The Little Things Newsletter #422 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! We had a fantastic time in Washington and Idaho this week, enjoying the Pend Orielle River and making the most of our time with family. We made it back home in the wee hours of yesterday morning and I’m happily spending this afternoon on the couch. It’s great to be home, despite the crazy heatwave that has found us here in Ohio. (Doesn’t the summer heat know that we very happily left it behind in Phoenix?)

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Build your own hot dog bar this summer with four awesome combinations – Chicago-Style, Hawaiian, Green Chile Queso, and BBQ Sundaes.

Oatmeal is anything but boring when it’s made into baked oatmeal cups – like warm, soft and chewy oatmeal cookies designed to be eaten for breakfast!

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I have adored corn since I was a little kid. A bowl of these sweet and juicy kernels with a pat of butter take me right back to childhood. Follow this guide on how to saute corn and you’ll love it too.

Super fresh sweet corn is cooked in butter with a squeeze of lime, then transformed with cream and a dash of cayenne. Words fail me to describe just how mouth-wateringly delicious this fresh creamed corn is, my friends.

Gooey butter cake is a buttery, sweet cake with a rich cream cheese layer. It has been an instant hit with everyone who tastes it.

This no-bake Nutella pie with an Oreo crust is a Nutella lover’s dream. This is also the easiest Nutella cheesecake ever because it is completely no-bake and requires just a handful of ingredients!

Made without a drop of cream or dairy milk, this chocolate peanut butter ice cream is a non-dairy and vegan ice cream that my boys devour.

What I’m CRAVING: ALL THE SALADS! Anytime I come home from vacation, it’s as if my body starts clammering for vegetables nonstop. (And yes, we still eat tons of vegetables when on vacation.) This tomato, peach, burrata salad looks incredible. I need to play with a version of it soon.

My FAVORITE THING this week is another new game – Skyjo. My brother and I played this card game for the first time a few weeks ago and it’s been a ton of fun to play with bigger groups too. Designed for 2-8 players, it’s super versatile and we love it. Everyone from kids to older adults have enjoyed it and it’s sure to be packed for our next trip as well. 

What I’m READING:  Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. This is the first book in The Great Library series and I enjoyed it. (I’m currently reading book 3 in this series, as I’m curious to see how it will all work out.) In this world, alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. All knowledge is controlled and it is often valued above human life.

What I’m LISTENING to: Rockferry by Duffy. Her voice is incredible and her music is a mix of soul, r&b, neo soul, with a bit of pop thrown in. Can you tell that I’m really enjoying her music? She’s new to me, despite the fact the album was released 15+ years ago. The songs “Mercy” and “Warwick Avenue” are both just excellent.

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 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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