Food & Recipes

It’s All About the Sauce

Some of my earliest childhood memories center around Asian food. But not just any Asian food. I’m talking about the

Tips

No More Flabby Celery Plus More Great Reader Tips

If you suffer the heartbreak of flabby celery, asparagus, and fresh herbs despite your best efforts to keep them fresh

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Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Rust Stains, Computer Printers, Dark Spot Remover

Got a question? Lots of readers do and chances are pretty good their questions just might be your questions, too.

Home & Family

How to Clean a Bathtub Anti-Slip Bottom

If you have a slip-resistant bathtub that won’t come clean, I have really good news that will bring even an

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Why 15 Cents Matters

I used to think that small amounts of money didn’t matter. What difference could $5 here or $10 there make

Food & Recipes, Mary's Life

Great Recipes Know No Season

My mother-in-law, Gwen Hunt, was a very organized woman. She had file folders for everything you can imagine including one

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Oven Door, Window Air Conditioners, Hardwood Floor Cleaner

I’ve been accused of thinking I have an answer for everything (you know who you are, my dear husband), and

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Keep Your Cool in the Heat of Summer

As I write, it’s the first day of summer and a scorcher here in Northern Colorado—103F. But, it’s a dry heat—only

Mary's Perspective

Stop Whining!

As the mother of two young world-class whiners, the behavior modification techniques described in the booklet—more like a pamphlet—appeared too

Cleaning, Tips

How to Remove Latex Paint Stains from Carpet or Just About Anything Else!

Want to get latex paint out of carpet, upholstery or any other kind of fabric―even if it’s old and dried

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty

No More Bad Hair Days

A recent post in which I wailed and whined about my very bad hair day started it. You may recall

Dear Mary

Letters to the Editor: Stick Vac, Travel Tips, Cleaning “Juice,” Garbage Disposals and Sweet Peas

One of the great joys of writing is receiving letters to the editor. Not surprisingly, responses to what I write

Mary's Perspective, Outdoors and Garden

Just Hand Over the Sweet Peas and No One Gets Hurt

Confession is good for the soul, I’m told, and so I’d like to confess. I came this close to clocking

Health and Beauty, Mary's Life

The Wonders of Epsom Salt

I can recall vividly—and count on one hand—the migraine headaches I’ve had in my life, all of them before age

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Dehumidifiers and Glass Stovetop Disaster

Humidity, or the lack thereof, is a popular topic this time of year. Where I live in northern Colorado, it’s

Gift Guides

Our Best Father’s Day Gift Guide Ever!

I may know what you’re thinking: Father’s Day? What! When? The answer is yes, Sun., June 18. But don’t panic.

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty

Best Inexpensive: Skin Care Products

How shocked was I? Speechless, but somehow I gathered enough strength to respond, “There’s no way!” Even so, I did

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Six Reasons to Celebrate!

Celebrate? With all that’s going on in our economy, our nation—our world?  Given the challenges of the day, you may

Home & Family, Tips

Take the Sag Out of That Closet Rod and Other Useful Tips

Whether it’s a sagging closet rod, kale down the garbage disposal or premium fuel in the gas tank, EC readers

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty

Best Inexpensive: Hair Conditioners

Considering the huge reader response whenever I mention that the most inexpensive shampoos can actually be good for your hair, but

Dear Mary

Letters to the Editor: Clean Cars, Home Chef, Second Incomes, Coffee Cream

One of the things I love most about my readers is the way you respond. Sometimes that’s with strong opinions

Health and Beauty

Pricey Shampoo Means Money Down the Drain

Come on … ‘fess up. You feel guilty using $.99 shampoo because it’s really bad for your hair. And anybody