The Little Things Newsletter #380 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! Is it even possible for me to go a whole week without commenting on the gorgeous, amazing, spectacular Ohio weather? I love our glorious chilly mornings so much right now. (I’m choosing to ignore the fact we’re supposed to be back in the 90s for a few days next week.) I just wanted to let you know I’m still in love with my little corner of the world.

ON THE BLOGS this week: Loaded with robust garlic, zesty lemon, and a kick of red pepper flakes, this Garlic Butter Sauce (a.k.a. Cowboy Butter Sauce) transforms any vegetable into something crave-worthy.

Melted Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic, and tender chicken are twirled with fettuccine noodles in this creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta.

Packed with bold, tangy flavor and just a hint of heat, this BBQ Cauliflower is sure to be the star of your next meal. (I’ve made this for lunch twice in the past couple of weeks. I can’t get enough of this saucy cauliflower!)

With a perfect blend of tender pasta, creamy dressing, and a medley of fresh vegetables, this Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad is bursting with flavor.

Every bite of this Shrimp Zucchini Stir Fry is pure shrimp-loving heaven – and you can make it start to finish in under 15 minutes! Garlic butter shrimp is one of my top 5 favorite foods. So naturally, when I had the idea to pair some shrimp with perfectly tender-crisp zucchini and toss it in a mouthwatering lemon garlic butter sauce, that had to happen immediately.

Rich and buttery pecans are outstanding in these fluffy buttermilk Pecan Pancakes. Breakfast for dinner has never sounded better!

Praline Pecans are a Southern delight blending velvety caramel and crisp pecans. Born from sugar, butter, and cream alchemy, they offer a harmonious contrast of textures. These treats encapsulate the essence of the South’s flavors, perfect alone or enhancing desserts with their irresistible charm.

Creamy, vanilla ice cream swirled with buttery sweet salted caramel and generously sprinkled with chunks of chewy praline pecans is an old-fashioned Pralines and Cream ice cream lover’s dream come true.

What I’m CRAVING: This Udon Noodle Soup looks and sounds incredible. I really enjoy authentic-tasting Asian-inspired dishes that can be made at home, and this recipe looks like a great one to try next. 

My FAVORITE THING this week is this very basic to-do-list style, undated planner. I switched to this style of planner a couple of years ago and it’s been a great fit for me. Both the size and the price (just $8!) are perfect too. It works well as my checklist for each day with the added benefit of having time slots on the side for the days when I’m more scheduled.

What I’m WATCHING: Oppenheimer. Hands down, this is one of the greatest biopics I’ve seen. Christopher Nolan’s directing combined with Cillian Murphy’s acting are simply incredible. If you have the opportunity, go see this one in the theater. It’s a whole experience.

What I’m READING: He Who Fights with Monsters 9: A LitRPG Adventure by Shirtaloon and Travis Deverell. I’ve been hooked on this series for a while and it was fun to get back into it with the 9th book. (It’s been out for a while and I just wasn’t in the mood for it at that time.) 

The 10th book is due out later this fall and I’m looking forward to diving back into all of it. If you happen to have a teen who enjoys gaming? They’ll likely enjoy these books too. My 17-year-old is impatiently awaiting the next release.

What I’m LISTENING to: My Savior by Carrie Underwood. I’ve started my mornings with this album for a few weeks now and still love it. If you’re a fan of hymns, this is one to add to your collection.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 ESV

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

Mary

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