The Little Things Newsletter #231 – Week Five Giveaway


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Ohio 231

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Winter is definitely on its way here in Ohio. It’s been chilly and wet all week and I’m very happy to hear that my Phoenix friends have finally gotten a bit of a heat reprieve as well. I saw so many photos of snow shared from around the US this week and it’s made me impatient for our first snow in Ohio.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Today, for the fifth week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away a set of my favorite Misen knives! I’ve had my Misen knives ever since their initial Kickstarter over four years ago. I truly love them.

Over the past few years, I’ve gifted these knives to friends and family and converted countless more friends to these knives. They’re comfortable to use, wicked sharp, and they sharpen beautifully over time.

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To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me how you store your kitchen knives. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

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ON THE BLOG this week: If you have a coconut lover in your life, you need these Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies. This is the chewiest, most coconut filled cookie I have ever tasted. With just a handful of ingredients, a bowl, and a spoon, you can stir these coconut oatmeal cookies together in about three minutes. They are beyond easy to make!

Want a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner? Find out what you can make-ahead and follow the timeline to get it all done on time! I’ve been following this exact plan for several years now and I swear by it. I’m all about planning things out in advance and prepping as much as possible ahead of time.

With all the flavors of pumpkin pie stirred into a creamy bowl of oatmeal, this quick and easy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is our favorite fall oatmeal. (P.S. The whipped cream on top is never optional.)

What I’m CRAVING: My friend Lynne’s Pepperoni Bread has been tempting me every single weekend. It’s become a thing with the Lindadudes for football days – don’t ask me how it all works, but apparently you don’t dare break the now established tradition for superstitious reasons. I’m told this bread has magic football game winning powers and every time I see it shared, I want it!

My FAVORITE THING this week is my knife stand. I bought this knife stand when we moved to Ohio and it’s been used daily. I absolutely love it. The knives hang in place, there’s no wear or damage to the blade tips, and it takes up a minimal amount of counter space. If you’re like me, this stand is perfect for an assortment of knife sizes and handle shapes.

What I’m READING: Out to Canaan by Jan Karon. This is the fourth book of the Mitford series and I’m trying not to tear through them too quickly. There was a lot of lighthearted happiness in this book and I found myself grinning often while reading.

I’m starting the fifth Mitford book now and after that, I’ll force myself to read a few books by different authors so that I don’t finish this series too quickly. I’m enjoying every page though. I always feel better after reading about the people I’ve grown to love in Mitford.

What I’m WATCHING: I just finished watching Monk – the whole series from start to end. I’d caught a few episodes over the years, but I’d never watched the whole series. It was awesome. This is a fun family-friendly show that just plain makes me smile.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie

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. Karen says

    I store my kitchen knives in a drawer next to my stove. After seeing your solution for storing your knives, I will ask Santa for one for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I really could use a new bread knife.

  2. Julia S says

    I confess, I keep my knives in a drawer. If I had a great set of knives, I would have a different attitude. My husband sharpens the knives for me.

    Can’t wait to make the oatmeal coconut cookies. Will make them soon with my class!

  3. Linda Jensen says

    Being very short on counter space in my small kitchen, I store my knives in a knife block stashed in the lower cupboard next to my stoves. I don’t have a dishwasher and would never think of putting a knife in one, even if I did have one!! Would love a new set. Mine are a mish mash bunch collected over the years.

  4. Patty Williams says

    Most of my knives that I use daily, I store in a wood knife block . I put them in upside do so the sharp blade is turned up. Other knives I have in a container in a drawer.

    It has been a very wet week or two here! Today turned blustery, cold and now snow!

    Have a great week!

  5. Karen Eye says

    I store my knives in a drawer. Some of mine are very old. A couple are from my mother. Thank you for the opportunity to win some new ones! Have a great week!

  6. Shelley Chavious says

    I have a couple of magnetic knife strips hanging on the wall near where I usually use them. I have only one Misen knife and I love it. Would really like to have more of them.

  7. Maggie says

    I have a magnetic strip near the sink. I can wash a knife safely, one at a time, then place it to dry in one step. I enjoy YOU! ***** 🙂

  8. Charlotte Dyer says

    Love…… the oatmeal coconut cookies. Easy & delicious. Thank you. I have enjoyed several of your recipes and will try many more. I give you a ten rating