It’s a bold statement, I know, but I’ll stand behind it until my last breath. Which will probably be due to overstuffing my face with this toffee. The best part, besides the fact that it’s the world’s best toffee, is that it’s so ridiculously easy. Not easy like that Sigma Nu hoped I was in 1987 […]

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  • NinaN - Love this stuff! I always have it with almonds though. Pecans would be yummy too.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Almonds are everything. I’ve never thought to try this with almonds. And the funny thing is I’m not a huge pecan fan, but in this toffee I love them. Guess I’ll be making another batch…ReplyCancel

      • NinaN - Yes! Try it! And sprinkle some on top too!ReplyCancel

  • Sue K - What happens during Step 8? You skipped that one. I assume you are away mixing a cocktail ??ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Ah haha! Nice catch! And no cocktails were responsible (unfortunately), just a brain that’s fried from trying to juggle the entirety of Christmas! But now that you brought it up…
      😉ReplyCancel

For almost 38 years I’ve been subjected to a torture and a hell. Something that the overwhelming majority of society—and even members of my own family—finds baffling and threatens to ostracize me for. Something I’ve oftentimes had to conceal in the very interest of my own survival. I hate Star Wars. (Hides under desk) I always […]

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  • Christine Donovan McDougall - I hate the person that chose to write spoilers mixed into their regular comments on a thread. Like, visceral hatred. But I would feel the same hatred if they told me the ending of any movie or book- but I don’t hate non-fans of stuff I like. I hate hipster douchebags that apparently need to ruin everything and probably stand n line behind kids at Santa explaining he isn’t real. They’re awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Ju Mc - Thank you! I’m in my early 40s, so I also grew up with Star Wars fever and then it showed up again in the late 90s. My ex-husband is a HUGE fan and made me wait for hours in line when the first prequel came to theaters. I was a dutiful wife and waited and then sat through that movie. I was pretty bored. I’ve watched all of the movies multiple times and I still can’t keep track of who’s who (except Han Solo–best character). My son has the fever now and he gets to keep his dad company now in the theater.
    Funny side note: we went to see Meet Joe Black because he knew that the Star Wars trailer was going to play before the movie! Have you seen Meet Joe Black? I’d rather sit through Star Wars, again! (*ahem* my current husband hasn’t seen all of the Star Wars movie and confuses Star Trek with Star Wars–he’s a keeper!)ReplyCancel

  • Pam Migdal Bernstein - I think Star Wars is, like, fine. Saw the original three in the theaters, because that’s what you did. But I didn’t understand the first one AT ALL. Like, I thought R2D2 was a dog, and C3PO was his owner. So I made my younger brother come with me to see it a second time, and he explained the action for the enire movie. And then I’m sure we stayed to see it again, because they didn’t kick you out of the theatrer in those days.

    And neither I nor my children have read a word of Harry Potter nor seen any of the movies. Just not interested!ReplyCancel

  • TaraLee - I was a kid when the first one came out and was dragged to the theatre with my cousins to see it. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep because I don’t remember much of it and I still don’t understand the plot. Several,years later my aunt dragged me to a double feature of the second and third ones. I remember very little except I thought the Ewoks were cute. I didn’t bother seeing the Prequels, and I have no interest in the new ones, even though they are now done by Disney. As for Harry Potter, I loved the books but I usually hate movies based on good books because of continuity errors. I hated the Harry Potter movies and I hated the Hunger Games movies for the same reason. Good books are very rarely reproduced well in the movies. Little details wrong drive me nuts. And me harping about those continuity errors drive my family nuts, but at least I have no pressure to take them to see these movies!ReplyCancel

  • Benito Lettieri - Just wanted to say I hate star wars too. I watched the original first movie, and the other first one. I gave it a try and they were extremely boring. I can’t understand all the hype about them. I guess people just follow like SHEEP.ReplyCancel

  • Lara - This made me laugh and cry at the same time, because I am a Star Wars fan, although I wouldn’t call myself a Star Wars freak.

    This is pretty much how I feel about Monty Python. There are people around me who can recite every movie, word for word, and I just stare at them, thinking, “But it’s not FUNNY. It’s STUPID.”

    I am proud of your bravery in admitting the truth. :)ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Haha — thanks! I get the humor in Monty Python, but I’m with you. I can’t make it through an entire movie without choosing to do something like scoop the cat box or find a closet to clean. My husband, however, LOVES them and is one of the ones who can always recite lines randomly. Thanks for reading!!ReplyCancel

You know how over the past six months or so I’ve started every FF post with an apology for being lazy skipping a few weeks? Not today, my friends. Sure, I didn’t post last week, but instead of an apology I’m going to say this: You are welcome.Because after you get through this list I’m […]

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  • Lucia P. - A dupe for Frasier Fir!!! I nearly nit the floor at the General Store this year when I saw the price tag on the diffuser, etc… I mean north of $50 I think.

    Thanks for a great list!

    LuciaReplyCancel

  • Tanya Erntson - And here I thought I was going to have a non-Target day…ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Fox Weaver - I also love the B&BW body cream – I have tubes all over my house and office. Thanks for the tip on the candle scent! I will be there tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Schmalfeld Podzamsky - I was hoping you put the Santa hat Hershey kisses were on your list! I had to ask for them at my Super Target. They were only by the check out lanes, none in the Christmas dept. AND some of the employees didn’t know what I was talking about!!!ReplyCancel

I’m about to admit something that is personally disappointing and more than a little bit shocking to have to come to terms with, but is an honest confession. I don’t care for chocotinis as much as I used to? I haven’t read an US Weekly in over a month? Both true. Both disappointing and shocking, […]

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  • Christine Donovan McDougall - I just read an article where the couple has been doing cheesy. J C. Penny cards for twelve years- they did an eighties theme, a gangsta theme, a middle age/receding hairline potbelly theme- they’re hilarious because they now have their kids involved and they don’t take themselves so seriously…ReplyCancel

  • Pam Migdal Bernstein - I love holiday cards so much I keep them up all year! I seriously just took last year’s down because this year’s first one arrived over Thanksgiving (they are taped to the sides of the wall as you enter our kitchen).ReplyCancel

When I was a child, Thanksgiving dinner was one of my very favorite meals. And by Thanksgiving dinner I mean my mom’s cornbread stuffing and yams. And by yams I mean a yam drowned in gooey brown sugar and melted marshmellows. As for the turkey? I liked it just fine, but to be honest, warm turkey was—and […]

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  • Lucia Paul - Love it! we all admitted to each other a few years ago that none of us like turkey. So we make 2 roast chickens. But lobster…I like it.ReplyCancel

Good grief. I think I need to apologize—again—to those of you who look forward to the Friday Favorites and have been left without purpose for the past month and forced to spend the entirety of your weekends moping around cursing me for my deliquency and your despondency. Sorry, mom. But seriously, you guys. Way back in oh-twelve when […]

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  • Bonnie - I LOVED that book, I read it while on vacation in Puerto Rico and couldn’t put it down.
    I just finished “The Air He Breathes” by Britainy Cherry, I highly recommend it.ReplyCancel

  • Tara Lee McLaren - I swear, you are like a kindred spirit. We both have grown children and are fighting the empty nest syndrome like its a personal war, we both live in cold, snowy places and wonder why we live here every single time the wind blows. The list goes on. However, you are much funnier than I. Please consider writing a book.!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - Michelle, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful writing with our readers – we love all of your posts!ReplyCancel

Before you read this little story, let me set the record straight: I am not losing my mind. Remember that, because after you read this little story, you’ll think I am. About five years ago I bought a fantastic pair of boots. Seriously, I loved everything about these boots. The magical color (not black, not […]

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  • Carrie Miyake - LOL, I loved the part about the massage table, I have one too and nope not a masseuse here either. Love your magical boots, I had a pair of favorite boots but sadly cannot wear them any more due to a foot issue. I need new ones with no heel. Thanks for the laugh and so glad you found your magic boots.ReplyCancel

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