The Little Things Newsletter #351 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’ve had a fun week in the sunshine while visiting friends in Utah. Shawn, Natalie, and I did an easy hike on Aspiration Trail one morning and snapped this photo at the top.

There are hundreds of rocks lining the path all the way up the hill and it was a great way to spend some time outdoors. If you’re visiting the St. George area, this walk/hike needs to be on your to-do list.

ON THE BLOG this week: Is there anything better than coming home to the smell of a meal that’s simmering in the crock-pot? Making corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker is so easy it practically makes itself.

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Lucky enough to have corned beef leftover? Crispy hot potatoes and cabbage are combined with bites of tender, salty, corned beef to create the corned beef and cabbage hash of your dreams.

My husband’s favorite soup takes all of the Reuben flavors you love and combines them in a steaming hot bowl of soup, perfect for these chilly nights. Don’t skip the rye bread for serving with the soup, it adds the perfect final touch.

For something a little different next time you’re making corned beef, baked corned beef with honey mustard glaze turns out moist and juicy with a sticky sweet glaze on top that no one can resist.

Tender, salty, corned beef, bite-size chunks of potatoes, and shredded green cabbage are combined in a savory broth to make this hearty corned beef soup. This meal never fails to make everyone in my family happy.

Chicken and vegetables simmer in a creamy filling underneath a flaky biscuit topping to make these individual chicken pot pies. Prefer a casserole? Just bake it that way instead. Whichever way you choose to make it, this dinner disappears fast.

Tired of making banana bread when those bananas on the counter have passed their prime? Banana pancakes with chocolate chips are a quick, easy breakfast that I’d happily eat for dessert as well.

Air fryer Brussels sprouts are the popcorn of the vegetable world. There is no way you can eat just one – they are such a great snack or side. I feel like brussels sprouts are finally getting the attention they have long deserved. Eat straight out of the air fryer or drizzled with a balsamic glaze, I could happily snack on these every day. 

What I’m CRAVING: These banana split freezer bites look like a lot of fun and they could also be a good way to keep some healthy snackable treats on hand. I’m going to make a few this weekend with the bananas we have on the counter. I can’t wait to try them!

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these freezer storage containers. I ordered more this week and can hardly wait to fill them for ice cream season. (Technically, every day in our world is ice cream season, but we sure do churn more throughout the warmer months.) 

I originally purchased them many years ago, specifically for storing homemade ice cream. I’ve come to love them for everything though. From storing leftovers, prepping salads, taking meals to friends, and freezing soups and sauces, pretty much everything works in these sturdy containers.

What I’m WATCHING: Elvis. Though there are a few of his songs that I love, I’ve never been a really big Elvis fan. However, the previews for this movie caught my attention and I wound up really enjoying it. Austin Butler gave an absolutely incredible performance and Tom Hanks did as well. This movie deserves every award it has won and more.

What I’m READING: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. Oh, my friends, this is such a good read. Even if you aren’t necessarily interested in reducing your use of technology, there is a lot of solid info here that may make you rethink the way you use your devices. If you’re anything like me and have given some thought to the amount of time we spend staring at our phones, this book is likely to inspire you.

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you.” Isaiah 42:6a

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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