The Little Things Newsletter #323 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’re going to some great weather this weekend (YAY!) and then my younger boys leave for summer camp on Sunday. It’s going to be so quiet around the house next week!

I’m planning to soak up the quiet while we can because we’ll be surrounded by extended family the following week and quiet won’t be happening at all. It’s a fun way to wind up the summer though and I’m looking forward to all of it. 

ON THE BLOG this week: Creamy, rich Truffle Mac and Cheese is a fancy spin on the ultimate comfort food. If you’ve never tasted this awesomeness, you’ve been missing out and I can not recommend it highly enough.

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Remember the year of our zucchini overload? These Zucchini Waffles were the happy result of that abundance. Crisp on the outside, and fluffy on the inside, homemade Zucchini Waffles make a terrific breakfast (or a dinner!) that we often enjoy when we have fresh zucchini on hand.

Tender pasta, fresh corn, and red onions are tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce to create this fantastic Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad. A reader tried this as soon as I shared it this week and this was his rave review: “I have to tell you, this was the most delicious thing I’ve made in years and I make a lot of stuff. I made it exactly to recipe and it was it was out of this world good. I can see why you said you can’t stop eating it! This is going to be my go to summer macaroni salad from now on. It’s so good it’s genius. Thank you for sharing this!”

Roasted Broccoli and Asparagus are two of my favorite vegetables to roast and fortunately, they pair deliciously with the varieties of summer squash that are at their best this time of year.

Crispy onions, tender potatoes, fresh bell peppers, and mushrooms create a mouthwatering hash that is hearty and filling for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Topped with an egg, this was a delicious meal that the whole family enjoyed. The leftovers keep well in the refrigerator as well. Simply toss them in a hot skillet and reheat when ready to serve them.

What I’m CRAVING: The best ever Southern Peach Cobber. I’ve always linked to other people here, but right now? I’m just obsessed with fresh peaches. I tested a peach coffee cake this week and it was AMAZING. I can hardly wait to share that recipe with you!

My FAVORITE THING this week is my pretty file organizer. I needed a way to contain all the files, clipboards, and papers that accumulate on my desk, and this file organizer has been perfect. I love that it actually looks nice and it is super helpful too.

What I’m LISTENING to: It’s been a Smash Mouth kind of week over here. Is there anyone who can hear All-Star and not grin? Luckily, my kids love it as much as I do.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

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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