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. Angie says

    I have been recently listening to podcasts by Amber Albee Swensen. She is a Christian author, and mother and I find her podcasts uplifting, challenging, and I can relate in so many ways.

  2. Kim says

    I will definitely be making some ice cream this week. Have been looking into some earbuds…to listen to music and books. Will check these out!

  3. Tara OBrien says

    I bought myself a Cuisinart compressor ice cream maker for myself last year and definitely want to try your mint chunk ice cream! Mint is my favorite. I would be so excited to win the ear buds–I’m really getting into listening to podcasts while I walk on the weekends.

  4. PJ Jackson says

    Hi Mary!
    I will happily use those earbuds to listen to audiobooks and music during chemo treatments! Love your newsletter!

  5. Aly says

    Thank you for the fabulous recipes!
    I would love to win new earbuds. I would use them for music, streaming videos, including online church and listening to podcasts. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Judi says

    Love your recipes (especially the ice cream recipes!) and Little Things Newsletter. I would use the Earbuds for music and books in the car. Keep up the great work!

  7. Henny says

    Hi Mary–ICE CREAM–it MUST be SUMMER !!
    Wasn’t sure where to leave ear buds comment. I have just been put on Oxygen and believe if I could get a air of ear buds, I could listen to recipes while I cook, or at least read (listen ) to a few books I have been putting off or want to re-read ( re-listen )
    Time to make Mater Pie !!

  8. Janette says

    I listen to a wide variety of music, including Latin, 50s-70s, Jazz and instrumental to name a few genres. 🎶😊

  9. Sharon Mata says

    My earbuds just bit the dust so these would be perfect. I walk, jog, listen to podcasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the week I listen to music and audio books. Pick me for the free earbuds and I would be so appreciative.

  10. Deborah Clark says

    Our pastor sends out a daily mini devotional that I get behind on but enjoy listening to when I walk.