Good morning, and happy Sunday! I hope that you're enjoying a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. The kids just have a few days left of school, the pool is open, and we're ready for summer! 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 to beat the heat with my friend Adria.
Back home, while Keith took the boys into Charlottesville for a Costco run, I baked a couple of loaves of no-knead English Muffin Bread. Gibbs has been asking for this bread for the past couple of weeks -- it makes the best breakfast toast!
I also prepared 12 jars of strawberry freezer jam with the fruit that we picked from our neighbor's farm last week.
Biking, scooters, hoverboards, and other fun at the school playground that afternoon...
Keith grilled Beef Shish Kabobs for supper that night, which we paired with a side of couscous.
Monday was rainy and gray...
Spencer returned to school, the older boys tackled their virtual assignments, and we headed out mid-day for Casey's orthodontist appointment.
Soccer practice was cancelled because of the weather, so dinner wasn't as early or as rushed as the typical Monday evening. On the menu: Strawberry Chicken Salad (using up the last of our freshly-picked berries)...
...and Cheese Biscuits on the side. A quick tip -- if you have kids (like mine) who don't love an entrée salad, just serve it "deconstructed." My boys ate chicken, salad greens, strawberries and biscuits in separate piles on their plates. Hey, whatever works!
The sun returned on Tuesday afternoon, just in time for a walk in the woods with the older two boys before we had to pick Spencer up from school.
More peonies were blooming at Fannie's this week, too!
I've got another good book to share as well! For all of my fellow mystery-lovers out there, book #15 in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, A Better Man, was one of my favorites thus far. There were so many exciting twists and turns, and (as usual with her writing) I couldn't put this one down. If you haven't read any of Penny's novels, you'll definitely want to start with the first book (Still Life).
It was a hot, hazy and very humid Wednesday! The boys and I stayed close to home and kept busy with school work, yard work, house work and baking. I was testing some new, delicious recipes for the blog...
We had grilled Lemonade Chicken for dinner (an easy 5-ingredient meal)...
The kids returned to school on Thursday, so it was my day at the house to work, work, work.
I met my friend Ashley for a walk that afternoon, but otherwise stayed focused on my to-do list!
All three of the boys had soccer practice that evening, so we ate an early dinner before heading out to the fields. I made BBQ beef sandwiches...
...which I served with coleslaw, potato chips and pickles.
Friday morning started with a walk with my friends Mollie and Sallie...
...followed by a lunch date at The Market at Grelen with my mom and my aunt.
The clouds and drizzle rolled in right at lunchtime, but we were still able to eat outside under a covered porch.
Pimento cheese panini!
And just as I was cleaning up the dinner dishes, my neighbor dropped off one of her delicious homemade strawberry pies! The perfect dessert to kick off Memorial Day weekend...
We took advantage of a rainy, cool Saturday and drove up to Culpeper to run some errands.
I'll spare you any photos of Target, the UPS Store, and the car dealer!
There's an enormous magnolia tree across the street from us, and while it's hard to tell in a photo, the flowers in bloom are the size of my head. It's so impressive!
And finally, to finish off our Saturday -- takeout pizza for dinner!
Thanks again for joining me here today. I hope that you've found a handful of new recipes to try in your own kitchen this week. Happy Memorial Day!