Good morning, and happy Sunday! We celebrated Keith's birthday this week, started a new soccer season, and got the house ready for fall. 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...
A Sunday walk with 3 of my friends at Mollie's farm...
...while the boys entertained themselves at home.
My parents joined us for a cookout that evening to celebrate Keith's birthday a few days in advance. Keith grilled hamburgers and hotdogs,
my mom brought my grandmother's potato salad,
and I made the house salad,
Mom was in charge of dessert: a Peach Galette (still hanging onto summer's delicious stone fruit!), as well as a pan of brownies.
Monday was the Labor Day holiday, so we enjoyed a slower start with Secret Ingredient Bisquick Waffles for breakfast.
We then made our way up to a park in Culpeper, where there are paved paths for the boys' scooters, bikes and hoverboards.
Keith smoked a turkey breast for dinner, which we paired with Stove Top stuffing, store-bought cranberry sauce, a loaf of pumpkin bread, and an easy broccoli casserole. I finally took pictures of the smoked turkey so that I can share Keith's recipe here in the coming weeks. It's a family favorite for Thanksgiving and for regular weekend meals. Plus, the leftovers make great sandwiches the next day!
Everyone was back to school and work on Tuesday morning, so I kept myself busy in the kitchen -- testing new recipes, prepping dinner, and making a pie for Keith's birthday the next day.
A heart-shaped apple!
And the last of the crepe myrtle blooms...
Wednesday was a quiet, routine work day.
I did have to go up the road in the afternoon to pick up eggs from my neighbor's farm, since I was prepping dinner and realized that we were totally out!
We had crab cakes that evening, which I paired with French fries and coleslaw.
And for dessert, Key Lime Pie!
I have a great book to share with you this week, too. I flew through Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers, which is a page-turning novel that's part-thriller, part-mystery, with a little bit of romance and humor thrown in. It's not too heavy, just a fun, quick read that will keep you guessing!
Thursday included a walk with a friend, a mid-day work Zoom call (that I took at Keith's office for faster internet), and the boys' first soccer practices of the season.
I'm coaching the older boys' team, and we all had to be at the fields a little after 5:00 p.m., so there was no time to eat dinner beforehand. Instead, I prepped our meal in advance so that we could quickly eat when we walked in the door later that night. On the menu: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, and corn. The kids go crazy for this dish!
Friday was another gorgeous day! I met three of my friends for a morning walk once the kids were all in school...
...and then ran a few errands in Culpeper before returning home to an afternoon of work calls and computer time. I treated myself to my first Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, since it's a rare occasion when I'm near a Starbucks. It was good!
We had homemade pizzas for dinner, plus salads on the side for something green...
We spent Saturday morning on the soccer fields, and then headed up north to Keith's parents' house to celebrate his birthday with family.
All 7 grandsons together! It was a lively bunch...
We had smoked brisket, bbq chicken and pork bbq for dinner, followed by my mother-in-law's Texas Sheet Cake for dessert. Such a fun day!
And that's it for now, friends! Thank you so much for joining me here this week, as always. I hope that you've found some new inspiration for your own table in the days ahead. Have a wonderful Sunday!