Good morning, and happy Sunday! We had a pretty "normal" week around here -- warm, spring-like temps, a return to school, and plenty of outdoor play. 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.
First, though, a quick note to let you know that my latest recipe for Copycat Panera Lemon Chicken Soup is over at Taste of Home! This light, healthy and flavorful soup is a perfectly cozy weeknight supper that comes together easily on the stovetop. I hope you'll check out the recipe and try it in your own kitchen soon!
Now, let's back up to last weekend...
Sunday was still very cold, but at least the sun was shining! I met my girlfriends for a walk at Mollie's farm early that morning, and then headed back out with the kids that afternoon for a walk and outdoor "play date" with their buddies.
The boys really miss seeing their friends at school regularly, so we're doing what we can to facilitate social activities safely outside (even when there's still ice on the ground)!
Since there was snow in the forecast (yet again) that evening, I decided on a cozy meal for supper. I simmered a pot of chicken broth on the stovetop...
...made a batch of easy homemade egg noodles, and then cooked the egg noodles in the broth (with the shredded chicken off the bones) to make a simple-yet-flavorful chicken noodle soup. One of the boys' favorite meals!
Gibbs has been asking for more English Muffin Bread recently, so I also baked a couple loaves of the quick no-knead bread to serve on the side with a green salad.
Not much to report from Monday! Spencer returned to school, Keith went to work, and the older two boys stayed home with me to take care of their virtual learning. The sleet and freezing rain kept us inside most of the day -- it was nasty out there!
We had Cottage Pie for dinner (which is basically the same as Shepherd's pie, but with ground beef instead of lamb). I replaced the frozen peas and carrots with a bag of frozen corn to appease my non-pea-loving husband.😬 Plus dinner rolls and steamed broccoli (for something green!) on the side...
The sun returned on Tuesday, and spring-like temps melted the last of the lingering ice.
We did school work in the morning, I tested a couple of new baking recipes, and then we met our friends for a walk that afternoon.
I made oven-fried chicken for dinner, which I served with store-bought potato salad,
and lemon poppy seed bread on the side.
We were blessed with another beautiful day on Wednesday, reaching 66° F here in Central Virginia. My parents stopped by for lunch, and then I took the boys over to our friends' farm for a walk to the river, some outdoor play, and jumping on the trampoline. We took full advantage of the sun while it was out, and everyone came home exhausted!
I made my great-grandmother's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for dinner that night, which I paired with pasta and bread. One of my childhood favorites -- even if I'm the only one in the house who loves cabbage!
Plus Strawberry Cake for dessert, since I had photographed it earlier in the day. Can't wait to share this easy recipe with you soon!
I have another good book to share this week, too! I recently finished The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel, which was inspired by an amazing true story from World War II. A young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife.
All 3 boys returned to school on Thursday, so Teddy and I went for a nice walk to enjoy the sunshine before I got started on my work for the day. A quiet house is always productive!
I squeezed quite a bit into my Friday while the kids were at school!
After a morning walk with my girlfriends, I took Teddy to the groomer in Culpeper.
While I was waiting for him to finish, I ran a few errands -- picked up donuts for a special after-school snack for the kids, bagels and lunch at Panera's drive-thru, and a handful of Easter items at Target.
I also stopped by my neighbor's farm to pick up one of our packages that was accidentally delivered to their house. It won't be long before those beautiful lavender fields are in bloom!
Gibbs requested fried shrimp for supper that night, and I was happy to oblige!
We paired the shrimp with creamy mac and cheese and a side of steamed green beans. Almost felt like summer...
It rained most of Saturday morning, so I spent some time in the kitchen working on new recipes. Once it cleared that afternoon, we were all ready for fresh air and a walk outside...
...followed by a stop at the high school football game! They're currently having an abbreviated fall sports season (since everything was cancelled last August), so the kids wanted to see the team play.
Keith was in charge of supper that evening, so he picked up our regular Saturday night pizzas. Hooray for no dish washing!
And that's all for now, friends! I hope that you've found some new meal ideas for the week ahead. Thanks so much for being here!