The Little Things Newsletter #418 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Bring on the sunshine. Sean is hiking in Moab with a friend this weekend and I’m here with the boys. I bought a pickleball set to try, so we’ll be giving that a shot in the driveway today. (Fingers are crossed that it will be easy enough to set up and that we’ll actually enjoy it!)

If you’re in the area, Cedar & Thread and Green Velvet are having their annual tent sales today, the odds are good that I’ll stop by both locations later. It should be a fun and also pretty relaxing weekend. I wish you the same!

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Half a box of pasta, a pound of sausage, and some green cabbage that was tucked in the fridge added up to a winning last-minute meal a few weeks ago. The cabbage sausage pasta was such a hit with my family that I decided to make it again and write up the recipe to share with you all.

The best stir fries are salty, savory, sweet, and just a little bit spicy. This ground beef and broccoli stir fry nails all of those things.

Cajun coleslaw is nicely balanced with just the right amount of tang, a bit of sweetness, and just a hint of heat. The dressing coats the salad lightly without weighing it down.

Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that taste fantastic and also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan? Oh yeah, it’s possible. And best of all, you can likely make these with ingredients you already have on hand! No special ingredients are required.

Cherries and pineapple are tossed into a fluffy, creamy, sweet dressing to create this old-fashioned cherry fluff salad. Much like the ever-popular strawberry pretzel salad, cherry fluff isn’t really a salad at all.

Bubbling with sticky sweet cherries in their juices and topped with a buttery, flaky, cinnamon sugar crust, this cherry cobbler is a cherry lover’s dream come true.

Creamy, sweet, and slightly tangy cottage cheese ice cream tastes so much like cheesecake ice cream, you’ll do a double take! With three times the protein, it’s a new staple in our freezer. I dressed this batch of ice cream up with a berry swirl and graham cracker pieces throughout, but the options are nearly endless. I’m already playing a couple of new flavors.

What I’m CRAVING: Fried mushrooms! A friend mentioned them the other day (remember when fried mushrooms were a staple on so many restaurant menus?) and that started the craving. And then I saw Hank’s recipe for fried morels – oh. my. word. I need these in my life. 

My FAVORITE THING this week is this little clip for holding sunglasses in the car. This magnetic visor clip has proven so useful. I recently bought a tiny little car and there wasn’t somewhere convenient to hold my sunglasses when I’m not wearing them. I’m loving the new car and this handy clip too!

What I’m LISTENING to: Teddy Swims new album, I’ve Tried Everything But Therapy. Stumbled on this one via a station recommendation and I’m enjoying the whole album. “Lose Control,” “Some Things I’ll Never Know,” and “The Door” are a few of my favorites.

What I’m READING: The Golden Enclaves: Book 3 of The Scholomance by Naomi Novik. This is the final book in the Scholomance series. Despite the somewhat dark storyline (i.e. an adult twist on a magical boarding school and an unwilling dark sorceress who finds herself trying to survive there), these books are fairly light, fast reads. They’re a fun distraction and I enjoyed them. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 NIV

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

Mary

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