I hope you all have been enjoying Father’s Day weekend! We’ve had such a great week with some exciting news for Matthew so it’s been extra special over here. This morning was so beautiful with a little rain and now it’s clearing up to be a beautiful day with these perfect white, puffy clouds. Our summer weather has been pretty mild so far which I’m thankful for. I’m not ready for it to be in the triple digits yet.
Here’s a little recap of our week:
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- Pork, Pepper, and Potato Stew from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in One cookbook- The flavor of this broth was amazing! We’ll definitely make it again during the winter months!
TUESDAY- Teriyaki Chicken Salad
WEDNESDAY- Yogurt-marinated Pork Chops with Lentils and Carrot Salad
THURSDAY- Turkey and Bean Tamale Pie from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in One cookbook – so yummy with the cornbread topping!
FRIDAY- Halloumi Salad with Grilled Steak- Halloumi is one of our favorite cheeses to enjoy during the summer months. When grilled, it has the best caramelized yet soft creamy flavor. Halloumi is like a saltier mozzarella. Maybe mozzarella meets feta!
SATURDAY- Burger Night with Sweet Potato Fries
SUNDAY- Homemade Pasta with the best Alfredo sauce
I had a few fails this week when it came to recipes. I tried to make a healthy rice crispy treat with homemade marshmallows and for whatever reason, the rice crispies got totally soft and soggy. I’m not sure if maybe there was too much liquid from the butter and marshmallows, or if it’s because they were a healthier rice crispy. I’m still hoping to try another recipe.
I did make this pan-fried onion dip when my brother-in-law came over for dinner and we all LOVED it. It was our second time making it and this time I cut the onions a little smaller. Matthew said it’s the Dip of All Dips. Definitely one to try this summer with crinkle-cut potato chips!
WHAT I WORE
Did I tell you I bought that crochet bucket hat the other week? It’s seriously so cute and not “bucket-hat” like in a bad way. If you need any summer hats this week, I love Gigi Pip, and don’t forget I have a discount MARA10!
One of my favorite outfit combos these days has been a flowy blouse, like this one, with denim shorts. It’s basically my summer uniform. It’s casual but still feels put together because of the blouse.
SALES TO NOTE
American Eagle- 30% off everything!
Anthropologie– Extra 40% off sale items
Ann Taylor– 40% off select items plus an extra 60% off sale items
ON MY MIND
Looking for a cute pair of summer sandals? I love the brand Tkees, and this pair in black is so chic. I love the minimalist design with the thin double straps. I have a lot of beige and brown sandals but I think a black pair would be a great option to dress up or down.
We’re going back and forth between whether or not to get our backyard together. I would love to make space for a fire pit and some outdoor chairs. Because it stays light until 10:30 in the summertime it’s nice that we can enjoy time outside after the kids go to bed. This fire pit is my favorite but it’s definitely $$$. Here’s another option that’s a little more affordable if you’re looking.
Beatrice had some firsts this week: first time going in a swing (with assistance), first time in the double stroller, and first time sitting in the grass. This summer is already turning out to be so special with our little baby girl!
We’ve been enjoying the nice weather though with plenty of time outdoors. We went on a few nature walks this week and it’s so beautiful along the Boise Greenbelt. The water is a little fast so we’re not getting too close but it’s pretty to look at!
I hope you all have a great week! It’s the first day of summer on Wednesday and I’m hoping to make homemade ice cream to celebrate!