Happy Mother's Day, friends! Are you having a relaxing weekend? I'm looking forward to a quiet day at home with the family today -- just the way I like it! After another busy week and a big party last night, I'm ready for some quiet time before we get going again on Monday. But first, it's time for another roundup of Our Week in Meals!
For those of you who are new to the blog, this is where I share a little bit about what we’ve been up to over the past week — as it relates to our meals each night. I hope that 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 had a pretty slow Sunday morning while Keith mowed grass and I did the weekly grocery shopping. In the afternoon we took the boys to the school for basketball, scooters, and playground time (have to keep them BUSY)!
I made hamburgers for dinner that night, which Keith grilled outside while also grilling chicken for Monday night's dinner. Multi-tasking!
We served our burgers with potatoes and salad.
Spencer and I stayed close to home on Monday morning while we waited for the electricians to come install a ceiling fan. Spence was so excited for the "worker men" to come with their tools, but once they arrived he was too shy to even look at them!???? All was well, though, when we met Mollie and baby Miles for a walk after lunch and he got some time on the playground.
Dinner was so easy, you guys!!! I love this meal and I can't wait to share the recipe with you here on the blog. Classic summer goodness! Keith grilled the chicken on Sunday evening when he was making the burgers, so on Monday morning I just tossed together the Cowboy Caviar and dinner was done. I served our Cowboy Caviar Chicken with homemade cornbread!
Since I knew that we would have soccer practices on Tuesday evening, I prepared a dinner that I could reheat easily whenever we needed it. On Sunday afternoon I made a big batch of Vegetarian Quinoa Chili from a recipe that my friend Erica sent me. It was delicious (I'll share my version soon!), and best of all I could just keep it in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the week. I stuffed the chili inside baked sweet potatoes for lunch a few days last week, and also served it for dinner on Tuesday night with the leftover cornbread from Monday. So easy and so satisfying!
Do you have any recipes that your family loves? I always find that the meals that my friends and family send my way are the best -- tried and trusted! I'd love for you to share your favorites with me as well (and maybe they'll end up on the blog)!
Spencer and I made a trip to Costco on Wednesday morning, but he wasn't feelin' it. He spent the majority of the time trying to escape!
It was a beautiful day, so I walked with Mollie in the afternoon before picking the older boys up from school. The warmer weather made me want to fire up the grill!
Keith was working late that evening, so I served dinner in stages. I made Grilled Italian Sausage Kabobs, which I could prepare in advance and then just put Keith's kabobs on the grill pan in the kitchen right before he got home. I served pasta with marinara as a side dish for my carb-loving kiddos. I will share the easy 5-ingredient recipe in the coming month!
The rain arrived in full force on Thursday morning, which meant that we spent most of the day inside. I picked up my first "mini CSA" order at my neighbor's farm in the afternoon, which was very exciting -- mostly because it means that I now have fresh, local strawberries in my kitchen!
My order also included eggs, spinach, and mixed lettuce. This is such a nice option because it gives me quick and easy access to locally-grown produce when I don't have time to get to the farmer's market on Saturday morning (because I'm standing on the soccer fields instead).
For dinner that night I took the easy route! I made Slow Cooker Cajun Beef Sandwiches, which I served with salad and tater tots! I love an all-day Crock Pot meal that I don't have to fuss with or think about! I'll share the 5-ingredient recipe soon...
The rain continued all day on Friday, so Spence and I made a quick trip into Charlottesville but otherwise stayed home. Our mission: pick up the giant birthday cake that I had ordered for our cookout!
I also picked up our dinner for the evening, since take-and-bake pizzas on a rainy Friday night sounded like a good idea! I made a simple green salad on the side to enjoy some of the fresh produce that we got the day before.
Saturday morning's soccer games were cancelled (thanks to rain-saturated fields), so we spent the morning at home getting things organized for a party. We hosted a cookout and cornhole tournament with about 40-50 of our friends and family, so it was a lively afternoon in our old General Store building. Keith grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, we had the giant Costco cake for dessert, and everyone else brought sides/salads/desserts as well. It was a classic Southern picnic with everything from homemade mac and cheese to homemade banana pudding, pasta salads, chocolate chess pie, and more. So much delicious food (and plenty of beer)!
Cake as big as his head.
Cousins (yep, they're all boys)!????
Intense cornhole competition!
After a very late evening, the boys and I completely crashed! I'm off to brunch with Keith and the kids today, so I'll report back next week with a full holiday update. Have a wonderful week ahead!