Back in the Saddle Again (with Menu Plan Monday)

So.  One more vacation’s come and gone.  It’s hard to believe.  I waited so anxiously to get back to Maine.  After skipping last summer, the only year of my life that I haven’t been to Maine, I was dying to get up there.  And once we were there, everything was just more — the colors were more vibrant, the smells more potent, the seafood more tasty.  I spent the first week like a kid on Christmas morning, giddy with excitement, taking it all in.

The second week I regretfully counted down the days till we had to leave, trying to fit in everything that I wanted to do and see and experience and eat before I left for another year.

But by Friday, I was ready.  I was tired of the humidity and the cramped living quarters and living out of a suitcase.

Friday night we gorged on homemade blueberry pie and then built a fire out by the lake and sat in lawn chairs, sipping mugs of steaming decaf, gearing up for our ride home the next day.

It was plate-lickin’ good.

The drive home was grueling but relatively uneventful, which is always a good thing.  Even with a road closure, we were able to get off the highway and find our way home via a series of backroads through the countryside, which was far more interesting than the monotonous highway and didn’t cost us too much time in the end.

We arrived home in time to join our neighbors for dinner and drinks while the kids got reacquainted and ran willy nilly around the hood as they love to do.  It was the perfect way to end our lovely vacation.

Of course, re-entry is always a rude awakening.  We spent much of yesterday getting the house back into some semblance of order, and this morning I went for an invigorating 3-mile run.  Today’s tasks involve getting back into our routine.  This morning I’ve been working on a menu plan and a grocery list and a to-do list that’s as long as the road to Maine.

For the two of you who may be interested, here is my meal plan for the week.

MONDAY: Chef’s Salad

TUESDAY: I’m going to a cooking class!  Spaghetti for the fam.

WEDNESDAY: Grilled Citrus Rosemary Salmon, roasted asparagus

THURSDAY: Triple Threat Meatloaf (sorry, no link), steamed green beans

FRIDAY: Grilled Marinated Shrimp, spinach salad

SATURDAY: out to dinner (leftovers for the kids)

I’m back to my low-carb, real food diet after two weeks of rich chowders and decadent desserts.  I’m feeling the effects of my digression and I’m anxious to get back on the wagon.

This post is linked to Mindful Menus and Menu Plan Monday.

Comments

  1. says

    Welcome back – although you managed some lovely blogging and photos while you were away.

    Just 5 sleeps til we will be in New England!

    Looking for some slow cooker recipes for a newbie – any links?

  2. says

    Did you get back to the winery? That blueberry pie looks divine! I haven’t had any yet this year but I suspect my sister will be baking one up soon! Great to meet you while you were here & glad you got home even with a road closure! :) I’m planning on Blissdom next year so hopefully I will see you then!

  3. DeAnn says

    Welcome back. My husband and I seriously considered purchasing a lakehouse in Maine after I showed him some of your pictures. :) His best friend from childhood lives up there with his family and he assured us that we could find a great deal right now. Then, back to reality, we realized that we are about to purchase a huge van so that we can accommodate baby #7! Guess we’ll have to wait another year…or 30. Thanks for sharing your weekly meal plans. I always copy a recipe or two from them and find them very helpful as I begin this habit. I usually do Once-a-month freezer cooking with a friend but we’re sort of taking a break for the summer because of their traveling schedule. I tend to overdo it when I plan meals for the week…in both budget and trying new recipes. You have a nice balance of yummy new foods and tried and true recipes. It’s good for me to see what a realistic, real-food family eats for the week.

    Speaking of real food…the Wise Traditions conference is in Philly this year. I could kick myself for not going when it was here in the D.C. area. Are you going? I would love attend but not quite sure if I can swing a long weekend away.

  4. says

    I know what that countdown feels like. Don’t like it at all. I’ve actually been known to cry on the last day of vacation:) That was years and years ago though. I don’t think I could do two weeks though. At least not in the summer – I’d get too worried about my plants! I’m glad you had a great time.

    And see you tonight!

  5. says

    Welcome Home! It sounds like your vacation was positively idyllic.

    We’re having spaghetti for dinner tonight.

    You should write a post about your Chef’s Salads. What ingredients do you use, what kind of dressing, etc.

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