The Little Things Newsletter #320 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! This has felt like a really long week for having been just a four-day work week. I’m looking forward to downtime with family and maybe a hike this weekend too.

Starting next week, we’re back to the regular mix of savory and sweet recipes on the website. Anyone else craving some meat, potatoes, and vegetables after seeing so many ice cream recipes??

ON THE BLOG this week: Rich, dark, ultra-smooth, and creamy chocolate meets a hint of orange in Chocolate Orange Ice Cream like no other you’ve ever tasted.

Tart and sweet Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream is a flavor combo my taste buds crave. The tart pieces of rhubarb are nicely balanced by the sweet cream.

Sweet and slightly tart Cherry Ice Cream is made with just a handful of easy ingredients. No custard base, no eggs, no cooking time, just a quick whirl in the blender with cream, sugar, and cherries.

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream that doesn’t taste dairy-free and doesn’t have any hint of coconut? YES! It is possible and it is fantastic!

Bite-size chunks of Monster Cookie dough are more irresistible than ever when tucked into the Best Ever Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

What I’m CRAVING: Ranch Chicken and Potatoes with Cheese – this dinner is so good! The recipe is one from my first cookbook and my friend Deborah shared the recipe on her site a while back. It’s definitely time to make it again.

What I’m WATCHING: Heartland Season 11. How could I have forgotten about this show? I stumbled on it again the other day and grinned like mad. I have 4 seasons to catch up on now. It’s been fun to watch the characters develop and see how things have changed.

What I’m READING: Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Morgan Ferrer. I’m still working through this one. I’ve never called myself a “mama bear,” so admittedly it makes me cringe a bit every time I read those two words, BUT if you can look past that part, this is an excellent reference on teaching your kids apologetics.

If you aren’t already familiar with apologetics, contrary to how it might sound, the word apologetics does not mean saying you’re sorry. Instead, it refers to the defense of what you believe to be true. Understanding apologetics enables us to confidently deal with the intellectual challenges to Christianity. Our faith is grounded in reason, not just feelings, and learning apologetics allows us to share our faith effectively with others. Can you tell I’m reading the book as much for myself as for the kids?

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”  – 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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

Mary



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