My Weekly Menu Plans are a collection of delicious dinner recipes, side dishes and a few desserts that will hopefully offer a little dinner inspiration and help make your week a little smoother one recipe at a time.
Writing posts has always been my least favorite part of blogging because I’m not a writer and most of the time my mind is blank and today’s post is one I’m really not excited to write about, but for a different reason.
The last few days have been extremely tough for my family. If you live in Utah I’m sure you have heard about the Dollar Ridge Wildfire that has been burning since Sunday, July 1st. Because of the extremely dry, windy and hot weather conditions it rapidly grew and still continues to burn out of control.
My family has been following it closely and fervently praying because my parent’s cabin is in that area. The winds shifted Tuesday night and my parents thought everything was going to be ok and that the cabin would be safe. Unfortunately the winds shifted again and we found out late Wednesday afternoon that their cabin was hit by the fire.We are beyond devastated.
There are no words to even begin expressing our sadness. The cabin was our family’s happy place. It was my mom’s sanctuary. For the past 13 years it has been a place of unforgettable memories. We have laughed until we cried, spent endless hours playing games, eaten our guts out, ridden four-wheelers, talked until we dropped, built a new deck, fixed a broken pump at the spring, shot guns at make-shift targets, roasted countless marshmallows (and starbursts), enjoyed “professional bacon” for many, many breakfasts and most importantly, created family memories and bonds that will last forever.
Our cabin wasn’t big and fancy, it was small, simple and rustic. It was perfect. The views were breathtaking and we loved every minute we spent there. It was a place where everything in the world seemed right.This picture was taken from what we called The Point. You can see our cabin surrounded by beautiful trees.This is the view from the side deck of our cabin. . . .truly amazing!
Another incredible view.This old, abandoned bus has been there the entire 13 years we’ve owned the cabin. It was the favorite spot to ride the four-wheelers to or hike to. Countless pictures have been taken on this bus and who can even remember how many different paint jobs it’s had.
I’m sorry for being a Debbie Downer today, but my heart is broken and no amount of baking and chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies can even begin to heal it right now. Life sometimes is not fun!
Anyway, here is a new menu plan to hopefully help you out. Have a great weekend.
(I always make the lasagna the night before and put it in the fridge. Make sure you read my notes about it.)