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The Little Things Newsletter #409 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m very much looking forward to a lazy weekend spent mostly at home – this one will be filled with bonus teenagers and an abundance of food too. I love it when everyone is home at the same time these days. 

And seeing how I am as weather-obsessed as ever, I’ll be headed out for a few walks and enjoying the fresh, chilly air as much as possible.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: This is, without doubt, bar none, the best tomato soup I have ever tasted. If you have someone in your family who doesn’t like tomato soup, this three-ingredient crockpot recipe is the one you can use to convince them otherwise. It has made diehard fans of me and my boys.

I’ve been holding out on you, my friends. I first made this ramen egg roll in a bowl over a month ago and I’ve made it four more times since then. It was an immediate family favorite from the very first bite, and right now, I can’t get enough of it.

Sweet and just a little bit spicy, this bell pepper and chicken stir fry is filled with bite-size sticky sweet chunks of honey sriracha chicken and tender-crisp peppers. The whole recipe comes together in under 20 minutes.

Crispy roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and bacon is a holiday-sounding side dish you can eat any day of the week.

Do you know how easy it is to make taco soup? (You only need 7 ingredients!) This is a hearty chili-style soup made with beef, tomatoes, beans, and corn. It’s full of Mexican flavors and is the perfect thing to make for busy nights.

Have you heard of mac and cheese ice cream? As the creamy, sweet ice cream melts in your mouth, the flavor softens and leaves you with just a hint of savory flavor. Is it for everyone? Nope. But it has been a huge win with a surprising number of people!

With a sweet, buttery, crispy, cake-like topping and a filling of sweet, warm berries, this blueberry cobbler is dessert perfection with a scoop of ice cream on top.

What I’m CRAVING: These Chocolate Mint Dream Bars are dessert perfection, and my family has loved them ever since my friend Lynne first made them for us. My youngest son made them last night and they’re chilling in the fridge now, ready for dinner tonight. I can hardly wait.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this dish brush. I’d apologize for how nerdy I’ve gotten with some of my favorite things lately, but each one of them makes my life easier – from my dishwashing gloves to the dish rack. So, I might as well share the dishbrush I’ve been using for months. I used the older style with a sponge attached for years, but the sponge was always falling apart. This brush? It’s still going strong and it works great. 

What I’m WATCHING: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. I really enjoyed the first Spider-Verse movie and this one was a lot of fun as well. When an animated movie captures and holds our attention in such an incredible way, it’s worth watching and re-watching. If you enjoy multiverse stories, this one just might be your new favorite.

What I’m READING: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This book could not possibly have more hype surrounding it, and if I’m being honest, that is typically a big turn-off for me. However, on my last trip, I finally downloaded the book and wound up reading it straight through while on a flight. I went through it again later while taking some notes. There’s nothing new or breathtaking in this book, but I like many of the author’s suggestions for implementing change and I appreciate all of the reminders.

I’m implementing some of the practices now and can already see the potential here, whether I spend just 6 minutes or 60 minutes on this each morning. If you’re always looking for ways to improve your life, this book is full of great suggestions and reminders.

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11 NIV

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

Mary

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