The Little Things Newsletter #214

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Happy 4th of July, friends! While this doesn’t look like a typical 4th of July in America, we’re celebrating at home and looking forward to a barbecue with friends tonight. I love this country so much and am grateful for those who have made living here and enjoying our freedom possible.

What are you doing this weekend? Anything fun planned? We have water balloons, water guns, sprinklers, and pretty much anything else I could think of to cool off outside ready and waiting for the weekend. It’s funny how quickly 90 degrees started to feel hot once we left the desert.

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ON THE BLOG this week: Tart apples and sweet grapes, bananas, and blueberries are tossed with crunchy pecans in a light and creamy vanilla dressing to make this Creamy Fruit Salad.

Have you tried homemade barbecue sauce? If you haven’t, it’s time to give it a try. And if you have but you haven’t found a recipe you love yet, this Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce recipe just might be the one. Served with our favorite Pulled Pork, it’s a winner of a meal.

Want to know how to slice a watermelon in just minutes? Here are two easy methods for handheld wedges and perfect bite-size cubes.

What I’m CRAVING: This Apple Custard Pie with Cinnamon Streusel by The Food Charlatan looks absolutely incredible. I can hardly wait to try it!

My FAVORITE THING this week is my handy egg slicer. I used it multiple times this week, and not just for eggs! I use egg slicers to slice mushrooms and strawberries too. I’ve had this particular slicer for over three years now and I use it often. This is the best slicer I’ve ever used.

What I’m READING: A Step of Faith and Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans. These are the last two books in The Walk series. I’ve shared the first three books in the past and my enjoyment of the series continued through the last two books.

Following the death of his wife, the loss of his business, and losing his home to bankruptcy, Alan is a broken man barely surviving. So, he leaves everything he knows and sets out to walk across the country from Seattle to Key West with nothing more than what he can carry. These books are the story of that journey and his redemption.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

(This quote distills (or boils down to its essence) the concept he expressed in this 1838 speech, without distorting the meaning or sense of the original. The quote stands as Lincoln’s belief.)

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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