Good morning, and happy Sunday! We filled a short school week with plenty of soccer, lots of outdoor time, and so many fresh apples! 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...
I started Sunday morning with a cool, early walk with three of my friends at Mollie's farm. Best way to catch up with the girls!
Back home, I baked a couple of loaves of English Muffin Bread. This no-knead bread only requires a single quick rise, so it's one of the fastest and easiest yeast breads I make. It also happens to be one of Gibbs' favorite breakfasts, so that's what he requested for the week.
It was back to the work and school routine on Monday morning...
...and fortunately the weather cooperated for a beautiful evening of soccer practices.
Tuesday was a quiet day at the house, where I spent most of my time cooking and photographing a couple of new recipes.
...and homemade applesauce.
I also finished another great book that night. I was so excited to get my hands on Louise Penny's latest novel, The Madness of Crowds. I've read all of the other books in her Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series (17 in total!), and they never disappoint. This one was just as good as the rest. I highly recommend starting with the first book in the series, Still Life. You'll get hooked on the characters and the little Canadian town of Three Pines!
Wednesday was a picture-perfect fall day: sunny blue skies and 72°F. I was trying out a new jam recipe, so that took up most of my morning. I had to take advantage of the weather, though, so I met my friend for an afternoon walk before picking up the boys.
The kids just had a half-day of school on Thursday to accommodate parent-teacher conferences in the afternoon, so I squeezed as much as possible into my free morning hours. That included a stop at Yoder's Country Market for some fresh apples from a local orchard, along with bacon, lunchmeat, and buttermilk.
I also baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies to have on hand for the weekend!
The afternoon was devoted to conferences at the school, while the kids played and Casey used his metal detector on the playground.😂
We had soccer practices that evening, which meant an easy dinner when we got home late: Garlic Butter Shrimp with Old Bay (all of the ingredients were prepped in advance), rice (that I left cooking in the rice cooker while we were gone), and broccoli that I quickly steamed in the microwave.
The kids had the day off from school on Friday, so we headed up to Culpeper for a couple of errands. My main priority was flu shots for all of us at Target. Of course, we came home with some "extra" items that were not on our list!🙄
I treated the kids to lunch at Chik-Fil-A afterwards, before returning home for the rest of the afternoon. I spy the start of some fall foliage!
You know it's October when there are cobwebs on the boxwoods,
spiderwebs all over the fences,
hay bales in every field,
and mums on the porches!
We spent almost all of Saturday on the soccer fields -- Spencer played in the morning, and then I coached the older boys' team in the afternoon. By the time we returned home, we were all exhausted...which meant pizza for dinner!
And that's where I'll leave it for today, friends! I hope that your October is off to a great start.🎃 Thank you for joining me here each week!