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After 22 years in Minnesota, we finally tried snowshoeing!

Snowshoeing For Dummies

Snowshoeing, who knew? We’ve lived in Minnesota for almost 22 years … or in other words, one billion winters. And in that time we’ve somehow managed to resist a lot of Minnesota-type things for one reason or another, like gorging ourselves on Juicy Lucys; eating Tater Tot Hotdish; obsessing over Prince, the State Fair, and…

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Our Favorite Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know how I love a delicious, fancy cocktail … especially when they are as big as my head. I’m not a fan of straight martinis; I don’t actually like to taste the alcohol. Instead, I gravitate toward the sweet Kool-Aid varieties: Appletinis, Cosmopolitans, and Lemon Drops. Brian and…

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Who’s my favorite today? The answer might surprise you.

When I decided to start “You’re my favorite today” on a whim one night back in March of 2012, I had zero knowledge of anything blog or computer related (the fact that I still do not is beside the point). Honestly, I not only had no idea what I was going to write about, I…

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Empty Nest, Big Changes

Six months ago our nest officially became empty as our younger daughter (Thing 2 for those of you who’ve been following YMFT since the beginning) went to college over 1,300 miles away to chase a dream that required her to attend a BFA program not offered anywhere close to home (or one I was equipped…

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Thirtysomething is coming back and my Twentysomething self is freaking out

When I was in college in the late 80s I was obsessed with a few things: my sorority (I bled wine and silver blue and rarely wore anything without an arrow or the Pi Beta Phi letters on it from 1987 – 1989); the bagel sandwiches from College Street Deli that I could rarely afford…

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New Year, New (unnamed) Favorites!

Happy New Year loyal readers! And WELCOME to anyone who landed here by mistake. No matter why you’re here, I’m always happy you are! I had a revelation the other day, you guys: Since we’re kicking of a brand new decade, why not kick off a brand new game plan for YMFT?? And by brand…

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Reflections on a decade of change

I know it sounds cliché but I’m having a hard time grasping that in matter of hours it will be the year 2020. Where are the flying cars? Where is my robot maid? Sure, I carry a tiny computer in my purse that connects me to anyone anywhere (although rarely by voice), instantly answers any…

World's BEST toffee!

Easy and Delicious Toffee Recipe

You guys, this recipe makes the world’s BEST toffee! It’s a bold statement, I know, but I’ll stand behind it until my last breath. Which, honestly, will probably be due to overstuffing my face with this toffee. I make this toffee every year, and the best part, besides the fact that it’s the world’s best…

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Friday Favorites (are my favorite again)

You guys. I’m not even going to look back to see when the last time I wrote an actual Friday Favorites post was because I know it would throw me into a guilt-induced spiral that I don’t need in my life right now. I do occasionally post YMFT Friday INSTAfavorites on the Instagram page (which you…

Never Forget the Stories…or the Strength

Never Forget the Stories…or the Strength

For the past seven years since I’ve had the blog, I’ve reposted this story (or a version of it — it gets edited and updated every year)  on 9/11. Why? Because we all have our stories from that horrific day, and despite how much we’d like, we can’t make them change. And because as the…

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A letter to the newlyweds, 26 years later

This week my husband and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary, which, especially now that I see it in black and white on my screen, is a something I’m having a hard time believing can possibly be true. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the fact that we’re still together 26 years later that’s making…

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As she graduates, what I want to tell the baby in the photos

Graduation is less than a month away, and I’m sorting through a box full of old, random photos that date back to 2001, the year my daughter was born. As if that’s not enough to make me actually feel my heart pound outside of my body, her 18th birthday is this week. It’s like I…