The Little Things Newsletter #416 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s rainy and wet over here in Ohio today, but tomorrow’s forecast looks glorious. I’m looking forward to spending tomorrow afternoon napping on the back porch and enjoying the time with my family. 

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Street corn dip is a creamy, spicy, slightly sweet snack for any time of the year. With loads of great flavor from cilantro, lime, chili powder, and cumin, this is irresistible for anyone who loves Mexican street corn.

Creamy and fresh with a bit of tang, German cucumber salad brings back happy memories. Nothing says summer Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house quite like this old-fashioned salad.

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Tangy, sweet pineapple rice with cilantro and lime is a guaranteed win for any pineapple lovers. My family gives it two thumbs up around the table every time I make it. This is a fun side dish that was originally inspired by this recipe for Hawaiian huli huli chicken. I wanted something sweet and just a bit tangy, and the rice worked out beautifully.

This is a sweet, moist cherry cake filled with fruit and drizzled with an almond glaze. It is a dessert you can pull together with minimal effort for maximum results.

Blueberry milkshakes are summer in a glass, perfect for sipping on a hot day or treating yourself after a long day. This is a creamy, dreamy milkshake bursting with juicy blueberries. So simple, yet so satisfyingly delicious.

Crunchy, sweet, and salty old fashioned haystacks bring my Grandmother’s kitchen to mind every time I make them.

Having published well over 100 ice cream recipes, I get asked a LOT of questions about ice cream makers. So, I’ve updated my gigantic ice cream maker review to highlight the best and the worst ice cream makers for 2024.

What I’m CRAVING: This Vietnamese bbq shrimp pasta looks so good! Bring on all the shrimp recipes this summer. Grilled, sauteed, boiled, I’ll take them all.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this baseball cap. This is the most comfortable cap I have ever worn and I’ve found myself wearing it almost every day lately while on my walks. I love the slightly longer brim for extra shade too. (I just bought a second one, I like it so much!)

What I’m LISTENING to: The Comet Tides by Kevin Kerrigan. This is some of the most peaceful music I’ve found for times when I only want instrumental music. I really enjoy playing the classical music streaming channels when I’m working and I found this artist there. 

However, as much as I love classical music, it’s been great to hear some fresh new music in the same relaxing moods. Kerrigan is a British music artist and composer, and he’s also a creator of instrumental music for film, TV and endless other projects. This album is already a new favorite for me.

What I’m READING: The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan Housel. Oh, this one was a great read. This isn’t an in-depth financial how-to type of book. Housel dives into the complex and many times illogical relationship people have with money.

He discusses the psychological aspects that shape our financial decisions and behavior, emphasizing the importance of understanding why we make the choices we make when dealing with investing, savings, and making plans (or the lack thereof) for our future.

The advice given in the book is a whole lot of common sense with a heavy focus on saving as much as possible, long-term patient investing, and living well beneath your means. I recommend it as a fairly light financial read.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 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. Karen M. Sheppard says

    Greetings from Vermont Mary – I am wondering about recipes listing gluten flour amounts, or perhaps you have a ratio/chart that we can use.

    Karen M. Sheppard