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The Little Things Newsletter #406 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Are you as excited as I am about the sunshine in the forecast this week? I’ve been trying to spend an hour outside every day and the weather has finally warmed up enough to make that a far more comfortable time.

And speaking of time outdoors, if you happen to be a local friend and want to go for a walk one of these days, I’m game. I love having company on my walks.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Crispy potatoes, gooey cheese, and spicy green chile nestle together in warm tortillas to make these easy Potato Green Chile Tacos.

Light and fluffy, absolutely perfect pancakes are a recipe that everyone needs to have in their pocket. I’ve been making this pancake recipe for as long as I can remember and every single person who has tried these pancakes has loved them.

And speaking of pancakes, when I first heard that you could use a package of muffin mix to make pancakes, I simply had to try it. It turns out that muffin mix pancakes are the easiest pancakes ever and they’re a fun breakfast twist.

Rich sausage, hearty potatoes, and tender, earthy green beans come together in this incredibly flavorful one-pot meal. It turns out that cooking sausage and potatoes in the crockpot is one heck of an awesome dinner plan!

Sheet pan dinners are a staple on our meal plans and this chicken thigh sheet pan dinner can be made with any vegetable and/or potato combination that you have on hand.

Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies are perfectly crisp on top and irresistibly soft inside, these cookies are a fabulous blend of warm cinnamon and sweet sugar.

Loaded with Biscoff cookies and positively bursting with rich, nostalgic flavor, each scoop of this Cookie Butter Ice Cream is an ice cream lover’s delight.

What I’m CRAVING: Zuppa Toscana with plenty of garlic bread on the side. I’d completely forgotten about that recipe until a couple of days ago and it’s on our meal plan now. It’s so good!

What I’m LISTENING to: Noah Kahan. My cousin introduced me to this artist earlier this week and I’ve been listening ever since. His folk-rock style of music is influenced by early Mumford & Sons and I am loving it all so far.

I like his music so much that I looked up his concerts and even with a huge tour right now all over the world, all of the concerts anywhere near me are sold out for the year already. My fingers are crossed that I’ll luck into a waitlisted one. I would love to hear him live. If you enjoyed Mumford’s first album as much as I did, you’ll likely enjoy Noah’s music too.

What I’m READING: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. I’ve been a fan of Francine Rivers since I was a teen and I’ve read some of her books so many times I’ve lost count. This is a newer book (2018) and it didn’t disappoint. I’ll admit that it’s a little different from her older writing, and I didn’t really connect with the characters the same way, but the book still drew me in and I enjoyed it. It was a fast read and I recommend it.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 ESV

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

Mary

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