Sorry to miss last week’s column.

I was away for a few weeks caring for friends who had recently had surgeries and needed someone to cook for them until they were back on their feet. I find I really enjoy doing this for others so if you know of anyone needing a short-term cook, let me know. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I was so happy to get home - as I always am when I’ve been away. I decided to celebrate by throwing a Halloween party. I went all out with decorations and food and, though this column comes to print past the witchy time, this recipe will be a treat at any time of year! Kids and grownups alike can enjoy this healthy snack.

2 tablespoons popcorn kernels
½ teaspoon vegetable  oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon organic peanut butter
1/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
Cooking spray

In a small bowl, toss together the popcorn kernels, oil, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer the mixture to a brown paper lunch bag and fold the bag over three or four times to close. Place the bag in the microwave on top of a plate and cook on high power until the kernels stop popping, about 2 minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the honey, peanut butter, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add the popcorn, removing and discarding any unpopped kernels. Add the peanuts and stir until well combined. Place the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes to help solidify the mixture.
Spray your hands with cooking spray or use regular cooking oil. Using your hands, form 8 tennis balll-sized clusters out of the mixture. Squeeze each cluster firmly, holding for several seconds, so the cluster adheres into a ball. Spray your hands with cooking spray again if the mixture begins to stick to your hands. Place the balls on a plate and place in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes to solidify further. Serve immediately, or wrap in aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours.

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