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The Little Things Newsletter #400 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! This past weekend with my sisters was great fun – in a whole lot of snow. We arrived at my sister’s cabin (pictured above) to find far more snow than we anticipated. We settled in for the night and then enjoyed a fantastic hike in the snow the next day before we headed back down the mountain.

I finally made it back home on Wednesday night (thanks to canceled and rescheduled connecting flights due to storms), just in time to enjoy the snow that has finally drifted our way here in Ohio. The whole family is home and tucked inside this weekend. I’m sipping a latte, snacking on popcorn, and enjoying the smell of this chili simmering on the stove while I write this newsletter.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Light and fluffy, slightly tangy, Buttermilk Pancakes – these are the diner style pancakes that you love. This recipe is the reason there is always buttermilk in our fridge.

Topped with maple syrup, buttermilk syrup, brown sugar butter syrup, berry sauce and whipped cream, or whipped strawberry butter, you can’t go wrong with a pancake breakfast.

Savory ground beef mingles with the earthy goodness of carrots and peas beneath a warm blanket of cheesy mashed potatoes in this Irish Cottage Pie.

Irresistibly crispy and nutty sprouts are balanced with sweet and tender caramelized carrots in this recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots.

Gooey cheese, slightly sweet peppers, flavorful mushrooms, and a not-so-secret ingredient come together to make this easy Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole a surefire hit.

Wonderfully simple to make, and with an incredibly bold vanilla flavor, Philadelphia Style Ice Cream is hands down, the best simple vanilla ice cream I have ever made.

Heath Bar Cookies start with a chocolate chip cookie dough base, but in addition to those melting semi-sweet morsels, these rich buttery cookies contain the toffee-tastic magic of Heath bars.

What I’m CRAVING: This very simple Shrimp Avocado Salad is calling my name. And luckily, I have everything I need to make it already in the house.

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these cinnamon sugar pretzels. Oh. My. Word. I’ve found a new favorite snack. As much as I’ve enjoyed the original Dot’s pretzels for years now (and still do), these cinnamon sugar pretzels are a whole new ballgame. They’re irresistibly sweet and salty. They remind me of churros and I can’t resist snacking on them every day.

What I’m READING: Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews. This was such a sweet book! I love a great holiday read and this one made me grin and sigh and want to meet half the characters in real life. This was worth the lengthy wait on the library holds list.

What I’m LISTENING to: Strangers No More by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Once again, I have this album on repeat. I’ve been listening to it nearly every day for a couple of weeks now. I love so many of the songs on this one.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 ESV

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


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