The Little Things Newsletter #215

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Ohio sunrise

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It sure is getting hot here in Ohio. We finally had some rain this week and it was lovely! (Side note – I know I’m weather obsessed, this is my new life. I’m just accepting it.) I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. Other than Sean’s time spent working on building the chicken coop, we’ve spent most of our days indoors this week.

My youngest and I have been walking out to the edge of our property each night to enjoy the sunsets because they’ve been so very lovely. As much as I love winter, and spring, and fall, there’s something to love about summer too. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the changing seasons? If not, let me remind you that I LOVE Ohio.

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ON THE BLOG this week: Creamy deviled egg filling creates the dressing that coats every bite of this Deviled Egg Pasta Salad. I’ve heard from many of you this week who have already made this and LOVED it.

We loved this Hot Dog Bar with four awesome combinations – Chicago-Style, Hawaiian, Green Chile Queso, and BBQ Sundae. I’m willing to bet you’ll love it too.

Sweet bits of pineapple and spicy jalapeño combine to make this Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa one of our favorite condiments and snacks. (We used it to make the ultimate Hawaiian Hot Dogs last week too!)

What I’m CRAVING: This Smashed Blackberry and Basil Goat Cheese Toast by Plum Street Collective is making my mouth water.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these baseball cap protectors. Sean wears a cap almost every day and as a result, they get pretty grimy while he’s working around the house and outdoors. These frames are designed to hold the shape of the cap while it’s being washed.

I remember seeing these before but I had no idea they’d work so perfectly. Just clip the plastic frame around the cap, toss the cap in the dishwasher (seriously – the dishwasher does all the work) and the caps are scrubbed clean as new. Once the cycle finishes, let the cap air dry and you’re all set.

What I’m READING: All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White. This book came highly recommended and I was on the waitlist for months. I’m happy to say that it was worth the wait. (I didn’t realize initially that the book was written by three different authors, but it works.) This book is set in three timelines between 1914-1964 and they’re tied together by a shared location.

While I really liked this book in the end, I kind of wished that the timelines hadn’t been so mixed. If you’re reading just a chapter or two at night or having trouble focusing, it was kind of hard to follow at times and I had to flip back a bit to remember which story I was reading. I’m tempted to reread each character’s story from start to finish – separate from the others.

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.” – Ronald Reagan

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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