The Little Things Newsletter #331 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, friends! Brace yourself, I’m weather obsessed once again. It was 90 degrees on Wednesday and 60 degrees on Thursday. Fall has arrived and I am so very much here for it. I love the crisp weather, the sweatshirts, the warm mugs of tea and coffee in the morning, the crunching leaves on the sidewalks, and the brilliant blue skies that turn gray in a moment. I love it all.

I spent a day this week exploring Amish country with some friends and it couldn’t have been more perfect. If you’re anywhere near my area, I highly recommend both Yoder Amish Home Tours and The Farm at Walnut Creek. (The Farm is like nothing else I’ve ever seen!) I’ve already told my family that we’re going to drive up for a day soon. I can hardly wait to see my boys experience all of it.

ON THE BLOG this week: Crisp tortillas filled with saucy bbq chicken and melting cheese add up to these BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. They are a little bit spicy, and awesomely cheesy, and they are a very popular lunch in our house.

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This Pineapple Mango Smoothie is a refreshingly delicious and naturally sweet kid-approved green vegetable and fruit smoothie.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Oatmeal is a tart and sweet body-warming dish perfect for filling those bellies before a busy day.

This easy-as-can-be sheet pan dinner has become a favorite in many of your homes over the past two years. It only takes about 5 minutes of effort to toss the chicken, potatoes, and green beans in a simple lemon and herb vinaigrette before roasting until tender and crisp.

Chewy edges, crazy moist blondies, and a crackling crust add up to these mouthwatering, slightly sweet Apple Brownies. Oh. my. word. Friends! How have I never had apple brownies before now? They are AMAZING. Huge thanks to my friend Katie for telling me about them and encouraging me to try the recipe.

What I’m CRAVING: This Apple Cider Sangria sounds so good! Fall is here and I’m ready for all the fun fall flavors. 

favorite things: these cute little pill boxes, this movie, and these books

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these super handy little pill organizers. They are crazy cheap and they’re the coolest little travel thing ever. I’m able to carry just every possible medicine the family might need in case of sickness and the little box takes up almost no space at all.

What I’m WATCHING: Going in Style. This was such a fun movie for a Friday night. It’s a lighthearted, heartwarming comedy with an awesome cast. I assumed when we started it that the movie was going to be a fun one, but I love that my teens enjoyed it even more than I did.

What we’re READING: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. If you haven’t read The Giver or if it’s been a while, this is a really awesome read. Our whole family has read it over the years. My youngest son just read it a couple of weeks ago and immediately asked me to download the rest of the books from the library.

This is not a series in the traditional sense. (It doesn’t have a continuous storyline that runs chronologically from book one to book four.) The books are more of a collection of four distinct and separate stories connected by a common theme. The characters overlap in the final book to provide a solid ending for the stories.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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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