23: week in review

June 11, 2023


birthday dress from doen with baby beatrice - M Loves M @marmar morning light on peonies  - M Loves M @marmar

Oh, we had such a wonderful week! It was my birthday week which made it extra special. Matthew and I went out on a lunch date to a restaurant we wanted to check out downtown. They make everything in-house, like their pasta, and use many local ingredients. It was a beautiful day to sit outside too! This time of year in Boise is really pretty magical. Driving downtown and seeing all the hydrangeas and rose bushes blooming made me so happy. We also celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday yesterday with a little party. We barbequed chicken and my brother-in-law made a delicious potato salad, and my sister-in-law made this corn/avocado/feta/tomato salad that I could eat every day! And for dessert, I made the one, the only, the famous banana chocolate chip cake with peanut butter frosting. Such a delicious cake that will always be a favorite around here!!

Here’s a little recap of our week:


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- Grilled Steak with Salad

TUESDAY- Barbacoa Tacos with Avocado- we had a chuck roast in the deep freezer and wanted to try something a little different than the typical winter roast with potatoes and carrots. This recipe was so easy and good and now we have a way of using our roasts for tacos (and enchiladas!)

WEDNESDAY- Crispy Rice and Blackened Chicken Salad (while trying to find this recipe online, it’s from this  cookbook, I came across this recipe which looks so good!)

THURSDAY-  Oven Baked Ratatouille over Orzo (also from this cookbook but that recipe is similar!)

FRIDAY- Enchiladas- Matthew has become the enchilada master! We prepped these on Thursday night which made Friday evening so smooth and easy. I loved that we just had to pop the dish in the oven.

SATURDAY- Birthday Party for my mother-in-law- BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, and a Summer Salad like this one but with a balsamic vinaigrette

SUNDAY- Meatloaf Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans (from the Defined Dish cookbook. If you haven’t had her regular meatballs, they’re so good!)

For my birthday, I made the strawberry summer cake which is another classic. If you need a good go-to summer dessert, this one is always a favorite!

the strawberry summer cake from smitten kitchen is so good - M Loves M @marmarstrawberry summer cake  - M Loves M @marmarthis banana chocolate chip peanut butter cake is the best for birthdays - M Loves M @marmar


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I’m taking advantage of wearing dresses so I wore some favorites from Doen this week.  I also reached for my favorite tees from Pact. Their organic clothing is so comfortable and well-made.

I attempted to use hot rollers on my hair and failed miserably. If anyone has a recommendation for a set that will hold longer hair, and not leave creases, let me know! Maybe this set? Or this one has a lot of larger curlers too!

feminine doen dress on M Loves M Boise lifestyle blogger @marmar


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My mother-in-law got me the Defined Dish cookbook for my birthday which I am so excited about!! We have cooked through this cookbook so much this year, especially January-April when we were doing our health challenge. It will be so nice to return my library copy and feel comfortable marking up my own copy. I feel like I’ve made almost every recipe but I still have lots to try which I’m looking forward to. If you’re looking for a healthy cookbook option, I can’t recommend this one enough. A lot of the recipes are Whole 30-approved too!

We went to visit our dairy lady’s farm this week which was such a highlight. We loved seeing the cows who provide us with our milk, cream, yogurt, and cheese! One day we’d love to have our own little dairy cow, but for now, we are so thankful to Ms. Shelli!

Some of the picture books we read and enjoyed this week were Cactus Hotel, What Grew in Larry’s Garden, and The Snail and the Whale.

guernsey cowsafternoon in hyde park boise - M Loves M @marmarlove this healthy restaurant in boise  - M Loves M @marmarapericena boise whipped feta appetizer - M Loves M @marmargreat outdoor restaurant in boise is Apericena on 13th  - M Loves M @marmarapericena boise lunch  - M Loves M @marmardoen maxi dress  - M Loves M @marmarcherry wrapping paper and peonies  - M Loves M @marmargorgeous david austin roses - M Loves M @marmar

flower garden in hidden springs - M Loves M @marmarspring in boise at the rose garden - M Loves M @marmarbirthday flowers in living room - M Loves M @marmar

Have a great week everyone!