Good morning, and happy Sunday! We're wrapping up another quiet fall week around here -- complete with school, colorful leaves, and cozy suppers. 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 a beautiful day here in Virginia, so we took full advantage!
Keith picked up a new vehicle that morning, while the boys and I stayed home, grabbed our grocery order for the week, and took care of house chores.
We all took an afternoon walk,
and Keith grilled hamburgers for supper.
We paired the burgers with salad and baked potato wedges.
It was back to the routine on Monday morning! We dropped Spencer off at school, and then the older boys and I took Teddy for a short walk in the woods before starting their virtual learning for the day.
Once they were done with "school," we joined my parents and my aunt for lunch.
Mom served pork bbq sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and pickles...
...and I brought the Apple Dapple Cake for dessert!
We love roasted chicken at this time of year, so I made Greek Roasted Chicken for dinner that evening. I left off the potatoes since we had potatoes the night before, and used only chicken thighs (instead of a whole cut-up chicken). The thighs cook faster, so it was done in about 30 minutes. We paired the Greek chicken with couscous, steamed green beans, Tzatziki sauce and hummus. I wanted to serve pita bread with the meal, but our little grocery store was all sold out -- so couscous it was!
Our days are always smoother when the boys can get out and run before we attempt any school work at home.
Tuesday started off foggy, but it quickly cleared and turned into a warm afternoon. I was able to take advantage with a dog walk in the sunshine while the older boys had soccer practice.
Dinner that night was a Smoked Sausage Pasta Bake with salad and rolls. Simple and satisfying!
And I've got another new book to recommend! I just finished The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This historical mystery, infused with romance, links the lives of three women across a century - two deep in the past, one in the present - to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania. It was a fun, quick read and a great escape!
The day started in the best way possible: an apple cider donut from an orchard near my parents' house -- warmed in the microwave until perfectly soft! There's truly nothing better with a hot cup of coffee.
All three boys were home that day, so we spent a few hours juggling school work and Zoom calls for three different classes. Once we were done, we ran a few errands in town -- including a stop in Yoder's for "necessities" like Virginia oysters, real buttermilk, and a fresh bag of local apples.
One of my personal favorite meals was on the menu for supper that night: crab cakes! I couldn't find jumbo lump crab meat at our little grocery store, so I made them with a (more affordable) mix of special and claw meat. They definitely weren't the same, but they were still tasty!
...and corn muffins on the side!
It looked like fall in the woods on Thursday morning!
I met my friend Ashley for a walk, then returned home to tackle my to-do list. After home-schooling the boys for the first part of the week, Thursdays are always jam-packed with my own work.
I knew that we would be busy with football practice for all 3 boys that evening, so I planned an easy dinner that would come together quickly when we returned home. I thawed a batch of Stuffed Peppers from the freezer...
...and paired the peppers with salads and a loaf of No-Knead Bread that I baked earlier in the day.
Not too much exciting news to report from Friday! I met my friend Mollie for a walk, ran a couple of errands, and then spent most of the day baking and testing new recipes -- with some successes and an utter failure. In fact, a cake overflowed in my oven and made the whole house smell like burned batter...
On a higher note, though, I whipped up a loaf of our favorite One-Bowl Whole Wheat Banana Bread to use up some overripe bananas on the counter -- always a hit!
Dinner that night was a Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Stuffing and a salad. Easy peasy!
Saturday looked a lot like this:
We stayed close to home and filled our time with yard work, baking (me), and other tasks that needed our attention. We also snuck out for a short afternoon walk. It's truly the best time of year!
Keith has been requesting fried oysters for awhile now, so that's what was on the dinner menu. Soooo good!
We rounded out the meal with some grilled salmon (the kids' preference), rice and a salad.
And that's it for today! Thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your Sunday with me. I appreciate you and love hearing from you each week. Hopefully you've found a few new meals to try in your own kitchen in the coming days!