Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week we celebrated Easter, logged many hours on the sports fields, basked in the warm, sunny spring days, and finished a great book. All of the highlights, along with each of our 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...
Sunday was Easter, and our morning got off to an early start (as usual) with a sunrise egg hunt in the yard and baskets for the kids.
As I mentioned in last week's post, I set a dinner table in anticipation of hosting 7 kids and 9 adults...but as we all know at this point, plans can change!
Thanks to Covid exposures, some our family members decided that it was safest not to come, while the rest of us enjoyed a socially-distanced Easter dinner outside -- picnic-style. It all tasted good, no matter the location!
After a full day of fresh air, the boys and their cousins were exhausted...
My mother-in-law brought a honey-baked ham, Keith grilled salmon,
Thank goodness we had such beautiful weather all weekend, because Monday was a total washout with nonstop rain. Other than a quick trip out to pick up my weekly groceries, I stayed dry inside and got work done at the computer. I do have a great book to share with you, though!
I finally got to The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel, which a number of blog readers have recommended over the years. It's been awhile since I picked up WWII historical fiction (it can be heavy, and while I love it, I also need to take breaks), and this was a great way to return to the genre! Here's the summary from Amazon:
Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inès fears they’ll be exposed, but for Céline, the French-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, the risk is even greater—rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.
When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love—and the vineyard that ties them together.
New York, 2019: Recently divorced, Liv Kent is at rock bottom when her feisty, eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau.
The boys' soccer practices were canceled, so we had a low-key evening at home. I took advantage of the holiday leftovers and served ham biscuits (my favorite with a drizzle of honey!) and ham and cheese sliders for supper, along with the extra green bean casserole, potato salad, and Watergate salad. If you've got some leftover ham in your fridge or freezer too, you might like to use it in this cheesy pasta dish, in a baked omelet, in these scalloped potatoes, in this soup, in a Virginia ham salad, or in this pasta salad. So many options!
The sun returned on Tuesday, which made us all very happy. In fact, the boys were outside playing basketball by 7:00 a.m. before school -- tired of being cooped up!
My time was largely devoted to cooking and photography in the kitchen, followed by a short afternoon walk prior to school pick-up.
Casey had soccer practice that evening, so I made another easy dinner that we could serve at different times depending on our various schedules: Sloppy Joe's,
plus pasta salad on the side.
Wednesday was another routine work and school day. I sat at the computer all morning, and then met my girlfriend for an afternoon walk.
Casey and Spencer had soccer practices that evening, and Keith had a late work meeting, so we all ate an early supper before I drove the boys to Orange and Keith got on his call. Constant juggling is the name of the game!
On the menu: Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage and Potatoes,
along with roasted cabbage (which I just added to the oven with the sausage and veggies).
Scenes from Thursday...
With two more soccer practices on the agenda that night, I prepped an easy beef enchilada casserole for an early supper, which we paired with corn, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and seasoned black beans. Then back out the door to the fields!
I took Gibbs to a dentist appointment on Friday morning,
and met Mollie for a walk that afternoon.
I made one of the boys' favorite dinners that night -- French bread pizzas,
which I served with sauteed kale. And then it was the weekend!
Saturday was totally consumed with the kids' soccer games -- from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with a short break for lunch at home mid-day.
I was in no shape to cook dinner when we finally returned to the house, so Keith picked up subs from a local restaurant, and we called it a night! This was my tasty chicken cheesesteak...
So there you go: another week of easy dinner ideas! I hope that you've had a great weekend, and that you've found some inspiration for your table in the days to come. Thank you for being here!