The Little Things Newsletter #227 – Week One Giveaway


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It has been one of those weeks where the weather feels so perfect and crisp that it makes me grin every single time I step outside. It has even been chilly enough on the porch in the morning for a blanket a couple of times.

Can you even believe it is October? Can I be honest? I’m not remotely ready for the holidays. It’s hard to even believe fall is here some days. But I’ve come up with something that makes me grin about the holidays and hopefully will make you grin too.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Today I’m kicking off 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways. And these giveaways are just for you all, my newsletter subscribers and Instagram story people. I’m not promoting them anywhere else.

If you’ve been reading my newsletters for long, you already know many of my favorite things. And these giveaways are just that. A round-up of my favorite things that I can hardly wait to share with you!

These giveaways aren’t sponsored. They’re just from me to you to say thanks for being the most awesome group of Internet friends ever.

Today, I’m giving away the Cuisinart Double Belgian Maker Waffle Iron that we use to make all of these waffles. And I’m including the Danish Dough Whisk that stirs together perfect batter.

To be entered, leave a comment on this blog post telling me how you top your waffles. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:

ON THE BLOG this week: Juicy, flavorful grilled chicken thighs are perfect for a quick dinner or as a potluck main dish for a crowd. Much like the way we enjoy Last Minute Chicken, grilled chicken is a staple on our menu plans. I typically plan to grill on Sunday afternoon and that gives us plenty of leftovers for a couple more days as well.

The most popular question I’ve ever received on this website is whether you can make ice cream without a machine. (With so many ice cream recipes on the website, you can imagine how frequently I hear this question!) The answer is YES. You CAN make ice cream without a machine. I shared the directions on the site this week, along with step-by-step photos for each stage of the process.

Fluffy Biscuits with plenty of buttery layers are possible with just a few helpful tips and about ten minutes of hands-on effort. This is another recipe that was many years past needing updated photos!

What I’m CRAVING: All the hearty soups, chowders, and chilis! Once again, my friend Holly is making me hungry. This Creamy Cannellini Bean Soup that she shared this week looks so good!

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these silk hair ties. Silk hair ties sound fancy, but they serve a solid purpose. They hold your hair back with almost no pulling or hair loss. Who knew that scrunchies would see a comeback? I’ve been using these at night for over a year now and I still love them as much as I did the first time I used them.

What I’m READING: A Light in the Window by Jan Karon. This is the second book in the Mitford series and I’m completely hooked. The characters and their lives are so believable. If you want to curl up with something heartwarming, this is the series you want to read.

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ― Oscar Wilde

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


Giveaway sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen. Giveaway ends on October 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. 

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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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  1. Nancy M Heath says

    I so love fresh waffles for breakfast. I love putting fresh fruits on top of mine. Little blueberries fit perfect in the little waffle holes. Then top with Maple Syrup.

  2. Deb Plante says

    A “drizzle” of pure maple syrup topped with “spinkling min-chocolate chips & sometimes the “min m&m” candies “lightly” with the syrup & chips! WOW – 100&1% to the delicious waffles!!! Deb Plante of Midland, Michigan 48642

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  4. Eileen Marx says

    Dear Mary, I’ve just finished reading “The Water Keeper” by Charles Martin. Oh, My, what a writer!! A story of love, forgiveness and adventure, with a bit of redemption thrown in for we who prefer books with substance. I’m looking forward to reading more of Mr. Martin’s books.

  5. Louellen Monte says

    My family and I love to top our homemade waffles with fruit, like fresh berries, and sweetened whipped cream.

  6. Carrie Schafer says

    Sadly we don’t have a waffle iron so we don’t make them at home. However when we’re out to a restaurant that serves waffles, my kids go-to is waffles topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. It’s their version of dessert for breakfast. Personally my husband and I like them simple with just maple syrup and maybe a little powdered sugar. Thank you for your recipe ideas. We may try them on pancakes which we have often at home.

  7. Jenny A says

    Waffles topped with butter and our own, homemade maple syrup! The syrup must fill each little waffle square. It’s a rule! 🙂

  8. Julia S says

    I read your Little Things on my email avidly. I cook for my classroom, so love the recipes that are kid approved!

    I top my waffles with maple syrup, powdered sugar and sometimes fruit in season.

  9. Melanie Hartman says

    Thank you for another great newsletter. I am a huge fan of Jan Karon. I hope you enjoy all of her books. My favorite waffle topping is strawberries and powered sugar sprinkled on top.

  10. Lorain Knight says

    Hi Mary, I love your newsletters and all the great info and recipes.
    When I was young my working mother used to make waffles occasionally for dinner. She would top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy ice cream would melt into every crevice of the waffles and make them soft and dripping with that delicious vanilla flavor.
    It was truly a special treat.