October 2023

Popcorn Balls

Happy Halloween! Popcorn balls became popular in the 1950s when people handed out homemade goodies to kids for trick-or-treat. Below are pictures of the cooking steps. Here is the recipe my family uses(it is tripled in the pictures below): POPCORN BALLS 8 cups popped corn 2/3 cup white sugar 2/3 cup white Karo syrup 1/2… Read more »


Happy Halloween! I have pictures of scarecrows from my various travels this week. I’ll start the post with a poem about scarecrows: The Scarecrow by Kahlil Gibran Once I said to a scarecrow, “You must be tired of standing in this lonely field.” And he said, “The joy of scaring is a deep and lasting… Read more »

Naming Snails

I saw several of the same type of terrestrial snails on a trail in a wooded area. I had a difficult time identifying the snail because many species of look very similar. A malacologist (a person who studies snails) uses several different criteria besides shell coloring. I narrowed the type of this snail down to… Read more »