Good morning, and happy Sunday! I'm checking in after another full fall week of school, sports, and cozy recipes. I hope that you had a good one, too! 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…
We had a quiet day at home on Sunday, and took full advantage of the beautiful fall weather. I baked muffins for breakfast and walked the dog up the road, while Keith spent the morning taking care of yard chores.
Our afternoon was largely consumed with football and cleaning out closets. It's overwhelming to switch out clothes each season, but always a relief when it's done and organized. We're officially in sweater weather!
Keith smoked chicken for dinner that evening,
while I made creamy mac and cheese, buttered peas and salad alongside.
Time for another book review! I recently finished Harvest Season, which is the sequel to Growing Season by Melanie Lageschulte. I enjoyed this one even more than the first, and I've already ordered book #3 in the series (The Peaceful Season). These novels are hard to explain, because they're unlike most other books I've read. They're not mysteries, thrillers, romance, or chick lit. They're just light, easy to read, and simple (in a good way). They kind of remind me of the book version of a Hallmark movie -- fun, enjoyable, lighthearted, and fairly predictable! I find myself attached to the characters and looking forward to the next, so I suppose that's a positive review...even if they're not award-winning literature.😊
Back to the routine on Monday! Spencer returned to school, while the older boys and I stayed home to focus on their distance-learning work.
I needed to run an errand in town, so I treated them to drive-thru burgers and cones for lunch while we were out!
They spent the afternoon in the dirt...
And I made Taco Pie for supper,
with tortilla chips, easy homemade guac, salsa, and steamed, buttered corn.
Tuesday was another day of homeschooling in the morning, followed by soccer practice for the boys in the afternoon.
So many soy beans!
I loved having the chance to get out and walk the dog during the boys' practice -- the weather was perfect! These yellow flowers (or weeds?!) are everywhere right now, lining the roads and trails so that everything looks so colorful.
I also received a really fun gift this week! I always look forward to the seasonal Special Delivery Box from my friends at Taste of Home, and the fall version did not disappoint. This package included a new cookbook called Farmhouse Favorites, as well as recipe cards and lots of cool kitchen tools -- like biscuit cutters, measuring cups, mini microwave-safe Bundt cake pans, a spatula, and a silicone pressure cooker rack. This is a great gift idea for yourself or your favorite home cook!
Dinner that night was a pot of Easy French Onion Soup, served with salad and plenty of extra baguette on the side!
Wednesday was another gorgeous fall day!
I took the dog for a walk bright and early, and then the kids and I stayed busy with their school work for a few hours.
We picked up a grocery order, and stopped at Cake Krums bakery for one of our favorite fall snacks: Apple Butter Donuts!
For dinner, I made my 5-Ingredient Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia, which I paired with a box of garlic and herb couscous, green beans and dinner rolls.
Thursday was my one day this week to get work done while all 3 of the boys were at school. I tackled my to-do list after a short walk in the woods with the dog on a very gray, cloudy morning.
We spent the afternoon on the football field for the boys' practice...
...and then came home to a quick weeknight dinner. Knowing that I'd be in a hurry to get a meal on the table, I took a shortcut and used a store-bought rotisserie chicken to prepare Chicken and Bisquick Dumplings.
I made a salad and warmed some 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins for the bread basket. The muffins were stashed in my freezer, so no baking necessary!
Friday was largely devoted to chores and errands outside of the house that I can't easily take care of when the kids are around. While they were at school, I dropped the dog off at the groomer, delivered lunch to the teachers and staff on behalf of the PTO, met a friend for a walk, and grabbed lunch at the Panera drive-thru. I ate a really glamorous tuna salad sandwich on focaccia in the parking lot (while enjoying the peace and quiet and waiting to pick up the dog)!
On a cool, rainy evening, classic Stuffed Shells hit the spot for supper! I divided the full recipe between two 8-inch square pans so that I could bake one that night, and stash the extra pan in the freezer for a later date.
Plus a salad and garlic bread on the side!
Spencer and Casey came with me to my favorite little antique shop on Saturday morning, where they found plenty of treasures (old trains, haunted house decorations) and I found a cute little desk for Gibbs' bedroom. Success!
Keith smoked ribs for dinner that night (here's my slow cooker version, which is also delish!)...
...and I made a batch of bakery-style Corn Muffins to have on the side.
Since there was a lingering head of Romaine hanging out in the vegetable drawer, I also tossed together a simple green salad with our favorite Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette.
There you go! Another roundup of our easy meals from the past week. I hope that you've found a couple of new dishes to add to your own menu in the coming days. Thank you so much for being here!