Good morning, happy Sunday, and happy Mother's Day to all of the special ladies out there! We had another routine week, complete with kids' sports, a birthday celebration, and beautiful spring weather. 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 morning started with an early walk at Mollie's farm with three of my friends.
I had to work on a project for an upcoming deadline, and then the whole family headed out for short walk that afternoon.
Followed by ice cream cones and soft pretzels from the Twist Treats truck for a fun snack!
...and my go-to "house salad" with candied pecans.
And an evening of front porch-sitting while the kids played outside. It was too nice to be stuck in the house!
Spencer returned to school on Monday, while the older two boys stayed home with me. Other than a quick trip to Yoder's country market for buttermilk, cheese and lunchmeat, we stuck close to home and took care of our virtual work inside. It was rainy and misty all day...
Gibbs and Casey had soccer practice that evening, so I served everyone an early breakfast-for-dinner before Keith took them to the fields. We had waffles, bacon, yogurt and fresh berries. Always a popular choice around here!
The sun and blue skies returned on Tuesday, so we got outside for a couple of walks in spite of the almost 90-degree heat.
They might be weeds, but I think the fields of buttercups are so pretty at this time of year.
Speaking of warm weather, sweet tea is back in the regular rotation now...
I had a few overripe bananas on the counter, so I stirred together a loaf of our favorite Banana Nut Bread while supervising the kids' school work that morning.
Thunderstorms that evening led to a beautiful Wednesday morning!
Since all three boys are at home on Wednesdays, we finished up their virtual school work and then headed out for a couple of errands.
On the agenda: a grocery order pick-up and a stop at Madison Gardens to pick out plants for Teacher Appreciation Week.
We came home with pots of cheerful yellow dahlias.
Spencer's soccer practice was cancelled that evening, so we didn't have to rush out the door right after dinner. We had Chicken Parmesan with pasta and marinara sauce, plus green beans and garlic bread on the side.
I'm so excited to share this week's book, which was one of my favorites of the year thus far. My mom recommended Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft, and it was definitely a winner! Here's a quick summary:
It's New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the sweltering heat of colonial India, is yearning for all she has left behind in England. Then, at the stroke of midnight, Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes so do both their lives.
Bold and charismatic, Luke opens her eyes to the wonders of Bombay, while Maddy's beauty and vivacity captures his heart. Only her mother disapproves, preferring the devoted Guy Bowen as a match for her daughter. But while Maddy and Luke are falling in love, the world is falling apart. World War I is on the horizon, and Luke will be given no choice but to fight. They will be continents apart, separated by danger and devastating loss, but bound by Luke's promise that they will meet again in Bombay.
Part romance, part historical fiction, this is a must-read!
Keith took the kids to school on Thursday and I headed out for a walk up the road with Teddy before starting my work.
We crossed paths with an eagle, a fox, a rabbit, and the sweetest little bunny.
I stayed busy the rest of the day with cooking, photos, writing, a stop at the neighbor's farm to pick up our eggs for the week, a trip to the school to drop off the teachers' flowers, and a walk in the woods with my friend before pick-up. Phew!
I joined two of my friends for a walk on Friday while the boys were at school, tackled my to-do list throughout the day, and then headed south to Nelson County for the evening.
Some crazy storms rolled through that afternoon, but the clouds parted by dinnertime.
We had pizza and salad for supper...
...and since we were celebrating my mom's birthday, Strawberry Cake for dessert!
Keith grilled pork tenderloin for supper,
which I paired with Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole,
And that's it for this week, friends! Thanks for joining me here this Sunday. I hope that you've found some new ideas for your own table in the days ahead!