Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week we returned to our regular routine of sports practices, work, and homemade dinners following the kids' Spring Break. I've got all of the highlights, 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 started with a dog walk up the road on a beautiful spring morning! After rainy weather on Friday and Saturday, everything was looking very green...
While Keith mowed the grass for the first time this year, I was in the kitchen photographing a couple of new recipes.
I took Spencer and Casey to Culpeper for swimming lessons that afternoon, which continues to be one of their favorite activities of the week.
They obviously look forward to the donuts afterwards, too! Casey wanted the Easter "Peeps" donut, but they were sold out that day. Instead, he chose the S'mores donut, which must have been good because he devoured it quickly.
I had a Marshmallow Iced (decaf) Coffee, which was also tasty!
While we were at the pool, Keith was busy grilling ribs for dinner!
In addition to the barbecue ribs, we served Crock Pot Mac and Cheese (I was testing a new recipe) and coleslaw. I added some leftover Southern Pea Salad and a few corn muffins to the table as well, which were leftover from our meal the night before. It's starting to taste like summer around here!
The boys went back to school on Monday morning, and I met my girlfriend at the gym for a strength class. Lifting those weights after almost 2 weeks off was definitely not easy!????
Back home, I baked a batch of muffins to enjoy for breakfasts and snacks throughout the week. After enjoying a couple of Morning Glory muffins on our travels, I was reminded of my own favorite recipe. These never disappoint!
Gibbs had soccer practice (in the rain!) that evening, so I fed the kids an early dinner before heading out to the fields.
We had Grilled Chicken with Tomato Pesto Pasta, which was easy to throw together because Keith grilled the chicken over the weekend. I will share the full recipe on the blog soon!
I stopped at Yoder's Country Market on my way home from dropping the boys off at school on Tuesday morning to pick up some deli meat, and I was happy to see that the Easter candy was on full display. It's almost time for The Bunny to do some shopping!
Before Spencer arrived home at lunchtime, I walked over to my neighbor's farm to pick up another batch of cheddar scones and cranberry scones.
It was cloudy, but really warm and beautiful that day.
We spent much of the afternoon outside,
stopped to smell the flowers,
and dug big holes in the sandbox.
I made Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin with Zucchini and Corn for dinner, but I roasted the pork in the oven rather than grilling it (just because the oven was more convenient that night).
On the side, I served a classic pasta salad (recipe coming next month!).
I took the dog up the street for a quick walk before heading out the door for a PTO meeting that evening, and I couldn't help but think that these cows looked very happy in their grassy field on a warm night!
My friend Mollie came over for a visit on Wednesday morning, so we headed out for a walk to enjoy the blue skies and 70-degree weather.
I had to drag all 3 of the kids to Gibbs's doctor's appointment in Charlottesville that afternoon, so we were rushed to get home, eat dinner, and change clothes before heading back out for 3 different soccer practices.
Fortunately, I had dinner waiting for us in the slow cooker when we returned! My Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy is the perfect meal to leave on your countertop on a busy day. Served with mashed potatoes (store-bought) and a salad...
Such a gorgeous evening to be outside!
I spent Thursday morning running errands in town, and then met my friend for a hike in the woods.
For dinner we had Dump-and-Bake "Crack Chicken," which is basically just shredded chicken with a cream cheese, Ranch and bacon sauce. Recipe coming soon! I served the chicken with rice and steamed broccoli, and then we were off to Casey's soccer practice.
After a Body Pump class at the gym on Friday morning, I made a quick stop at Target in Culpeper to grab Easter basket stuffers for the kids while I had a few minutes of solo time.
I love when Target has a Starbucks inside! This treat was a Caramel Cloud Macchiato...
I found these goodies, too -- which we definitely did not wait until Easter to enjoy. Did you know that they now sell Cadbury Creme Egg cookies?! So fun!
It was a rainy day, so Spencer and I stayed indoors for most of the afternoon (he's really loving old episodes of Popeye cartoons, which cracks me up). Maybe it will encourage him to eat more spinach?
On a quick walk outside between downpours, I was happy to see that Virginia's Dogwood trees are now in bloom. Pretty!
Keith was gone that night, so the boys and I enjoyed 20-Minute Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos with slaw and avocado for dinner, along with chips and salsa. The kids loooove this meal!
The sun came back out on Saturday morning, so we had a warm spring day for soccer games.
Casey's team had a bye, so we watched Spence (and his friend Ava) play in the morning...
...and cheered for Gibbs in the afternoon.
I made a run to the grocery store late in the day, and came home to a meal that was waiting for us in the Crock Pot.
We had a Slow Cooker Pork Roast for dinner, but I sliced the meat and served it on hoagie rolls with barbecue sauce and melted cheese. My boys are always on board with subs for dinner! On the side, we had a Caesar salad and some potato chips.
So there you have it -- another peek inside our lives (and meals) from the past week! I hope that it offers a little inspiration for your own dinners in the days ahead. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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