The Little Things Newsletter #318 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’re celebrating three weeks of ice cream recipes with a giveaway for the Cuisinart ICE-100 1.5-Quart Compressor Ice Cream Maker

You may recall just how much I adore my compressor ice cream maker, no bowls to freeze, no salt or ice to melt, just turn it on and start churning batch after creamy batch of homemade ice cream. Enter to win by going to the giveaway page and submitting your email. 

ON THE BLOG this week: Fresh Mint Ice Cream is like no other mint ice cream you’ve tried in the past. This Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a softer, fresher mint flavor that just might blow your mind.

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You need this buttery sweet edible cookie dough in your life. It’s filled with miniature chocolate chips in a bite-size chunk of snackable Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.

And after you’ve made the edible cookie dough, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream will be next on your list. Sweet chunks of edible cookie dough fill each scoop of this rich and creamy ice cream.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream is full of rum-soaked raisins mixed in custardy vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum. This recipe is a little bit old school and a whole lot of creamy delicious.

The most popular question I’ve ever received on this website is whether you can make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. Find out how you can Make Ice Cream Without A Machine.

The Ultimate Ice Cream Maker Review has everything you need to know to choose the perfect ice cream machine! The original post has been updated to reflect current pricing and additional review information for these machines. (I’m thinking this is going to be an annual or even bi-annual update now with the way prices are changing these days.)

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my wireless earbuds. I don’t know when I’ve ever been so pleased with a $30 purchase. My kids and I all have these earbuds and in over six months of near-constant use, we have yet to have any issues with them. They continue to work flawlessly.

I love these earbuds so much, that I’m giving a few pairs away today just for newsletter readers. Leave a comment below and let me know what you’ll be listening to: Podcasts? Music? Audiobooks? Something else entirely? I’ll choose three winners on Monday evening and send them to you! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED 6/27/22 – WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED)

What I’m WATCHING: Jurassic World Dominion. We went to see this one a couple of days ago and while our kids really liked it, Sean and I were not the biggest fans. If you’re a die-hard Jurassic fan, you’ll probably like it regardless, just because it IS always great to have a solid conclusion to any series.

Your chances of enjoying the film are directly proportional to how much you can avoid actually thinking very deeply about the plot. As with all Jurassic movies, cognitive dissonance is a good plan. If you can just enjoy it for the action? It’s a fun watch.

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8 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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  1. Robin Cohn says

    Love your blog and emails. Looking forward to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, one of my favorite flavors. Would love to win ear buds. I listen to audio books, podcasts, and music while I am walking, doing housework, and gardening.

  2. Cheryl says

    I will use those earbuds to listen to live radio stations mostly, but music and the occasional podcast too. Hope I win! Thanks, Mary. I look forward to your newsy, inspirational post every Friday.

  3. Helen Cope says

    If I won the wireless earbuds you are giving away, I would be listening to music and dancing around the house. Thank you for this opportunity!

  4. Debbie says

    I love a good pair of ear buds! They can vary so much in quality though. Sounds like you’ve found a good one! I’d fill my ears with lots of music, from country to classical. 😊

  5. Jennifer says

    Hey Mary. That is just so awesome that you’re giving earbuds away. I love getting your emails with recipes and the one at the end of the week too. Here’s hoping that I win a pair to listen to music.

  6. Linda Lu says

    Hi Mary!! I will be listening to music. I have small ears and miost ear buds don’t fit. You did say these buds are small. I would love a pair!! So……pick me! Pick me!!! Lol❤️❤️ Love your recipes and newsletters.

  7. Stacy says

    I listen to 80’s music while I bake. All my kids know all the words Since I bake a lot. They would appreciate them more than anyone! 🤣🤣🤣

  8. Suz McBride says

    Thank you for letting us know we don’t need an ice cream maker!! I listen to audiobooks, on both Libby and Audible. (Thinking of ditching the latter because I’m cheap.)

  9. Mark Paschke says

    I walk about 9 miles per day (28,000 steps) and listen to all kinds of music, podcasts, audiobooks while I’m walking. I have been using headphones as they have been the only thing I have found I can keep in my ears. Would love to try a good pair of earbuds! Thanks for a great blog. We enjoy reading and trying all your recipes.

  10. Lara M Dodd says

    Reading has always been a passion of mine and I love books in all forms, such as electronically or in physical form. I’d like to explore audiobooks and listen to them while I’m doing other things.

  11. Whitney Moore says

    I would love to use these earbuds to listen to podcasts and audiobooks while cooking dinner and cleaning the house. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Sue Lodato says

    Love your newsletter. I listen to audio books with MP3 player, would love a pair of the wireless air buds. Love your green chili stew recipe.

  13. Ruth says

    On days like today. Cleaning, organizing and just trying to do life. Love to listen to quiet piano music. Sets the pace/day for quiet times and clearing the mind.

    Love your recipes and enjoy trying them out. It is hard to come up with tasty items for a retired couple.

  14. Jill Mitchell says

    Hi! I love your newsletters and would use the ear buds for our upcoming trip to Rhode Island. Thanks for your uplifting posts!