The Little Things Newsletter #261 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m so happy that the peonies are blooming at last. They’ve been making me grin all week. I can hardly believe that today is the fifth anniversary of The Little Things Newsletter! I’m so glad that I started writing these emails all those years ago – this has become my favorite way to connect with you.

To celebrate 5 years of writing this newsletter, I’m giving away 5 Kindle Paperwhites just for newsletter readers! I’ve been a Kindle fan for over 8 years now and the backlit paperwhite is my favorite Kindle ever. Mine is connected to the library and I keep it filled with stacks of (FREE) books waiting to be read. Best. Invention. Ever.

Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite book/s or telling me the book you want to read next! Thanks for being here with me and being a loyal reader of The Little Things Newsletter.

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Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. (Unfortunately, this is the law for international giveaways, not something that is in my control.) Five winners will be randomly selected and notified via email on Tuesday, June 1st.

ON THE BLOG this week: Over the years this has become our go-to favorite Classic Potato Salad. The recipe is a combination of several of the potato salads on the site and it’s perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, and weeknight dinners throughout the year. (Can you ever really have too many potato salad recipes? I don’t think so!)

A crisp shortbread crust is topped with a chewy gooey layer of pineapple and coconut to make these Pineapple Coconut Bars. Not too sweet and slightly tart, these bars are a fruity tropical drink in bar cookie form.

What I’m CRAVING: All things grilled! Have you tried spiral cut hot dogs? They’re awesome – and they make a heck of an addition to the Hot Dog Bar: Chicago-Style, Hawaiian, Green Chile Queso, and BBQ Sundae hot dogs are all fantastic!

My friend Heidi’s Garlic Burgers sound incredible, as do these Grilled Steak Fajitas, and the ever-popular Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Avocado Crema.

What I’m WATCHING: The Mentalist – Anyone else a fan of this show? I’m pretty hooked!

What I’m READING: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I’m breaking my own rule here and talking about a book before I have finished it. I’ve barely begun this one and it’s already so good! As a Holocaust survivor, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.” – Viktor E. Frankl

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


Congratulations to the lucky winners! Enjoy your Kindles!

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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. Honey Uphold says

    the anne of green gables series are one of my favorites…i’m just finishing ”rainbow valley”…then i want to read the ”irish girl trilogy” by santa montefiore…. I LOVE TO READ!! always enjoy seeing what you are currently reading 🙂

  2. Donna Bretz says

    I love to ready Nicholas Sparks but have read all of his books available to date. I have started the James Patterson Women’s Murder Club series and have three to read yet. Will be looking for some other authors and good books to read.

    Thanks for sharing your newsletter!

  3. Dana Ames says

    Mary, I am so enjoying this Newsletter! I am new to things like blogging, pod casts etc.
    Your newsletter is so diverse and interesting that it keeps me engaged and waiting for the next page.
    I have never had a Kindle but now I am intrigued. My next book is actually :
    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
    What a coincidence that I happened upon this title in your Newsletter!
    Again, thank you for all your efforts!
    Dana A.

  4. Marlene S. says

    Hi, I think I missed entering for the kindle, but I wanted to tell you I love your blog. I’m in my 70’s and really didn’t know what a blog was when I saw yours a couple years back. I really enjoy your posts, your recipes and your book reviews. I am currently reading about the wives of the founding leaders of our country. I love reading history. I think it’s important to know the facts and happenings that helped form our country. Any way, thanks for helping this ‘old lady keep up with what the young people are doing and your recipes are great!! — Marlene

  5. patti says

    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! One of my favorite books is “The Money Dragon” by Pam Chun as it’s a historial fiction novel that tells about my family’s history. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  6. Rebecca Florence says

    Hello! I enjoy learning from others and being a part of a good blogger’s journey;) The next book on my reading list: Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe.

  7. Helene Matthews says

    My best friend told me to read the Hunger Games trilogy and I told her they were not my kind of books. She said she felt the same way but decided to read the books and absolutely loved them. Well, I got my first book from the library and started reading. OMG, I couldn’t put the book down. I had to buy the trilogy so I wouldn’t have to wait for the books from the library. What a fabulous story and what a great trilogy. I highly recommend it to anyone. It really gives one food for thought.

  8. Diane Koltunovich says

    Hi Mary,
    I haven’t been following you for very long. I must say I’m glad I found your site. I am throughly enjoying it. I just finished reading The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes. It was a great book and I’m looking forward to her next book. I love reading and cooking. I find both extremely relaxing. A good book can take you away to a different place and time.
    Thank you for all your great recipes, which I am anxious to try.
    Looking forward to more newsletters.