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Don’t Burn the Popcorn

by Meghann on December 1, 2010

I’ve had this bag of popcorn in my desk for a while now. Everyday I tell myself I’m going to eat it as my afternoon snack and everyday I chicken out and go for something else. Popcorn is one of those office snacks my co-workers tend to frown upon. I mean, who likes the smell of burnt popcorn? Not I.  


However, today I took the plunge. I really, really wanted it and the coast was clear around the kitchen. I put it in the microwave and crossed my fingers – as I always do – NOT to burn the popcorn. I cooked 30 seconds under and had unpopped kernals, but it was worth it.

I enjoyed my popcorn and had no complaints. Win – Win. πŸ˜‰

After work I had a little project to tackle.


(Details to follow, but I promise it’s good. πŸ˜‰ )

So, dinner was quick and easy.


I roasted a local butternut squash I bought at the College Park Farmer’s Market last week with pumpkin spice and paired it with some roasted broccoli.


I topped those veggies with marinara sauce, lentils, and parmesan cheese.


Not sure why I haven’t made lentils in so long. It’s a great source of protein and really doesn’t take that long to cook. I guess it just got lost at the bottom of my pantry? πŸ™‚

For dessert I had 4 GIrl Scout Thin Mints.


Just I said Girl Scout Thin Mints. I almost forgot they were in my freezer. There are still 3 left in there too!

Now, if you’ll excuse me – I’ll get back to my project! I’ll explain more in the morning – too tired to explain now. πŸ™‚

Good Night!

1 Amanda (Eating Up) December 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Ah I know what you mean about the popcorn! One time I accidentally brought Indian food to reheat for lunch. I was so embarrassed, and I think I was fanning the air in the break room when I opened the microwave.
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2 Ali @ Ali on the Run December 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Um, SO jealous you still have Girl Scout cookies. Yum! Frozen Thin Mints are the best.
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3 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Oh my goodness, I love girl scout thin mint cookies too! They are so good frozen, have you tried them that way?
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4 Meghann December 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

These were from the freezer and they were amazing πŸ™‚

5 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I’ve been so paranoid about popcorn in my office…two months ago, someone burnt some and it set of the fire alarm. We all had to evacuate, the fire department came, and she hasn’t heard the end of it.
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6 Alyssa December 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Such a fantastic quick easy dinner idea! I feel like I always overthink things trying to find a recipe and then I see you come up with these great inspired combos that don’t take any planning or fancy ingredients.
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7 Lew ( December 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Do you know how much I love thin Mints? I love them so much I cannot buy them.. Because when I do I cannot stop eating them.. Very sad.. But we all have to learn self control and I am proud that you left three for later. Have a great Night
p.s good luck with your project
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8 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I don’t work in an office, but I have burned popcorn in my house before, and the smell lingers!
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9 erin December 1, 2010 at 9:55 pm

This year I bought some thin mints and left them at my parents house so i couldn’t sit in front of the tv and eat a whole sleeve…they lasted longer at mom’s…LOVE THEM!
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10 Ashley December 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I fear popcorn. I don’t want to be the person that sets off the fire alarm and makes everyone march out into the cold. Very courageous of you πŸ™‚
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11 Christin@purplebirdblog December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Frozen Thin Mints are the bomb dot com!! And your dinner looks delectable!
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12 Shelley December 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I hate the smell of it, but I actually like slightly burnt popcorn! And I’m the only person I have ever known to like it, but a bit of color on them tastes good to me, weird I know ;).
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13 Natalie December 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I love lentils with marinara! It’s such a good combo.

14 Kiran December 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I make lentils all the time and its yummy, packed with protein! Would make some Indian version for you to taste soon πŸ™‚
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15 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I love thin mints! I haven’t had them in so long! When do the Girl Scouts sell their cookies?
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16 Meghann December 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

In February πŸ™‚

17 Lacey @ Lake Life December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Office popcorn is definitely a Catch 22. If it’s cooked right, everyone LOVES the smell of it. If it’s burnt, you might as well start packing up your cubical πŸ˜‰
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18 Runeatrepeat December 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Confession: At my old job (you know, when I had one πŸ™ ) I would tell my friend that I didn’t know how to make popcorn without burning it so she would make it for me. I am a bad person.
A bad person who loves popcorn.
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19 Anna S @ History Running Girl December 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I’m the only one in the office on saturdays, so I usually make popcorn then! I’m still nervous about burning it though.
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20 movesnmunchies December 2, 2010 at 1:29 am

i LOVE girl scout cookies! they should really sell them in stores!
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21 Laura (Starloz) December 2, 2010 at 4:04 am

how awesome is marinara sauce, so tasty & fast
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22 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 2, 2010 at 4:45 am

I love how colorful your dinner is. I know Girl Scout cookies wouldn’t last that long in my freezer!
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23 Matt December 2, 2010 at 6:51 am

When I worked in an office for a few summers as an intern, there was ALWAYS the smell of burned popcorn. I could always know it was coming around 3:00 πŸ˜‰
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24 Lauren December 2, 2010 at 6:52 am

The only way I eat popcorn is if it is burnt so I’m sure I would be the hated one in the office.
Can’t wait to see your project!! It looks great already!
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25 Allie December 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

Lentils + squash = love πŸ™‚ good luck with your project!
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26 Faith @ lovelyascharged December 2, 2010 at 8:02 am

Ha, my poor roomie always teased me that our room would smell like burnt froot loops because I had a lime-zest popcorn that I LOVED but would always scorch! The sad thing is…she was right!
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27 Sarah @ Going on Goals December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

I love love love what you did with your race bling and bibs. It looks soo great!
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28 Amanda December 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

I used to work with a guy who made popcorn everyday. And burned it. Every.Day.
You would think after a year, he would have changed the popping time or take it out when it started to smell but no, just let it burn.
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29 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

AHH thin mints are the best! I don’t know how you didn’t just eat those last 3….
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30 Jenna Mock December 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Yum that dinner looks tasty!
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