Chicago Mix Popcorn

Can I just say that I wish every week is a 3 day work week?!  It will be Thanksgiving before we know it.  I had a wonderful weekend, the weather was amazeballs – temps in the 50’s?  Yes please!

Tony made me two delicious breakfasts, I am being spoiled by his weekend breakfasts, and I love it. Open-mouthed smile

Saturday morning?  Spicy French toast.  Sounds weird, but it was the perfect balance of sweet and heat, which is amazing because he can never taste the spicy food he gives me.

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Then Sunday morning, an egg and pepperoni sandwich.  Both days this ended up being my breakfast and lunch.

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Saturday Tony and I deep cleaned our living room.  Now, I vacuum on a pretty regular basis, but I don’t always move the furniture.  We moved just about everything out – you would have thought I had another dog living with us with the amount of dog hair we pulled up!

Then it was off to Hannah’s house for the afternoon.  It was so good to see her!  She’ll be spending Thanksgiving with her boyfriends family, but we are getting together with my sister and her kids on Saturday at my Mom’s house. 

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I love her tiny dog – I can’t remember what kind of dog it is, but she gets cold and likes to wear sweaters – so cute!  I am still trying to get our 80 pound black lab to be a lap dog!

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I picked up Chinese food on the way home – spicy beef and broccoli for me!

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As the holidays are approaching, I am trying to think of some food gifts that I can make for family and co-workers.  One iconic Chicago snack is the Chicago Mix popcorn – half cheese popcorn, half caramel corn mixed together.  Garrett’s popcorn in Chicago has the best mix if you ask me.


I didn’t have any cheese powder, but I had a leftover box of macaroni and cheese that Hannah bought a long time ago.  I popped 15 cups of popcorn and divided it in half.

For the cheese popcorn, I melted half a stick of butter and tossed the popcorn with the whole package of cheese powder.  It wasn’t as cheezy as I wanted it, but it was pretty good.

For the caramel part, I followed this recipe.  I did leave out the bacon though.  You don’t really need a candy thermometer either – just keep an eye on the sugar/water mix – once it hits that dark amber, you want to move quick because it can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds.

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Tony was my taste tester.  After a few minutes he said “get this away from me!”  He could have eaten the whole bowl. Open-mouthed smile

Saturday ended up being my rest day, so yesterday I had to get my 5k in.  I decided to run outside since it was so nice.  Only one problem, so many people were burning leaves it was really hard to breath!  And I went down the road that’s really hilly, so it took me 41 minutes to do it.  I almost didn’t do it, but I am glad I did!  I’ve run 12 5ks in the last two weeks for a total mileage of 37.2!  I am in the last week of my 21 day challenge and will WI next Monday.

I did a simple pot roast last night – here is a great recipe, except my roast was only 2 pounds so it was done in 90 minutes in a dutch oven.  The gravy was amazeballs!

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So here’s to a short work week!  Off to put my food/workout clothes together – hope you have a great Monday!

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  • findingradiance
    November 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

    That Chicago mix is like crack to me. When we lived in IL, there was a little shop in Geneva that made this stuff and I would snarf down the entire bag without sharing! Love that sweet/salty combo.

  • popcorngirl12
    November 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Garrett popcorn. It is totally the best out there. Whenever I get to NYC I always make a stop. It is one of my #1 reasons I want to go to Chicago also! YUMMMM…

  • Thekitchwitch
    November 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’ve never heard of Chicago Mix popcorn. How could I have missed something as cool as that?

  • myjourneytofit
    November 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hurray for a Hannah visit! Her dog is so cute – is it a Boston terrier, maybe?

    I’ve never heard of Chicago Mix popcorn either, but yum. Your creation looks good – heck, all the food on your blog today is making me hongry!!!

  • marie
    November 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Caramel corn is hands down my favorite treat EVER!!!! And a sweet and salty combo sounds divine. Next month I’ll be up to my neck in popcorn as I make hundreds of bags to give away. The recipe I use is a ‘white chocolate caramel corn’ and is seriously heaven on earth (I’ll link up the recipe soon). I’ve heard of Garretts before, I am sure it’s great.

    • biz319
      November 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Um, pretty sure your white chocolate caramel corn is insulin worthy!!

  • Renee@Mykitchenadventures
    November 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Ive never had Garrets, but I DO Love Chicago mix. Costco sells a great big bag of it…highly addictive. There is also a local popcorn shop that sells a mix called Dichotomy. It’s caramel corn coated in cheese powder. OMG. Fantastic! The shop is called Campbells Sweet Factory.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Biz!! Enjoy your time with your family!

    • biz319
      November 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Renee – happy gobble gobble day too!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    November 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’ve never had Chicago mix – I gotta try this stuff!

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    November 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I am with you on the 3 day workweeks! I can use a couple days off for sure!
    That popcorn looks delicious…and addicting! Last year, my mom made a copy cat version of the white chocolate popcorn. Sooo good!!!

  • Erica
    November 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Looks like a Boston Terrier! SO CUTE! I love dogs 🙂 We need to deep clean our carpets. Yikes. Homemade caramel popcorn? Need.

  • MaryBe
    November 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for the link to the caramel corn. That is a cute blog! (btw, the pot roast link goes there too)
    Love the photo of Hannah and her pup! We may not have grandchildren yet but grand-dogs are pretty awesome
    Good for you for getting in yet another 5k. Amazing

    • biz319
      November 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Oops! Nice catch, I’ll have to fix the link.

  • Sara
    November 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Chicago mix – so good! I love that stuff!!

  • Randi
    November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    That is a cute Boston Terrier. The popcorn sounds great.

  • Suzie
    November 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Your breakfast pictures always look so amazing! Makes me want breakfast whatever time I read your blog! It’s amazing how much dog hair accumulates. I’ve said I could make blankets with it before…lol! Great job on another 5k. The popcorn combination sounds totally yummy. I’m a popcorn freak, I could eat it every day. And I have 😉

  • Suzie
    November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say, I love the new look of your blog…very nice!

  • Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    November 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Those breakfasts look and sound awesome!! Always looking for new breakfast ideas.

  • Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    November 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Oh man! That popcorn looks dangerous. I’d eat way too much of it! My boyfriend made chex mix from scratch recently and it was like crack. 🙂

  • katecooks
    November 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    i am SO happy about the three day work week…why couldn’t we have this every week?? i swear, i’d be uber productive to make up for the extra two days 🙂

  • Veronica
    November 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hey some day you need to do a dlog–a blog totally devoted to you and Hannah’s dogs. I’m such a dog person, but maybe not everyone would appreciate this as much as me. I always love it when you include a dog pic. Glad you got to see your girl! And your popcorn sounds so good!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    November 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    It’s so great that Tony made you an awesome breakfast even though he couldn’t feel the heat. Spicy French toast is a new one on me but sounds intriguing!

  • Nicole, RD
    November 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I’m a little hesitant to make that popcorn…I think my reaction would be the same as Tony’s! Hannah’s dog is SO cute!! Is it a boston terrior? Kind of looks like one anyways 🙂 Super cute! Great job with the workouts, Biz! I’m very impressed! I am trying to include something different each week in the way of a workout group exercise class. It has been keeping me motivated, for sure! 🙂

  • Fran
    November 20, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Hannah’s dog sure is a cutie!

    I have a 4 day workweek this week but we don’t have Thanksgiving. I do have a dinner date on Thanksgiving because my love has his birthday next Thursday.

  • Nicole@HeatOvenTo350
    November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that popcorn recipe. I love Garrett’s popcorn. 🙂 Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  • Thrasher
    November 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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