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.

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.

Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:

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. Brenda Kimball says

    I store my knives in a drawer in my island, I recently purchased an in drawer bamboo knife holder block, love it! My knives are not so great, they are old, would love new ones!

  2. Kathleen Duncan says

    I have a magnetic strip on the underside of my cabinet where I keep my paring knives. Also your basic wooden knife block for the bigger knives. Plus i am looking forward to making the Coconut Oatmeal cookies, they sound perfect!

  3. Sharon Carson says

    Happy Halloween! I would love to receive Misen knives in my trick-or-treat goodie bag, haha! I’ve heard alot of good things about them. I have a nice acacia wood knife storage tray that would store some Misen knives quite nicely. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing, and best of luck to all!

  4. Wendy Cathcart says

    I store my kitchen knives in a bamboo slot-less knife block. I can store more knives that way, as I don’t need a specific slot for each one. In addition, I can find just the right knife I’m looking for when I need it. And, sidenote, I love your blog!!

  5. Maureen O'Connor says

    The knives I have were passed down to me by my Mother. I have a wood block that I store my knives in, I keep it right next to the stove.

  6. JoAnn L Guay says

    I store my knives carving and paring knives in a wooden holder on my counter, and my steak knives in the drawer.

  7. Gretchen McQuown says

    I would love to receive the Misen knives! I keep my knives in a wooden knife block. The slots are positioned sideways so the knives never get dulled when inserting or storing them.

  8. Pat Clark says

    Michigan is also prepping for winter, today the wind is blowing away any remnants of warmth and sunshine leftover from yesterday! I store most knives with a magnetic strip on my wall under the cabinets. The largest are next to silverware in drawer. My mom was the person who instilled in me the love of a really good knife, and to not be scared off by the cost!

  9. Tammy says

    The knives are beautiful! I have a “cutting” drawer and anything that cuts-knives, peelers, openers go in it. I also have a knife block on my counter with knives that desperately need to be sharpened!

  10. Joan Skovira says

    I have an assortment of knives- mostly dull!
    Some that can be sharpened and some not; some in a drawer, some in a knife block!

  11. Karen says

    My top drawer next to the stoves is where I store my kitchen knives. I know it isn’t ideal and after seeing where you store yours, I need to ask Santa for one like it for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway offering as I could really use a new bread knife.