Good morning, happy Sunday, and happy 4th of July! To my American readers out there, I hope that you're enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend. 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 started with an early morning walk up the road with the dog...
...followed by some recipe testing in the kitchen while Keith was outside and the kids were building forts in their bedrooms.
Look what Keith picked from our trees this week...
We got outside that afternoon for a short stroll, but didn't make it too far in the heat. The kids and the dog kept trying to turn around!😂
We had baby back ribs for supper,
along with simple Amish Green Beans with Brown Butter from the farmer's market,
a quick stovetop mac and cheese,
and a basket of corn sticks (I'll share my recipe for the corn sticks in an upcoming post).
We were out of the house early on Monday morning for Casey's orthodontist appointment...
...and then made our way to the pool for a swim and a picnic lunch with friends.
Blackberries spotted on my morning walk!
I made a very fresh summer dinner that evening: Chicken Souvlaki. We had the chicken and homemade tzatziki sauce with warm pita bread, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese...
...and Couscous Salad.
Followed by my mom's Peach Galette recipe for dessert. 'Tis the season!
This is how Teddy felt about our scorching heat and humidity this week! Let's just say that he had zero interest in going for walks...
We had to stay home to meet a maintenance guy on Tuesday morning, so our only outing was a shady (but-still-sweaty) walk in the woods mid-day.
Gibbs had camp again that afternoon, while the younger boys and I stayed busy at the house.
Dinner was a quick and easy summer meal that didn't require much cooking or effort on my part: BLT sandwiches with basil mayo, as well as chips, watermelon and peaches on the side!
I finished another great book this week, and it might just be one that you've already read. Since I really enjoy Fannie Flagg's writing, I figured that I should circle back to one of her oldest (but most famous) novels: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. While I had seen the movie years ago, I'd never read the book -- probably because it came out back in 1991 when I was just 11 years old! Nevertheless, this timeless story is entertaining, funny and moving. Highly, highly recommend!
Wednesday we joined our friends at their farm for a swim in the pool...
...and I made my great grandmother's Potato Pancakes for supper. Keith and I had smoked salmon alongside, while the boys got chicken nuggets...
and a refreshing Cucumber Dill Salad. The perfect combination!
After such a hot and humid day, the golden light at sunset was so lovely!
Maybe it's time to prune the porch planters?!
Thursday was hot and sunny in the morning, but the rain and storms rolled in that afternoon.
My parents joined us for lunch, we stayed home to wait for an electrician, and I baked a batch of blackberry muffins with the fruit that Casey picked on the side of the road. I'll share our favorite muffin recipe in a few days, so stay tuned...
Dinner that night was one of my personal favorite Chinese restaurant meals, which also happens to be a quick stir-fry dinner that we can make at home in less than 30 minutes: Moo Shu Pork. And just like a restaurant, rice and egg rolls on the side!
The sun returned on Friday, we had a meeting with our architect, and Casey joined me and the dog for a hike in the woods.
and a green salad with red wine vinaigrette. That recipe makes a big batch of sauce, so I set some aside in the freezer for a later meal, too.
This week's farmer's market flowers on Saturday morning! The rest of the day was spent on errands, housework, and riding bikes at the school.
I was ready for a break from cooking and washing dishes, so Keith picked up takeout pizza for dinner that evening. Always a hit!
And that's it for this week, friends! I'm off to bake a Texas Sheet Cake (with red, white and blue sprinkles) for our July 4th cookout, so I hope that you have a wonderful, safe holiday. Thanks for being here!