The Best Popcorn Recipe, Bar None

The Best Popcorn You Will Ever Make | roxie & lou
(Popcorn image (c) Bill Ebbeson.)

Weird fact about me: I’m kind of obsessed with popcorn.

Would I say it’s one of my favorite foods? Probably, once I found and tweaked this recipe. I’ve always liked it, but this recipe took it to a new level and swore me off of the standard microwave popcorn forever.

And the best thing? This recipe is so easy.


  • Unpopped popcorn kernels (amount depends on size of your paper bag)
  • 1 paper bag, any size from lunch bag to grocery bag
  • Olive oil or your favorite oil of choice
  • Kelp powder (available at your local health food store)


  1. Fill your paper bag with enough popcorn kernels to cover the bottom. Try not to to put too much in there – you won’t believe how much it will expand.
  2. Coat it in olive oil. Be generous – having too much in there isn’t going to hurt anything.
  3. Close and fold over the top of your bag a few times – you want to make sure that the force of the popcorn popping doesn’t open your bag inside the microwave.
  4. Put your bag in the microwave and turn it on high for anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes, depending on your microwave. Listen to the kernels popping; if there’s more than a few seconds between pops, you’re probably done.
  5. Take it out – caution, it will be hot! – and dump into a bowl. (I tend to use a large mixing bowl, as you will need a little extra room for the next step.)
  6. Shake your olive oil over the popcorn and then shake the kelp powder over it. Kelp powder, which is from seaweed, doesn’t have that tangy taste of too much salt, so you can be generous with it. Then, shake the bowl enough for the popcorn to turn over – and repeat the olive oil & kelp powder treatment. Shake it once more and repeat one more time, for a total of three applications of oil and kelp powder. (This is usually enough for me, but if you like yours to be really coated, feel free to repeat a few more times.)

And you are DONE. Sometimes, I serve it with fruit and cheese and that’s what we have for dinner. Lots of times, it’s my lunch.

Either way? It’s delicious and the best popcorn I’ve ever had.

Upcoming Knitting Projects in the Queue

upcoming knitting projects in the queue | roxie & lou

Slowly but surely, I’m using my Ravelry profile to organize my knitting.

No, I have still not uploaded the images of my yarn stash to my profile – yet – but I’m starting to use tags to figure out the patterns that I tend to favorite; I’m using the friends feature (feel free to add: roxieandlou) a little; and I’m starting to use the queue feature to keep track of all the projects that I want to make.

This winter, I made a few scarves for my brother, who lives in New York City – after this winter, he personally requested a scarf and a sweater. The scarf has been finished and sent up, but the sweater is on its way. (Or at least it will be, after a sweater hiatus, as my summer sweater has taken an incredibly long time.)

My husband has also requested a sweater. I have a Pinterest board with ideas for their sweaters, but if you have a killer men’s sweater pattern, I would LOVE to see it.

My mom has some cool knitted stuff on the way (for her birthday), but since she reads this blog, I am not going to spoil her present. (Sorry, Mom.)

I would like to make my brother’s girlfriend something that she would like, so I’m thinking the honeycomb cowl via Madeline Tosh in a really cool color (yet to be determined) or something similar.

As for me? I’ve recently finished Outlander and really loved one of the cowls that Claire wore, but the important thing is that it’s a short project.

And after the length of time that it’s taken me to do my sweater? A short project is right up my alley.

Solving Shoulder Pain While Knitting

Undertaking knitting a sweater is not a quick job. My summer sweater has been a WIP for about two months now – and while I knit on it every evening, I’m not the fastest knitter. (I knit English-style and at the moment, I’m not necessarily interested in switching to continental style, but I might have to.)

I’ve had to take a break recently, due to some pain in my right shoulder while knitting. Has anyone else struggled with this? Through internet sleuthing, I’ve tried a few different things to combat it:

  • Improved my posture (which I will admit, is terrible)
  • Placed a pillow on my lap to elevate my arms and knitting
  • Various and sundry shoulder stretches
  • Heating pad on my neck and shoulders

But nothing seems to be helping. Knitting community at-large, I’d love some help: any wise words on how to get rid of it?

the second time around.

the second knit around. | roxie & louA week ago, I was able to finish my second baby knit – Bonbon, part 2. This is for a very cool and chic baby girl with a very cool set of parents.

There’s so much you learn the second time you knit a pattern.

  • 1. Which side is right and which side is wrong. Personally, I don’t think it much matters for this pattern, but if you like those soothing diagonal chevron stitches as much as I do, there is a right and a wrong side.
  • 2. What yarn works and what yarn doesn’t. This time, I used an exclusively cotton yarn; it’s not as soft as the other yarn I used (Caron’s baby soft that I got on super sale), though it will hold up to baby vomit and the washing machine, which is my big concern when it comes to baby knits.
  • 3. How to improve your magic circle techniques. I can probably do magic circle in my sleep now. It makes me that much more excited to try to knit a pair of socks. (I can’t tell you what socks I will be making – as they will be a present for someone who reads this blog – but they are AWESOME.)

This is, of course, just for this particular pattern, but I do feel like you learn something new every time you knit a pattern again. Are there any patterns that you feel like you understood better the second time around?

opening the shop!

One of the things that I’ve dipped my toe into recently is opening my own Etsy shop. meet roxie & lou – the shop!

I’m not selling any of my crafts (yet) but instead some vintage finds that I’ve come across in my explorations. Most of them are 1970s and 1980s, but there have been some older pieces that are going to come up now and again.

Opening the shop has been a learning curve (a pleasant one), that is for sure, but for now I’m happy to host it on Etsy rather than self-host. Opening my own business – even my own side business – has been quite a learning curve, so I’d like to write about that a little bit more in depth about how to do that, piece by piece. Coming soon to a blog near you!

But for now, it’d be great if you could check it out and here’s some of my favorite items:

roxie & lou | copper basketweave bracelet
A beautiful copper basket weave bracelet.
roxie & lou / two piece golden hair clip
A beautiful and classic golden hair clip.
roxie & lou | gold cuff bracelet
A fun and flexible gold cuff bracelet.
roxie & lou | mustard yellow teardrop earrings
Fun, poppy mustard yellow teardrop earrings.
roxie & lou | turquoise stone ring
A classic every day turquoise stone ring.
roxie & lou | gold lame shoe clips
These fun and funky gold lame shoe clips.

We’ll be adding vintage clothing and vintage houseware soon and are updating our stock every weekday, so if those are in your wheelhouse, I’d love it if you took a look.

the benefit of photographing your yarn stash.

The Benefits of Photographing Your Yarn Stash | roxie & louSo, after intending to do it for absolute ages, I finally took the time to photograph my yarn stash for my Ravelry account. (Now, have I uploaded those yet pictures to Ravelry? No, I have not.)

And I have to say: it really helped me figure out what yarn I should – and should not – buy.

Turns out, I have a literal rainbow of colors; I own every single color of the rainbow – except pink. (And really, is pink part of the rainbow? Technically, no.)

Most of my yarn is acrylic, as I’m concerned about cost. While I would love to buy $30/skein yarn, it is not in my budget at the moment. I am thinking about buying through KnitPicks, though, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

Most of it is worsted weight, so I couldn’t make a sock out of what I have, which is one of the next projects that I’d like to undertake. That, or a Christmas stocking…

I think, for now, I’m going to choose my patterns for my yarns, and not vice versa. It’s stashbusting time!

the peril of all or nothing thinking.

The Peril of All or Nothing Thinking | roxie & louOh, all-or-nothing thinking, my old nemesis.

I fall into this trap more often than I’m willing to admit. (So, as I’m willing to admit that I do, you can just imagine how often this actually is.)

It’s easier to see the world in black and white, you know?

To label things right or wrong, only.

To not see things in shades of grey.

That maybe there’s a reason people are acting this way, or maybe you’re a little bit at fault, or maybe things could be a little more flexible.

That if it’s not great right away, it’s time to give up.

This has gotten better as I’ve gotten older and more patient with myself. It’s also gotten better as I’ve become kinder to myself.

But all or nothing thinking kills things. It kills creativity. It kills kindness. It kills commitment to an idea. I struggle even with this blog because of my all-or-nothing thinking.

But the great thing is? One day, all or nothing thinking changes – and you’ll see something in the shades of grey.

the importance of imperfection.

I call myself a recovering perfectionist.

There’s a lot of perfectionist tendencies in me for many reasons, none of which I will be going into here. It took me an incredibly long time to realize it, but the single-most destructive thing in my psyche is that tendency toward perfectionism.

Why? It retards my growth.

I lean toward not doing things unless they can be done perfectly – which doesn’t allow me to start things at all.

So, as one does, I turned to Voltaire.

This wasn’t my natural inclination; as many of my former college classmates can attest to, anything to do with French philosophy is persona non grata with me. However, when I find myself grappling with my perfectionistic tendencies, I turn to a quote that I found in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project:*

Perfect is the enemy of the good.

Perfect is the enemy of the good: the importance of imperfection.

You can’t do anything good if it has to be perfect all the time. And you can’t learn anything new if you have to know it, the best, right away.

So, I remind myself not to fall into that trap. Am I perfect at it? Not even close. But I am good enough – and that’s all you need.