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The Little Things Newsletter #424 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Our little village pulls out all the stops for the 4th of July with a street fair set up downtown for most of the week. It’s always a lot of fun, and we usually have friends or family visiting too, but when it’s over we’re all ready to get back to regular life.

I’m looking forward to a week filled with everyday routines, walks outside, and plenty of sunshine! (Fun fact – I caught a glimpse of the haying that was happening in the field behind our house this week. I had NO idea that hay bales were so big! I walked out to the field and was in awe of the size. They made the tractors look like toys.)

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK:  This BLT salad is fully loaded with crunchy romaine lettuce, sweet tomatoes and fresh corn, salty bacon, rich and creamy avocado slices, cubed cheddar cheese, crunchy croutons, and the perfect ranch dressing.

Sweet corn, ripe bell peppers, red onion, and jalapenos are seasoned with a medley of aromatic spices and a touch of fresh cilantro to make each spoonful of this fiesta corn a fabulous blend of flavors. True to its name, it tastes like a party!

If you want to learn how to roast corn, you’ve come to the right place! Roasting corn concentrates its sweetness. Served with a pat of butter, roasted corn takes me right back to childhood.

Avocados, chicken, corn, and black beans pair well with a blend of southwestern spices for a quick Mexican flavor-inspired chicken lettuce wrap.

Lemon blueberry bread is soft, moist, and generously filled with blueberries and bright lemon flavor. This is a quick and easy bread recipe everyone will love.

Soft, chewy and just barely crisp on the edges chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are memorably good. This is one of my favorite cookie combinations. There is no bad time of day (or even year!) for cookies. And these cookies? You’re going to want them all day (and year) long.

If you’re a fan of root beer floats -and who isn’t?- you’re going to go wild for this root beer ice cream. This is a summer treat that could fast become a family favorite!

What I’m CRAVING: Watermelon! Just give me all the watermelon. It’s that time of year and I can’t get enough of it. Typically, I just want a simple bowl filled with bites of watermelon, maybe with a sprinkling of salt. But this week I turned that craving into a brand new salad, and I can’t get enough of it. I’ll be sharing that recipe soon!

My FAVORITE THING this week is once again the Hitster game. This music quiz party game has become a family favorite and we are having a blast with it. It’s truly so much fun for all ages and we’ve been playing with friends and family every chance we get. (Full disclosure, I’m pretty awful at it and the game is still a lot of fun!)

What I’m READING: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep by Matthew Walker. This is a fascinating read on the importance of sleep. I’m breaking my newsletter rule here and sharing the book before I’ve finished reading it. I’ll update again in a week or two with more about this book, but so far it’s a 5-star recommendation from me. 

What I’m LISTENING to: Hope in Front of Me by Danny Gokey. I downloaded this album because I heard his song, “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and liked it a lot. I’ve only listened to the album once, but that song is already a new favorite.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

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


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