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Good morning, happy Sunday, and happy Easter to those who celebrate! We wrapped up March with spring showers and flowers, the boys kicked off a week-long break, and we drove north for a short getaway. You’ll find all of the highlights from the past few days, along with each of our dinners, 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…

For the first Sunday in weeks, we weren’t traveling for the boys’ soccer and had a free day at home. I met two of my friends at Mollie’s farm for the morning, helped Spencer with a school project, and then took Gibbs to play golf with a friend for the afternoon.

Keith went to a Caps hockey game and spent the night up in D.C., so the kids and I were on our own for supper. We made deep-dish cast iron skillet pizza (using store-bought dough for convenience), I added my favorite Caesar salad

Close up side shot of a cast iron skillet pizza on a wooden board

…and we finished off the evening with a plate of Amish drop sugar cookies and March Madness basketball on TV.

Close up side shot of soft drop sugar cookies.

Let’s chat books! This week I read Sophie Kinsella’s most recent novel, The Burnout. Like all of her books, this was a light, feel-good mix of humor and romance. It would be a perfect Spring Break beach read.

Back to the routine on Monday! I walked the dog at the park near the kids’ school after drop-off, and then spent most of the day in the kitchen photographing a couple of recipes.

Before taking Spencer to his late soccer practice that evening, we had ground beef enchiladas for supper. Plus tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and seasoned pinto beans on the side.

Overhead image of ground beef enchiladas in a baking dish with green onions, red onions, and cilantro on top.

I met Adria for a Pilates class on Tuesday morning, tested a couple of new recipes, and put together a colorful spring arrangement with yard clippings — apple blossoms, peach blossoms, forsythia, and daffodils.

Keith took Casey to soccer while I stayed home with the other two boys and prepped dinner. Once everyone was home, we had honey Dijon oven roasted pork tenderloin (I double the recipe for 5 of us) along with rice, steamed green beans, and dinner rolls.

Hands picking up a slice of oven roasted pork tenderloin from a blue and white platter.

A very rainy Wednesday…

My morning walk with Ashley was canceled thanks to the weather, so instead I used some overripe bananas on the counter to bake a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread.

Front shot of hands holding a plate of sliced banana chocolate chip bread

The boys’ soccer practices were also canceled, so we enjoyed a quiet evening at home. I made copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets, waffle fries, and cut-up raw veggies with Ranch dip — always a winning meal with the kids! We always have these bottles of Chick-Fil-A Polynesian sauce and Chick-Fil-A Sauce on hand, too.

Close up side shot of a plate of homemade chick fil a chicken nuggets

Thursday morning was devoted to errands in Culpeper: the dog groomer, the car wash, a Target pick-up, etc.

After Casey’s soccer practice, we had dump-and-bake chicken pesto Alfredo pasta with garlic roasted broccoli and frozen breadsticks for dinner. Keith and the boys love this dish!

Overhead image of chicken pesto alfredo pasta bake on a wooden dinner table.

Adria came over for a morning walk on Friday. The sun was finally shining again!

Picked up sandwiches for lunch at Yoder’s, and said “hi” to the goats while I was there…


I had to take Gibbs to a golf lesson that afternoon, so I planned a meal that I could pull together quickly when we arrived home hungry: baked shrimp po’ boys

Baked shrimp po boy recipe served on a white plate with pickles and remoulade sauce in the background

…with potato chips and iceberg wedge salads.

Close up front shot of Iceberg Wedge Salad recipe

And that brings us to the weekend! We headed north on Saturday morning for a road trip up to Annapolis, Maryland.

The boys have soccer during their Spring Break, so this was the only weekend that we could get away for a quick vacation.

We arrived around noon, parked at our hotel (The Graduate), and found giant crab cakes at Chick & Ruth’s for lunch. We loved our food! This place should be on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!

Followed by shopping, ice cream cones, and a walk around the Naval Academy.

These boys are getting so tall!

For dinner that night, we went to Cantler’s for crabs, fried fish sandwiches, peel-and-eat shrimp, and hush puppies.

Plus chocolate cake and key lime pie to end the night. Delicious!

So there you have it, friends — another week of easy dinners! I hope that you’ve found a few new ideas to add to your own table in the days ahead. Thank you for being here, and have a wonderful holiday!


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. Always enjoy your week! You boys are really becoming young men! Tall and handsome. Must be all that great food you feed them and beautiful countryside you all live in. Thanks for sharing your meals and your family with us. Loved seeing Annapolis…my dad was a Navy man!

    1. Thank you, Robyn! It’s such a cool city. We’ve had a great time exploring. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. A few months ago you shared a recipe for a rice , ground beef and coleslaw mix casserole (Name?). It was baked. We loved it! Can you send it to me please.

  3. I love the flowers in that pretty vase & the baby goats pics! Your boys are definitely getting tall!

    My kids had school trips to Annapolis when they were in elementary school. It was so much fun. They gave us a tour of the Naval Academy, & the Maryland Stare House, and ended with one of those short boat cruises.

    If you go back, definitely check out a tour of the MD State House.

    There’s a huge painting of George Washington, and next to it, his long sword! Also lots of beautiful antique dishes, etc that were brought over from England on the ships.

    Happy Easter! Making your Apple Galette today, as part of our Easter spread.

    1. My boys would definitely love seeing the sword, Renee! 🙂

      I hope that you enjoy the apple galette. Have a great Easter!

  4. As usual, I’ve pinned many of your recipes and can’t wait to try.

    I LOVE Chick and Ruth’s. Their crab cakes beat any in my area of Tidewater where there’s no shortage of seafood restaurants. I had them shipped for Christmas gifts. Friends and family were impressed. It’s a quirky little (little being the operative word) place with great food.

    1. Thanks, Ouida! Yes, Chick and Ruth’s is so tiny…but so great! What a nice Christmas gift idea. I love that!