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Sugared Walnuts … The Recipe (and the memory) Lives On

My mother-in-law was a great cook.When my husband and I were dating in college, we’d often go to his parents’ house on Sundays for dinner — rich spaghetti sauce that had been simmering all day on the stove, chicken breasts baked in a buttery crust of Bisquick, a moist, decadent chocolate-chip Bundt cake straight from…

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How An Article On Fangirling Turned Me Into A Podcast Host

In the summer of 2020 I’d hit a wall with my writing (it’s fine, it happens about once a year). The COVID pandemic had been going on for much longer than we expected, and by July I had comfortably settled into the habits I’d started in April when quarantine felt like a vacation: sleeping in,…

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Using My Space (A rant and some Favorites to distract you right now)

It’s been (more than a) hot minute since I’ve given the blog any love, but this week I thought we could use some Favorites on a day that is not even Friday, am I right?? via GIPHY Before I get to the fun stuff to distract you from the pain of the past few days,…


Friday Favorites – (Very early) Fall Edition

Happy Fall, everyone. No, really, here in Minnesota, summer apparently has had enough of 2020 and once September arrived was like SEE YA, SUCKERS, I’M OUT OF HERE.I mean, we can’t blame it, can we? You guys, last week it was in the 80s and the forecast this week is in the 50s and 60s.As…

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The Closet Of Broken Dreams

I’m standing in my closet, looking for something to wear that’s not pajamas, leggings, or a combination of both. The comfy, lived in, just-got-out-of-bed look I’ve been rocking all day, every day since mid-March has become uninspiring. Ignoring the stacks of jeans, knowing the physical — not to mention emotional — struggle will be too…

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Stuck In My Story

I’ve been reading more than ever lately. While I haven’t been spending money on fancy coffees or lunches out since March, I’ve more than eclipsed the amount I’ve saved on books. (Totally worth it, IMO.) If we’re supposed to look for silver linings during this difficult period in time, rediscovering my passion for reading has…


Mid-Summer Book Review!

What’s that, you say? Mid-summer has long passed? via GIPHY Sure, mid-August might not typically be considered mid-summer, but this year it is, because around here at least — summer is going to lastf o r e v e r! Or at least until the end of September when we will have a few glorious…

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Craving Order in the Disorder

I love order. If you looked in the storage area of our basement you might have a hard time believing it, but I do. Order, predictability, planning … I strive for structure in all areas of my life, and have since I was little. I’ve always said it didn’t take a therapist to tell me…

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A Rule Follower’s Rant

I’ve been a rule follower my entire life, and ironically it’s a character trait that hasn’t done me any favors. Sure, it’s kept me out of the principal’s office, jail, and rehab, and I’ve never worried about a scary phone call from my landlord, or the IRS, but weirdly, playing by the rules hasn’t always…

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Friday Favorites (except for the murder)

Great photo, right? What a majestic, beautiful, amazing creature, right? WRONG.Okay, okay, right, but I’m adding another, less pleasing adjective to his list: MURDERER. Last week we watched this majestic, beautiful, amazing creature murder in cold blood one of our lake’s darling, happy baby loons. What about the other bably loon, you ask? Oh, you…

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The Favorites (for now)

I know I know.You’re confused, right? You’re like, wait a minute, MICHELLE, what’s with the lame title? Is this just yet another regular YMFT Friday Favorites post with an unoriginal and highly uninteresting title because you still don’t know what to rename the Friday Favorites because even though you still post them on Fridays (when…

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What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To (June)

Hello friends!How’s everyone doing today? You good? You great?You blah?You feeling mad, sad, grateful, guilty, glum, happy, weary, stressed, inspired, tired, and hopeful all at once? via GIPHY I thought I’d focus the Friday Favorites’ post (or let’s be real, a day that might not even be Friday) on some of the books, shows, podcasts…