The Little Things Newsletter #357 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I spent a few days this week cooking and photographing recipes with Lynne and as always, we had a great time of it. We laughed until we cried, stayed up way too late, and ate a lot of great food.

I’m sitting by our front window this morning with my cup of coffee, looking out at the fog, and listening to the birds singing outside. The weather is supposed to be in the 60s today too, and there is no rain in the forecast. Could spring actually be on its way at last??

ON THE BLOG this week: If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you likely know that we eat a lot of chicken. I’ve shared over 150 chicken recipes already and there isn’t an end in sight. These juicy, oven baked chicken thighs turn out exactly right every time we make them and they get made at least once a month.

Light and slightly tangy creamy pasta salad, with just enough dressing to coat the noodles and vegetables, this is one heck of an awesome summer pasta salad. (And it’s a perfect match for those chicken thighs any night of the week.)

Light, crispy, and flaky air fryer Brussels sprouts chips are delightfully snackable and surprisingly satisfying. These chips are the snack you never knew you were missing! 

Are you getting tired of pot pie recipes? I hope not, because I can’t get enough of them lately. Straight from the oven, this biscuit-topped chicken pot pie casserole is downright mouthwatering with its piping hot filling of tender chicken and vegetables, topped with flaky, golden-brown biscuits.

My youngest son requested this cauliflower dish again this week. With a sprinkling of cheese, a light cream sauce, and a crispy buttery bread crumb topping, I will happily be making it this weekend.

With just 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes of effort, you can make this salty, sweet, completely irresistible peanut butter ice cream topping. I’m willing to bet that you’ll find yourself pouring it over everything.

Does anyone not have this cookie recipe from their grandmother? Oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and a drop of maple syrup all combine to make my grandmother’s Monster Cookies.

Once you’ve made the peanut butter sauce and stashed a stack of cookies away, you need to churn a batch of Monster Cookie Ice Cream. Swirled with chunks of peanut butter and loaded with cookies, this is the perfect balance of salty-sweet. It will leave you craving just one more bite every time you make it.

What I’m CRAVING: It’s always a delicious week when Lynne is here, and this Banana Tres Leches Cake did not disappoint. This is an incredibly moist banana cake topped with piles of whipped cream, toasted coconut, and sliced bananas. My family went a little crazy over it.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this jewelry cleaning gel. I’ve been using this for years – seriously, I’ve had my bottle for at least 5+ years and I use it every week. It makes everything it touches sparkle. (For what it’s worth, I’ve tried pretty much everything else on the market and this little bottle of cleaner outshines them all.) Best of all, it only takes a few seconds to use it.

What I’m LISTENING to: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. Sean introduced me to this group a while back and we played this on repeat all week long in the kitchen. Their music is a mix of rock & roll swagger with classic soul, folk-based indie, R&B, and country influences. It is impossible to NOT be happy when listening to their music.

What I’m READING: The Choice: The Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts. This is the final book in the trilogy and I’ll admit I’m glad it’s done. To be honest, I thought the ending was rushed, especially in comparison to the very slow speed of the other books and most of this final one. I liked the first book in the series the most (as is true in much fantasy fiction) simply because it’s hard to top the first reveal of a new world, but the second and third books were still worth the read and I enjoyed them.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

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

Mary