The Little Things Newsletter #375 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Holy, hot humidity, Ohio, I still love ya, but the rain sure has kicked the humidity up to “It’s time to give up and wear braids” levels over here. I sure am looking forward to some cooler temperatures next week! 

It’s going to be salad, salad, and more salads on repeat over here for a while. If you’d like some fresh salad inspiration, check out the post I wrote a few years ago, “How To Eat a Salad Every Day – and enjoy it.” I still eat these salads for lunch pretty much every day. And yes, I still love Fritos on my salads.

ON THE BLOGS this week: My family scrapes the pan clean every time I make this chicken and broccoli stir fry. Chicken is sauteed along with crisp broccoli florets before being tossed in the easiest (and tastiest) stir fry sauce, crafted from soy sauce, chili paste, and brown sugar.

Bright yellow turmeric rice with butter and green peas is a colorful and tasty side dish for Chicken Tikka Masala, or pretty much any other stir-fry dinner.

Fresh zucchini are hollowed out and filled with a savory saucy mixture of sausage, bell peppers, and onions before being topped with cheese and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs. The sausage stuffed zucchini boats are baked to cheesy perfection and served warm for a winning dinner all summer long.

Broiled Tomatoes are quite literally the perfect bite of summer. Salty and a little bit nutty from the cheese paired with the slightly sun-sweet tomato.

Crisp cabbage intertwines with the juicy sweetness of fresh apples, while the tangy burst of dried cranberries adds a delightful twist to this simple apple coleslaw.

Homemade Blueberry Pie Filling tastes so much better than store-bought! And best of all, it’s super easy to make. Use this awesome berry sauce to top pies, cheesecakes, pancakes, or waffles. It’s delicious on ice cream too.

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake is an easy summer dessert recipe, perfect for casual weeknights or potlucks with friends. Are you a fan of the classic Cherry Cheesecake dessert? If so, you’re going to love this blueberry version!

Creamy, rich, chocolate cherry ice cream studded with bits of roasted cherries is a dream come true for anyone who loves both fresh sweet cherries and chocolate.

What I’m CRAVING: This French Onion Chicken Bake caught my eye last week. If you love French onion soup or if caramelized onions make you grin, this chicken bake is likely to sound every bit as good to you as it does to me.

What I’m LISTENING to: Shaken By A Low Sound by Crooked Still. This is another brand-new-to-me band. They’re an “alternative” bluegrass group with so much passion, you can almost feel it in their music. Both the vocals and the instrumentals are just fantastic fun. I’ve been listening to all of their music in a mixed-up shuffle on a Pandora station and really enjoying it. 

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12 ESV

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


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