Hey, friends! After traveling last week, we spent this week in full recovery mode. Let's just say that a "vacation" with three little boys isn't exactly relaxing. Fun, yes. Restful? Not at all.???? But we're back in the routine (kind of) around here, and I'm popping in today with another 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 meals 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…
If you read last week's recap, then you know that we were on vacation all week at Martha's Vineyard. Sunday was our travel day home, so we left my parents' house at 5:00 a.m. to catch the 6:00 ferry off the island. Such a beautiful sunrise trip!
Once we arrived in Woods Hole, Keith hopped on a shuttle to Logan Airport in Boston so that he could catch a flight to Europe for a business trip for the week. Aunt Barbara, the boys, and I proceeded on for the rest of the drive south to Virginia. But not before picking up an Everything Bagel with Lox, Cream Cheese, and Tomato for breakfast at Cape Cod bagel in Falmouth!
It was actually kind of a brutal drive. Traffic was insane, but the kids were troopers. We had a few unplanned pit stops for bathroom emergencies, sandwiches for a picnic lunch at a rest stop in New Jersey,
and finally arrived home around 7 p.m. That's a 14-hour travel day! We were exhausted and there wasn't much food in the house, so we all agreed on bowls of cereal and apple slices for dinner before crashing in bed. Not fancy, but it worked!
The kids were so excited to be home with all of their favorite toys on Monday morning. Even before we ate breakfast, Spence was out on his tractor with the sunrise.
Casey and I joined him for a walk around the property.
I spent the rest of the morning doing laundry, unpacking suitcases, and planning a few meals for the week. We needed to restock our kitchen after our trip, so I dragged all 3 boys to the grocery store with me after lunch.
This was the kids' request for dinner: a salad (I added tomatoes and cucumbers later), a rotisserie chicken, and a box of our favorite Horizon Cheesy Mac White Cheddar Shells. It was a simple and fast meal that I could quickly pull together when we returned home from the pool in the evening.
The dinner was delicious, but I was really excited about using this new salad chopper (<-- affiliate link) to make the salad. My old salad bowl cracked not long ago, so when I saw this advertised I knew that I needed my own! It's just like the bowl and chopper that they use at Subway to make the restaurant-style chopped salads quickly. Just toss all of your ingredients in the giant bowl and use the cutter (which is a lot like a double-edged pizza cutter) to slice everything. It cuts through meat, cheeses, veggies, herbs, and (obviously) lettuce. Plus, the bowl is nice and BIG so it holds everything easily. LOVE this!
Tuesday was a beautiful, sunny (but not too hot) day, so we stayed at home in the morning and kept busy with plenty of outdoor play.
After lunch I took the boys over to Yoder's so that I could pick up some lunch meat at the deli, as well as a pint of local blueberries.
They each had an ice cream cone for dessert and played on the playground after I was finished shopping. SUMMER!
We spent another afternoon at the pool for the boys' swimming lessons, and then came home to a delicious new dinner recipe (which I will share with you on the blog soon). I served this 5-Ingredient Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken with rice and steamed broccoli.
Wednesday morning coffee on the porch while supervising outdoor play...
One of my new mugs from Chilmark Pottery on the Vineyard!
We went to Costco for the first time in ages and restocked our supply of paper towels, laundry detergent, etc. Not necessarily a fun task with 3 kids in tow, but we were efficient and made it home by lunchtime.
Dinner that night was one of the boys' favorites (and a meal that we often have while Keith is out of town) -- 4-Ingredient Spring Pasta (it's really just pesto pasta with chicken and peas). I used the leftover rotisserie chicken from Monday night in this dish.
The boys were thrilled to see our babysitter Hannah arrive on Thursday morning so that I could go to a regular appointment at the dermatologist in Charlottesville. I was thrilled with the few moments of peace and quiet in the car! Plus, I arrived in Charlottesville about 15 minutes early, so I had time to pick up a mocha at Starbucks. Mom Treat!
Is it sad that a solo doctor's appointment felt like a relaxing getaway?!
I stopped in the grocery store next to the doctor's office to pick up a few things on my way home, so I also grabbed some sushi to eat for lunch. I needed to get back to relieve Hannah by noon, so this was a great grab-and-go option (and it's a rare indulgence since we don't have any sushi in Madison).
Real Crab California Roll + Spicy Tuna Roll
We were back at the pool for swimming lessons later that afternoon, and then picked up our CSA at my neighbor's farm. This week's stash included a quart of blueberries, these beautiful blue hydrangeas,
and another loaf of Jan's homemade multigrain bread (with cranberries and seeds). This bread! My family is obsessed! Jan told Gibbs that she would teach him how to make it, so I've now got my fingers crossed that Gibbs will become the baker in the family.????
The boys were starving after swimming, so they came home and devoured this meal: Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin + Jan's Bread + Caesar Salad. Hit the spot!
Keith made it home from his trip late on Thursday night, so by Friday morning he was out mowing the grass before work.
While the boys followed him around the yard, I took a post-breakfast walk up our road for some exercise and fresh air. It was still cool, so the morning was gorgeous!
The baby calves in the distance share our back fence line. Can you spot them?
The corn is growing taller!
And hay is everywhere!
We spent the afternoon at the pool,
and then came home to a delicious Vegetable Lasagna and salad for dinner. I will share this recipe in a couple of weeks, since it's a perfect way to enjoy some summer veggies! Love when I can get all of my boys on board with a vegetarian meal...
We were up and out early on Saturday morning so that we could leave by 7:30 to get up to Northern Virginia for my nephew's baptism.
The whole gang! Keith's brothers, my sisters-in-law, my in-laws, and all 7 grandsons!
Lunch after the service was a barbecue feast at Keith's parents' house. Delicious!
Barbecue Brisket + Barbecue Chicken + Caesar Salad + Coleslaw + Chickpea Salad
We made it home around dinnertime, so I reheated leftover lasagna from Friday and served it with leftover salad. No time (or energy) for anything more!
And that's where I'll leave it for the week! I hope that all of my American readers have a very happy and safe July 4th holiday! Tomorrow's recipe post includes a fresh and easy seafood dinner, so stay tuned for that as well!????????