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Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week we celebrated the website’s 10th anniversary with a fun giveaway. If you haven’t already entered, you can check out the details here! All of the other highlights from the past few days, along with each of our dinners, are included in today’s roundup of Our Week in Meals.

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…

The older two boys were still recovering from the flu and RSV on Sunday, so we had a very quiet day at the house. It rained off and on all day, and we stayed busy indoors with laundry, cleaning, grocery pick-ups, and football on TV. Keith smoked a turkey breast for supper,

Side shot of the best smoked turkey breast recipe

which we paired with my favorite easy broccoli casserole, Pepperidge Farm stuffing, and cranberry sauce. A mini Thanksgiving feast!

Overhead shot of hands serving an easy broccoli casserole from a white dish

Let’s chat about this week’s books! My mother-in-law gave me her copy of The It Girl by Ruth Ware. This was such an entertaining mystery, with an ending that I didn’t predict! Here’s the quick summary from Amazon:

April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends—Will, Hugh, Ryan, and Emily—during their first term. By the end of the year, April was dead.

Now, a decade later, Hannah and Will are expecting their first child, and the man convicted of killing April, former Oxford porter John Neville, has died in prison. Relieved to have finally put the past behind her, Hannah’s world is rocked when a young journalist comes knocking and presents new evidence that Neville may have been innocent. As Hannah reconnects with old friends and delves deeper into the mystery of April’s death, she realizes that the friends she thought she knew all have something to hide…including a murder.

Next up: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I really enjoyed Backman’s novel Beartown, and also liked A Man Called Ove (although not nearly as much), so I was excited to read this novel that many of you also recommended. Like Backman’s other books, the characters and plot in this one were sad and heavy; however, the author always finds a way to leave us smiling by the end. This story was unique and lovely!

And finally, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins was another great thriller! I wouldn’t say that it was scary, but it was definitely an intense page-turner with fun twists. It’s also cool that this is a modern re-telling of Jane Eyre. Highly recommend!

Y’all…it was 80 degrees here on Monday! We actually turned on the air conditioning in November, which just seems wrong. It sure was pretty, though. I’ll take this weather over snow any day!

The older two boys were still at home recovering, so our day included make-up school work for them, and new recipe testing for me. Supper was an oldie-but-goodie: country chicken and biscuits, paired with a side of southern-style green beans.

Close up shot of a wooden spoon scooping up biscuit from the top of a chicken and biscuits casserole

I voted bright and early on Tuesday morning,

That’s one of my favorite sweatshirts from Orvis…and their quilted pullovers are also wardrobe staples!

and then Mollie joined me for a walk!

Keith took Spencer to soccer practice that evening, so beforehand I served roasted shrimp po’ boy sandwiches for supper. We paired the po boys with potato chips, carrots and celery sticks, and store-bought spinach and artichoke dip (this is the best brand I’ve found!).

Side shot of a shrimp po boy with remoulade sauce on a plate

The highlight from Wednesday was a visit with my friend Ashley in the morning, including a walk with our dogs. From there, I stopped by the middle school to pick up the boys’ missing assignments, and then returned home to juggle make-up work with Gibbs and Casey, as well as my own work and house chores. It definitely made me appreciate the days of a quiet house when everyone’s healthy and going to school!

We had roasted buttermilk marinated chicken for supper,

Overhead shot of roasted buttermilk marinated chicken on a bed of roasted vegetables

along with roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and a side of rice. Then it was back out the door for a chilly night of soccer practice for Spencer under the lights.

Hands holding a bowl of oven roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic and bacon

After a week at home, Gibbs was well enough to return to school on Thursday (hooray)! Casey was feeling better too, so we picked up subs for lunch to celebrate the return of his appetite!

I’m almost always a steak and cheese sub girl at Subway, but I decided to go the spicy route that day and instead ordered the buffalo ranch chicken sub. It was fine, but not as good as my usual order.

I knew that Casey was officially ready to return to school when we saw him running around the yard that afternoon in his banana costume to try to get a laugh out of Spencer. He said that he was bored after barely leaving his bedroom for days!😂

I thawed leftover taco meat from the freezer and prepared taco quesadillas for dinner, along with homemade guacamole, corn, tortilla chips, and salsa.

Close up shot of ground beef quesadilla in a bowl of salsa

It doesn’t take much to make me happy, so when I could spend a very rainy Friday wandering the aisles of Target with a holiday-themed Starbucks drink in hand, I was quite content. The boys were all back in school for the first time in ages, I had birthday shopping to finish up for Spencer, and I thoroughly enjoyed my sugar cookie latte!

I also picked up a few Christmas items while I was cruising through — even though I won’t decorate until after Thanksgiving. I grabbed the “mulled spice” candle and the “cypress and pine” candle from the Hearth & Hand Magnolia line, both of which smell fresh and cozy for winter.

I snagged bottle brush trees in a variety of colors and sizes, wooden trees and ceramic trees (in white) to add to my collection, and these cloth napkins. ‘Tis almost the season!

Speaking of Christmas decorations, my holiday doormat arrived that afternoon, too. It was backordered at Anthropologie, but it’s now in stock again. I can’t wait to add it to our porch next month!

Spencer had a friend come home with him from school that afternoon, and they requested chocolate chip cookies for snack.

Stack of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies on a dark surface

Once Gibbs finished golf practice, we all had flatbread pizza and Caesar salad for supper. A perfectly easy Friday night meal!

Close overhead shot of homemade flatbread pizza recipe on a wooden cutting board

And that brings us to Saturday! Casey and I drove 3 hours southwest to Radford, Virginia for his soccer game. We left early in the morning and didn’t get back home until supper, so the bulk of our day was spent in the car and on the sidelines.

Sideline mascot!

Favorite monogrammed tote bag (that Teddy fits inside!) + cowboy boots

Keith and the other two boys stayed home for Spencer’s game, and were also left in charge of supper. They grilled hamburgers, which we paired with French fries and a three bean salad.

Close up side shot of grilled hamburgers on a plate

So there you go — another week of easy dinners! I hope that you’ve found some new inspiration for your own table in the days ahead. Have a wonderful Sunday!

blair

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. So glad to hear everyone is feeling better! Love the new doormat, and those candles sound great, will have to see if still available at local Target. Have a great week, and enjoy the cooler weather ( finally feels like fall).

      1. Hello, I always look forward to seeing your email in my inbox on Sunday morning. We have enjoyed a number of your recipes over the years. Congratulations on 10 years!

      2. Congratulations on ten years! I agree with everyone, I also look forward to your email each Sunday, and thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes, photos, and for being a real wife and mom who is willing to allow us to see how you manage to put such great meals on the table!!!

  2. Happy 10th anniversary! Going to make your country chicken and biscuits and chocolate chip cookies. Thank you for the giveaway. Have a good day.

      1. Hi Blair, Happy 10th anniversary. Glad your boys are feeling better. As a mammy of 2 v active boys I love your recipes, always yummy and importantly practical. I look forward to reading your blog with your beautiful photos every week. Best wishes Elyce in Ireland

  3. Happy 10th Anniversary! I have made many of your recipes over the years and refer to them often. Love seeing the pictures of the family! Here’s to another 10 years!

  4. Blair, I tried your glazed pork tenderloin and it was fantastic! We ate the entire tenderloin! It is a keeper’s keeper! I always rely on your tried and true recipes because I know they are going to be delicious! Better than Martha Stewart!
    I also love, of course, that you live in Madison, where I spent my childhood summers and I hold my fondest memories!
    XO,
    Vickie

  5. So sorry to hear that your boys were so ill, but glad to hear they are healthy now! I love your Sunday email and look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to and seeing the lovely scenery! Take care!

  6. Happy 10th Anniversary!!!! and so glad to hear that the boys are doing much better…I know you are so thankful for their recovery…the RSV is ‘raging’ up here in Ontario, Canada…we are being asked to go back to masking for the children’s sake…of course some of us have never given them up part of the dress code!!! Love the photos and the recipes…they are so delicious…

  7. Happy 10th anniversary! I have tried many of your recipes over the years. I have also passed your website to several of my friends.
    I’m thankful everyone is better from their sicknesses.
    Lisa

  8. Happy 10th Anniversary!
    We have enjoyed so many of your recipes. Thank you for sharing!
    I couldn’t resist and had to order the candle and socks that are part of your giveaway.
    Here’s to another 10 years and healthy kids!

  9. Thanks for the fun giveaway!! Very thoughtful of you. I cook dinners everyday and SO appreciate the unique and different variations you have! Makes cooking fun, interesting and less monotonous. I’m constantly searching for a new. recipe to try out!
    Happy 10th Anniversary and many more!!
    Love ❤️ your sideline Mascot!!! Teddy is SO cute.
    Thanks

  10. I want to wish you heartfelt congratulations on your 10 th anniversary
    of your blog. I love to read your “ Weekday in Meals” and I like your easy recipes. Cheers , kind regards, Carol

  11. Hi Blair – I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and have tried many of your recipes as well as book recommendations. I always look forward to your weekly e-mail in my inbox! Congrats on your 10 year website anniversary! Was fun to read about how you got started. Had no idea you used to be in the legal field – I’m a legal secretary in California!

    1. Thank you, Joan! Yes, my lawyering days feel like a lifetime ago!

      Thank you for following along with us for so many years. 🙂