The Little Things Newsletter #421 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We’re headed to the Pend Oreille River (in the Idaho and Washington area) this weekend to spend several days vacationing with my sister’s family. I can hardly wait! 

And lest anyone think we’re leaving an empty house behind and talking about it here – spoiler alert, we’re not. But in the meantime, if you have a favorite casual restaurant suggestion in the Newport, WA area, I’d love to hear it.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK:  With an abundance of sweet ripe berries, fresh green spinach, chewy pasta, and a bright and flavorful light balsamic dressing, this strawberry spinach salad is an unexpected and delicious pasta salad.

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The best ever bbq meatloaf is here to add variety to your dinner table. Take an easy meatloaf recipe and make it more delicious with the addition of tangy barbecue sauce. 

Follow this super simple guide on how to boil corn and you’ll be enjoying summer’s best in no time at all. Sweet, buttery goodness will be yours!

Is it really summer if you don’t have crazy amounts of zucchini and corn? Whether you’re hitting the farmer’s market for a deal or growing zucchini like it’s your job, this simple yet delicious side dish pairs these two classic warm weather vegetables!

What happens when you combine a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries? You wind up with a batch of absolutely irresistible white chocolate raspberry cookies

The best ice cream cookie sandwiches start with the best ever perfectly chewy cookies. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve found the cookie recipe that works perfectly when frozen.

You need these buttery sweet chocolate chip cookie dough bites in your life. Each one is filled with miniature chocolate chips in a bite-size chunk of snackable cookie dough!

What I’m CRAVING: It must be the season for porch sitting and cocktail sipping because I’m craving both my friend Meseidy’s whiskey smash and my brother-in-law Jason’s mai tai. It’s a good thing we’re on vacation this week, because both of these are going to be happening soon.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this Hitster game. Yep, I’m still obsessed. I’m packing it now to play with my sister’s family. 

What I’m READING: I finished reading through the Christmas Keys books and they all turned out to be fun, very light reads. There are nine short books in the series (all available for free as part of Kindle Unlimited) and I read most of them in a couple of hours or less. 

These are clean, fast reads that have been a fun distraction this summer. The main character often makes me roll my eyes, but the other characters have grown on me. I didn’t enjoy this series quite as much as the Shipwreck Key series, but I still recommend both for a fun mindless distraction.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 ESV

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


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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. Donna Wisner says

    I’ve been a subscriber for years. Can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve made from you. Not one was bad. Love them all.
    I just made “the best ice-cream cookie sandwich recipe”. There was no flour so the batter was very wet and spread out too much. Did I do something wrong? Disappointed because I was taking them camping for my family.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hmmm, it’s hard to guess what might have gone wrong without being in your kitchen with you, Donna. Did you add the full amount of the oats and peanut butter? Between those two, it should’ve been a very thick scoopable cookie dough without any need for flour. These cookies typically do not spread very much. Sorry for the hassle this time! I’m glad to hear that you have enjoyed the other recipes so much though.