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The Little Things Newsletter #383 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’ve been outside as much as possible this week, soaking up this gorgeous fall weather. I’m reading a book right now where one of the characters is annoyed with Anne Shirley’s October quote, as he insists October is an awful month for weather, and I just had to laugh to myself as this has become one of my favorite months.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

ON THE BLOGS this week: Warm hash browns, crumbled bacon, eggs, and cheese create an Amish Breakfast Casserole that is pure morning magic.

Roasted sweet potatoes, crisp warm baby spinach, and spicy breakfast sausage are all topped with an egg in this Sweet Potato Hash.

Tender chicken and a rainbow of vegetables mingle with noodles in a smoky chipotle sauce to make this Chipotle Chicken Pasta an easy dinner that is out of this world.

Tender, juicy meatloaf is seasoned to melt-in-your-mouth perfection and smothered in a rich, velvety mushroom gravy that’s so good you’ll want to lick the spoon. Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy is your next favorite dinner.

Creamy, classic mashed potatoes are elevated with the sharp and tangy flavor of white cheddar cheese in these White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.

Sliced fresh apples, with a drizzle of peanut butter and honey, topped with a handful of crunchy chocolate peanut butter granola add up to a plate of the best ever Apple Nachos.

Freshly brewed espresso is poured over creamy vanilla ice cream to create Affogato, an Italian dessert that is a marriage made in flavor heaven.

Juicy peaches, cinnamon, and brown sugar bubble merrily beneath an irresistible fluffy crust in this Crockpot Peach Cobbler.

What I’m CRAVING: Creamy mashed potatoes are topped with breaded chicken, cheese, corn, and gravy to make these Chicken Mashed Potato Bowls! Oh my word, why have I never thought of doing this?

My FAVORITE THING this week is this set of pillows. Over the past few years, I’ve replaced just about every pillow in our home with these pillows. And our guests almost always ask where the pillows in the guest room are from. I don’t know if there is magical sleeping dust in them or if they’re truly just plain perfect, but I still really like them. 

I first shared these pillows with you a few years ago and this was what I said: “I have no idea what is in these pillows that makes them “gel cooling pillows” but oh my word, they are so comfortable! They are the perfect combination of soft and firm.”

What I’m LISTENING to: Shaken By A Low Sound by Crooked Still. This is another group I’ve found by way of The Revivalists, Nathaniel Rateliff, Drew Holcomb, The Crane Wives, and so many other great upbeat, folk-influenced, Americana, indie groups. I’ve been playing this album on repeat this week and don’t see that changing any time soon. It’s a great one.

What I’m READING: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin. Having read Unbroken, I’m a big fan of Louis Zamperini and I wanted to read more about the rest of his life. 

However, I didn’t find this book to be anywhere near as inspiring as I expected it to be. The book is filled with common-sense advice much like many other self-help style books today. Compared to Unbroken, this book was honestly a bit of a letdown, but I was interested enough in learning more about the rest of his life to finish reading it.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

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

Mary

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