flowers soon, too!
At least some of these modern-looking geometric shapes are inspired by Himmeli, which are hanging Scandinavian ornaments originally made out of straw and thread. These have been popular around the blogosphere for quite some time now, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon pretty late, but they’ve really grown on me to the point where I am planning to make my own. I think I like the hanging versions best, though the tabletop or wall-mounted ones can be great, too. Of course I have to figure out how to put my own spin on it (and where to hang it).
1. Urban Outfitters 2. annaleenakarlsonnssonphotography 3. Vintage Revivals DIY hanging planter 4. Apartment Therapy 5. Aunt Peaches DIY mobile 6. Style Me Pretty DIY pendant light
My name is Rachel and I live in wonderful Portland, OR. Transient Expression is about fashion, style, and DIY. I love to share craft projects, cute outfits, recipes, and inspiration for living a handmade life.