The Little Things Newsletter #317 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Summer is in full swing over here and I’m super excited about all the ice cream recipes that I’ve been working on this past month.

I’m kicking off Ice Cream Season on the blog this week with three delicious weeks of ice cream recipes. I can hardly wait. Can you ever have enough ice cream??

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ON THE BLOG this week: Sweet blueberries and bananas combine with tart grapes in this Blueberry Grape Banana Smoothie without any added sugar. It is one of my favorite smoothie combinations.

Spicy sausage and tender shrimp make this Jambalaya Pasta a dinner that’ll leave everyone asking for seconds. This saucy one-pot pasta is a weeknight dinner you are going to love.

This Southwest Ranch fills my family’s need for a little bit of heat. This quick dipping sauce is fantastic with chicken or fresh vegetables.

Chocolate and peanut butter are mixed with crunchy cereal to make these super easy No Bake Chocolate Crunch Bars.

Crunchy pretzels and a creamy filling are topped with piles of strawberries and blueberries making this red, white, and blue Strawberry and Blueberry Pretzel Salad our favorite dessert for summer!

What I’m CRAVING: Fried Chicken! Oh my goodness, Sean mentioned fried chicken the other night and I’ve been craving it ever since. This recipe from Bake it with Love looks fantastic.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this ice cream scoop. You may remember that I tested a whole lot of ice cream scoops two years ago and go figure that this scoop (at just $13) wound up being my favorite.

This scoop has been getting a whole lot of use lately and I love it more than ever. This is a terrific scoop that keeps working smoothly even after the scoop is ice cold.

What I’m WATCHING: Lost Season 3. The kids and I just started Season 3 and they’re more hooked than ever. It’s been so much fun watching them experience the show for the first time.

What I’m READING: He Who Fights with Monsters 2 by Shirtaloon and Travis Deverell. Like the first book in this series, this was a fun listen. Jason is making his way from middle management to a life as an interdimensional wizard and it’s been good for a lot of laughs.

My 16-year-old started reading this series after I finished the first book and he is loving it. He’s actually ahead of me now reading the second book. He flew right through the first one.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:17‭-‬18 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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