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Good morning, and happy Sunday! If you’re celebrating today, I hope that it’s a wonderful Easter. We’re excited to see family, have a low-key egg hunt, and enjoy some coconut cake! 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…

It rained off and on most of Sunday, so I was happy to sneak in a walk at Mollie’s farm with three of my friends when the weather cooperated.

The rest of our afternoon included a drive into Charlottesville to get the screen on my iPhone repaired, plus some indoor house chores (like sorting through the boys’ spring clothes). Not too exciting, but productive!

Keith smoked ribs for supper that night (here’s my Crock Pot version),

Front shot of cut up slow cooker ribs on a cutting board

which I paired with roasted broccoli and crispy, seasoned roasted potatoes.

The sun returned on Monday, and once again everything looked so vibrant and green for spring.

My neighbor’s cows had the best time running along the fence with Teddy that morning! I think the weather put them in a good mood, too.😍

Spencer went to school, the older boys and I spent the morning working on their virtual assignments, and then we headed to Charlottesville for Casey’s dentist appointment. The poor kid had to have a baby tooth pulled because it was stubborn and just wouldn’t come out on its own. He did great, and even asked for a turkey sandwich from Subway on the way home — a numb mouth won’t get in the way of his meals!😂

A very spring-inspired dish was on the dinner menu that night: Creamy Chicken Pasta with Bacon, Lemon and Peas. I served the pasta with garlic bread and salad — just like a restaurant, but ready in about 40 minutes!

Front shot of a bowl of creamy lemon chicken pasta on a wooden table in front of a brick wall

Tuesday was another repeat of the day before — sunshine, dog walks, school work, and some photo updates for an older recipe.

I had meatballs in the freezer, so we enjoyed Meatball Subs for dinner that night. I paired the sandwiches with chips and carrots, cucumbers, and Ranch dip. So quick and easy!

Meatball subs on a baking sheet

All three boys were home for distance learning on Wednesday, so Teddy joined Spencer on his class Zoom call that morning. Spencer’s teacher said that Teddy was “ready to learn” and showing “full body listening.” 😂

We stayed close to home for the afternoon, since it rained almost the entire day. I did manage to finish another great book this week, though! Not necessarily a surprise, but I loved Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. This is book #14 in her Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series, and I continue to enjoy them. Many of my girlfriends are now hooked on the series as well, and I’ve heard that the audio books are very well done. If you’re interested, you’ll definitely want to start with the first book, Still Life.

We had “breakfast for dinner” that evening, and I was in the mood for Sallie’s Ham, Cheddar and Broccoli Quiche — so that’s what I made! Since the kids don’t love quiche, they had waffles (just like last week), and I offered fresh berries, yogurt, and sausage on the side.

Photo of slice of ham cheddar and broccoli quiche on a plate with a bite on a fork

Thursday was the only day this week that the boys were all in school, so I took full advantage and got as much done as possible.

My morning was largely devoted to photographing a couple of new recipes…

…and then I made a quick stop in town to deliver Easter gifts to the kids’ teachers. Teachers deserve so much love!

We had Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs for dinner,

Close up front shot of garlic roasted chicken thighs on a plate with potatoes and green beans

along with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Close up side shot of a bowl of mashed red potatoes with skin and chives on top

Friday was the first day of the boys’ “spring break,” which is really just a long Easter weekend this year.

We spent the afternoon in the woods, hiking along the Rapidan River, where the kids have been working on building a fort out of sticks and rocks.

I made the boys’ favorite fish for dinner: “Sweet Heat” Southern Glazed Salmon,

Front shot of crispy baked salmon fillets on a cutting board

along with Sauteed Asparagus,

Close up side shot of sauteed asparagus with lemon and garlic on a white serving tray with toasted almonds on top

and my great Aunt Bee’s 3-Ingredient Sour Cream Muffins, which I’ll share on here soon.

Basket of 3 ingredient sour cream muffins

I spent some time in the kitchen on Saturday morning prepping our favorite coconut layer cake for Easter.

Plus a batch of Hot Cross Buns to enjoy the next morning!

Side shot of the softest hot cross buns recipe on a white table in front of a vase of flowers

A couple of friends joined me for a virtual 5K fundraiser walk that afternoon in honor of my high school friend who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. That’s my blue “Rally for Ryan” t-shirt hiding under my coat!

It was a beautiful afternoon and a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a truly great person!

And for dinner that night…simple-but-delicious grilled hamburgers, French fries and salad.

Overhead image of a grilled hamburger with toppings on a blue and white plate

That’s all for now, friends! I’m off to spend the day with family, celebrate Easter, and hunt for Reese’s-filled plastic eggs. Have a great week ahead, and thanks for being here!

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Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Happy Easter to you and your family.
    I look forward to reading your blog every Sunday morning. It helps keep the days straight and after I read it, I make my own meal plans. We in Ontario, are in another lock down, and I really enjoy all the pictures you post. My favourite are the cows. Also we are just waiting for spring here, so I enjoy your greenery and flowers.

    1. Thank you, Shelley! Another lock-down must be so difficult…hang in there! Hopefully spring arrives soon so that it’s easier to get outside. I know that makes a huge difference for us! Take care, and have a happy Easter!

  2. Happy Easter Blair to you and your family! Enjoy the day with your family! I am definitely making your Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe this week. Looks delicious! I really like your easy recipes, especially since I am now partly back working in my office.

  3. Happy Easter, Blair. I anxiously look forward to your recipes every Sunday. The Farmhouse Chicken is one of my family’s favorites. I recently purchased a Dutch Oven just to make the No Knead Bread. I’m from Richmond, VA, just down the road from you! Thanks for sending along great recipes.

    1. Hi, Dee! It’s always nice to hear from a fellow Virginian! I hope you’ve enjoyed the bread recipe…it’s a staple in our family! 🙂

  4. May you and your family have a blessed Easter Sunday…another Canadian from Ontario – one who lived in Virginia for 30 years ten of which were in Lexington…I look forward to your blog every Sunday and it has been such a joy throughout our ‘tough’ times of lockdowns…my daughters live in Maryland and Virginia and so difficult in not seeing them…love the photos you send and I know we are looking forward to those blooms…thank you for all you do to cheer us up…

    1. Thank you, Wendy! That’s amazing that you lived in Lexington — so close to us! I’m glad that you can get a little taste of Virginia through my pictures each week. Stay safe, and have a wonderful Easter!

  5. Good morning and Happy Easter to you all! My question is regarding the blue dinnerware, which I so love. The food just “pops” in the photos. I would love to know the manufacturer and pattern. We recently moved to a home which has some blue in the kitchen, so I find I’m buying a few things to coordinate with that. Thanks so much, Blair.

  6. Happy Easter to you and your family!!
    I will be making the Creamy Chicken with Bacon and Peas-looks and sounds delicious.
    Teddy!! That little pup of yours is absolutely adorable! Enjoy seeing him in your pictures.