The Little Things Newsletter #324 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m in Arizona this week visiting family and avoiding that swell summer sunshine as much as possible. It sure does make me miss my beloved Ohio. 

Anyone else enjoying the last days of summer while also getting excited about fall? I’m really enjoying the cooler mornings lately. (And yes, I know, I’m weather obsessed. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon.)

ON THE BLOG this week: This potato salad made with roasted potatoes is a whole new world of potato salad awesomeness and you need to try it asap. A tangy creamy dressing coats every bite of this salad along with hard-boiled eggs, olives, and pickles.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream is an old-fashioned favorite when made simply with strawberries, sugar, and cream (or milk). Just a few ingredients adds up to a summer ice cream treat that everyone loves.

Cheese and refried beans meld together to create flavorful enchilada layers in these Cheesy Chicken and Refried Bean Enchiladas. We typically serve them warm with plenty of tortilla chips on the side for scooping the enchiladas.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake has the texture of a traditional cake, yet no special flours are required. This is pure, sweet Chocolate Cake made without any flour at all. This cake has blown my mind. Just writing about it here makes me grin as I think about how perfectly moist, rich, and chocolatey it is.

Grab a spoon, you are going to want to eat this Whipped Cream Frosting straight from the bowl, or go ahead and dive in with fresh strawberries.

What I’m CRAVING: This Spaghetti Pizza caught my eye this week and now we have to try it. I’m thinking it will be a big hit with my boys.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this super lightweight scarf. While I almost never actually wear a scarf, this one travels with me nearly everywhere I go. It’s a travel blanket on road trips, it’s a shawl if a movie theater is cold, and it does double duty as a pillow or a blanket on chilly flights. It folds or rolls to an almost unbelievably small size, making it perfect for tucking into a carry-on.

I bought what I have called for years “the perfect scarf” on a work trip about 8 years ago. Unfortunately, the brand discontinued the scarves and I’ve never found another one like it. (And I have tried a whole lot of different scarves that were listed as “travel scarves.”) But this scarf? I’m ecstatic over it. I love it every bit as much as my “perfect” one and I now have backup and a perfect scarf to share with you too.

What I’m WATCHING: No Time to Die. I finally watched No Time to Die and it was so good! Whether you’re a bond fan or not, I thought this was a great movie.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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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