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The Little Issues E-newsletter #396 – Life, laughter, and many nice meals!

Welcome to the weekend, my associates! I hope your week (and your climate) have been improbable and that you just’re having fun with the vacations nevertheless you select to have fun them. We loved a dusting of snow this week and I used to be in heaven for the transient day that it lasted on the bushes. 

I can dream of a white Christmas, however this yr, it’s solely a dream. We’re imagined to hit 60 levels on Monday (only a few levels decrease than the forecast for Phoenix) – what sort of nonsense is that? Not less than I can stay up for a day stroll within the hotter climate.

What we’re EATING: It’s been a significantly scrumptious week over right here with no single new weblog put up to indicate for it. (And I’m under no circumstances unhappy about that proper now.)

Sean made the Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry the opposite evening and I could also be responsible of getting hidden the final serving for my lunch – zero guilt right here, that’s how we roll. I tossed the leftover beef and broccoli with some leftover Noodles with Cabbage and the mix was so flipping good it gave me an concept for an additional new recipe.

I made a batch of Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies after which proceeded to eat an absurd variety of them with my morning and noon and late afternoon espresso. I’m fairly certain that when a cookie encourages me to drink increasingly more espresso, it may not be a superb factor, however the cookies are simply so completely chewy with a buttery cinnamon sugar taste, sigh. I really like them.

We’ve been on a roll with Breakfast Sandwiches currently, though they usually get made nearer to lunchtime. I’ve additionally been knowledgeable that “Dad’s sandwiches are higher than yours, Mother” <gasp> with the added non-apologetic remark, “Sorry, but it surely’s true.” So, it appears like I might have to research precisely what makes his higher. (Odds are good that it’s an entire lot of meat, as my carnivore crew can’t get sufficient bacon and sausage of their breakfasts.)

I made a model of this Cashew Chicken Salad, however wound up swapping so many components each as a result of they sounded good and since I didn’t have every thing available, it turned an entire new recipe. Not unhappy about that although, as I made notes in order that I could make it once more. The entire household was consuming the rooster salad on crackers, proper out of the blending bowl.

My youngest son helped, truly did a lot of the work, to make his favourite dinner final evening and it was perfection. Buttered Steak Bites (with mushrooms) and an enormous pot of Truffle Mac and Cheese, together with a Sweet Kale Salad (although I did fortunately cheat that one and simply grabbed the bag of salad at Costco this week). 

I additionally made one other batch of those Loaded Mint Cookies. They’re a dream come true for anybody who loves mint + chocolate as a lot as I do. Paired with a cup of Peppermint Hot Cocoa, I’m in peppermint heaven.

What I’m CRAVING: Talking of peppermint, it’s time to churn a batch of Peppermint Ice Cream. I already stocked up on sweet canes once more, so I can preserve making all of it yr. 

And I’ll be making a batch of my buddy Katrina’s perfect-every-time sugar cookies this weekend too. If you happen to haven’t tried them but, they’re a vacation must-make. Superb taste, completely crisp cut-out edges, zero chill time required for the dough, what extra might I ask? I’ve been making her recipe and solely her recipe for over ten years now.

My FAVORITE THING this week is that this butter dish. I could also be a wee bit obsessive about this factor. I’ve had a Butterbell for years, however the fact is that for our household, it simply doesn’t maintain sufficient butter to make it a sensible selection. I lastly went in search of an answer that meets my fussy necessities: simple to maintain clear, appears good on the counter, holds not less than two sticks of butter, and has a lid.

That is every thing I wanted and extra. It’s essentially the most sensible butter dish I’ve ever seen and it really works completely. No bizarre grooves or edges to gather butter, it stays clear, and it simply holds additional butter too.

What I’m WATCHING: all of the Christmas motion pictures! White Christmas is my favourite Christmas film of all time and my youngest son nonetheless watches it with me every year. And The Polar Express has been our Christmas Eve morning custom yearly since my boys had been toddlers.

Die Hard 1 & 2, Lethal Weapon, and The Ref are additionally on the checklist for this weekend. (Aspect be aware, I really like having older children who can watch these with us ultimately! It’s a lot enjoyable. My youngest is impatiently awaiting a number of extra birthdays earlier than he’ll be becoming a member of us for these.)

What I’m READING: Dirty Thirty by Janet Evanovich. Lastly! A twist in one of many Stephanie Plum books. I’ve ranted concerning the lack of character improvement after studying the previous couple of books on this sequence, and in truth, this one wasn’t on my checklist to learn. The books are nonetheless enjoyable reads, however that is guide 30 within the sequence and I’m past prepared for Stephanie to maneuver ahead. 

A reader emailed me just a few weeks in the past although, (Hello, Glynda!) and prompt I give this one a strive. It has a shock ending that made me grin and now I’m wanting ahead to studying the following guide. Right here’s hoping that the sequence continues to maneuver ahead now.

What I’m LISTENING to: Forever Christmas by David Lanz and Kristin Amarie. It is a new one for me and I can’t suggest it extremely sufficient. The music is gorgeous in each approach. David is a pianist/composer and Kristin is a vocalist with a wide ranging voice. 

I had a tough time selecting a favourite tune on this album. O Holy Evening and Silent Evening are long-time favorites and these renditions are flawless, however Without end Christmas is great as effectively. In different phrases, you must most likely give it a hear and see should you can select a favourite.

“For to us a baby is born, to us a son is given; and the federal government shall be upon his shoulder, and his identify shall be known as Fantastic Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 ESV

Wishing you the very merriest of Christmases!

Mary

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