The Little Things Newsletter #386 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Not only am I looking forward to a week of gorgeous chilly fall weather, this is also going to be a week filled with family. My brother will be here, as well as my aunt and uncle. AND my middle baby will be turning 18 in just a few days! The teen years really do fly past, my friends.

ON THE BLOGS this week: Creamy, chewy oats, bananas, and pecans are topped with a generous drizzle of maple syrup to make this warm and filling maple banana nut oatmeal. Less than 10 minutes of effort is required to put this hot breakfast on the table. 

This uncomplicated yet incredibly flavorful meal is created by roasting Brussels sprouts and potatoes and then stirring them together with zesty sausage and a generous helping of cheese. As much as we enjoy each of these ingredients on their own, when combined the result is greater than the sum of its parts.

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These BBQ chicken foil packets are easily made with chicken, a sprinkling of spices, a handful of mixed vegetables, and a brushing of barbecue sauce.

Tender, slightly crisp green beans sauteed in butter and tossed with plenty of fresh herbs are a side dish that everyone enjoys.

Cheesy broccoli mashed potatoes were inspired by my family’s fondness for Irish colcannon, the ever-popular loaded mashed potatoes with cabbage. 

Creamy hazelnut spread and melted chocolate are tucked inside flaky, buttery pastry dough before being baked into these irresistible chocolate babka bites.

Creamy chocolate fudge filled with peanuts and marshmallows makes a chewy, crunchy, salty, sweet rocky road fudge that all ages will enjoy.

Have you tasted arroz con leche? This is a Mexican rice pudding made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, and plenty of cinnamon. You’re going to love it!

My FAVORITE THING this week is this contoured sleeping mask. I’ve used a contoured mask for years now and swear by the difference it makes. This mask is a bit nicer and fancier (more contouring and thicker padding around the edges) than my older ones and I love it. There is zero light sneaking in, not even a teeny tiny edge around my nose. I slept like a rock each time I wore it this week and it was very comfortable throughout the night. I don’t think I adjusted it even once – at least not that I recall.

What I’m WATCHING: Wall-E. Oh my goodness! How have I never watched this movie before now? Who knew that robots could be so expressive? I found the relationship between Wall-E and Eve to be charming.

What I’m LISTENING to: Pour it Out Into The Night by The Revivalists. This whole album! I’ve listened to it regularly for months now and I enjoy it more each time through. It’s my favorite of their albums now.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

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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