The Little Things Newsletter #229 – Week Three Giveaway


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Ohio 229

October 17, 2020

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Have you been watching our chickens? They’ve grown so fast, I’ve been a wee bit obsessed lately. Now that their coop and run have been completed, I’m getting very excited for the first eggs! (They should start laying in the next 2-3 weeks.)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Today, for the third week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away a 6QT Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven. One lucky winner will be able to choose whichever color and size that they like best. My favorite thing to make in my dutch oven is Pork Carnitas, but it also makes terrific soups, stews, chilis, and roasts.

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To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me what you will cook first. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. (Unfortunately, you can not be entered from email replies, so be sure to click over to the blog post to be entered!)

Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:

ON THE BLOG this week: Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is a hearty soup filled with chunks of tender chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes. Everything comes together in a creamy rich soup base that tastes like the red chile enchiladas at your favorite Mexican restaurant.

Homemade Green Bean Casserole is about to change your holiday side dish game. I’m a great big fan of any dish that can be prepared ahead of time for holiday meals and this recipe delivers awesome results when prepped in advance. (Take a pass on those cans of soup, you won’t be needing them this year.)

Salted Caramel Sauce has earned a special spot in the refrigerator. This sweet sauce makes a terrific addition to countless desserts. I made this for a special dessert and loved it so much, we just kept making it.

What I’m CRAVING: These pretty little Beef Pot Pies over at A Family Feast look fantastic. When the weather cools off is there a better comfort food than flaky pastry filled with meat and vegetables in a creamy sauce? 

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these ornaments I ordered for the family this year. (link HERE) I’m laughing all over again looking at them now. We open new ornaments during advent each year and these will definitely memorialize 2020.

What I’m READING: The World According To Fannie Davis by Bridgett M. Davis (link HERE) Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, the author’s mother, Fannie, ran a numbers business in Detroit for thirty-four years.

This was pre-Lottery days and Fannie competed with actual mobsters and in the numbers business. And in doing that, she provided a home where Bridgett grew up with her needs and wants always met abundantly. This was a tough read because of the tragedies involved, but it was also an insightful one.

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

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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  1. Jamie Cobleigh says

    I would make baked beans. They are so good cooked in cast iron. With lots of good stuff mixed in and pulled pork Add a spit if BBQ sauce

  2. Diane says

    I would cook Halibut Chowder using the wonderful halibut we caught this summer. Living a little remotely in Alaska for the summer months I cook meals that can be lasted for several days so a Large Dutch Oven would certainly be used.

  3. CANDY Scanlon says

    I really want to try braised beef short ribs with red wine, beef stock and a a delicious get pistou. This is my husband ‘s request for his birthday. A great braising pot would certainly come in handy.
    Thank you. I have made so many of your recipes that have helped me out of my cooking rut. All have been successful and delicious.

  4. Charlie says

    The first thing I would cook in the 6qt dutch oven would be either a nice beef stew or a roast with potatoes/carrots/onions. I’d make/bake a nice multi-grain loaf of bread to go along with. I’d get the best bottle of red off the rack to enjoy with it all, and my wife and I would have a feast to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary, our postponed vacation, surviving an inland hurricane called a derecho, and an early thanksgiving!
    We’d love to have something as nice as this fancy dutch oven pot!

  5. Patty Williams says

    I would probably make a pot roast. We made a big pot of chili today and I have a ham bone waiting to e made Into bean soup! Yum!

  6. Kathie says

    I literally just read a great Artisan bread recipe that required a Dutch Oven. I have never owned one but it’s just two of us now so maybe too big. Give to the young ones with kiddos as home. Gotta try the Enchilada soup you just posted. Just read some other posts, so many great ideas, I’m excited to cook!!

  7. Roberta Kitzman says

    You have some great but easy enough recipes for even me to follow! If I had a pot like that I would for sure make a big pot roast and shred it for wonderful beef sandwiches and some mashed potatoes. Every Sunday growing up my Mom would make that for our Sunday dinner and I made it for our kids. Miss them especially on Fall Sunday afternoons!