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The Little Issues E-newsletter #292 – Life, laughter, and plenty of nice meals!


Completely happy New Yr, my pals, and hooray for brand spanking new beginnings! Don’t you simply love the contemporary begin after the vacations every year? I’ve all the time been a fan of Mondays (I do know, I do know, that makes me slightly bizarre.) and the primary of every month, however January 1st? It holds a lot promise, doesn’t it?

We’re DEFINITELY going to disregard the truth that somebody advised me the opposite day that they realized 2022 might additionally imply 2020-2, aka the sequel. Nope nope nope. Not going to try this 12 months once more. Ha.

Right here’s to contemporary begins, new beginnings, and getting all of the Christmas issues packed up ahead of later! After the enjoyable of vacation baking and the abundance of wealthy vacation meals, I’ve been fortunately establishing my salad containers once more this week.

Should you’ve recognized me for lengthy, that I’m a salad on daily basis form of woman. I completely love my lunch salads. That stated, I might by no means have too many scrumptious methods to get pleasure from salads and this assortment of salad concepts has develop into a go-to useful resource not just for my very own cravings however for a lot of of yours as properly.

My go-to lunch is a scoop of the Finest Ever Taco Meat (I stash it in portion-sized quantities within the freezer, so it’s all the time obtainable.) over a fundamental lettuce salad with a handful of Fritos. (As a result of, YES, Fritos make each salad higher.) Squeeze some lime over that bowl and add avocado or cheese if that’s your factor, you’re going to LOVE it.

However there are numerous tasty salad choices! Southwest Rooster Salad with loads of tortilla chips and a spicy ranch dressing? Sure, Please. And this bacon and egg taco salad? That’s a certain win too. The Bacon Bleu Cheese and Shrimp Chopped Salad will get rave critiques from my entire crew.

And should you like fruit in your salads, strive the Blueberry Apple Walnut Salad, Peach Caprese SaladMandarin Broccoli Salad, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Orange Parsley Salad, or the Berry Spinach Pasta Salad.

What I’m CRAVING: Meals with Household’s Pizza Salad is totally unforgettable and I must make it once more quickly. 365 Days of Baking’s Couscous Rooster Salad is one other favourite for me and it will get bonus factors for retaining properly within the fridge making it a terrific make-ahead lunch possibility. Final however undoubtedly not least, How Candy Eats’ Crispy Prosciutto and Charred Corn Arugula Salad is on my listing to do this 12 months as properly. It sounds unimaginable!

My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these wi-fi earbuds. In case you have ever needed wi-fi earbuds and simply couldn’t abdomen the worth, these are actually superior. I picked these up as stocking stuffers for my older boys and purchased a set for myself too. They’re past spectacular on the $35 worth level. I attempted some fancy ones a few years in the past at 8-10x that worth and returned them as a result of I simply wasn’t impressed. These? I’d nonetheless be bought on them at a a lot increased worth. I’ve used mine for 12+ hours this week and my center son has just about had his in his ears since Christmas.

What I’m WATCHING: Three Males and a Child <- go forward and insert ALL the laughter right here. I came across this one the opposite day on Amazon Prime and instantly advised the children we would have liked to observe it. We laughed so onerous (most likely half of the children’ laughter was on the 80s trend and different associated selections – ha) and all of us determined we’d like extra of this silliness in our lives.

What I’m READING: Earlier than and After: The Unbelievable Actual-Life Tales of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Youngsters’s House Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate. From the Twenties to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market child enterprise on the Tennessee Youngsters’s House Society in Memphis. She supplied up greater than 5,000 orphans tailor-made to the want lists of keen dad and mom—hiding the truth that many weren’t orphans in any respect, however stolen little kids of poor households. This e book shares the true life tales of the adoptees (now of their 70s, 80s, or 90s) and the way they realized of their historical past and what number of of them have been reunited with household and met one another at a reunion in Memphis in 2019.

I misplaced depend of the variety of emails I obtained in regards to the above e book after I shared a couple of years in the past that I’d learn Earlier than We Have been Yours. I used to be hooked on Earlier than We Have been Yours from the very first chapter. At one level, I really set it down and googled the unique story. I’d by no means heard about any of it earlier than selecting up the e book. It’s a fictionalized storytelling of the infamous real-life scandal by which a Memphis-based adoption group kidnapped and bought poor youngsters to rich households everywhere in the nation. Should you haven’t learn the primary e book, I extremely suggest it!

“I want we might put up a few of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it each month.” — Harlan Miller

Wishing you a stunning week filled with little issues that make you smile!

Mary


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