Happy Sunday friends! The sun came out this afternoon and it’s been such a beautiful change after a few gray days. It was really special to wake up to a snowy white Valentine’s Day though! This is our third winter in Idaho and I have to admit I’m still adjusting to the gray, and cold, winters. We’re all very much looking forward to spring around here! This is an especially fun week because it’s Corinna’s birthday week and my parents and brother are coming into town to celebrate. I can hardly believe our girl will be 4 years old!
WHAT WE ATE
my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.
MONDAY- Burger Salad- This was delicious and to be honest, we didn’t even miss the bun (that much). We made burger patties and put them over a bowl of shredded lettuce with cheese, red onion, pickles and a drizzle of ketchup/bbq sauce. I added some sauteed mushrooms and onions to my bowl too!
TUESDAY- Valentine’s Day heart-shaped pizzas- We were really impressed with this easy cauliflower rice pizza crust recipe! We topped it with tomato sauce and cheese, sprinkling basil on top after it cooked.
WEDNESDAY- Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls– yum! This was absolutely delicious and Matthew even said I need to make it weekly (that’s when you know you have a keeper of a recipe!) There were a few steps but it was so worth it!
THURSDAY- Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs- I made the “Epic Baked Meatballs” from this cookbook and they were so so good! Spaghetti squash noodles are surprisingly easy to make and they’ve been another healthy substitute during our 75-day health challenge.
FRIDAY- Cripsy Oven Pulled Pork with Coleslaw from this this cookbook – We had family over for dinner so this was a great recipe to feed a crowd, and didn’t require a lot of last-minute assembling. We’ll for sure be making this again because everyone loved it!
SATURDAY- Mahi Mahi with leftover chimichurri and roasted cauliflower – an easy fridge/freezer night. That chimichurri sauce is so good and it’s been great to have on hand in the fridge for easy meals like this one.
SUNDAY – Roast Chicken– always trying new recipes around here to find a good go-to! I’ve been loving roasting chicken on Sundays for dinner and then making broth with the bones for the week. We can get 2 good meals out of the chicken too!
For Valentine’s Day, I made a special little brunch with heart-shaped waffles, and for an afternoon treat, we had the best peanut butter cookies! Even better, they had no refined sugar. You have to try them!
These cookies have seven ingredients, are paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, but absolutely delcious!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups super-fine almond flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Add the almond flour, arrowroot flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined and no dry spots.
Scroop the dough out into balls, about 2 teaspoons each. Evenly space the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared pans. Using a fork, flatten the cookies slightly. Turn the fork 90 degrees and press down just slightly again to make a crisscross pattern. If necessary, wet fork with warm water between each crisscross to prevent sticking.
Bake until lightly golden brown on the edges but still soft in the center, about 8 minutes.
Allow to cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack.
Also, made an old favorite breakfast this week: a soft-boiled egg on avocado toast with spinach. So delicious and satisfying!
WHAT I WORE
More babywearing with Baby Beatrice! This carrier is so soft and easy to use. I think I’d recommend it over a fabric wrap at this stage too!
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ON MY MIND
I’ve been obsessing over homeschool options for fall and I’m currently looking into The CMEC. My friend Larissa has used this program with one of her daughters for the past few years and her YouTube channel is a wealth of knowledge about it. I’m very much drawn toward Charlotte Mason’s educational style and it seems like The CMEC is the closest it comes to how Mason taught. If you want to learn more about Charlotte Mason, I’d highly recommend her book Home Education. I read this book also last summer and loved it! I’m also looking into language programs so if you have any recommendations let me know. I know it’s only February, but I’m feeling the need to start planning earlier this year.
We got some new bamboo sheets from Cozy Earth (in oat) and they are beyond comfortable! I’ll have to do another post about them soon but if you’re looking, I would definitely say check them out! It feels like slipping into a luxurious hotel bed every night (which is just what this mama needs!) They’re currently 20% off too!
I hope you all have a lovely week!