The Little Things Newsletter #322 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Whether it thrills you or bums you out, it’s hard to believe that summer is half over already. Now that we live somewhere with four glorious seasons, I find I start looking forward to the next season right about halfway through the current one. It’s so much fun to always have a fresh new season on the way! 

If you’ve never lived somewhere without four distinct seasons, you likely don’t understand and I’m sure you think I’m nuts. But right now? I’m just so happy to live where we do.

ON THE BLOG this week:  Tender, caramelized meat that clings to the bone and requires just a gentle tug to pull it off makes for the perfect Memphis-Style Spare Ribs. Best of all, you can make these mouthwatering ribs in the oven or on the grill.

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Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw is a kicked-up version of our Memphis Coleslaw with a hint of heat from hot sauce and a barely wet dressing.

Chewy, thick, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with chocolate chips are a treat that we’ve enjoyed for a lot of years now. Oatmeal cookies are such a versatile classic. The nuttiness of the oatmeal and sweet chocolate hit the spot every time.

Pineapple, strawberries, and grapes are tossed together with a sweet and tangy dressing to make this Honey Lime Fruit Salad. It’s finished with a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of poppy seeds to make a fabulously refreshing salad on a hot summer day.

Chunks of roasted chicken, sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, gooey cheese, and sweet onions combine in BBQ Chicken Enchiladas. Served sliced on a plate or scooped up with tortilla chips, the whole family cheers when these enchiladas are on the table.

What I’m CRAVING: I love a great Caprese salad and I don’t think I’ve ever seen prettier ones than the salad photos here at Preppy Kitchen. You’ll find me eating this quintessential summer salad as long as the fresh tomatoes are at their best.

My FAVORITE THING this week is my new Aiwa Exos-3 speaker. I can’t even tell you how much I love this thing. It’s beyond words, friends. We’ve had the Aiwa Exos-9 subwoofer in our home for over 5 years now and it’s incredible. I wanted to purchase it again for my office, but it wasn’t available anywhere. I took a chance on the significantly smaller Exos-3 and absolutely LOVE it. 

The sound it delivers is very close to the performance of the much bigger subwoofer (!) and it takes up so much less space! I’ve had a few different Bluetooth speakers over the years: Bose, JBL flip, and an extra tiny JBL speaker too. They all were good speakers. This one? It absolutely puts them to shame. I’m in music-loving heaven these days.

What I’m LISTENING to: I’ve had the Mamma Mia soundtrack on repeat for days now. This is pure feel-good music at its best. Truth be told, I wasn’t a big ABBA fan before I saw the movie, but I’ve sure been hooked since then. 

Side note, the movie was released almost 15 years ago! I just looked it up and my jaw dropped, it doesn’t feel like it’s been all that long. The soundtrack for the movie is just plain FUN. I don’t think it’s possible for me to hear these songs and not sing along. 

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

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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