Friday Flotsam


Let’s start with the obvious.

What’s your favorite, F A V O R I T E Halloween candy?

Look, this is permission for you to get ultra trashy with it. Because there is no “good” Halloween candy. Yet, we all know there’s definitely the “good” Halloween candy. Tell me what that is for you.

And I don’t mean king size this, or jumbo size that. That’s just a therapy session (or a root canal) waiting to happen. I mean what’s your favorite CANDY. Like, do you lean toward any and all chocolate, or are you a hard candy fanatic, and crave things like Twizzlers or Jolly Ranchers? (ya sicko)

I’m a purist, when it comes to garbage candy. (oxymoron much?) Give me a mini bite-size Snickers or a Reese’s peanut butter (not frozen) cup and I’m good to go. (let’s respectfully exclude Hershey’s Kisses for Valentine’s Day and/or rest of life.)

I canNOT do things like candy corn. Those are Satan’s rotten cavities in a plastic cone-shaped baggie and I will not touch it. Nersty.

I feel like you know a lot about a person by their Halloween candy choice. So come on, ‘fess up. Just what exact level of trash are you/we? I’ve got all day.

The other day Aaron looked me dead in the eye and said these words, “You know, what we should do is watch Rocky 1.”




I have no idea what is going on or how I got here, but I squinched my eyebrows in a worried look, held my hand up to his forehead to check for a fever and said, “Are you feeling okay? Are you in there? It’s me, Bev. Maybe you should lie down. Lay off the candy corn for a while.”

We’ve not spoken since.


First of all, Pinterest is hellbent on showing me ads for Blundstone until my eyeballs bleed out.

I did this to myself though. I freaking looked them up to remember what they looked like, and now it’s all the interflex will show me.

THING IS, I’m looking for a slip-on or zip-up boot that is stylish for any weather. I’ve got these all weather Nisolo boots, and I LOVE THEM to death. They’re classic, slim, comfortable and look good all.of.the.time. But I’m looking for something when I’m not in the mood to lace. (should we start a band called Mood To Lace?) I also have these Chooka rain boots, which I’ve owned for years. The little tag has ripped off on one shoe, but I do love how warm and comfy they are. Fleece lined anything and I’m (salted) butter.

Which brings me to Blundstone. Are they worth it? Do they age well? Do the double tags bother you? Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?

While you’re here, if you have any other boots brand that zip up in the back without looking like they were purchased at Hot Topic, let me know!

Oh, you remember Hot Topic. Don’t act like you don’t know what that is. They probably sell candy corn.

In bulk.

Okay, I need one more thing. (you’re like – yeah right.)

We’re hosting our (covid-safe) Haunted House on Sunday, right? Right. WELL I NEED SNACK IDEAS. I do see the irony in this. Supposedly (remember when Joey said “supposably? which I guess IS a real word! and might even work here? ugh, I can’t.) you’re to come to me to ask questions like this. Whatever, I need some help.

And if you say candy corn I will straight-up drop kick you in the boob.

So far I have an epic (word of the day, I’m proclaiming it now) bag of cheese puffs. Since it’s orange. And that’s lit-rally all I have planned.

Should we have pigs in a blanket? That’s easy! Like, mummy style.

This thing is PRE-trick-or-treating, and we’ll be noshing out back, so it will be light. Okay, we have cheese puffs, mummies in a blanket. Or wait, pigs in a mummy? Whatever. What’s that last thing I need?

You’ll laugh when you see what I plan to do with the (boxed, don’t hate) wine I’m serving. I’m not even going to tell you here, you’ll have to watch it in my Stories. But it’s gonna be epic. (I told you it was the word of the day, don’t try and get out of it.)

Epic weekend plans?

These next three days are complete non-stop spook madness. Today Aaron (if he’s feeling well. I’m not sure he’s recovered from thinking I’d actually want to watch Rocky 1.) and I are having a date day! Cappuccinos, antiquing, picking up the Halloween candy haul (candy corn excluded), and driving around and looking at the foliage. Which makes me 85 years old just saying the words “driving around and looking at the foliage.” I’m okay with it.

Tonight is Trunk-or-Treat at school with a pre-crawl happy hour here with a couple of friends. Then tomorrow we decorate the house! Tomorrow night we have a fire-pit costume party at some friends’ house, then Sunday is our Haunted House, then finally the event of the year – tricks and treats. Gonna be wild. I mean epic. And I’m tired.

Tell me your Halloween plans! Are you dressing up? You’re going to be a giant sexy Candy Corn, aren’t you? You bought it at Hot Topic, didn’t you? You think it’s going to be super epic, don’t you?

From the last two weeks, in case you missed it! Toasted Chicken Caesar Subs! Y’all give that some love, okay? You’d DIG them. Then we have a Skillet Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi situation. And it is to die for. Theeeen for my taco lovers, Crunchy Buffalo Shrimp Tacos! Get them ready for game day, okay? And lastly, these Cheddar Scones. A few of you have already made them and fallen in love. I knew you would! Get ready for a serious breakfast game changer. Really.

Okay, have the spookiest (I will not say spooktacular. this is a safe space.) weekend and remember to brush your teeth!

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14 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Peekiesmom October 29, 2021 at 8:25 am #
    The Halloween candy I always loved was malted milk balls! The brand name was Whoppers, and oh my gosh, they were the BEST! And it was only on Halloween. It’s not a candy I ever bought at the gas station or Target.
  2. Nancy October 29, 2021 at 8:52 am #
    Peanut m&m's all the way! I saw a gal I follow on IG make the cutest little pumpkin snacks by simply peeling a mandarin orange and sticking half a pretzel stick in the top for the stem and they look just like little pumpkins. Too healthy? Probs wouldn't hurt to offset the rest of the sugar being consumed. And another gal took apple slices and put mini marsmallows in between 2 of them and they looked like a mouth with giant teeth. I guess she secured them with peanut butter? Anyway, that's all I got and they're not even my ideas! Enjoy!
  3. Jenn P October 29, 2021 at 10:08 am #
    1. I love candy corn. Yes, it's completely sugar flavored wax, but I love it. Also my mom called it "chicken corn" and I miss her so that probably factors into my love of chicken corn. 2. I got my first pair of blundstones for Christmas last year and I LOVE them. I wear them constantly. I live in Los Angeles and a small town in Colorado, and they work in both places. The double tags do not bother me. They are the winter equivalent to my birks. I just put them on when I leave the house and never think about them again. (I also have a pair of faux shearling lined Docs, which I love when it gets colder.)
  4. Susan October 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm #
    You had me at Snickers and Peanut Butter Cups, my two favorites. I get that you’re a candy corn hater and I was, too, UNTIL I mixed in salted roasted peanuts. The combo turns into a Payday flavor that I can’t quit. Go ahead, hate me if you have to but no boob kicking. I’m dead serious when I say I have converted candy corn hater friends with this combo. Still can’t eat the candy corn by itself though.
  5. Bev October 29, 2021 at 12:16 pm #
    Fellow Bev here .... I love candy corn. I said it. Not taking it back. I mix it with salted peanuts. Yum. RE Blundstones. I bought my first pair last year. I read somewhere to put the really large soup cans in the ankle part to stretch them out. They are a BEAR to get on. But once they are on, I LOVE them. Super comfy and I feel like I'm not gonna slip and fall in the rain/snow and break a hip. My husband routinely helps me remove them at the end of the day/night. They are also a BEAR to remove.
  6. Amanda October 29, 2021 at 1:12 pm #
    I love all the Rocky movies. But I hate candy corn and Hot atopic so can we still be friends?
  7. Emily October 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm #
    I love my Sorel Emilie Chelsea boots. Waterproof. May need a new insole after one year of heavy wear but I can live with that. And Milky Way daaaaarrrrrk.
  8. Melissa October 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm #
    Dr. Martens Women's 2976 LEONORE... These are super comfortable, fleece lined inside, easy on and off and only 1 tag!
  9. Jessica October 29, 2021 at 4:15 pm #
    I love Whatchamacallits or I used to but I haven’t had one or seen one in years! So, now I would say Peanut Butter Snickers straight from the freezer…yum. Also candy corn alone is trash but mixed with peanuts? 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
  10. Tanya October 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm #
    I hope you share some of your epic weekend pictures here. Im not on social media but I do enjoy following your blog.
  11. Abby October 29, 2021 at 8:30 pm #
    Popcorn balls!
  12. Christina October 30, 2021 at 8:47 am #
    I love my Blundstones. They are comfortable and I love that I can just slip them on. They go with everything too.
  13. Lori October 30, 2021 at 9:49 am #
    Re: boots- I splurged a couple of years ago and bought Frye. I have narrow feet and small ankles and these for great. I have brown leather, and then suede in black and grey. They all zip up the back. Good luck!
  14. Margaret October 30, 2021 at 11:35 pm #
    Mallo Cups!! I would trade for them as a kid :)

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