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The Little Things Newsletter #389 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It sure did feel extra cold this week, after spending so much time in Phoenix. The fall leaves and accompanying chilly weather have arrived and I’m loving my beautiful Ohio world. There was even talk of snow here this week, but I didn’t catch a single snowflake. Did you? 

Are you ready for sweater weather and winter coziness? Or are you wishing for a few more days of sunshine and shorts? My meal plan for this coming week sure is ready for the cold nights, so I hope I am too!

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Cajun dipping sauce is the supporting star of so many meals, providing a fiery, smoky punch with each bite. (Not a fan of too much heat? Just dial down the cayenne in the recipe below.)

We did a stovetop seafood boil this week with shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage, boiled in a flavorful spicy broth, and added an abundance of additional fresh vegetables! This was a serious winner of a meal, my friends – and it was so EASY to do at home. It’s going to be on the regular rotation now.

With plenty of buttered corn flavor, Corn Spoonbread is a classic comfort food that will keep you coming back for more.

All of the savory flavors of classic lasagna are packed into a sweet and slightly charred bell pepper to make these Lasagna Stuffed Peppers. This dinner is a guaranteed win for anyone who loves lasagna and can’t get enough of bell peppers.

Is it a salad or a dessert? A dreamy mix of cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream is loaded with juicy bits of sweet tropical fruit in this Pineapple Fluff Salad.

Cinnamon Ice Cream is a sweet, rich, vanilla custard ice cream spiced with enough cinnamon to linger after each bite.

Spiced pumpkin puree is topped with a crunchy, cinnamon sugar oat crumble in this Pumpkin Crisp, making it the perfect fall treat.

What I’m CRAVING: Have you heard of a Yogurt Pie?? My friend Jen’s pie caught my eye this week and now I can’t get the idea out of my mind. I can’t wait to play with some fun flavor combinations!

My FAVORITE THING this week is this inexpensive ladle. It’s a silly little thing to get so excited about, and until you’ve tried it you might not understand. A friend of mine had a similar ladle a while back and I’ve been on the hunt for one of my own. 

The front of the ladle is flat, making it possible to easily scoop every little bit of food from the bottom of a soup pot. Why aren’t all ladles made this way??? It’s positively brilliant!  

What I’m LISTENING to: Stunt by Barenaked Ladies. This album is 20+ years old and I still enjoy the playlist as much as I did when we bought it on CD. I listened to it while cleaning the other day and loved every song. I just saw that they have a new album out though, so I downloaded it today. I’ll let you know what I think of the new music next week.

“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” Proverbs 18:24 The Message 

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

Mary

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