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Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week we celebrated another birthday, watched a lot of soccer, and finished a fun holiday novel. All of the 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…
We were still in Raleigh on Sunday morning for Casey’s soccer tournament. I have so many cute pics of the team together — on the fields, in restaurants — but I don’t like to share photos of other children without their parents’ permission…so here’s one of Casey on his own!
After his game, the team had lunch together at Firehouse Subs before making the trip north to Central Virginia. We arrived home just in time for supper, which Keith had ready and waiting for us. He made my easy Texas chili, paired with Texas toast and plenty of cheese and toppings. A much-appreciated home-cooked meal after a couple of nights away!
How about a little book chat?! With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to mention a novel that I recently enjoyed: Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan. If you’re looking for a light and festive way to get in the spirit, this sweet story is just the ticket. It reminded me of a Hallmark movie, in the best way.
Back to the normal routine on Monday…
It started with frost on the ground, but turned out to be another beautiful, warm, sunny day.
After a few days away, I was back in the kitchen for most of the day. I tested a recipe, and also baked many batches of chocolate chip cookies to have on hand for Spencer’s birthday on Wednesday. He’s not very into cake, but he does love these cookies…
Tuesday started with a beautiful walk at the park next to the kids’ school.
I then spent the morning running errands — Teddy to the groomer, a Target pick-up in Culpeper, and a couple of other stops for last-minute birthday prep.
The boys requested Chipotle-style make-your-own chicken burritos for supper, so I made a big batch of my Crock Pot Mexican chicken and set out the tortillas and all of the other fillings: rice, lettuce, salsa, pico de gallo, corn and beans, and shredded cheese. Plus tortilla chips and homemade guac! Then we were out the door for another late night at Casey’s soccer practice…
Spencer turned 10 on Wednesday! He had us all up early for presents and Dunkin’ donuts before school…
…and my parents and my aunt came over after school for more presents and more treats! This time, the easy chocolate chip cookies requested by the birthday boy.
Before Casey’s late soccer practice, we had one of Spencer’s favorite dinners: crispy baked Goldfish chicken nuggets with Polynesian sauce for dipping, along with waffle fries and coleslaw (he definitely did not request the coleslaw, hah!).
Thursday’s walk in the woods with Mollie, followed by a meeting with our landscaper, a stop at Yoder’s, and some work at the computer.
I also began our Thanksgiving prep — thawing the turkey breasts and baking a batch of corn sticks to pop in the freezer.
Friday included a morning walk with my friend Ashley, followed by a doctor’s appointment in Charlottesville, and eventually chores at the house.
A few of Spencer’s friends came over after school for a low-key birthday celebration, as well as more chocolate chip cookies!
Keith was away that night, so the boys and I were on our own for supper. I used some prepared pulled bbq pork that I picked up from Yoder’s the day before to make a dump-and-bake bbq pulled pork casserole with rice. Easy and flavorful!
And that brings us to another soccer tournament weekend!
This time Spencer’s team was playing up in Warrenton, so we spent all of Saturday on the sidelines…with a break for lunch at Applebee’s mid-day.
We made it home right around dinnertime, so Keith picked up pizzas on the way. Plus college football on TV, a fire in the wood stove, and an early bedtime for all!
So there you have it, friends — another week of easy meals. I hope that you’ve found some new inspiration for your own table in the days ahead, and that your Thanksgiving holiday is a beautiful one. Thank you for being here!