Hi! Ok, how are we almost at mid-November?! I feel like we’re already getting in the holiday mood around here. In Idaho, people put up their exterior Christmas lights early because no one wants to be doing that when it’s icy/snowing! The children have been asking Matthew for the past week and today was the day. I love seeing a little glimmer of the lights when I walk by the front door.
WHAT WE ATE
I plan to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.
MONDAY- Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup– We all loved this soup and made extra to freeze for an easy dinner over the holidays.
WEDNESDAY- Pot Roast– We have some big roast meats in our freezer that we’ve been wanting to use so I made this delicious roast and saved the extra for Saturday night enchiladas.
THURSDAY- Baked Salmon Sushi Bowls– I loved how flavorful this was. We’ll definitely make it again for an easy weeknight meal.
FRIDAY- Pork Ragu (from this cookbook but found online here) with the best focaccia and a chocolate brownie pie– We had family over so wanted to make something special! Everything was devoured…so good and kid-approved!
SATURDAY- Beef Enchiladas– We used up the rest of our roast with these enchiladas. This recipe is so simple but has become our go-to.
SUNDAY- We’re going to a friend’s house today to celebrate Friendsgiving! Making this green bean casserole and a (hopefully) kid-approved mac and cheese, along with a loaf of sourdough.
Sadly, I didn’t do any extra baking this week. Beatrice has been my busy girl and she’s been fighting her second nap of the day which makes it hard to even put dinner together. I need to start being more strategic about meal prep!
WHAT I WORE
SALES TO NOTE
J.Crew– 30% off full-price styles
There are so many good early Black Friday Sales popping up! One I had to take advantage of was from my favorite hat brand Gigi Pip. I love their hats and this is one I’ve been really wanting: the River Guatemalan Palm. I just got it in the mail and it is so cute! The fit is perfect and I’m especially excited for the leather chinstrap. This is the kind of hat that would probably look good on anyone. It’s such a flattering style! MARAF15 should get you an extra discount too.
ON MY MIND
Augustine and I are about to start Week 11 of his Term 1 which means we only have 2 weeks left until we can take a break. Instead of jumping back in to Term 2, I’m going to do a Christmas study in December along with our Math and Language Arts. Then we’ll start Term 2 the first week of January. I have been looking into different studies and decided to go with A Connected Christmas by Treehouse Schoolhouse. I have a homeschooling mama friend who says it’s such a special study and one they go back to each year. I can’t wait for it to arrive! While I bought the study myself, I did sign up for their affiliate program so I could share a discount with you. You can use code MARAFERREIRA for 10% off anything on their site! Their studies all look so good!
If you’re looking for something to watch, Amazon Prime Video currently has some of my all-time favorites! Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Notting Hill! I was so so excited when I logged in and noticed the most recent additions to their catalog. Oklahoma is my absolute favorite movie and musical and I know every word and scene by heart. I’ve been singing so many of my favorite songs this week and it’s made me so happy!
I got this new bundle from King of Christmas and I had to open it up to share it with you all before it sells out! Two mini trees, a wreath, and a gorgeous garland! They have battery packs to hold the charge and a timer that goes on for 6 hours, turns off for 18 hours, and then turns on again. Even though it’s a little early for Christmas decor, I have loved seeing the pretty glow from these trees by our fireplace. It’s making me excited to decorate more after Thanksgiving!
Have a lovely week!