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Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week we had our first “snow day,” whipped up some cozy baked goods, and finished a couple of new books. All of the highlights, 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.
This Week’s Recipes
Now, let’s back up to last weekend…
I squeezed in a walk at Mollie’s farm on Sunday morning before the rain started.
It was damp and nasty out, but that didn’t stop the kids’ activities in the afternoon! I took Gibbs to play golf, while Keith and the younger two boys headed to Charlottesville for outdoor soccer (in the rain).
Chili seemed like an appropriate supper for a cold, football-watching evening, so I made my Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili,
which we paired with cornbread muffins, celery and carrot sticks, and ranch dip. This would be a great meal for your upcoming Super Bowl party!
Let’s chat about this week’s books! One of my recent favorites was One by One by Ruth Ware — an exciting, creepy thriller that’s perfect for the snowy winter months. Here’s the quick summary from Amazon:
Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.
When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech start-up, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.
As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.
The other book that I wanted to tell you about this week is Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. This is a very unique mystery involving time travel, love, and the lengths that a mother will go to save her son. Definitely recommend!
We were blessed with a beautiful 60-degree day on Monday before the colder, wintery weather rolled in later in the week. Keith and I took full advantage and started our morning with a long walk once the boys were off to school.
The rest of the day included work at the computer, a grocery pickup, and an early supper before hockey practice that evening.
I reheated leftover pork ragu from the freezer, and served it over pappardelle pasta.
Plus a side of garlic bread and a Caesar salad!
Tuesday was a cold and rainy. I spent the bulk of my time in the kitchen testing new recipes, and then jumped on a Zoom meeting that afternoon before picking up the kids from school.
I had planned to make fried catfish for supper, but the store didn’t have any catfish in stock…so we had oven-fried chicken breast instead. Plus rice and steamed broccoli on the side. Quick and easy!
We got our first (very light) dusting of snow on Wednesday morning, so the boys were thrilled to have a 2-hour school delay. Needless to say, these little flakes melted quickly as soon as the sun came out!
Once everyone was out the door, Mollie joined me for a walk before lunch. I also baked a batch of these easy one-bowl banana chocolate chip muffins to take advantage of some overripe fruit on the counter.
We had Mexican lasagna for supper that evening…
…along with guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, and tortilla chips.
Thursday was a quiet work day at the house, with a break for a walk squeezed in there.
I put dinner in the slow cooker mid-day so that we could eat an early supper before Casey’s indoor soccer practice that night. On the menu: this Crock Pot chicken corn chowder,
…served with a basket of 3-ingredient buttermilk biscuits and homemade apple butter. Cozy comfort food!
Friday was a busy one! The sun returned, so I met my friend Ashley for an early walk, and then Keith and I spent the morning selecting flooring, countertops, and cabinetry for the addition.
Teddy went to the groomer, and I spent the rest of the afternoon baking in the kitchen. I prepped the pizza dough for supper that night, tested a new cornbread recipe, and baked a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for a weekend treat.
Keith took Gibbs to play golf after school, and I stayed home to make the pizzas for dinner. We paired the homemade pizza with side salads and enjoyed the cookies for dessert! The kids go crazy for this meal, and love to help add the toppings to their pizzas…
Saturday was spent on the soccer fields. Keith and Casey drove up to Fredericksburg for Casey’s outdoor training session, while Gibbs and I took Spencer to his indoor game in Charlottesville.
By the time we made it back home late in the afternoon, we were all ready to stay put for the evening. We had a clean-out-the-fridge meal, which consisted of a hodgepodge of leftovers — reheated pizza for the boys, chowder for me, and Mexican lasagna for Keith. I always appreciate a night off from the kitchen!
So there you have it, friends — another week of easy dinner ideas! I hope that you’ve found some new inspiration for your own table in the days ahead. Thank you for being here, and have a wonderful Sunday!
Thanks for the great recipes and photos, as always! Looking forward to trying the Kentucky cake, as well as the Crockpot Chicken Salsa soon!
Thank you, Ann! Have a great week, and I hope you enjoy those recipes!
Thanks! I even forwarded the crockpot chicken recipe to a friend, as I think she would like it, as well.
Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful meal ideas that I will definitely be putting into my upcoming weeks schedule. Also, as a library worker I am overjoyed that you include book recommendations. Ruth Ware is always a great read and now thanks to your praise I will be picking up Gillian McAllister for this week.
Thank you for your kind words! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipes and reading recommendations. You’ll have to let us know what you think if you read the book!
Happy Sunday Blair!
Running around with your boys brings back sweet memories for me.
I remember those days like they were yesterday, when I had back to back practices and games with my son, I LOVED IT!! Enjoy it while you can, they grow up waaaay too fast.
You gave me quite a bit of new-to-me recipes to try out, my hubby will be happy.
First, for me, are the 3 ingredient buttermilk biscuits, love me some biscuits!
Mexican Lasagna and Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder look tasty.
Hubby is so into chocolate, so your Banana Chocolate Chip muffins are on my list too.
As always, your Sunday email is great, thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely day with your family Blair!
Thank you so much, Dalila! We hope you enjoy the recipes.
I love the recipes,and the place you are Is so beautiful … Thank you very much… Here we’re going through a real hot, hot summer…
Thank you so much, Katrina! We hope you stay cool!
Thank you for integrating seasonal outdoor photos with the seasonal indoor menus.
We’re so glad you enjoy it, Kari!
Blair: I am halfway through One by One, your book selection by Ruth Ware, which is keeping me turning pages. If you haven’t read The It Girl, by her, I highly recommend that one too. Also, a few weeks ago, you mentioned reading Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter. I have read her in the past and found that one, plus her latest, Girl, Forgotten which continues the story of the daughter from Pieces of Her. Very, very good! You can’t go wrong with either of these writers. I always look forward to reading about your family’s activities and dinner ideas on Sunday morning. I’m ready to make your 15 Bean Soup this week along with your zucchini pie recipe.
Thank you so much for the recommendation! We’re so happy to hear you look forward to the posts and hope you enjoy the recipes this week!
Here in NH… -15 degrees and -33 wind chill… totally cold taking the dog (bundled up with a puff coat and booties) for walks… that after a good bit of wet/heavy snow… schools didn’t close… just a delayed start after the snow storm.
Thanks as always for you posts, photos and recipes… always enjoy all them and use recipes a lot!
Thank you, Scott! We hope you stay warm!
Love reading your posts each Sunday. I als live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
Thank you, Kristin! Such a small world.
Love reading your posts each Sunday. I also live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
I enjoyed every word, you are a busy lady, made me think of my boys when I was raising them. The good ole’ days. So fun to read and made me hungry. Thank you have to go grad a bite to eat. Ivy
Thank you for reading, Ivy! We hope you have an amazing week.
Oh, I am so glad I found you! Always looking for ideas for supper. My husband and I are empty nesters now, but the challenge of finding something to fix for dinner is still there. We left the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia many years ago. I immensely enjoyed the photos. I live in New Mexico now, but I think of home often.
May you be blessed!
We’re so happy you found us as well! We hope you enjoy the recipes.
Hey Blair! I’m still loving all of your recipes. Do you have any plans to ever make a printed cookbook for purchase? I have several young ladies in the family who follow your blog and would love a cookbook.
Hi, Tanya! I miss you!!! 🙂 You know…we’ve had lots of talks about a cookbook in recent years, but the right situation just hasn’t come up. Probably yes at some point…but not yet! Thank you for sharing my recipes. Hope you’re all well!
Absolutely loved your week of meals and I am going to pick up a copy of One by One from Amazon. I plan on following your week by week of meals
Thank you, Barbara! We hope you enjoy both the book and the meals!