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Cravings Honors Father’s Day

Here is a poem for Dad. It touched us, feel free to share it with the Dads in your family, we are sure anonymous will not mind.

What Makes a Dad ?

God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so,

He called it ... Dad

- Anonymous




Forget the tie, get Dad something he will really like for Father’s Day – a Cravings Gift Card or Tin filled with his favorite flavor(s).

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Cravings Invites You to Experience Old Town

Friends, we bet that if you were to measure the fun per square foot, Old Town really packs a punch. There is so much to see and do in Old Town – you just have to experience it.  Here are two good, family friendly ideas for your next visit to our part of town. 

Fascinating Fish

The Brenke Fish Ladder is an amazing feat of form and function.  It is one of six installations along 184 miles of the Grand River from Lake Michigan to South Lansing. It was built to help salmon and other fish with their natural migration to swim upstream against the strong current of the Grand River. The Brenke is a unique spiraling ladder. 

Fish ladders enable fish to pass around barriers, like dams, by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps (hence the term ladder) into the waters on the other side. The velocity of water falling over the steps has to be great enough to attract the fish to the ladder, but it cannot be so great that it washes fish back downstream or exhausts them to the point of inability to continue their journey upriver.

Watching the fish making their way up the ladder is a wonderful natural history experience for the whole family.  You will find the Brenke Fish Ladder in the heart of historic Old Town.

Just Two Blocks East

Here is another fascinating fish opportunity for your next visit to Old Town.  Just around the corner from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and few blocks east of the Brenke Fish Ladder is Preuss Pets, an enormous pet store that is more amusement park than pet store. 

The store includes an outdoor water feature as well as an indoor stream stocked with some very well-fed Koi.  While Preuss has more than fish for pets, they have a stock of fresh and saltwater fish that will keep you mesmerized for quite some time.  And, that’s alright with the folks at Preuss, every department has knowledgeable staff experts that are more than willing to allow you to look for as long as you want and to answer any questions you might have. 

They also breed many of their fish right in the store.  They produce all of their: angelfish, guppies, platies, mollies, and swordtails.  They've also begun to breed a significant portion of their freshwater shrimp, corydoras catfish and rainbow fish.  They will be only too happy to tell you about the advantages of keeping these locally bred fish!

Preuss Pets understands that it is a destination store and that is why they encourage school field trips to their store, monthly educational events for kids, and even birthday parties.  We are proud to have such an awesome neighbor in Old Town!  While you are here, don’t forget to stop in to see us for a little popcorn love. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

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Grandma Katie Has a Popcorn and Movie Date

Cravings owner, Chad Jordan, was gracious enough to share a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper with me so I could experience the fun of popping corn first hand.  I was briefly schooled on the various options available in the store for popping seeds and selected the variety mix. 

At the first available opportunity I made a movie date with my grand-daughter Annalise.  We had a great time getting set-up and reading the directions (These were very simple).  The one thing that surprised me was the suggestion that we start the popping process from a pan that is not pre-heated. Annalise was the designated crank turner to keep those seeds moving in the coconut oil.

Because I chose the variety mix with several different kernel sizes, the recommended three minute cooking time was not exactly right. But, the good thing is you can hear the popping action very well and you definitely know when the popping is done. 

We added just a little melted butter and some sea salt and sat down to watch the original Muppet Movie, a free film online. While Anna liked the movie, it was my son and I that really enjoyed this classic. We marveled at the technological feat it was for its time and also the awesome cast of big name stars assembled to be part of the movie.  Did you know that Orson Welles was in the Muppet Movie?

The popcorn was so good that it was gone before the movie was over and there was not one un-popped kernel in the bottom of our bowls.  The variety mix definitely delivered a lot of different flavors and textures, but I am thinking next time we will try two separate batches of seeds and do a taste comparison.  Plus, now that I know how easy the Whirley Pop is to operate, I plan on creating some of my own seasonings recipes and popping more corn at home.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Snow Day Survival Kit

Here is a good idea. Save one of the bigger/nicer boxes that will be in plentiful supply from Christmas gifting.  And, on one of those last days with the kids at home for the Christmas break, task your family with creating a Snow Day Survival Kit. Take the box and make decorating the box your first step in creating a Snow Day Survival Kit. Next use your imagination to fill the box. Here is a list of idea starters:


                - Favorite family games that have been tucked away for a long time

                - An idea checklist of fun inside activities and outside activities

     - Put a list of household chores that need doing but never get done and create a fun challenge and reward for knocking one of these off the list

     - Visit the dollar store and load up on interesting finds to be used in a craft project

     - Load the box with new crayons, markers, glue sticks. 

     - Ideas for an Epic Creative Challenge (Put on a show; Write a play; Shoot and edit a movie)   

                - Ingredients for some kid-safe kitchen activities.   

                - Scrap booking materials to update family photo albums

These are just a few ideas on things you can put in your Snow Day Survival Kit. Once you have your kit assembled tuck it away and don’t pull it out until you have a snow emergency! Keep Cravings Gourmet Popcorn in the loop, we want to know what you would add, so make a comment to add to the list, and if you take up the challenge take a few pictures and send them along.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

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Create New Year’s Eve Family Tradition

Make your New Year celebration meaningful and full of fun. Here are a few ideas for new family traditions for the New Year.

Ultimate Family Game Night – Invite more extended family or close family friends to make this event more exciting. Set up different gaming stations throughout your home with a variety of game favorites. Tap the organizer in your family to structure a way to create teams and competition that will keep the game night moving to a fun ending with some silly prizes.  Supply liberal amounts of Cravings Popcorn.

Create a New Year’s Light Ceremony - Make your New Year’s Eve family celebration a chance to reflect, resolve and renew.  Plan an event with Candles, Pomp and Circumstance, and Compliments. Use the candles to burn slips of paper with old habits or bad events you want to let go. Create a candle lighting ceremony to shine a light on each of your New Year’s Resolutions.  Close the ceremony with written compliments to yourself and to each of your family members – Read aloud or share privately.  End the evening with hugs all around.

Write Letters to your 2013 New You - Create a special New Year’s gift of stationery and writing utensils to share with your family members at a special dinner. Over dinner present the gifts and decide what the format of the letter will be, depending on the ages of your family members modify the structure. For example, help everyone imagine how they will feel about certain accomplishments or milestones that may occur in 2013 and ask them to write a letter of congratulations to themselves.  Finish the evening by sealing, addressing and stamping the envelopes. Then pencil a receive date on the back of the envelope. Give to a trusted friend to post at the appropriate time.  

Plan a Movie Marathon – Pick a theme for the types of movies to be part of your New Year’s Movie Marathon. Create a poster with the movie name and times that will accommodate the number of movies you wish to include in the marathon. End your marathon with a family dinner and movie discussion on New Year’s Day.  Look for common themes, compare and contrast the movie messages, opportunities for alternative endings, and a guaranteed lively discussion.   Don’t forget the Cravings Popcorn!

Happy New Year from our family to yours! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, family is important to us and the month of November, particularly November 17, is a great time to celebrate family.

Sometimes the definition of family goes beyond the traditional.  Did you know that in Michigan there are over 4,000 children in the foster care system? And on any given day there are approximately 500 of those children waiting to redefine family as they wait for the opportunity to be adopted by their new forever-family.  To learn more about adopting children from the foster care system visit Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.  There you will find the tools to find a child that might be a match for your family. 

Each year as the holiday season approaches in Lansing the courtroom of Judge Economy is transformed into a real party place as families celebrate the finalization of their adoption of children of all ages.  The about to be adopted children and in some cases their new siblings are decked out in their finest outfits for this memorable occasion. 

We celebrate these new families by encouraging them to stop by our Old Town store and receive a special gift to help the family continue the celebration – just flash your paperwork inked by the judge.  Nothing says party like popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Ideas for Pumpkin Carving…WWMD? Planning to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? If you would like more than the triangles for eyes/nose and rectangles for the gap-toothed jack-o-lantern smile, it might just be time to ask yourself…WWMD.  Indeed, what would Martha Stewart do?  Fear not, the maven of all holiday gatherings has assembled nearly 50 great ideas, plus pumpkin carving patterns in downloadable templates, to sharpen your pumpkin carving.  Even if you are not a Martha fan, there are some great resources here.

Go ahead and design your own jack-o-lantern but be sure to use the latest is safe carving tools. The carving kits that are available at nearly every store that has a Halloween display can make your carving experience a lot easier and much safer. 

Take a cue from Martha and draw out your design on paper so you can take advantage of the existing assets presented by your pumpkin and safely transfer your design by poking the cut lines through the paper right onto your pumpkin. 

Pumpkin carving can be both fun and frustrating. If you have younger children that want to be part of the process, yet are not ready for the challenges and safety risks, be sure to create an age appropriate opportunity to involve your children.  Who else would relish the idea of scooping out the pumpkin guts? If you have a very complex carving in mind you might do well to tackle the job in phases or involve the children in the early stages and then keep the completed carving as a “surprise reveal” after they return from a task (like raking leaves) or an outing to purchase a costume. 

Happy Halloween from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, share the product of your carving with a picture. We’d love to see your handiwork.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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