The Little Issues E-newsletter #365 – Life, laughter, and plenty of nice meals!

Welcome to the weekend, my pals! I’ve spent each morning this week listening to the birds sing, appreciating this spectacular climate, and pondering endlessly about how a lot I really like dwelling in Ohio. The truth that I get up day by day in my favourite place on the planet is one thing I hope I’ll by no means take as a right. 

I’m headed out to stroll with a buddy this morning, adopted by (an easy) hike with Sean this afternoon and I’m fairly comfortable about each. My youngest son had his final day of faculty yesterday and we’re taking him to TN (simply the three of us) to rejoice his thirteenth birthday this coming week.

We’ve taken every of the boys on a visit by themselves for his or her thirteenth birthdays – you possibly can see these journeys right here and right here. I can hardly wait! Shoot me any solutions you might need for meals or enjoyable within the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas.

ON THE BLOGS this week:  This zesty Italian dressing is so easy to make, it’s prepared in only a few minutes! And I promise you it’s infinitely tastier than something store-bought.

When you’ve made the dressing, put this California spaghetti salad in your must-make listing for summer time. It’s full of recent greens, tangy Italian dressing, and pleasant twirls of pasta, you’ll wish to savor every chew.

Pot pie has by no means been simpler to make – all of the irresistible flavors of basic rooster pot pie are right here in an ideal steadiness of savory rooster and healthful veggies, wrapped in a buttery crescent roll crust.

Three totally different sorts of beans simmer within the crockpot with loads of seasonings and scorching sauce to make one of many best aspect dishes you possibly can placed on the desk. These spicy baked beans come along with barely 5 minutes of effort.

Crispy cauliflower, toasted bread crumbs, and nutty, savory parmesan are fantastic collectively on this delicious aspect. This roasted garlic parmesan cauliflower is snackable proper off the pan!

Tender and buttery, sauteed mushrooms and onions are a terrific aspect dish on their very own. Nonetheless, if you happen to occur to get pleasure from them anyplace close to as a lot as I do, you’ll wish to pile them over your subsequent pan of steak bites or serve them with these roasted rooster thighs.

Should you’d informed me a few years in the past that sooner or later sooner or later I’d be air frying greens for a day snack, I doubtless would’ve laughed. Exhausting. Nicely, quick ahead to right this moment, and right here I’m fortunately consuming air-fried inexperienced beans with bang bang sauce. And, they’re terrific.

Gentle, moist, and bursting with tart cherries, this cherry almond bread with a candy almond glaze, is scrumptious and straightforward to make.

Strawberry Easy Syrup is simple to make with simply 3 elements and it may be utilized in so some ways! Add a splash of strawberry syrup to a glass of mint lemonade or to a pitcher of mojitos and also you simply would possibly discover your new favourite drink to sip this summer time. Pour it over my grandmother’s German pancakes for a breakfast that everybody will love.

Each scoop of this Twix ice cream is bursting with chunks of cookies, caramel, and chocolate. Should you love Twix sweet bars, this ice cream simply could be your latest favourite taste!

What I’m CRAVING: My buddy Lori’s creamy, tacky, shrimp and grits caught my eye this week and made my mouth water. I can’t wait to attempt them!

favourite issues: these leggings, this film, and this music

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these cropped leggings. Whether or not I’m figuring out or lounging at dwelling, they’re tremendous comfy, and even after a number of years, they nonetheless look nice. The cropped size is my favourite and I simply ordered a pair extra pairs for summer time. 

For individuals who care, these are high-waist leggings that by no means budge they usually even have nice pockets. They match like others that price far way over these. (I found this model at TJ Maxx some time again and I hold an eye fixed out for them now. Luckily, the $72 leggings, typically with that tag hooked up, are nearly at all times accessible on Amazon for simply $22.) 

What I’m WATCHING: Dwelling. My oldest son satisfied me to look at this one with him and whereas it begins out very sluggish, it’s a superb film and I used to be engrossed by the tip. (The film is an adaptation of Kurosawa’s film, “Ikiru”. I’ll undoubtedly be watching the unique, subtitles and all, considered one of today.) 

Invoice Nighy performs a paper-shuffling bureaucrat within the Fifties who finds out that he has most cancers and a restricted time to stay. This film is about what he does with the remainder of his life. Whereas not remotely thrilling, adventurous, or suspenseful, this film had my older sons and me glued to it and left us speaking about it later.

What I’m LISTENING to: Shovels & Rope. I keep in mind discovering their music a few years in the past and taking part in them on repeat for some time. A reader jogged my memory of them final week (Thanks, Amy!) and I instantly added them to my Nathaniel Rateliff / Houndmouth / Shaky Graves station. A few of their music is a bit grittier than the others and I like the combination lots. They’re a little bit of conventional folks, rock and roll, and nation rock mixture.

“I’ve no larger pleasure than to listen to that my youngsters are strolling within the reality.” – 3 John 1:4 ESV

Wishing you a stunning week filled with little issues that make you smile!

Mary

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