Super Heros in My Refrigerator

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I spent the entire weekend cooking, decorating and cleaning, mostly cleaning. I went ahead and made the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup that I plan to serve on Thanksgiving Day. The squash smelled so good roasting in the oven!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


While it roasted, I got the onion, butter, apple and sage cooking. Ummm, I love the smells of Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking!


The nice thing about this soup recipe is you can make it ahead and freeze it. If you make it only 2-3 days in advance, you don’t need to freeze it, it will just keep in the fridge. (Recipe is available here: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe.)


Speaking of the fridge, there are strange men in my refrigerator! And dinosaurs!


Superman and Batman seem to be judging me every time I open the door for another snack. Hey, a girls gotta keep her energy up when she’s doing this much cleaning and cooking, so lighten up guys! That includes you, too, Woody. I see you hiding back there on the back row!


Black Friday Sales Have Started! 

Two of my favorite stores have started their Black Friday sales early! I’ve been doing a bit of shopping this morning.

My (any my daughter-in-law’s) favorite L.L. Bean boot is currently on sale! L.L. Bean rarely puts their duck boots on sale, but they have a flash sale going on right now on all their boots! I love their boots but this one is my fave. I love the look/style of it and really love that there are no laces to deal with. It’s so easy to slip on and off and is incredibly warm and comfortable. I’ve worn these out in rainy, bad weather, then forgotten to take them off when I got home because they were so comfortable.

If you need an awesome boot for cold rainy, snowy days, I can very much recommend this one. You’ll find it here: Shearling-Lined Boot. I think you’ll use the code FLASH25 at check out for the discount.

It almost never on sale so this is the time to buy it if you need a great duck boot!


The other item L.L. Bean has included in their Black Friday flash sale is their “Wicked Good Slipper.” I don’t personally own a pair of these but I purchased a pair for my son one Christmas and he has not stopped raving about them!

He likes them so much, I bought him the plaid flannel ones a few months later. I think I may make it a yearly tradition to buy him a new pair every Christmas since he pretty much lives in them during the wintertime when he’s at home.

One of the things he really loves about them is how they have a real sole so when he has something going out on his Big Green Egg (he grills all winter long) he doesn’t have to change shoes to run out to check the grill. Plus, he loves how warm they are!

Funny story, my daughter-in-law put them on one day to see why he’s always raving about them and wouldn’t give them back! lol She got her own pair shortly after that. Ha!

These are great for the hard-to-buy person…definitely recommend them! You’ll find all the Wicked Good Slippers for both men and women on sale here: Wicked Good Slippers. Use the code FLASH25 at checkout for the 25% discount.

This style below is my son’s favorite and he has them in both the brown and the plaid. I love the plaid!


Talbot’s has their Black Friday sale going now, too!


I love this sweater! Sooo cute! It’s available here: Sweater.


I love anything embellished with pearls. This cardigan is so pretty and elegant! It would be great to wear for a Christmas party and black is so figure-flattering. You’ll find it available here: Sweater with Pearls.


I love this plaid shirt! I have in my cart right now. It looks like the perfect plaid to go under any sweater or to just wear alone! I need this in my wardrobe because it would pair with so many of my sweaters! You’ll find it available here: Plaid Shirt.


If you missed out on this beautiful boot when it was available earlier, it looks like they have a few more sizes back in stock. The brown is available in more limited sizes but the black is available in all sizes.

Boots for Autumn


Such a gorgeous boot that can be dressed up or down. It would look great with jeans or a skirt/dress. You’ll find it 40% off in both black and brown here: Riding Boot.

Black Boots for Autumn


I’m off to do a bit more decorating, will share that very soon! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Update: Whoo, hoo! Cutemol is on sale right now! I just bought 5 tubes for myself and my dil! We both like keeping a tube in the kitchen during the winter since it’s the only thing that keeps our fingertips from splitting. I’m sure the sale won’t last long since it never does. You’ll find this size on sale right now here: Cutemol.

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  1. When I tried to get to your site earlier this morning I got a message that my IP address had been blocked. I wonder why. It’s okay now.

  2. HA! I Love those guys in the fridge, and I bet your grandsons will too! 🙂 The soup looks fabulous, and thanks for the Black Friday tips – I’m heading over to Talbot’s as we speak! Have fun with your decorating, and Happy Thanksgiving Week!

  3. Selma Kessler says

    Susan, thanks so much for the tip on Cutemol! I tried it based on your posts about how well it works, and it IS amazing! Then I gave some to some friends of mine as part of a “Christmas Cluster Gift” (translation: a bag with several small, but hopefully useful gifts) and they love it, too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  4. Thank you Susan! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Christmas with your son and his family!

  5. Hi Susan,
    I was wondering if you could tell me where you bought that great white porcelain turkey on your table?
    Absolutely love it.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Hi, Susan,

    I hope you don’t mind my asking, but what size did you buy in the LL Bean boot compared to your normal shoe size? I know they give suggestions on their website for how to size them, but I’d like to know if they’re accurate.



    • Sure, I normally wear a size 7 in shoes and usually go up 1/2 size when buying boots because I like to wear them with thicker/heavier socks. I just looked and I can’t find the size anywhere on either boot. I remember when I ordered these a few years back, I ordered them in both size 7 and 7-1/2 and I think the size 7 is what worked with my thicker winter socks. L.L. Bean must make these a little big, maybe a 1/2 size bigger knowing people will most likely wear them with winter socks. So I would stay with whatever your normal size is. If they end up not fitting the way you like, L.L. Bean is excellent about returns/exchanges. That’s one reason I love shopping with them…best customer service!

      • I agree, Susan. I’ve always loved L.L. Bean. Just wish I lived where it was a bit cooler so I could make use of their heavier clothing and boots! (I’m a Florida girl.) My husband swears by what he calls their “gum rubbers” (Maine hunting boots) and has had them for years.

        Thanks for the info.


  7. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  8. cleo headley says

    Well, aren’t you the best grandma ever !!! It looks like you are not toooooo excited for your holiday company….. Hope you all have the best time ever !!!

  9. Nice post! I know you like your Sperry boots too – are the Bean boots worth the addtional $$ in your opinion?

    Happy Thanksgiving! I know you will enjoy your family.

    • Sperry is really good quality, too! I love them both. L.L. Bean is probably the best quality you can find though. They do a triple stitching so those things are never coming apart. They also have an amazing warranty and the best customer service I’ve ever seen. There are an iconic company! I think everyone needs at least one pair of L.L. Bean boots in their life.

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