The Little Things Newsletter #252 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been kind of a long week and I’m really looking forward to taking a long walk in the sunshine today. (When exactly did I become my grandmother?) No parties or fancy nights out are needed, just give me some sunshine and the chance to go for a walk. Add in a good book and I’m just plain happy.

ON THE BLOG this week: When I tell you that this Ham Fried Rice recipe is better than take-out, I’m not exaggerating. Not only is it tastier than almost any of the fried rice you can order at your local take-out place, but it’s also budget-friendly and super easy, especially if you have leftover ham in the fridge.

Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Sauce + Brownie Chunks + Creamy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream = an AWESOME way to celebrate pretty much any occasion and they add up to a fantastic batch of Caramel Swirl Brownie Chunk Ice Cream.

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Crisp broccoli is combined with sweet, juicy grapes, and crunchy bits of red onion just before being tossed with a tangy, sweet balsamic dressing to make this Broccoli Grape Salad. My family loved this salad.

What I’m CRAVING: These Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers from Brenda at A Farmgirl’s Dabbles have me wanting to pull out the grill this week. My family loves shrimp and this recipe sounds delicious.

What I’m WATCHING: A Hidden Life – How far will you go for your convictions? When everyone deserts you, pressures you to fall into step with those around you – what would you do?

This is the real-life story of Franz Jägerstätter, a devout Austrian farmer who, upon being called to serve in the army, refused to pledge loyalty to Hitler, and was imprisoned and executed as a result. I probably don’t even know to tell you that this is an excellent, thought-provoking movie and I recommend watching it.

What I’m READING: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – After reading the Anne series this year, I’ve really been enjoying re-reading more of my childhood books. We can all use more old books in our lives, right?

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” – Lee Iacocca

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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