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Weekly Menu for the Week of Oct 16

Last week, I tried to write the weekly menu, but with the terrorist attacks in Israel, it was hard to focus on anything else. Writing a post, any post, last week felt trivial in the midst of the hour by hour news that was coming in over the weekend, so I focused on other things. I showed up for my kids, of course, but everything else was challenging. If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen the stories shared.

This week – focus is still challenging. My grief and prayers are centered on the victims of the attacks in Israel and their families. A week in, the interviews and stories coming out of the region are heartbreaking (and occasionally inspiring). However, as a wife and mother (and a food blogger), I have an obligation to be a light in my home and in my community, and there is precious little I can do to directly assist at this point. We all have to eat, and the process of taking ingredients and cooking or baking something up in our homes can not only be therapeutic (there was some time spent baking this week!), but also be a source of comfort to our own loved ones. There’s a reason the phrase “comfort food” exists and saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home” is so inviting.

This week, I invite you to make your home a haven for your family. That doesn’t have to mean fancy meals or desserts. It could literally be opening up a box of funfetti cake mix and baking a cake with your kids. Or having a good smelling candle going while you read to your kids. Or enjoying a really delightful PB&J sandwich on the floor of your living room for a picnic dinner. (Why is PB&J so good anyway?)

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

If you’re in need of other meal ideas, I’m particularly fond of the picnic dinner idea and invite you to browse through my sandwiches Pinterest board. You might find something there that sounds like fun to eat. Pair it with some chips and carbonated drinks from Trader Joe’s and you’ve got something kind of fun to look forward to one night.

Have a good week everyone!