The Little Things Newsletter #368 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been a seriously delicious week spent in the kitchen over here. There are a whole lot of great new recipes headed your way this summer.

Oh! If you’re a rhubarb lover, you should definitely subscribe for emails over here, so that you don’t miss any of those new recipes.

ON THE BLOGS this week:  This fried rice with chicken and bacon has been firmly established in our home as the best “unplanned and amazingly delicious” meal ever.

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Sweet and slightly tart fresh blueberries are lightly covered in dark chocolate to create an irresistible sweet snack that doubles as a quick and easy dessert too.

Creamy, spicy, pasta with bell peppers and sausage is a 20-minute meal that everyone loves. My family will happily eat this pasta any night of the week.

Anyone who has ever grown their own zucchini knows that before summer is over, you’re going to be looking for new ways to use it. This guide details all the steps to follow on how to make zucchini noodles.

If you know how to cook zucchini noodles you can have these garlic parmesan zucchini noodles ready to eat in just minutes – perfectly seasoned with just butter and herbs or topped with your favorite pasta sauce.

The satisfying sizzle of colorful veggies on a hot grill yields all the fabulous flavor and charring you want in no time at all. Learning how to grill all kinds of vegetables makes summer dinners a breeze.

Fresh strawberries are tossed with sugar and cinnamon before being layered under a sweet biscuit crust to make this strawberry cobbler. If you’re a fan of classic strawberry shortcake, this berry-filled dessert is going to thrill you.

Smooth vanilla ice cream meets the vibrant flavor of sweet, ripe cherries in every bite of this black cherry ice cream. And, the second spoonful? Irresistible.

Sweet, tart cherry filling and a crisp almond topping combine to make an easy and delicious summertime dessert. Whether topped with a scoop of ice cream or served alone, this is a treat that will have you coming back for more.

You need just three ingredients to make these peanut butter milkshakes. They are a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

What I’m CRAVING:  This Sweet and Sticky Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) caught my eye this week and I printed the recipe to try soon. It sounds fantastic!

What I’m WATCHING: Sweet Home Alabama. My friend Lynne was here this week and she’d never seen the movie. (How is that possible?!) It’s one of my forever favorites and I very happily informed her we’d be watching it asap. Fortunately for our friendship, she loved it.

What I’m LISTENING to: Pour it Out Into The Night by The Revivalists. This whole album! I’ve listened to it every day this week and I’m loving it more each time through. It’s excellent.

I love hearing from you and I appreciate all of the book suggestions you sent my way this week. To celebrate 7 years of awesome books we’ve shared in these newsletters, I’m giving away 7 Kindle Paperwhite e-readers. THE GIVEAWAY ENDS TOMORROW!

If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway, leave a comment on last week’s newsletter post with the name of a book you love, a book you’ve been meaning to read, or a book you are reading now – and I’d love it if you take a moment to leave a description too! 

Giveaway is sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen. Giveaway ends on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. Seven winners will be randomly selected and notified via email. GIVEAWAY CLOSED – ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 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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  1. Vicki says

    I’m definitely going to make the fried rice with chicken and bacon.

    I watched Sweet Home Alabama many years ago and now I want to watch it again!