Last week our family took a vacation to go skiing in Utah. This was our second year going over the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. We had a fantastic time and this year Jeffrey got to join us on the slopes. (Last year he was still recovering from acl surgery.) I have really grown found of the little town of Eden, Utah and feel like I know my way around Eden and Ogden. Knowing where to grocery shop and where to find the local Costco are very helpful on keeping our expenses down while still providing great food for our trip.

I do spend some time beforehand planning the menu for the week and I package up the necessary spices that I may need. All and all it takes not much work before the trip and we end up having a great, stress free time. I thought it might be fun to share my menu for the week and some of the fun finds we found in Utah.

Saturday was our travel day. We arrived just before lunchtime and headed to In and Out burgers for lunch. I packed a gluten free bun for Tyler and he enjoyed his In and Out experience very much. We then headed to Ikea and found a couple of treasures for our house. Then we were off to pick up groceries and skis before heading to the condo. I knew this would be a crazy day so we utilized the rotisserie chickens at Costco added some rice, steamed broccoli, and salad and we feasted on a fabulous meal.

Sunday was a ski day so we started our day off right with steel cut oats. I had some travel sized Nutella packets to offer a fun add-in. Lunch was a humble PB&J, chips, apple sauce, fruit twist and cheese stick. For dinner we had chipotle chili.

Monday was another ski day so breakfast and lunch were the same as Sunday, but I had chicken tikka masala in the crock-pot cooking while we skied.

Tuesday we took the day off and headed to Park City after having a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast. It was fun to visit the Olympic park and get geared up for the Winter Olympics starting soon. We had a late lunch at Lucky Slice Pizza. It quickly became a family favorite last year on our ski trip no we were all excited to go back. Fortunately, we planned our vacation right because the week before they were closed for renovations. Since we all filled up on our lunch, we had leftovers for dinner.

Wednesday was another ski day but unfortunately Tyler was under the weather so he and I took the day off and lounged around the condo watching movies and reading. We stuck to our breakfast of steel cut oats and lunch of peanut butter though. For dinner we had chicken enchiladas casserole(using leftover rotisserie chicken).I put this on the menu without really remembering if the family really enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised. Everyone loved it and wondered why we didn’t eat it more often at home.

Thursday was a ski day for all. Thank goodness Tyler was feeling better. Breakfast and lunch were the same as previous ski days although we did have a hot chocolate break at the ski lodge and we had spaghetti and Caesar salad for dinner.

Friday we started the day off with a coffee cake, fruit, yogurt, and granola. (I made granola before we left on vacation and threw it in my carryon to enjoy throughout the week.) lunch was scrapping up any leftovers before heading to Ogden to explore. We found a fun area that had a rock-climbing wall that the boys thoroughly enjoyed. Some delicious cupcakes at ye olde cupcake shoppe. Then headed back up the canyon to eat at another local favorite Carlos and Harley’s.

Saturday was time to head back home to Kansas so we finished up some odds and ends for breakfast and headed to the airport.

All and all it was a fantastic vacation. We played hard, relaxed, ate well, and spend time as a family without the everyday distractions. I always through in some goodies for vacations that are not the norm for our normal routine such as pop tarts, ice cream after dinner, brownies and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the evening.