Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Sorry this post is a little late, but I’ve been busy being sick {aka hunched over a toilet bowl barfing my brains out}. Sorry to give you that visual, but it’s where I’ve been. I really wish I hadn’t been there, but ya know. Can’t really control getting food poisoning or the stomach flu or whatever I had to make me so sick. My little one was confused and concerned when trying to explain the concept of ‘throwing up’ to her yesterday morning. Also, the ever growing baby in my belly did not like the sudden tensing of ab muscles while the throwing up-ness occurred. That hurt like a mother. So did the clear liquid diet that followed. There’s only so much water/tea/Sprite/chicken broth a girl can drink. I took a chance and had some dry toast too. It all stayed down, thankfully and I haven’t thrown up since Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning…so fingers crossed I’m almost completely healed. Can I get a hallelujah?

I’ve decided I’d rather be sick with a cold for a month than throw up once. Colds are completely manageable and I can still get regular daily activities completed. Stomach bugs….not so much. My 3 year old became buddy buddy with the iPad. And the tv. At one point I was desperate for more Sprite, so I drove to Fred Meyer, dropped my daughter off at the kids play area, bought my soda, found a couch and just sat for an hour and sipped my drink. I had lost all my energy and gotten light headed from the soda aisle to the cash register and probably looked pale and pathetic, but I didn’t care. And I may have fallen asleep for 15 minutes on said couch at Fred Meyer. So embarrassing, but I don’t even care. That’s how you know I was really sick.

So, this recipe was supposed to go up yesterday, but I didn’t really make it to the computer much. So here ya go. Popcorn for a Thursday. This is a simple recipe for microwave popcorn to make at home minus all the chemicals and things that I don’t particularly like eating all the time. Much more economical and you can customize it to how you like it. All you need is a paper bag or glass bowl and 2 minutes! And lucky for you, I made a how-to video with my little munchkin so you know exactly what to do. Hooray :) Feel free to print the recipe below or keep watching the video until you get it down. Have a great day!

Oh, and happy anniversary to my sweet and wonderful husband! We’ve been together 5 years TODAY! To think we made it almost 5 years without him having to clean up my puke…until yesterday. That is true love right there.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1-2 tablespoons melted butter


Pour kernels into a plain brown paper bag. Crimp/fold the top of the bag over itself and place on its side in the microwave. Cook on high for 2 minutes or until the popping slows to 5-7 second intervals. Remove from microwave and toss with butter and salt.

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31 Responses to “Homemade Microwave Popcorn”

  1. #
    Melissa — November 15, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oh my goodness, you made my morning! Your daughter is adorable and totally cracks me up – what a fun age! We have tried popcorn like that in the microwave when I didn’t want to drag out the electric popper and it worked like a charm.


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    Lauren — November 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

    She is so dang cute! This video was a great idea. I hope she enjoyed the jello, since she seemed so excited about it! :) And I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Being sick like that is the worst.


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    Kristy (Sweet Treats & More) — November 15, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Okay, your little girl is too cute, and hilarious! What a personality! We love popcorn and usually just use our air popper, but I’ll have to give this a try!!

    Hope you’re feeling better!


  4. #
    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — November 15, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Oh my gosh… Brooke is TOO cute!!! Hamming it up – love it!


  5. #
    Michelle — November 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

    OMG – adorable!!! Such a cute video!!!

    (Great recipe idea too!)


  6. #
    Betty — November 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Your daughter is adorable! How easy what that popcorn!?! I’m always amazed at how little I know!! LOL Thanks for sharing… will try! Hope your daughter enjoyed her jello.


  7. #
    Amy — November 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Congrats on 5 years! I am so excited for you that you are having another baby! Your daughter is just so cute! Hope you get feeling better soon



  8. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh. Could your daughter be any cuter?! The answer is clearly no. I love this video!!


  9. #
    Megan | Eats Daily — November 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Haha great video! You two are so funny together…I especially like the end where you tell her to say “this is how you make popcorn!” 😉


  10. #
    Yvette Novak — November 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Glad you’re back to feeling better!

    What a wonderful way to make popcorn, and we can control
    the salt :)


  11. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — November 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    She is too cute! She’s like “forget the popcorn, we’re making jello!!!”…until you give her the bag to shake, haha.

    I’ve made popcorn on the stove before and it’s just as easy! But I like that this method has fewer dishes to wash 😉


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    Megan | Eats Daily — November 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Ok I responded once already but I just wanted to come back and say that I made this tonight and it came out SO good and I can’t believe how easy it was. I had some kernals that I had been waiting to use but I never felt like getting out a large pot on the stove (kind of lazy) and dealing with hot oil . How’d you know the paper bag trick? Anyway, thank you!!


  13. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    This post made me realize it has been way to long since I last had popcorn!


  14. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    HA! “That’s how you make poopies!” She is soooo cute Lauren! :)


  15. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    i seriously want to steal brooke or have you guys visit me or me visit again. seriously SO ADORABLE. i can’t get over her haha..i hope you feel better :( :(


  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    LOL “that’s how you make poopies!” OMG so funny


  17. #
    Ellen — November 16, 2012 at 3:14 am

    That.was.hilarious. Your daughter is a hoot! I love your website and congratulations on the new baby! :-)


  18. #
    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — November 16, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Love it! I have a similiar recipe posted, It’s so addictive since there’s no guilt I go thru kernels like a popcorn fiene!
    Adorable video!


  19. #
    Rachel — November 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Ugh you poor thing!! I hope you are 100% better soon!!

    As a side note – I LOVE popcorn!!


  20. #
    Mary-Michael — November 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    OK, I am having cuteness overload. She is precious. And what a fun age! I have a 2 1/2 year old and we have a ball! And congratulations on the new addition!! You guys are such a cute family!


  21. #
    Carlas Confections — November 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Such a cute video. Brooke is so darn adorable!!! Love her 😀 Fabulous idea for popcorn. I hope you are starting to feel better too :)


  22. #
    Bryn Broussard — November 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Just opened my Rachel ray magazine and there you were in your pork recipe booklet. Very cool for you!


  23. #
    dee — November 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    your daughter. is. SO. ADORABLE!! ahh dajkhdjkahka i cannot take it..what an expressive little cutie pie! I love that she repeats what you say!! “don’t you wooorrrry!!” she’s too sweet..


  24. #
    Emma — November 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

    this looks so easy and yummy! and i LOVED the video, your daughter is seriously so cute.


  25. #
    Amy d. — November 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Loved the video – Brooke is a doll! Sorry you weren’t feeling well. :-(


  26. #
    Joann@The Italian Next Door — November 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Oh…my….goodness!! Too adorable!! Your daughter is such a little sweetie! And what a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?? My kids love to have popcorn for a snack, but I don’t like to give them much processed food and chemicals. Thanks for a great recipe Lauren! Come visit me over at my blog.


  27. #
    Lauren Martin — January 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love this! My family eats popcorn all the time so this is awesome! Congrats on the anniversary and I hope you feel better.
    P.S. Your daughter is too cute!


  28. #
    Kathy Stevens — October 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Lauren your daughter is just darling!!!


  29. #
    Chris — October 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Your daughter is absolutely adorable (so are you!). I hope you feel better soon!


  30. #
    Kaylee — March 16, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Sweetest little helper! Looking forward to trying this today with my littles. Congratulations on your 5 years as well! 😀



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