The Little Things Newsletter #266 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend and Happy 4th of July, my friends! The countdown is on for our summer road trip and I can hardly wait. (Just 22 days to go!)

I’m getting the housesitting and chicken sitting lined up and making sure things are ready to roll for the longer trip in the RV. We’ve all really missed traveling and now? It’s about all I can think about. It’s going to be fun!

ON THE BLOG this week: This Homemade Ice Cream can also be called the easiest (and best!) ice cream you will ever make or taste. I’ve been making this ice cream at least once a month for over 5 years now. With over a thousand 5 star reviews, it’s a favorite with everyone.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. Loaded with an abundance of flavor and a tiny bit of heat, taco seasoning gets used more than anything else in my spice cupboard. I just mixed up a huge batch to take on the road with us this summer.

What I’m CRAVING: Watermelon!! I’ve been craving watermelon constantly this summer. Last year, it seemed like every single watermelon I bought was a lousy one and this year? I’ve had a long string of winners. YAY!

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these little hanging baskets. I bought one to hang on the wall and hold the dog leashes in the camper. I hung the other one with a faux plant in it. They’re super cute and useful too!

What I’m WATCHING: The Tomorrow War. If you are able to suspend disbelief, this is a really fun movie to watch. It’s available now on Amazon Prime. I’ve missed new movies so much and I’ve very much looked forward to this one. Aliens, time travel, and Chris Pratt? The whole family enjoyed this. While it gets pretty cheesy at times, it’s also heartwarming, and has some good action sequences.

What I’m READING: Nothing amazing lately. I am so happy to have all your recommendations saved in all the comments here and here. I’m working my way through adding them to my library list. I can’t wait to dive into them on our road trip.

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

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. Sandra in Phx says

    What you didn’t say you did this week was brave the scorching heat to rescue a friend during a very difficult time in her life. You swooped in and did what was needed and necessary. You were the balm to her very raw heart and she will forever be indebted to you because of it. So much love to you, my friend, so much love.