Good morning, and happy Sunday! I'm checking in this morning from the tail-end of our family's beach vacation on Martha's Vineyard. It's been a week full of sunshine and good food! All of the highlights from the past few days, along with our easy dinners, are included in today’s roundup of Our Week in Meals.
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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 was Father's Day, and it turned out to be a quiet one at home. After a foggy morning walk, I spent a few hours packing up the family for our week-long trip, while Keith and the boys played football in the yard.
The sun came out!
We planned a Father's Day dinner menu to include a number of Keith's favorite things, starting with Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
And for a special dessert, I made Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches using Heath ice cream (Keith's favorite) and Tate's chocolate chip cookies. Such a fun, easy summer treat that only takes about 10 minutes to make!
I finished another good book this week, which would be a perfect beach read if you're looking for an easy escape this season. I remember when "chick lit" first became a popular genre back in the early 2000's, and so many of my friends and I loved reading Jennifer Weiner's books. When I saw that she had a new book out this month, I scooped it up immediately (partly for nostalgic reasons). I haven't read any of Weiner's work in almost 20 years, but I'm so glad that I rediscovered her writing with her latest novel, Big Summer. Definitely recommend this one!
Monday was a day of travel, so I don't have too many interesting adventures to report. We left Virginia early that morning for a road trip up to my parents' house on Martha's Vineyard. A few hours into our drive, we found a Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru in Maryland for some much needed caffeine and snacks!
Lunch looked like some very un-fancy peanut butter and apricot jam sandwiches on homemade honey wheat bread while driving through Connecticut.
Teddy's first ferry ride!
And 12 hours later, we finally arrived at my folks' house -- just in time for dinner! Mom made Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta, which she served over pasta with a salad on the side. Dad made some deeeee-licious focaccia bread, too!
Tuesday was a perfect New England beach day! The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the temperature was in the mid-70's.
Twins with my mom!
The water was way too cold for my liking, but the kids didn't seem to mind. We had the whole beach to ourselves!
When the fog rolled in later that afternoon, we headed into town for a walk to the lighthouse and an ice cream snack.
Followed by hamburgers and French fries for dinner at home!
Wednesday morning was cloudy, the waves were choppy and the water was frigid, but that didn't seem to bother the boys one bit. They were happy to have another beach day (while I sat wrapped in a towel and watched from the chair)!
Our afternoon included bike rides,
and hunting for crabs (and other treasures) at Edgartown Great Pond.
Lobster Rolls for dinner on the deck!
Keith and the boys went out to dig for clams in Katama Bay during low tide on Thursday morning.
Appetizers for cocktail hour that evening!
We picked up fish for dinner at the seafood market, and then grabbed soft-serve ice cream for snack on the way home. My favorite!
An afternoon on the beach...
...followed by Grilled Fish Tacos with slaw (the cod is hiding under that slaw), chips and homemade guacamole for dinner.
I also finished another book that evening! After recently enjoying Ann Patchett's latest book, The Dutch House, I decided to go back and read some of her previous novels as well. I read Bel Canto when it came out almost a decade ago (and loved it), but somehow I totally missed Commonwealth when it was released back in 2016. Patchett is such a beautiful storyteller, and this was no exception. It would be another great addition to your summer reading list!
Keith took the boys back to the beach on Friday morning, while Mom and I went shopping at one of our favorite local businesses: Chilmark Pottery.
An afternoon bike ride...
...and croquet in the yard.
My dad grilled steaks for dinner,
which we served with baked potato wedges,
and Caesar salad (minus the chicken).
We spent Saturday morning at the beach...
Back home for lunch, I made a pot of New England Clam Chowder to take advantage of the last of the clams that Keith collected. I'll share my recipe soon, which is equally good with canned clams.
An afternoon walk...
...followed by ice cream at the harbor. Vacation mode!
My mom and I made a Southern Tomato Pie to have with dinner (our recipe will be on the blog on Wednesday, so stay tuned!)...
and paired the tomato pie with lobster salad, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and fresh loaves of my dad's focaccia bread. Such a treat!
So there you go -- another week of dinner ideas -- this time, with a "beachy" twist! Thanks so much for joining me here today. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!