The Little Things, The Bigger Things, My Favorite Things


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Grab a cup of coffee or tea, my friends. Get comfy, and settle in for just a moment. I am so excited to chat with you today! (If you don’t have that spare moment this morning, skip straight to the bottom of this post and GET YOURSELF ENTERED in this awesome holiday giveaway for one of THREE $100 Amazon gift cards.)

First things first, have you seen the fantastic new Recipe Index on the website?? As someone who started her blog simply to have an organized and easy to use way to store recipes, this index makes me grin every time I use it. I never imagined that this website would one day hold over 1400 recipes, yet here we are and it was time for a wee update.

Barefeet In The Kitchen's new recipe index makes finding the perfect recipe easier than ever!

The shiny new recipe cards? With their much requested easy print button? The categories that are so easy to search? That fabulous search feature at the top and side of every page? Oh, friends, I’m so happy to share this with you at last. May all of your recipe searches be fruitful now.

Have you checked out The Little ThingsOn the weekend, I share a glimpse into our life and my thoughts in The Little Things Newsletter. Books I’m reading, things we’re watching, things we’re doing, and whatever I might be pondering: I didn’t imply this was brilliant writing, right? You’ll find the Weekly Meal Plan in the newsletter as well as mouthwatering links to foods that I’m craving. This is my favorite way to connect with all of you and each time you hit reply on that newsletter in your email, it makes me smile. (You can sign up HERE and I’ll drop that newsletter straight into your email each weekend.) I dearly love hearing from you all and I am honored that you take the time to write to me.

There is an updated ABOUT section and a brand new LIFE section too. Check it all out and then get yourself entered in this giveaway for some pre-Christmas fun!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS –> Sponsored by me for you. The end. Merry Christmas. You all make my life a better place. Without you, Barefeet In The Kitchen would not be the coolest job that I never knew could be a job. The fact that I get to do something I love every day is priceless on so many levels. So, I’m sharing my joy with you today in the form of a few gift cards. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Enter to WIN one of (3) $100 Amazon Gift Cards from Barefeet In The Kitchen!

Just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite holiday memory, tell me about your favorite (or least favorite!) holiday food, or if the holidays aren’t your thing, tell me about something, anything at all, that has made you smile recently. At the end of next week, I’ll toss the names in a hat to randomly choose THREE lucky winners of (3) $100 Amazon gift cards. Good luck!


Giveaway ends on Friday, December 9th, 2016, at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. Three winners will be randomly chosen and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen.

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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. Dale Nastuk says

    Hi Mary, I really love your recipes and recipe book.
    My most favorite memory of Christmas is my Dad shaking some old cow bells on Christmas eve and saying better get to bed Santa is on his way. Also a 30 pound turkey he ordered from a farm that year since we had lots of people for dinner
    For Christmas dinner everyone’s favorite food is Dad’s turkey stuffing which is made with Miracle Whip salad dressing and contains walnuts and apples. Ever since he found the recipe we don’t try any other. Also my Mom’s pumpkin pie. It just never turns out the same when I make it. She did forget the amount of sugar in it but I figured that out by taste. It could be the oven since when we bought this house we found out the oven heated way too hot. My birthday is the day after Christmas. I missed Christmas by 90 minutes that year. Of course getting together with family is the best. Merry Christmas

  2. Karin A. says

    I loved going to my grandma’s house when I was a kid where everything seemed magical ….. the twinkling bubble lights on the tree, the gaily wrapped gifts, and the smells of baking in the air. In the evening you could look out through a frosty window pane and see the ice skaters on the rink across the street……………..The family was all together. It was wonderful.

  3. Lisa Schuck says

    One of my favorite childhood Christmas memories is of our family going to midnight mass and celebrating the Posadas. I loved how our Mexican church community would reenact the night the savior was born and how they were looking for a place to stay. The music was beautiful with the Mariachi’s playing and everyone singing along. My siblings and I were only little kids, but to us being a part of the church celebration was what Christmas was truly about. Afterwards we would go home and have fresh tamales or Mexican bread with Mexican hot chocolate before going to bed. To this day I wish I could go back to those wonderful times . . . Feliz Navidad!

  4. Andrea Gardner says

    Merry Early Christmas Mary: I love your e-mail recipes. …just saw the Pecan slab pie recipe & can’t wait to make it for Christmas Day. The reason for my excitement is your use of brown sugar and maple sugar instead of corn syrup plus I love pecan pie & don’t eat it anymore.
    I am smiling & really looking forward to Christmas, decorating, the “whole enchilada” for the first time since my husband went to heaven 4 1/2 yrs ago. My son, my wonderful DiL and our first grandson, Bennett, 16 mos old, will be home for Christmas from SC and the entire family will be celebrating Jesus’ birth together.

  5. Kristin F. says

    My favorite holiday food? Well…it’s hands down bing cherry fruit salad! We have it at every family dinner….it’s delicious and I’ve never seen anything better on the table, I mean, who doesn’t love bing cherries?!

  6. April was in CA now MA says

    My favorite holiday thing this year is that my dad is here for a visit and will be staying until Christmas! We’re so excited to have him here, after losing my second-mom earlier this year things have been rough for him being many states away and alone. We’re all having a wonderful time. <3

  7. Jeneen Townsend says

    My favorite memory is watching my children open presents and being thankful to experience there joy to see what they got!!! This year I will be celebrating graduating with my Masters degree.

  8. Marcia Scott says

    I’ve already printed a recipe off those neat little cards you have now, nice… We have a litter of 8 puppies that make me smile and pick up lots of poop every day.

  9. Sue Shafer says

    I look forward to your emails every week . Love to hear what’s going on in your & Jeffery life. Want to take this time to wish you two a
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!! Love your recipes. Keep them coming!!! Love, Sue Shafer

  10. Blue says

    Christmas has always been a mixed bag for me as my childhood was not desirable.. and I’m so glad I survived it, just. As an adult, it didn’t get easier I wish I could say, but again, I’m blessed to stoll be surviving. I lost all my long term memories in my last head injury but I always kept diaries all my life, a way to say, at least to me, that I was here. I mattered.. one entry, age 7, I had been beaten badly and was hospitalized over Christmas. Since it was so bad as I was vomiting blood, they kept me in isolation. Local children from some school came by and painted a Christmas scene from their country and spelled it on each door. Mine was Sweden! The painting was so cheery , so colorful, I loved it and vowed to myself– someday, I’ll go. It cheered me up so. Well, one day a child snuck in to see me, I suppose I had been crying.. something not allowed at home, he brought his supper. I was on iv ! But he had steak and mashed potatoes. . Oh my gosh. I’d never been allowed food like that. He shared his Christmas Eve meal with me, telling me stories of his siblings. What a wonderful family. They loved each other. He hugged me the best he could, I had so many casts and such. And said to me, “God loves you.. don’t cry. Keep good cheer. Sleep well” .. and then he left. What a blessing .. I wrote it all down.. and hugged my book. For one Christmas, I was loved, unconditionally. Tho I don’t remember much.. I have bits of the moment imbedded deep in me. I think, it’s been my lesson, to be kind to others.. to pay it forward. . Because kind hearts prevail. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays..
    …”Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higianu laz’man hazeh”
    Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving
    us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.