The Little Things Newsletter #337 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, friends! I turned on the radio in the car this week and nearly jaw dropped when a Christmas song started playing. I love that we have a local station that plays non-stop Christmas music through the season, but wow. This year it really caught me off guard! How are there only 50 days until Christmas???

ON THE BLOG this week: You know those foods that you taste once and then you simply can’t get it out of your mind? This Sausage Gravy is one of those foods. The hints of fragrant rosemary add something unforgettable, many people have told me this immediately became their all-time favorite gravy.

One pan, easy meals are the key to dinnertime at our house, and these roasted brats with potatoes and green beans fit that bill nicely.

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An irresistible sweet and tangy glaze takes this slow cooker pork roast from just another crockpot meal to a tasty and fantastic meal.

Garlic parmesan roasted potatoes are crispy, salty, garlicky potato perfection that we enjoy quite often for dinner.

Toasted pearl couscous with pistachios and pine nuts, chewy raisins, a hint of cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon combine in this incredibly flavorful Israeli Couscous dish. (Have you tried pearl couscous? It’s this pasta lover’s dream come true!)

Spinach and chicken are combined in a creamy green chile sauce for these easy-to-make craveable enchiladas. I love adding a couple of handfuls of baby spinach to this recipe, it adds a freshness that can’t be beaten. However, if you aren’t a fan of spinach, these enchiladas are also delicious without it.

Creamy White Chocolate Fudge filled with pecans and swirled with caramel might be the ultimate treat for a holiday tray. This is a quick and easy 5 Minute Fudge Recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

Have you tried a mayonnaise cake? This Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is a very old-fashioned recipe that was likely in your grandmother’s recipe box. My best friend’s mom often made this cake when we were growing up.

What I’m CRAVING: This Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with a cinnamon spiced glaze looks like fall snacking at its best. This bread plus a cup of coffee sounds like the perfect Saturday morning right now.

What we’re WATCHING: We introduced the kids to Tootsie this week. They’ve enjoyed Mrs. Doubtfire for years and when they stumbled on this one, it was a must-watch. I hadn’t seen it in at least 25 years, so it was a fun one for us to watch again.

What I’m READING: The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift by Steve Leder. My sister told me about this book a while back and I’ve been working my way through it for a while now. This isn’t a book I picked up and read in a sitting. I worked through it just a chapter or so at a time because it can be an intense read at times.

This is not a cheesy self-help book. It’s raw and honest, heartbreaking while still managing to be funny at times, all the while remaining an easy read. This book is a great reminder that we need to constantly reflect on our life, remember what is truly important, and align our life to those things.

I found the book to be both thought-provoking and comforting. While the focus of the book is death, it’s somehow more about life now and remembering the lives that were lived.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

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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