Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week was full of surprises (some good, some not so good), as well as the usual routine of work, school, and family suppers. 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 gray, rainy Sunday started with a cozy pan of Amish Baked Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon for breakfast...
...followed by a walk with my friends at Mollie's farm.
Keith and the boys hauled wood and took care of work outside, while I did some cooking inside. Spencer was so proud of himself for showering after the chores, so he asked me to take this picture. I guess we need to work on brushing our hair next.😂
Keith's brother and our nephews stopped by that afternoon to watch football, and then we had Beef Short Ribs for supper. They can be tough to find in our little grocery store, but Yoder's Country Market sells the locally-raised meat in a freezer case.
Monday was cloudy and gray (again!), so I walked to my neighbor's farm to pick up eggs, stopped by the grocery store to pick up a food order, and then made my way to Charlottesville for a lunch date with my mom.
We were eating outside at Burtons Grill, where I ordered the creamy butternut squash soup and a salad. Shortly after our food arrived, however, I suddenly felt light-headed, my heart was racing, and my body was shaking. We didn't know what was wrong at the time (and it was very scary), so Mom drove me to the ER at UVA's hospital to be checked out. The ER was incredibly crowded, so I waited around for about 8 hours, only to learn that all of my tests were "normal" and I had in fact experienced my first panic attack. What a Monday!!!😭
Since we didn't make it home in time for dinner, Keith brought me a turkey and cheese sub to eat in the waiting room. Glamorous, right?! I was so grateful for any food or water at that point!
Needless to say, I took it really easy on Tuesday. I felt fine, but only left the house for the regular rounds of pickups and drop-offs at school.
On a cool, gray evening, Lasagna Soup hit the spot. Plus garlic bread and a simple green salad on the side! This cozy meal can be made in either the slow cooker or on the stovetop, so choose whichever method works best for your schedule.
After a foggy Wednesday morning walk with the dog, I had an appointment with my primary care doctor as a follow up to Monday's excitement. I appreciated her reassurance and advice.
I made it back home for lunch and work, followed by an afternoon walk in the woods with a friend.
We had French Fried Onion Chicken for supper...
Teddy's always happiest when the boys are around...
After almost a week straight of clouds, fog, and rain, it was so nice to see the sun again on Thursday!
I met my girlfriend for a walk in the morning, then ran errands for things like Halloween candy at Target, buttermilk and lunch meat at Yoder's, and a couple of other quick stops along the way.
The boys had soccer practices that evening, so we ate a later dinner when we got home afterwards. I quickly roasted salmon, a 4-ingredient recipe that only requires about 15 minutes from start to finish...
...and served it with rice (that I left cooking in the rice cooker while we were at the fields), salad (that I prepped before we left), and pumpkin muffins (that I also baked earlier in the afternoon).
I have another great book to share this week, too! The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware was a page-turning thriller that left me guessing until the very end. It's not scary, but it sure kept me on the edge of my seat. Amazon says that it's "reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works," and I definitely agree. This is a fun one!
After I dropped the boys off at school on Friday morning, I drove about 90 minutes northwest, over the mountains, to the Clarke County Fairgrounds -- just a few miles from the West Virginia border.
I met three of my friends at the big Luckett's antique fair for a fun Mom's Day Out! We shopped the vintage home decor and furniture for a couple of hours, and then when it started to get hot and crowded, we stopped for lunch in the shade.
Crab cake sandwiches and cold lemonade from a food truck hit the spot...and then I jumped in the car to get back to Madison to pick up the kids.
The rain held off just long enough on Saturday morning so that the boys could play their soccer games.
My father-in-law joined us for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for a late lunch when we got home from the fields, we had a new dishwasher installed (joy!), and then our friends came over for a visit that afternoon. It was a very full, fun day!
We were all pretty tired by dinnertime, and I was ready for a night off from the kitchen, so Keith picked up pizzas for supper and we had a quiet evening watching college football.
And that's it for now, friends! I hope that you've found a few new meal ideas to add to your own table in the days ahead. Thank you for being here!