Good morning, and happy Sunday! The kids returned to school this past week, so we've all been settling into a new routine. I love a few hours of quiet at home each day...and then I'm really excited to see everyone in the afternoon. Fingers crossed that the schools stay open and healthy for the foreseeable future! 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 was cloudy and cooler, so the boys were excited to take their hover boards and scooters up to a park in Culpeper County that morning, where there's a paved path (something we don't really have in Madison). Followed by iced coffee and donut holes before we left town!
Back home, I baked a batch of Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars at Keith's request, which chilled in the fridge until dessert that evening.
The rain held off on Monday so that we could meet my mom in Charlottesville for a round of putt-putt golf, followed by a Chik-Fil-A tailgate lunch in the parking lot. The boys' idea of a great way to spend their last day of summer break!
We had Cider Braised Pulled Pork for dinner...
Back to school on Tuesday morning! Second, fifth, and sixth graders (two out of three were happy to return)...
I let the kids pick the dinner menu that night, and (not surprisingly) they voted for spaghetti. I didn't make a sauce from scratch -- just used a jar of really good Rao's marinara! Plus salad and dinner rolls on the side.
I've got another book to share with my fellow mystery-lovers this week! A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder is the first in Dianne Freeman's 4-part Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. The light-hearted tale is set in Victorian England, as a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures—and scandalous pitfalls—of a London social season. It's nothing life-changing, but I enjoyed the quick, entertaining read!
I spent a rainy Wednesday morning baking, since I've been working on a new scone recipe to share this fall. After many days of gray clouds, it was so nice to see the sun come out that afternoon!
I've been watching my neighbor's fields of sunflowers grow all summer, so I was really excited when so many bloomed this week.
Dinner that night was a meal that Gibbs has been asking for a lot recently -- his favorite Southern Glazed Salmon. I served the fish with rice and broccoli for a quick and easy weeknight supper.
A beautiful golden sunrise on Thursday morning!
I met a friend for a walk and got some work done, the kids headed off to school, and the day flew by.
Dinner that night was an easy cassoulet, but since my boys don't love beans, I omitted the canned beans and just used some extra chicken instead. It might be 90 degrees outside, but I'm ready to start transitioning to some of our favorite cooler-weather suppers! I served the cassoulet with a crusty baguette and a simple green salad.
The boys had a two-hour school delay on Friday morning, thanks to local flooding. The sun did eventually come out, though!
Saturday was largely a day to get house work done. I finally cleaned out some closets and kitchen cabinets that needed my attention, while Keith took care of yard stuff outside.
I'm loving the early-autumn oranges and golds in my farmer's market flowers!
We went to the downtown mall in Charlottesville that evening, where we sat outside for dinner at Miller's.
Pimento Cheese BLT + Caesar salad...
...followed by my first Pumpkin Pie ice cream cone of the season!
And that's it for now, friends! Thank you for joining me here each Sunday -- I hope that you've found some new meal inspiration for the week ahead. ❤