The Little Things Newsletter #347 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m writing this from Santa Fe, where the weather is slightly warmer than Ohio and the sunshine is lovely. (I’m choosing to ignore the fact that snow is in the forecast here tomorrow.) Nothing makes me appreciate the awesomeness of living somewhere with four glorious seasons as much as a sunny day in winter.

We had dinner at La Boca last night and plan to check out Clafoutis and El Nido as well. Thanks for the great recommendations, friends. La Boca is a long-time favorite, but the other two are new to me.

ON THE BLOG this week: Green Chile Carnitas are the perfect combination of two of my favorite savory things. It’s tough to find a combo that beats pork and green chile in my mind. Carnitas are cooked until melt in your mouth tender; then roasted at high temperature until the edges caramelize.

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Oh, my sweet HEAVEN. Cornbread waffles piled high with BBQ pulled pork and tangy coleslaw are something you need to taste to really understand their greatness.

Tangy, sweet Honey Lime Jalapeno Vinaigrette delivers a hint of lingering heat that few can resist. It’s perfect on salads or drizzled over street tacos or burrito bowls.

Sweet and juicy, loaded with fresh apples, and just the right hint of spices, this apple cobbler is a fall and winter dessert favorite that we enjoy throughout the entire year.

Roasted butternut squash with pasta is tossed with plenty of butter, garlic, sage, and red pepper for a flavorful take on this classic pasta dish.

With a rich ham flavor and a balanced combination of potatoes, leeks, and split peas, this slow cooker split pea soup is a very pleasant surprise.

Fresh greens, spicy red onions, crunchy walnuts, chewy sweet raisins and cranberries, salty Parmesan, and roasted Acorn squash come together with a tangy sweet maple vinaigrette in this winter squash salad.

Tender pears tossed with cinnamon sugar are topped with a buttery brown sugar crisp topping to create this delicious pear crisp.

What I’m CRAVING: Have you heard of Senorita Bread? This is a tender milk bread with a swirl of cinnamon scented caramel-like filling and a topping of crispy crumbs. I need this in my life asap.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these magnetic push pins. I was looking for a simple set of magnets because I like to pin recipes I’m working on to the fridge on my cooking days. These are perfect for that and they do the job without adding a ton of magnet clutter to the front of the fridge.

What I’m WATCHING: Fatherhood. I started watching this movie, simply because it looked sweet and with Kevin Hart playing the dad, I figured it would be good for a laugh. As soon as it started though? I recognized the story.

When I started blogging, I followed Matt Logelin’s blog about life as a single dad, sharing the story of losing his wife the day after their daughter was born. It was heartbreaking at the time (and still is) but it made me so happy to see his story told through this movie. It is excellent. You’ll need a tissue or two, but overall? This isn’t as much of a tearjerker as it is heartwarming.

What I’m READING: Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh. I stumbled on this book almost ten years ago as a free Kindle book on Amazon. It’s light sci-fiction with a unique storyline. There’s enough mystery to keep you turning the pages. I know not everyone enjoys re-reading books, but this one has been a great second read for me.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

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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