The Little Things Newsletter #401 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m writing to you this morning from Switzerland – no joke – and I’m pretty excited about it. We just settled in at our Airbnb a couple of hours ago and the view of Lake Geneva from our apartment is lovely.

I’m here for Prix de Laussane and can hardly wait to see Rowan dance again. (I’m also here for alllll the chocolate and the cheese, but if Rowan asks, this week is all about him, k?) If you’re reading this and happen to be familiar with Switzerland, send me your favorite must-try foods, pretty please!

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: With a flavorful chicken broth base and light wisps of egg throughout, classic Egg Drop Soup is a wonderful, light, and simple soup your whole family will request again and again. The first time I made this soup, my kids went crazy over it and devoured every single sip. They requested it again the very next day for lunch.

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Flavorful artichokes and earthy spinach meld perfectly with zesty garlic and Parmesan cheese in a creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip so good, you will not be able to stop dipping.

Tender chunks of savory chicken dance with crisp green beans in a sauce that’s the perfect blend of savory and spice in this Chicken and Green Beans Stir Fry.

With a rich, buttery dough that is loaded with irresistible morsels of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies nail every delicious detail. And, bonus, they stay soft and chewy for days.

Andes Mint Cookies are soft-baked chocolate cookies loaded with Andes Mint pieces and spread with an extra layer of mint goodness. They’re amazing straight from the oven.

Gooey chocolate chips and salty bits of toffee are wrapped up in these soft Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just begging to be dunked in your favorite milk.

Creamy vanilla ice cream is swirled with decadent fudge while tiny peanut butter cups dance in every spoonful of this homemade Moose Tracks Ice Cream.

What I’m CRAVING: Raclette! I can hardly wait to try authentic raclette while we’re here in Switzerland. It’s going to be a delicious week. 

My FAVORITE THING this week is my Klean Kanteen insulated water bottle. I’ve been traveling with this same bottle for 7 years now and I still love it. It’s tiny enough to fit into just about any bag, and it will keep ice water cold for days – literally for days. I pack it empty and refill it often.

What I’m READING: Woman of God by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This was an interesting read and I enjoyed it, but I’ll be honest and admit that I struggled a good bit with the main character. Was there any kind of crisis that she didn’t survive? As I said, I did enjoy the book, but suspension of disbelief was a requirement for me to get through it. 

What I’m LISTENING to: Pour It Out Into The Night by The Revivalists. This has become one of my favorite albums by The Revivalists. The more I play it the more I like it.

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” Psalm 37:5 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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  1. Connie Dunfield says

    In Switzerland be sure to go to a restaurant which makes authentic “Cheese Fondue”! And be hungry, it’s a big pot of hot gooey cheese. Then they have you scrap off the bottom of the pot to get to the crusty pieces, the best!

  2. Barb E says

    Mary, I hope you enjoy your time in Switzerland. I have family that live there and we visited some time ago. I am hoping to go back someday. It is such a majestic country. One of my fondest memories was a Raclette dinner. I highly recommend the experience, if you have not already done so. Have a wonderful time!