The Little Things Newsletter #313 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Can you believe how close we are to summer vacation?? My guys are pushing through their last classes and they’re all looking forward to the summer break. We have a long road trip planned for this summer, visiting as many state and national parks as possible this time.

We’ll be spending five weeks on the road with stops in Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Montana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I can hardly wait!

ON THE BLOG this week: Spicy Barbecue Sauce with enough heat to bite the back of your throat and just barely sweet enough to balance that heat, this is the sauce I was craving.

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Sweet apples and cranberries are combined with crunchy cabbage and then tossed together in a tangy lemon dressing to make this Apple Coleslaw.

Tender chunks of savory chicken or turkey and vegetables are baked together inside of a flaky pie crust. My whole family gives this Leftover Turkey Pot Pie two big thumbs up!

Lighter than a traditional pound cake, this Glazed Lemon Cake is tender with a bright sweet flavor and the lemon glaze adds the perfect touch–the literal icing on top.

Have you tried the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso from Starbucks? It is so good and as soon as I tasted it, I knew I needed to make it at home too! Brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon provide terrific depth of flavor for this awesome drink.

What I’m CRAVING: This Shrimp Sushi Stack from Feel Good Foodie caught my eye this week and it looks so good! This is a shortcut recipe for all the awesome sushi flavors I love without the hassle of rolling anything. I saw Gina’s version years ago (it’s a brilliant method for making them!) and meant to try it then. I just put it on our meal plan!

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these glass straws. I enjoy drinking from a straw, but I’m just not a fan of the stainless or silicone straws that I’ve tried. I really love the feel of these glass straws. (And at about a dollar each, they’re much more affordable than others I’ve looked at in the past!)

If I find they aren’t as sturdy as they initially seem or if they break, I’ll let you know. The straws were very well-reviewed when I purchased them.

What I’m WATCHING: Lost Season 2. The kids and I are back to watching Lost and still loving it. 

What I’m READING: I’m actually working through three very different books right now, but I’m waiting to share my thoughts after I’ve finished them. I’ll keep you posted. 

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

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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