The Little Things Newsletter #321 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Can you believe how gorgeous and green our world is right now? I’ve been outside early each morning walking and just soaking it all in. What a gift!

It’s been a full week of cooking and shooting new recipes to share with you and I’m so happy about that. Coming up with new recipes and the photography that goes along with that are my two favorite things about food blogging. I can hardly wait to share it all with you.

ON THE BLOG this week: It should come as no surprise to you that steak bites are a weeknight mainstay of our meal planning rotation. These Cajun Steak Bites have just enough kick to please both my spice lovers and less adventurous eaters.

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Crisp and salty on the outside with fluffy baked potato inside, these bite-size Roasted Fingerling Potatoes are a great way to change up the average potato side dish.

Sweet and spicy flavors are almost always a sure win with my family. However, coleslaw? That has not always been a reason to cheer. A few years ago that changed when we tried this recipe for classic coleslaw. Since then, we’ve tried some pretty amazing coleslaw recipes. This Sweet and Spicy Apple Coleslaw was eaten down to the very last apple slice and ribbon of cabbage.

This Peanut Butter Frosting is so fluffy, easy, and delicious that you will find yourself topping everything with it. Cupcakes, cookies, crackers the possibilities are truly endless.

Have you heard of a Dirty Banana? I hadn’t until I sailed with Princess Cruises and I have to admit that the name alone made me laugh. Hard. However, the milkshake-like cocktail proved irresistible.

What I’m CRAVING: Lemon Poppyseed Scones! Oh my goodness, friends. Put these scones on your to-do list right now. My friend Lynne was here this week and she made them for me. They were so very very good!

What I’m WATCHING: Guardians of the Galaxy. This show is ALWAYS great for a laugh. The first one in the series remains my favorite and I’ve probably seen it at least six times. 

What I’m LISTENING to: Def Leppard. I’ve been a fan for about as long as I can remember, but the Hysteria album gets played at high volume when I’m spending time in the kitchen.

What I’m READING: Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight by Janet Evanovich. This is the 28th book in the Stephanie Plum series and if I’m being honest? I think I’m about done with the series. The first ten books are fantastically funny light reads and the next ten are great as well. I recommend this series all the time for fun light reading.

The last few books? They just feel like the same stories over and over. It bums me out a bit because these books have been long-time favorites and I really wish that instead of continuing to drag the same storylines out the author would wrap the series up with a great conclusion.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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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