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The Little Things Newsletter #397 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’ve enjoyed my Christmas break so much. I’ve slept in, gone for walks and bike rides, watched movies, read several books, and cooked some of our favorite foods. I’ve also eaten Christmas cookies with lattes almost every night – hence my craving for all the vegetables at this point.

What we’re EATING: It’s been another tasty week over here without a single new blog post to show for it. (And I’m still not sad about that.)

I made a big pot of Lasagna Soup a night or two ago, along with a tray of this Garlic Herb Bread and we’re already down to the last couple of servings. Every time I serve that soup that someone new, they ask for a link to the recipe. We love it. 

I took a pan of these easy-as-can-be Chicken Enchiladas over to friends last night. (I made a big pan for my family at the same time – it’s the easiest recipe ever to double.) My boys will likely polish that off for lunch today. With a pile of tortilla chips on the side for dipping, it’s one of their favorite meals.

I made another Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole this week and once again, I ate a ridiculous portion both for breakfast and the next day for lunch. 

I made a big cheeseboard after the Christmas Eve service this past week and the boys asked if we could do an even bigger snack spread for New Year’s Eve. Looks like I need to head to Trader Joe’s today to pick up more of our favorite snacks, meats, and cheeses.

We cooked our favorite Balsamic Dijon Glazed Ham on Christmas day and there have been plenty of Ham Sandwiches and quesadillas made with the leftovers this week.

I also made another gigantic pot of my grandmother’s Creamy Vegetable Soup that I photographed a while back. We can’t get enough of this one and I’m excited to finally share it with you in a week or two. Thanks for re-introducing me to it, Aunt Judy!

Last, but not least, I’ve been craving vegetables like mad, so I made a giant skillet of this taco meat and have been enjoying it in salads for my lunches. 

What I’m CRAVING: these Red Chile Chicken Burritos! I couldn’t stop thinking of them as I was making the enchiladas this week, so these burritos are on the meal plan for the coming week. 

My FAVORITE THING this week is this 48” trampoline. I am obsessed. It could be embarrassing just how much I am enjoying this thing, but since I’m having too much fun to worry about that, I’m telling you about it instead. For now, I’ve just been playing around on it, but I found some great rebounder workouts that I can’t wait to try next week.

Whoa! I just grabbed the link to share with you and it’s on sale with a coupon too, for more than half off. YAY! (I probably don’t need another one, right?)

What I’m READING: Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci. Not only is Tucci one of my favorite actors, but it turns out he’s funny and writes quite well too. This was a fun read with the bonus of making me hungry every time I picked it up. If you love food and enjoy a light-hearted memoir, this is a great one.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 ESV

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

Mary

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