Good morning, and happy Sunday! It was another busy week around here — full of sports, dentist appointments, sunshine (!!!) and quick recipes. I’m sharing all of the highlights from the past few days, along with our easy dinners, in today’s roundup of Our Week in Meals!
For those of you who are new to the blog, Our Week in Meals is where I share a little bit about what we’ve been up to over the past week — as it relates to our dinners each night. This series gives you a glimpse “behind the scenes” at some highlights from our life, shows you how I balance a busy schedule with feeding my family, and offers a few new ideas for your own weekly meal plan. Now let’s back up to last weekend…
Sunday morning started with waffles! The kitchen was dark, but you get the idea...
These were actually "Cake Batter" waffles (and they were delicious)! I recently found this Cake Batter flavor in the baking aisle at a local grocery store, so I added it to a regular boxed pancake mix along with some rainbow sprinkles. I think I was more excited about this combo than the kids were!????
It was kind of gray and cool, so I walked the dog and then spent some time in the kitchen photographing a new recipe while Keith and the boys were outside doing yard work.
Once it warmed up after lunch, we headed to Culpeper for a walk at a park...
...followed by an ice cream snack at Bruster's!
Dinner that night was Crispy Roast Chicken with Vegetables and baked potatoes!
Thanks to daylight savings, our post-dinner stroll was beautiful (and light)!
We were back to our routine on Monday morning -- I met my girlfriend at the gym for a strength class after dropping the kids off at school, and then parked myself in front of the computer to get some work done.
Spence came home at lunchtime and spent the rest of the afternoon talking my ear off (per usual).
He also introduced Teddy to his first Koosh ball, which simultaneously terrified and excited the puppy. ????
We're in between Casey's and Spencer's basketball and soccer seasons right now, so we get a week or two off from their organized practices (which is nice!). Gibbs, on the other hand, has already started outdoor soccer, so we ate an early supper that evening in order to get him to the fields for his 6:00 practice.
I made this Quiche Lorraine for lunch on Sunday, knowing that I could enjoy the leftovers for an easy dinner on Monday night. Served with a side salad it TOTALLY hit the spot!
A beautiful (but chilly) sunny hike with the dog on Tuesday morning!
Since I practically live in yoga pants and fleece, I was very excited about this new sweatshirt that I recently bought from Target...and I thought you might love it, too! It's thick and soft, it comes in pretty spring shades, it's affordable, and it has a longer hem in the back (so it works well with leggings). I already ordered the pink version as well! Just like my mom taught me -- when you find something you like, buy it in multiples! ????
We made a quick stop at Yoder's Country Market to let Spencer play on the playground and to pick up "necessities" like lunch meat, chicken salad, broccoli salad, cheese balls, and hot dogs!
Between after-school clubs and a late PTO meeting that night, I knew that our evening would be pretty hectic -- so I prepped dinner midday. We had my Easy Cheeseburger Pie along with a simple salad on the side.
I baked the dish in advance and then reheated it in the oven right before serving. Since Keith was out of town, we enjoyed this meal early and then I dragged all 3 of the kids to my meeting at the school until well after 8 p.m. Not ideal, but we survived.
I had a pretty standard Wednesday morning with a trip to the gym and some work before Spence came home.
After lunch, we headed to the grocery store for a few ingredients that we needed for dinner the following two nights, as well as party supplies for Saturday. Taking a 5-year-old shopping always comes with a price -- in this case, cookies!
I made Dump-and-Bake Chicken Kiev Casserole with green beans on the side -- total comfort food.
Followed by some time on the playground before bed while Gibbs played soccer...
We had a beautiful 70-degree day on Thursday, so I met my friend Mollie for an early morning walk on her farm as soon as I dropped the kids off at school.
The boys had dentist appointments in Charlottesville that afternoon. It was our first visit ever without tears. I'll take it!
Dinner was a new spring-inspired meal that I absolutely loved. Can't wait to share this recipe next month: Asparagus and Beef Stir Fry! Served over rice...
I also wanted to mention that I finished reading Lilac Girls after so many of you recommended it to me (thank you!).
WOW! What a beautiful story. It was sad and heavy in many parts, but I seriously could not put this novel down. I loved getting to know the characters and I couldn't wait to see how their lives unfolded. Highly recommend! Plus, Gibbs has been reading a book called Resistance, which is about the Nazi invasion of Poland, so we were able to discuss our books together. How crazy that I can have a "book club" with my 9-year-old!????
It was so warm again on Friday morning, the kids wore shorts to school!
I took a walk to my neighbor's farm to pick up another order of her homemade bread, cheese scones, and cranberry scones. We can't get enough! ????
I also baked two batches of our favorite corn muffins to serve with dinner on Saturday, since I knew that we'd be having a large group over to eat.
When Spence came home, we ate lunch and then he helped me prepare two trays of Lucky Charms Bars. We thought they'd be a fun, kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day dessert to serve on Saturday as well.
Spencer's main job involved measuring the marshmallows, which he then ate straight out of the bowl before I could get them in the pot...
I stuck with seafood for our Friday night supper during Lent, so we had this One Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp (I omitted the turkey and doubled the shrimp instead).
I served Oven Roasted Asparagus on the side, since I had purchased more asparagus than I actually needed for the stir-fry the night before. We also had sautéed spinach. Using up what I had in the fridge!
Plus ice cream on the porch swing for dessert (while laughing at their own bad jokes).
Yesterday started with the best weekend breakfast: a cranberry scone, two fried eggs, fresh fruit and coffee!
I took the dog for a walk once the sun came up,
and then we spent the morning watching Gibbs and his teammates in their first soccer game of the season.
We had some friends over for a little get-together in our General Store building that evening.
John Paul offered to smoke meat for the gathering, so we feasted on his chicken and ribs.
Keith and I provided the Irish beer, the corn hole boards, and the rest of the food.
We bought mac and cheese, a veggie tray, chips and dip, and a cookie tray at Costco. That way I just had to toss together my Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing,
plus the corn muffins and the Lucky Charms Bars for dessert.
And of course -- s'mores by the fire pit! So glad that the weather is finally getting warmer again!
Have a wonderful week, friends!
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