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Good morning, and happy Sunday! This week included spring flowers and showers, an eclipse, and some easy recipes. 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…

I spent Sunday morning at Mollie’s farm with three friends. What a beautiful spring day for some fresh air!

Casey helped me pull weeds in the flower beds after lunch while Teddy supervised in the sunshine…

And for supper we had dump-and-bake chicken tzatziki with rice, which we served with pita bread, hummus (I used store-bought hummus that night, but here’s my homemade recipe if you prefer), and a Greek salad with romaine, tomatoes, olives, feta, and cucumbers.

Close up side shot of a bowl of chicken tzatziki with rice.

Let’s chat about books! This week I have a really interesting one to share. My Murder by Katie Williams is a classic murder mystery — with a twist. In this novel, a young woman who was murdered by a serial killer is brought back to life through a government program that creates clones of the deceased. Given a second chance at life, Lou starts asking questions, wonders who she can trust, and becomes obsessed with solving her own murder. This one wasn’t too scary or too creepy, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. A really unique, fun read!

The kids were definitely not happy about it, but everyone returned to work and school on Monday morning after a nice week off for spring break.

I had a doctor’s appointment in Charlottesville as a follow-up from my recent leg surgery, so that took up the bulk of my day. I also picked the kids up a little bit early so that they would be home in time to see the eclipse!

Both Casey and Spencer had late soccer practices that evening, so we ate an early supper before I drove them back into Charlottesville. On the menu: Sloppy Joe’s, coleslaw (store-bought), potato chips, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip. Simple and quick!

Side shot of an old fashioned sloppy joes recipe served on a sandwich bun with pickles and potato chips.

My entire Tuesday was devoted to work in the kitchen — lots of cooking, lots of photographing recipes, and lots of washing dishes!

We’ve had a good amount of rain recently, and suddenly spring has sprung! Everything is looking so bright and vibrant…

I wish you could scratch and sniff the lilacs!

Keith took Casey to soccer that evening, while I stayed home with the other two boys to prep supper. Once everyone was back home, we had chicken lo mein (a favorite for Spencer and Casey), ramen noodle salad (one of my favs), and egg rolls from the freezer.

Close overhead shot of chicken lo mein noodles in a bowl

Ashley and I took our dogs for a walk on Wednesday, and then I spent the rest of the morning running errands in Culpeper — car wash, Target, bagels at Panera, etc.

Spencer had a late soccer practice that evening, so it was another 4:30 p.m. early dinner beforehand: taco quesadillas (a long-time favorite recipe from my brother!) with tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and seasoned corn and beans.

Front shot of a cheesy ground beef quesadilla dipping in a bowl of salsa

Mollie and I got out for a walk before the rain clouds rolled in on Thursday.

I also made a point to stop at Yoder’s for lunch meat and other basics around mid-day so that I could pick up sandwiches for lunch from the deli. The “special” this week was one of my favorites: the Sweet Southern Heat. It includes rotisserie chicken, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles with hot honey on toasted sourdough. Such a great combination!

Plus a batch of one-bowl banana muffins to take advantage of the overripe bananas sitting on the counter…

Breakfast table with banana chocolate chip muffins and coffee

Casey’s soccer practice was canceled due to the weather, so we had a quiet evening at home. I made baked bbq chicken thighs for supper, which we paired with canned baked beans, white rice, garlic roasted broccoli,

Close up side shot of baked bbq chicken thighs on a plate.

and a pan of sweet and fluffy cornbread with corn.

Close up side shot of cornbread with corn in a basket.

A hike on Adria’s farm on Friday morning!

We climbed over fences, sloshed through muddy red clay, and said hi to the cows. It was the perfect start to our day!

A couple of Spencer’s friends came over after school, and Gibbs had a golf lesson.

On the way home from golf, we picked up pizzas for the crew for dinner.

I did manage to bake an easy Bisquick peach cobbler for dessert (in honor of The Master’s!). I actually found fresh peaches at the grocery store earlier in the week, but this recipe works well with canned or frozen peaches, too.

Overhead image of a skillet of the best peach cobbler recipe with ice cream on top

And that brings us to the weekend! Spencer and I left the house really early on Saturday morning for his soccer game in Richmond, while Keith and Casey spent the day in Virginia Beach for Casey’s game.

Once Spencer and I were home, we did some house chores and a little bit of work in the yard. Apple blossoms!

The boys wanted spaghetti for supper, so I made a pan of million dollar baked spaghetti and paired it with a bag of Caesar salad from the store, as well as a tray of frozen garlic bread. Keepin’ it simple!

Close overhead shot of million dollar baked spaghetti in a white dish.

So there you go, friends — another week of easy dinners! I hope that you’ve found something new to add to your own table in the days ahead. Thank you for spending some time here on this beautiful (80 degree) Sunday!


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. Paula says:

    Leg surgery?? How did I miss reading about that! Hope all is well now!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      It was minor, thank goodness. About 6 weeks ago. All is well!

  2. Linda Kidd says:

    Blair, I always look forward to your week of easy dinners! Great ideas for simple but yummy meals, especially for a house full of boys! Those days of driving my boys everywhere for sports, etc. are behind me. Now, they are driving their children! And your photography is spectacular—both of the food and beautiful scenery. Spring is always gorgeous in Virginia (I live in the Richmond area). Thank you for sharing glimpses of your life with your readers. Happy spring!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Linda. Yes, it’s such a gorgeous time of year here. I saw that it’s supposed to get up to the mid 80s this week, which will feel like we’ve leaped right into summer. I’m enjoying all of the bright colors of the season while they’re here!

  3. Melody Cox says:

    Love Teddy’s cute picture! Will be making the Spaghetti dish real soon. My family will love it. We have been having beautiful weather in Texas also. Everything is pretty and green. God Bless You and Family.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thank you, Melody! Hope you enjoy that beautiful Texas weather!

  4. Marion says:

    I’m glad the follow-up to your leg surgery was satisfactory.
    Did you see anything of the eclipse there? It was cloudy here but I could tell a difference in the light.
    I fully sympathize with your boys not wanting to go back to school. I remember that it was always hard to go back after a weekend but much harder to go back after a long break.

    I can’t believe how big your boys are getting, practically week by week! In your Annapolis photos, they’re standing close to Keith and the comparison is just incredible. They’re sure not little anymore!

    I tell you this every year but I’ll say it again. Thank you so much for the pictures of your land, the flowers, the trees, the grass. I’m so homesick for that type of landscape which I haven’t seen since my days in Morgantown, West Virginia. 53 years ago!

    My best wishes to all!

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Thanks, Marion! Yes, the boys are growing like weeds (and consuming the food to prove it)! It’s a beautiful time of year here in Virginia. I’m so glad that I can share it with you!