shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

Stovetop Caramel Corn

April 1, 2013

When the kids were little they often asked for caramel corn for dessert. But by the time dinner was over and dishes were washed, who wanted to do all that work for a treat that they would devour in minutes? At that time, the only recipe for caramel corn that I had (or had ever seen) required an oven. So when we moved onboard Walküre, I was sure our caramel corn days were over.

One evening while Dave was popping corn on the stove top, he said, "I bet I could adapt my granola recipe to make a coating for popcorn. A way to cheat and make caramel corn without an oven." As usually happens, that evening we enjoyed the fruits of his labor and brainstorming. The recipe has changed a few times since then, but he now makes it the same way every time--which turns out to be much more frequently than we ever made it in the oven. The boys would be thrilled!

Set the popped corn aside to cook the topping

Start by popping 1/2 cup of popcorn. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, melt 1/3 cup butter over medium heat.

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 T honey

Stir constantly until foamy. (This is the important step!)

Pour the mixture over the popcorn while stirring the popcorn

Cook the pan of popcorn over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly

Cook until foamy

Remove from heat and serve.

When heated the correct length of time, the caramel coating hardens and sticks to the popcorn, making a yummy stovetop treat.

Pour over popcorn


Cook the popcorn and topping

MONDAY we'll share how a week-long haul out in Trinidad turned into 3 months with the discovery of blisters, and how we treated them.

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