Entries by Mary Hunt


Just in Time for the Holidays Gift-Worthy Caramel Corn

For years, I’ve tried to make caramel corn, without success. It was either too soggy or too chewy. Or the caramel turned sugary. Once, I needed a hammer and chisel to get the stuff out of the bowl.

I’d really given up until my encounter with Popcornopolis. I had to figure this out―I had to find a way to create a reasonable facsimile in my kitchen that would hit the mark without breaking the bank.

I am excited to let you know is that I believe I have … oh my, yes! My recipe, instructions and very important final step, all of that in today’s post

See you there!

Love, Mary 👌❤️


The Best Christmas Book Ever

In the crush of holiday wish lists, gadgets, toys and media hype, it’s easy to overlook the four things experts tell us that children really want for Christmas.  Relaxed time with family  Realistic expectations about gifts An evenly paced holiday season Reliable family traditions Today I have a recommendation for you—a way that you and […]

2018 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 4—Best Gifts for Him

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3—Best Gifts for Teens

Finding the perfect gift for teen boys and girls is almost impossible. So forget trying to be perfect and concentrate on this: Teenagers like what they like. Funny thing. I’m kinda’ the same way. So what do teens like? Here are twelve gifts for teens that are sure to delight both you and your young recipient.

This Gift Guide for Teens is nothing if not a lot of fun, no matter your age. Oh, and one more thing: At writing, all of these gifts as linked to Amazon, were priced under $20. Make sure to check because prices can and do change.

See you there … Love, xo m

Waffle Cornbread, Reverse Spicy Heat and More Great Reader Tips

Quite possibly, the thing I enjoy most about this job of mine is that I get to read, ponder—sometimes shriek WHAAT?!—all of the great tips and ideas my readers send it for me to share with you. Today I have another batch for your consideration and hopefully, enjoyment!

I hope you’re enjoying the start of a beautiful weekend, wherever you are in the world. I know that EC reaches around the globe, but wouldn’t it be fun to know specifically how far? If you’re comfortable, share in the comments section (just scroll down to the bottom of the post) and let us know your state, city, province, or country … be as specific or general as you’d like.

I’ll go first: I’m in northern Colorado, USA—about halfway between Denver and Boulder. It’s a bright sunny morning here, and it’s cold so everything is shimmery silver. A sparkling opening to December! My grandboys are searching for Buddy—their Elf, who promised he’d be back. I’m waiting for their excited phonecall. (Eli, now 9, told us recently that while he knows Buddy is just pretend fun, he is 100% going to keep the fun going for his little brother Sam, 3. So sweet!)

Isn’t this just the best time of the year? Love, xo m

Ultimate Guide to Proper Regifting

It happened in front of all my friends at a bridal shower for me, the next bride-to-be in our circle of friends. I opened the gift of lovely Pyrex mixing bowls, pulled them out of the box to admire the cool colors, only to have a gift card fall into my lap, lovingly addressed to […]