Just for today…I am renaming this website…A Couple ofGood Things by Jillee. When I saw these two good ideas involving brown paper lunch bags…I had to find a way to put them together. It might be a stretch…but here it is.
We stopped buying microwave popcorn more than a year ago now. Microwave popcorn (much like brand name laundry detergent) makes the rip-off detector in my brain go berzerk!
Kerry at SquawkFox.com did the math (thank goodness!) and figured microwave popcorn costs around $22.65 for 12 boxes with 3 packets per box (source Amazon) — that’s an eye-popping$3.53 per pound! Compare that to the .50 cents a pound you pay for popcorn purchased in bulk…and it’s insanity I tell you! Especially when you can microwave it just the same in the good old paper lunch sack.
Here are the ridiculously easy instructions:
- Get a brown paper lunch bag.
- Add a 1/2 cup scoop of popcorn kernels to bag.
- Fold the bag over twice.
- Stick the bag in the microwave.
- Set it for 3 minutes on high…..BUT…STOP the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second to avoid burning.
- Add topping of choice.
I personally like the classic butter and salt application….but you could shake things up by adding different sweet or savory toppings. A little chili powder and hot sauce for a Mexican flavor…or onion powder and garlic salt are always a good combo…you could even go for a little cinnamon, sugar and butter action! Oh man, now we’re talking! I am definitely going to try that!
You could take the whole DIY microwave popcorn idea a step further and decorate the bag you use to pop it in! Maybe for a party…or for a treat to give to friends or neighbors?
Lindy at CottageHill.com has another super simple idea (Good Thing #2) PRINTING on your brown paper lunch bags!
But before I continue…a disclaimer. Printers can be temperamental and I can’t guarantee this will work in yours. It worked for me (after a few mangled attempts) and hopefully it will work for you too. ;-) Cuz it’s just such a darn cute idea!
It really couldn’t be any easier…simply change the paper setting on your printer to 5″x10.5″ — the same as the bag, then just feed them in one at a time. It helped my printer if I gave it a little nudge at the very beginning when it was trying to catch ahold of the paper. I mangled the first couple…but after that it worked fine!
The beauty of this idea is that you can use these fun paper sacks for LOTS of things besides just popping popcorn. Lindy at Cottage Hill likes to deliver her fresh eggs in them to her neighbors so she made some simple cuts and added a little glue to create a cute little basket!
Since I don’t have any chickens…I think I will make some chocolate chip cookies to put in them instead. :-) I even found a cute little saying on Pinterest (via Thirty Handmade Days) to print on them! (If you want to stick with the classic black ink look…just change the color setting to “Grayscale” when you go to print).
Who knew you could have so much fun with a brown paper bag!?
Not me….until now! :-)