Good morning, and happy Sunday! We enjoyed another beautiful autumn week, and even snuck in a quick trip with family. 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...
We woke up in Warm Springs, Virginia on Sunday morning, where we were finishing up my birthday weekend getaway. On our way out of town, we went for a very chilly hike, and then hopped in the car for the 2 hour drive back to Madison.
Once home, we did the usual post-trip laundry, grocery shopping, and Sunday football-watching.
Soccer with football pads?! I have no idea, but this entertained them almost all afternoon.
We had chicken wings for dinner (recipe coming soon)...
Monday was another beautiful day!
A rainbow of fall leaves...
I visited two of my neighbors that morning, one to pick up eggs and the other to deliver a tray of sweet treats as a thank you for getting our mail.
Otherwise, the day was spent in the kitchen and on the computer until it was time to pick up the kids.
We had homemade Sloppy Joes for supper, which I paired with potato chips, carrots, cucumbers, and ranch dip.
Tuesday was another day of cooking and working at home. Nothing too exciting to report!
I have a good book to share this week, though! A blog reader recommended The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman, and it was such a great read. I love when you share your favorite books with me, since I'm always looking for new ideas. This historical fiction explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose…and flowers. If you enjoy gardening, you'll especially appreciate this novel!
Wednesday was another gorgeous 70+ degree day, so I met my friend Ashley for a walk in the morning before spending time in the kitchen and jumping on two different Zoom calls that afternoon.
The golden leaves on this maple tree in our front yard took my breath away when I walked outside on Thursday morning. It's crazy how they seem to change color overnight!
After dropping off the boys, I stopped at Yoder's for lunch meat, buttermilk, and local apples, and then headed up to Culpeper for a couple more errands. One of my stops was picking up a painting that I recently had framed. A blog reader named Pamela sent me her artwork all the way from Australia! She painted the bowl of peaches from a photograph that I took a few years ago, and it's now hanging on the wall in my office. I love the whimsical nature of the piece and its bright, cheerful colors.
I met my friends Mollie and Adria for a walk that afternoon to take advantage of the great weather...
...and made a pot of Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup with Ham for dinner that night. We paired the soup with a loaf of crusty baguette that I had stashed in my freezer from the farmer's market. Cozy!!
After a night of rain, the sun returned on Friday just in time for a morning walk with a friend.
The rest of my day included a lot of running around and a lot of baking. I prepped two batches of chocolate chip cookies and a vanilla cake to stash in the freezer for Spencer's birthday on Monday (knowing that we would be away this weekend), had Teddy groomed, picked up a grocery order, and took the boys to get vaccinated. Phew! All good stuff, but it was a lot.
My brother and his family traveled up to Virginia from Florida this weekend for my nephews' lacrosse tournament. On Saturday morning, we drove two hours east to Williamsburg to watch the boys play and to visit with everyone.
My parents with their grandsons...
...and their granddog. Hah!
We made it back to Madison by dinnertime, so Keith picked up our usual Saturday night pizzas for dinner...followed by college football on TV and a fire in the woodstove!
That's it for now, friends! I hope that you've found some new ideas for your own table in the days ahead. Have a wonderful week!