The Little Things Newsletter #339 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, friends! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week already? We have family in town and I’m looking forward to lots of great food and games.

Want a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner? Find out what you can make-ahead and follow the timeline to get it all done on time! Are you a list maker? Do you love having a plan for everything and then checking things off? If so, this post is for you.

ON THE BLOG this week: Are you looking for the perfect pork roast recipe? Roasted all day, left falling apart and tender enough to cut with a fork; this Italian Pork Roast just might become your favorite pork roast with the very first bite.

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These creamy, buttery, cheesy mashed potatoes are what food dreams are made of, I suggest making extra, to avoid arguments over who gets seconds.

Tasty and pretty these green bean bacon bundles with their buttery, sweet glaze and a hint of warmth are a dinner-time treat.

Savory, and sweet with a touch of heat comes together perfectly in this sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash. My friend Margaret told me about this recipe a while back and I’ve looked forward to trying it ever since. As soon as the winter squash hit the stores, this was on our meal plan. You’re going to love it.

From the crunch of the sugar crust on the bottom to the juicy cranberries to the flaky cake layer on top; Nantucket Christmas Cranberry Pie is cranberry dessert heaven.

Have you heard of Milk Punch? This old-school cocktail is made with bourbon, whisky, or brandy. It is a very lightly sweetened drink that starts with milk and half-and-half, it’s flavored with hints of vanilla and nutmeg.

Slightly chewy with a sweetly tart combination, cranberry oatmeal bars are full of cranberries and apples topped with brown sugar and oatmeal crumbs.

Smooth, creamy, and filled with the warm spices of the holiday season Eggnog Ice Cream is the perfect fireside treat. While ice cream is often considered a summer treat, eggnog ice cream is a winter favorite. This lightly spiced ice cream evokes a cozy feeling and we enjoy it through the holiday season.

What I’m CRAVING: My friend Maegan transformed a tube of crescent rolls into these absolutely irresistible cinnamon sugar cruffins and I can’t wait to try them.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this ultimate spoonula by GIR. I’ve been using GIR spatulas for over ten years now. (I swear by them and love them so much.) I don’t know why it took me so long to try this one, but I have used it every single day since it arrived a few weeks ago. It’s become my go-to stirring spoon and I’ve already bought a second one. (It’s a perfect stocking stuffer too, if you’re looking for ideas!)

What I’m READING: Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. This was a fun fast read. Thanks so much to those of you who recommended that I check out this series. The book was reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series in the absurdity of it, but it was fresh and interesting with all the new characters to discover. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

What I’m LISTENING to: The Magic of Christmas by Celtic Woman. If you haven’t heard them sing O Holy Night, you can listen to them here. Their music is so peaceful and their voices are simply amazing.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV

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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