The Little Things Newsletter #407 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food! Leave a comment


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m in Arizona and New Mexico this weekend for a quick visit with family. Go figure that it’s colder here than in Ohio right now. (Yet another thing to add to the abundance of reasons why I love Ohio so much.)

I know that we’re enjoying a false spring and we’re going to have some colder weather in Ohio next weekend, but the flowers peeking through the ground have been making me grin all week.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Did you know that you can make creamy, rich, and saucy stovetop mac and cheese from scratch in the same amount of time it takes to cook boxed mac and cheese? And it tastes so much better too!

Clearly, my family really enjoys mushrooms, because we shared three awesome mushroom recipes on the sites this week. If you’re a mushroom lover as well, you’re going to be very happy with these dishes.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup is a lightly creamy, rich soup, full of earthy mushroom flavor that is brightened by a squeeze of lemon juice added at the end of cooking. This is one of my favorite soups – and I just don’t make it often enough! This is a bowl of soup simply ideal for a chilly day.

This Steak and Mushroom Stir Fry delivers all the flavors I crave in a great restaurant steak. Lucky for all of us, that steak has been transformed into a quick stir fry that can be made even on the busiest of nights.

Simple and savory Mushroom Rice comes together as the perfect side dish or serves as a meal all on its own. If you’re any kind of mushroom lover, you’ll be hard-pressed not to devour this skillet of mushrooms and rice entirely on your own. It’s that good!

These Oreo Brownies are rich, chewy fudge brownies filled with generous handfuls of chopped Oreo cookies in each bite. 

Two kinds of chocolate and real cream make this the best and easiest chocolate ice cream you can make. The deliciously rich chocolate flavor of this recipe comes from the combination of both cocoa powder and melted chocolate chips.

Pecan Sticky Buns are made with soft sweet cinnamon rolls smothered in a sweet caramelized brown sugar and pecan topping. You’re likely to fall in love with them at the very first bite.

What I’m CRAVING: This creamy shrimp orzo from Julia’s Album looks amazing. I don’t think I could ever have too many shrimp recipes in my life.

What I’m LISTENING to: Love Songs for Losers by The Lone Bellow. This is their newest album and somehow I missed it when it was released a year or so ago. It’s excellent! We’ve been fans of this group for years and one of my favorite concerts ever was seeing them in a tiny Phoenix venue.

What I’m READING: The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman. I enjoy finding historical novels that tell stories I’ve never heard before. This book tells the stories of 500 airmen who were trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia during World War II, along with the local peasants who risked their own lives to feed and hide them, and the OSS team that worked together to finally rescue them.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

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



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