The Little Things Newsletter #415 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! This was a week filled with sunshine (YAY for spring weather!), plenty of great food, a whole lot of work, and an abundance of coffee. I’m ready to relax as much as possible this weekend!

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: You can make this creamy, rich, and extra saucy Broccoli Mac and Cheese – completely from scratch – in the same amount of time it takes to cook a box of mac and cheese.

These Zucchini Taco Boats are full of flavor and cheesy goodness. Let’s face it – tacos make everything better, especially zucchini.

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Pasta and sausage in a rich tomato pasta sauce is topped with an abundance of cheese to create this Cheesy Sausage Pasta. Everything bakes and melts together to create an irresistible dinner for any cheese or pasta lover.

Creamy, tangy, and very lightly sweetened, this Blueberry Cream Cheese is exactly what your morning is missing. Make some now and you can thank me later.

With crisp edges and soft, chewy centers, these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies make me grin with every bite. If you aren’t a fan of white chocolate, feel free to use your favorite chocolate instead. However, if you like white chocolate, the combination of macadamia nuts and sweet vanilla chips can’t be beat.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream is an old-fashioned favorite made simply with strawberries, sugar, cream, and milk. Just a few ingredients add up to a summer ice cream treat that everyone loves.

Last but not least, here are 20+ easy, inexpensive, naturally gluten free desserts that require no special ingredients! These are my go-to desserts anytime I need an allergy-friendly option at the last moment. They are also the recipes I share with anyone who asks for a simple and uncomplicated gluten free dessert recipe.

What I’m CRAVING: This Muffuletta Cheese Ball caught my eye this week and it needs to happen very soon. Filled with spicy Capicola, salami, and provolone cheese, I already know my guys will go crazy over it. 

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are my pens. It’s been a little over a year since I first told you about these pens and I’m even more obsessed after using them daily for the past year. At barely a dollar each, they’re not only the best pens, but the best deal ever for a fantastic writing pen

I’ve always been particular about my pens, but these pens? They’re a next-level favorite for me. I have these in all of my bags, my desk, my kitchen counter, my car, anywhere I might want to write something down.

What I’m LISTENING to: Love Songs for Losers by The Lone Bellow. This one has been getting regular listening time for a couple of months now. I’m really enjoying it.

What I’m READING: The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin. I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to, so much in fact, I’m buying a hard copy of the book in addition to the one currently on my Kindle. 90% life story about about 10% recipes, it’s a terrific read for anyone who enjoys food.

I wasn’t very familiar with Pépin (unlike most of the world) prior to reading the book and I finished it thinking that he is an absolutely charming, humble, and well-spoken man. In addition to his autobiography, I’ve ordered his Essential Pépin cookbook as well.

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13 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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