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Good morning, and happy Sunday! It’s hard to believe that I’ve now written 300 of these weekly updates!! That’s almost 6 years of sharing our dinners every night.😲 I wouldn’t keep doing it if I didn’t hear from so many of you every Sunday — asking questions, leaving helpful comments, or just offering kind support. I appreciate each one you, so thank YOU for being here. As usual, all of the highlights from the past few days, along with all of our dinners, are included in today’s 300th 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.
Before I forget, just a quick note to let you know that I was featured on Take Them A Meal this week. I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes to deliver to friends in need, so check out this article if you’re interested!
Now, let’s back up to last weekend…
My friend Adria joined me for a very sweaty, humid walk early on Sunday morning.
I canned two batches of the easiest blackberry jam while Keith and Gibbs went golf shopping,
…and took Casey and Spencer for an afternoon swim. They love for me to take photos of their flips, cannonballs, and other jumps so that they can see themselves afterwards. It’s the only time they ever actually request a photo (instead, I usually get eyerolls)!
I took the boys up to Yowell Meadow Park in Culpeper on Monday morning so that they could ride their bikes on paved paths while I walked the dog.
Followed by iced coffee and donuts before heading back to Madison! Making the most of the last week of summer break…
I had a work meeting that afternoon, and then pulled out my deep fryer to make chicken nuggets for supper (a regular kid request). You can also prepare these in a Dutch oven or in a deep skillet, but the fryer makes it really easy! We paired them with waffle fries (ala Chik-Fil-A), refrigerator dill pickles, and store-bought coleslaw.
Keith and I took advantage of a pretty morning and went for a walk on Tuesday before he headed off to work.
The kids and I went to the pool for a swim, while Teddy sunned himself on the window seat (rough life)!
Both Casey and Spencer had soccer practices that evening in another county, which means that we had to eat dinner really early before they left. I prepped a pot of slow cooker chili, which is an easy option to serve in shifts when some of us need to eat later. File this one away for back-to-school season, moms and dads!
Paired with cornbread, always!
Wednesday wasn’t much fun, but we took care of some necessary tasks…
…including dentist appointments for the three boys, followed by multiple Zoom calls for me that afternoon.
Love his dental chair look? Mask on his chin, upside down sunglasses, and a bandage on his head where he split it open the day before when he crashed on his scooter.🤷♀️
I made 20-minute weeknight salmon sandwiches for supper, served with veggies and dip (carrots, cucumbers, ranch) and potato chips. Simple, but tasty!
Thursday was devoted to back-to-school open houses (much to the boys’ dismay). These kiddos have loved their summer break, and aren’t the least bit interested in returning to class on Tuesday. Oh, well!
We stopped at the elementary school to meet Spencer’s third grade teachers first, and then headed over to the middle school so that our rising 6th and 7th graders could drop off their supplies.
The younger boys had soccer practices again that evening, so I served their favorite shortcut sesame chicken for an early supper before they had to leave. Paired with rice, steamed broccoli, and (frozen) egg rolls.
Friday morning sunrise…
I took Gibbs to play golf,
and snuck in some work time (and a frappuccino) at the Starbucks in Ruckersville while I waited for him to finish. P.S. — that tote bag that you see in the background is a personal favorite for work and travel (wipes clean, goes with everything, comes in a variety of colors, and is incredibly sturdy and functional)!
Teddy went to the groomer, my parents came for lunch, and Keith took Casey to a soccer practice in Charlottesville later that afternoon.
Since Keith and Casey were down in Charlottesville for the evening, they ate a late supper down there afterwards. Meanwhile, the other two boys and I stopped by the local farm stand for some corn, peaches, tomatoes, and other produce…
…and then picked up pizzas to eat here at the house.
Saturday was a gorgeous day, so we tried to spend as much time as possible outside.
I went for a walk with my friend Barbara while Keith and the boys took care of yard work,
and then we all got haircuts after lunch.
Dinner included pork chops with peach sauce, along with a jar of Barbara’s cinnamon applesauce, pasta tossed with pesto sauce (a great pairing with the peaches), and fresh corn on the cob. Summer on a plate!
Finally, before I sign off, I realized that I almost forgot to share this week’s books! I’ve got a couple of good ones to recommend. First, If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. I checked this one out because I enjoyed the author’s other book, Don’t You Forget About Me. This novel wasn’t quite as good, but it was still a cute, entertaining story. If you’re looking for a fluffy, end-of-summer romance, it’s worth the read!
Next, I turned my attention back to World War II historical fiction (it had been awhile!). The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin was one of my favorite books that I’ve picked up this year. The heavy topic of war was nicely balanced with joyful moments and the best of humanity. Such a pleasure to read! Here’s the quick summary from Amazon:
August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and drawn curtains that she finds on her arrival are not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.
Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
And that’s it for now, friends! I hope that you’ve found some new recipes to add to your own table in the days ahead. Thank you for joining me here every Sunday, and for the kind support that you offer our family. Have a wonderful week ahead!🧡