Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

How was everyone’s Mother’s Day Weekend???

Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that’s to be expected, right???}

Our “digs” for the weekend…

I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter’s Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo.

I also rode bareback on a horse for the first time ever {very cool!}, and delighted in watching SiSi and her friends rake up horse poop while us moms sat back and relaxed 🙂

All, in all, it was a wonderful weekend…

I hope yours was a well!

And, in case you need a little dinner inspiration for this week, here’s what’s cooking’ at our house this week…





  • Healthy Sweet Potato Skins from Pinch of Yum
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Green Salad with lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and tomato.
  • Apple slices with cinnamon


  • Scrambled Eggs with spinach, sweet onion, and feta
  • Brazilian Cheese Rolls , AKA “The Best Rolls Ever” from The Spicy RD
  • Fresh mango


Note: If this is your first time checking out my weekly menu plans, you can read more about my menu planning process here.  All menu plans are gluten-free or I have offered gluten-free substitutions for the recipes linked to.  You can also check out all my weekly menu plans on my Pinterest board right here.
Before I go, I want to give a huge HUGE shout out to Kellie Anderson at Food to Glow for presenting me with the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’ve been following Kellie’s  blog for awhile now, and she always makes me hungry and puts a smile on my face, with her mouth-watering healthy recipes like this gorgeous Double Salmon and Beetroot Stack with Cardamom Lemon Creme Fraiche, and her soothing, yet playful prose.
How can you not smile after reading words such as these???
And if you are having a love-in with your veggies just now – I am – live on the edge and whack some oil-slicked sweet cherry tomatoes into a hot oven for a delicious pop of colour and extra flavour.
So, please be sure and stop by Food to Glow to drool over Kellie’s recipes, and be sure and tell her I sent you over to say Hi 🙂
More goats to love…
Have you ever stayed at a horse ranch before?  What’s your favorite farm animal?  Ever ridden bare back before?  Do you think you got more sleep than I did this weekend???
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  1. sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! + you know i love reading your menu plans for the week. i’ve already pinned one of the recipes to try soon!

  2. I love your photos of the goats! Years ago I was lucky enough to hold a newborn kid while children all huddled around me to pet it. It was amazingly docile and so sweet. I also LOVE you weekly menu plan. What a fabulous idea to both do and post about. And thanks so much for adding my swiss chard recipe onto your menu. I’m making it again tonight here too!

  3. I love that you are organized enough to make a menu plan every week!

    I, uh, am totally not.

    • Hah! I’m organized enough to make my menu plan, but, you would think otherwise about me, if you could see all the piles of unfolded clothes and paperwork to do at my house 🙂

  4. Is that top pic a goat? He’s a cutie! Glad you all had a great time.

  5. Long time since I had seen goat..not to be found in city dwellings..good to know that you are having a great time, EA. Hugs.

  6. I have stayed at several horse ranches. I was a horse-crazy child and “barn rat” growing up and now live vicariously through my sister who is a trainer and athlete in the equestrian sport of eventing. I prefer to ride bareback and feel the warmth and movement of the horse…plus it is a killer leg workout going sans saddle and stirrups!

  7. What a wonderful Mother’s Day! Sounds great!
    Love the sound of the week’s menu! YUM!

  8. Favorite farm animal, funny question. I’m going with the horses though I like pigs from afar. You’re a good woman to sleep in that cabin for mother’s day.

  9. EA, just wanted to say hello! Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  10. You have the best journeys!!!! What a fun time with the kiddo…she is a lucky girl! Also congrats on your new blogger award,well deserved!!! I have seen ALL your pins on PINTEREST, I look forward to seeing them through your eyes! Have a great rest of the week….

  11. I’ve never stayed at an animal ranch before but it sure looks fun!

  12. Wow I love how you do meal planning.. totally opposite of me, wish I’m more organised. I tried it for 1 week, but ended up only following 50% of it.. 😛

    • Hi Shannon! So glad you stopped by to check out my weekly menu plan 🙂 I find it so helpful to plan out my meals, but there are definitely times I don’t always follow them, especially when there are delicious leftovers involved for the next day!

  13. OMG, I loved those girl scout camps! My daughter is 20 now – actually moving out in a couple weeks, I’ll have to pull out our pictures from back then.

    Love your menu! 😀

  14. I do need to get better about menu planning – thanks for all these wonderful ideas and for including one of my recipes!

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