Good morning, and happy Sunday! It was another routine week around here, complete with school, work, and a little St. Patrick's Day "celebration." 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...
Sunny skies on Sunday morning!
An afternoon hike...
...followed by grilled New York Strip steaks for dinner.
Keith cooked the steaks, while I prepped the sides: Au Gratin Potatoes...
...and a vinegar-based coleslaw (which I will share on the blog soon). I cut the potato recipe in half to prepare a smaller portion, since we didn't need 8 servings. The coleslaw was a nice contrast to the creamy potatoes. Delicious and simple Sunday supper!
We had a beautiful sunrise on Monday morning, but Daylight Saving Time made it hard to get out of bed...
Spence returned to school, while the older boys stayed home with me to work on their virtual assignments.
I made a chicken and broccoli stir-fry for dinner, which I will share on the blog in the coming weeks. We paired the meat and veggies with a side of rice and some store-bought spring rolls.
Tuesday was a repeat of Monday (school work and a couple of dog walks with friends), but I did finish another really interesting book! I don't even know how to categorize The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, since it crosses over so many different genres. It's part historical fiction, part fantasy, part romance, and part thriller -- all wrapped up into one package! This novel is incredibly unique, well-written, and just a nice change of pace from the norm. Highly recommend!
We had breakfast-for-dinner at the kids' request. I served Baked Buttermilk Pancakes (the boys call them "pancake squares") with a side of bacon, as well as fresh berries topped with this rich, creamy yogurt. Always a hit, and so, so easy!
Wednesday was St. Patrick's Day, and since all 3 boys were home from school, my mother-in-law joined us for a festive lunch. I made chicken salad sandwiches, and Carole brought green-frosted cupcakes for dessert, along with leprechaun hats for the kids and a shamrock plant for me.
We also managed to get out for a hike along the river (in spite of the cool, gray weather), knowing that there was a lot of rain in the forecast for the rest of the week.
In keeping with the Irish theme, I served Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner that night...
...along with a loaf of Irish Soda Bread.
I got everyone out the door for school on Thursday morning, poured myself a cup of coffee, and sat down at the computer to get my work done and enjoy a quiet house for the first time all week!
It was gray and nasty outside, but I did get out for fresh air when there was a break in the rain before lunch.
It was windy and cold, but the sun returned on Friday!
I met Mollie and Sallie for a walk, took Teddy to the groomer, and otherwise stayed close to home to get as much work done as possible before the start of the weekend. Keith and I were able to get our first shots for the COVID vaccine that afternoon, too -- such a relief!
We had fried catfish for supper,
which I paired with corn muffins,
and sauteed spinach.
Not too much to report from Saturday!
We filled our day with uneventful tasks like yard work, laundry, and a grocery pick-up.
I took the night off from cooking and put Keith in charge of dinner, so we had takeout pizza and then watched March Madness basketball for the rest of the evening.
And that's where I'll leave it for now! Thanks for joining me here again this week. I hope you've found some new dinner inspiration for the coming days. Have a great Sunday!