Good morning, and happy Sunday! We celebrated Casey's birthday this week, picked loads of strawberries, and enjoyed summer-like temps. 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...
I snuck in a walk with friends on Sunday morning before the rain arrived later that afternoon.
Once it cleared up, I took the boys over to the school parking lot so that Casey could ride his new hoverboard and the other two could bike.
Plus a stop for ice cream afterwards!
Keith smoked a turkey breast for supper...
...which we served with mashed red potatoes,
Monday was a whirlwind, non-stop day!
Between virtual school work for Gibbs and Casey, dog walks, a dentist appointment for me, and a doctor's appointment for Spencer because we thought that he might have pink eye (he didn't!), it felt like I was running in all directions.
I also managed to make an ice cream pie for Casey's birthday on Tuesday, and baked a loaf of Dutch Oven Bread for dinner that night.
The older two boys had soccer practice, so we ate an early supper beforehand. I served this roasted tomato soup (which will be SO perfect with fresh, late-summer tomatoes in a few months)...
...plus Ham, Brie and Apple Panini sandwiches on the homemade bread that I baked earlier in the day (the kids just had plain grilled cheese).
Casey turned 10 on Tuesday! Strawberry-frosted Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast, plus Legos, NERF guns, and a new basketball made for a very happy birthday boy.
Spencer headed back to school, while I took the older two boys up the road to pick strawberries at our neighbors' farm.
Plus an Oreo ice cream pie for dessert. I'll share my mom's pie recipe on the blog soon!
A beautiful Wednesday morning! My neighbor, Fannie, has the most beautiful rows of peonies and they're currently in bloom. I look forward to them every year!
All three boys have virtual school on Wednesdays, so we finished up their work before my parents joined us for lunch. We had Subway sandwiches (one of Casey's favorites) and continued celebrating the birthday boy.
I've got another good book to share with you this week, too! My mom recommended The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, and I absolutely loved it. I can get tired of WWII historical fiction after awhile, but this one was a bit different. Based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together. If you enjoy this genre, The Paris Library is a must-read!
I served Salmon Burgers for dinner before we headed out for Spencer's soccer practice that evening. Plus salad and potato chips on the side!
The boys all returned to school on Thursday, so I spent my day focused on my own work. I was busy, busy in the kitchen with recipe testing and photographing some new meals for the blog.
I also squeezed in a short walk in the woods with my friend Ashley before we had to pick up the kids. The shade was our only relief from the heat!
We ate an early supper at 4:30 so that I could take the older boys to their soccer practice: pesto tortellini pasta with some added pancetta and broccoli. Plus rolls on the side!
Friday was much like the day before -- the kids headed off to school, I met my friend Adria for a short walk, and then I buckled down to focus on my to-do list.
...and black bean and corn salad. Always a popular meal in our house!
The dry, 90+ degree heat that we had on Saturday is great for the farmers making hay...
...but not so great for the kids playing soccer!
We spent most of the day at the fields for the boys' games, and took a break halfway through to cool down in the air conditioning at home. My parents joined us for ham salad sandwiches for lunch!
Keith picked up pizzas for dinner that night, and I appreciated a night off from the kitchen. We were all pretty tired!
And that's where I'll leave off for today. I hope that you've found a few new meal ideas for the week ahead. Thank you for joining us!