Happy Sunday, friends! I hope that you're enjoying a nice weekend! After a snow day mid-week, we're taking full advantage of the sunshine and warmer temps today! Since it's Sunday morning, it's time for another roundup of Our Week in Meals. Shall we get right to it?
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 spent the weekend in Roanoke (more on that in last week's post here), so we woke up in our hotel on Sunday morning and headed downstairs for the free breakfast. It was actually really good!
Eggs + Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffin + Tropical Fruit + Coffee
We checked out of our room, packed up the car, and drove about 5 minutes outside of town for a hike.
Roanoke is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, so there are tons of great hiking options all around.
We picked the trail in Mill Mountain Park since it was close by and it offers great views of the city from the top of the hill.
It was a beautiful winter morning in the woods, but man was it COLD (about 20 degrees, to be exact).
Once we were back down the hill, it was time to head to my parents' house to pick up the boys.
We made a pitstop for lunch along the way:
Wendy's Taco Salad!
After a short stop in Charlottesville so that I could run into Costco, we made it home with the kids for a quick and easy supper -- taken straight from this week's Simply Mailed meal plan.
I pulled out my panini press and prepared a bunch of Turkey, Bacon, Pear and Brie Paninis, subbing apples for the pears because that's what I had in the fridge.
Keith went back to work on Monday, but all 3 of the kids had the day off from school for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
We picked up a grocery order, but otherwise had a quiet morning at home.
For lunch I baked one of these quiches that I picked up from Costco (they are sold in a 2-pack so I stuck the extra quiche in the freezer for another day). Leftover quiche is great at room temp or reheated for easy breakfasts and lunches, so these are a nice option to have on hand when you don't want to cook.
I took the boys to the playground and for a hike in the afternoon, because we all needed some fresh air.
They brought their binoculars and bird book for the trails.????
Dinner that night was another super-easy (but very flavorful) meal. I cooked Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausages in a skillet, and then used the same skillet to sautée spinach.
I served it with rice (and cauliflower rice), and the entire healthy dinner came together in about 10 or 15 minutes. Perfect!
Spencer wanted to ride his scooter on Tuesday, so off we went!
We also found a creek so that he could throw rocks into the water. What is it with boys and rock-throwing?!
We had a Fish Fry for dinner that night!
I served Southern Fried Catfish, along with biscuits and steamed mixed veggies.
Wednesday was another snow day for all 3 of the boys (even though we only got about an inch or so of snow). Since the roads were just wet, we headed out that morning for a trip to the grocery store in Culpeper.
Shopping with these guys is always an adventure, and we inevitably come home with WAY more stuff than I have on my list. This week the random kid-purchases included bread and butter pickles, hoagie rolls, lemon pound cake, mini cucumbers, and pink donut cereal!
Some battles just aren't worth fighting...
After a quick drive through the Starbucks window to pick up a couple of lattes for me and Mollie, we headed over to Mollie's farm so that our boys could all play together.
And since Mollie's babysitter, Hannah, was over that morning, Mollie and I were even able to escape for a short walk. The fresh air and adult conversation was SO welcome on a day when we were otherwise housebound with kiddos!
For supper that night I tested a new recipe, which turned out really well. I'll be sharing this Dump-and-Bake Chicken Marinara Gnocchi on the blog in the coming months!
We had the gnocchi with a side salad. Easy!
The older boys went back to school on Thursday, so I spent my morning at home with this guy...
He built train tracks, played with farm equipment, and talked my ear off while I took care of some work around the house.
We went to the preschool around noon for a Board Meeting, then picked up Gibbs and Casey from school before returning home to start the homework, dinner, bedtime routine.
Keith was gone that evening for dinner with friends, so the boys and I had an Irish-inspired feast of our own: Dump-and-Bake Corned Beef and Cabbage! The recipe will be on the blog in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
This would be the perfect St. Patty's Day dinner (but it also just smelled really amazing slowly baking in my oven on a cold day)! I prepared the meal in the morning while we were at home, so that I could just warm it up again at mealtime when we were all tired and hungry.
I love the veggies that roast in the pot, but the boys aren't really on board with cooked cabbage. They had their meat on hoagie rolls instead.????
Mollie and I went for a run on Friday morning while all 3 of my boys were at school, I came home to shower and do laundry, and then I picked Spencer up at noon. He had been asking me for Subway for weeks, so I treated him to a lunch date on our way home.
Roasted Chicken with Provolone + all of the Veggies
We had an early dinner that night before Keith took the older boys to basketball practice. It was our usual Friday night carry-out pizza, and I loved this "O My Goddess" Pizzetta.
It had fennel spiced roasted olives, roasted red peppers and Parmesan cheese. Such great flavor and the crust was really crispy.
I also tossed together this Spinach Cherry Almond Bleu salad, since I had the kit in the refrigerator and it needed to be used.
Our Saturday morning started bright and early with an 8:00 a.m. basketball game.
This avid little fan on the sidelines loves to take his own selfies instead of watching the game!????
The boys spent the rest of their morning outside, enjoying the sunny temps. They played soccer, threw the football, and helped Keith with yard work. Let's just say that they slept well last night!
I snuck out for an afternoon walk in the 63-degree weather,
and then we all headed into Charlottesville.
We made a stop at Costco for a week's worth of produce and meat (among other things), and then had an early dinner at one of our current faves: Texas Roadhouse.
Steakhouse Filet Salad -- greens drizzled with Italian dressing, topped with tender filet strips, Bleu Cheese crumbles, bacon bits, red onions, tomatoes and croutons.
And that's where I'll leave it for today! I hope that you all have a wonderful week ahead!
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