Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week included a fun trip to Charleston, plenty of delicious Southern food, and lots of fresh finds from the farmer's market. 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.
First, a quick note to let you know that my site was selected as one of the Top 30 Southern Food Blogs by Feedspot. You can check out all of the other winners here as well. I'm so appreciative! Now, let's back up to last weekend...
Sunday morning included a walk at my friend's farm while Keith took the boys to play golf. There was a little horse show on the farm while we were walking, so we ran into another friend and her daughter -- who is always happy to see Teddy!
Keith smoked baby back ribs for supper...
I also read a really sweet novel this week called At Home in Mitford. The first in a 14-book series by Jan Karon, this story introduces us to the small town of Mitford and its quirky residents. There's a mystery to be solved, a budding romance, and many heartwarming relationships along the way. Definitely a light, feel-good, entertaining read!
On Monday morning we drove from our house in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains...
....to the Lowcountry of South Carolina for our last family vacation before the boys go back to school.
We stayed at a resort across the harbor from Charleston, just a few minutes from Sullivan's Island.
The boys swam in the pool that afternoon, and then we made our way to dinner at the Shem Creek Crab House.
We tried the crab pot (with crabs, mussels and shrimp), and I ordered the Charleston Shrimp and Grits, which included shrimp, grits, mushrooms, and smoked sausage in brown gravy. Our whole meal was great!
We got outside early for some donuts and coffee on Tuesday morning...
...plus some beach time. It was a beautiful morning!
We toured the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier in the harbor...
and spent an afternoon in downtown Charleston.
Lunch at Poogan's Smokehouse: a shared 4-meat BBQ platter, along with skillet cornbread, fries, rolls, and collard greens.
And dinner at a little hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in Mount Pleasant that served some of the best pizza and pasta we've ever had!
A cranberry orange muffin and cafe au lait to start Wednesday morning...
...and then a cool, breezy beach walk on Sullivan's Island.
This was the blackened mahi-mahi sandwich that I had for lunch at a brewery in Charleston, followed by an afternoon at the pool until the boys were completely exhausted!
Finally, dinner at Red's Ice House, where we could get Keith's oysters, Casey's crab, Gibbs' shrimp, and Spencer's chicken fingers. Plus my she crab soup and shrimp salad...
...and ice cream to finish it all off!
A lovely sunset on our last evening.
After many restaurant meals and a day of travel, it was so nice to enjoy a homemade dinner on Thursday evening. We made it home in time to unpack, start the laundry, and enjoy a simple meal that consisted of tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and apple slices. Definitely not fancy, but it hit the spot!
As much as we loved our trip, it's always good to be home. Traveling with three kids is no joke!
I walked the dog on Friday morning, and then headed to the car dealer to pick up my new vehicle that we had ordered last May. Other than that, Keith took the boys to the pool, while I picked up groceries to re-stock our kitchen.
We had Mexican Shrimp with fresh tomato, corn and avocado salad, which we stuffed into tacos for dinner. Plus tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa on the side.
So many goodies from the Saturday morning farmer's market (so I obviously made my favorite summer sandwich for lunch)!
We went for a hike in the mountains near Sperryville after lunch,
and stopped at Jenkins Orchard for peaches, plums, watermelon and Gala apples on the way home. This was some of the best fruit we've had all season!
My friend Mollie recently made Damson plum preserves, so she shared her recipe with me and I'm planning to do the same in the coming days.
To finish off the evening, we had baked ziti with sausage for dinner...
And that's where I'll leave it for today, friends. I hope that you've found some new recipes and inspiration for your family table in the days ahead. Thank you for being here!!