Date Night

Oh Christmas Tree

We had a good but busy weekend! The weekend started with a Christmas concert at Logan’s daycare. It was so cute! Logan has been practicing Jingle Bells for weeks. All the little kids sang Christmas songs together. It was so stinkin’ cute. They did a great job. 😀 It warmed my heart.

On Saturday we went and got a tree after I got back from the gym. We told Logan he was in charge of finding the tree. He took the task very seriously. He walked around the lot with a very serious look on his face and looked at all the trees and then picked one out.

We got a good one! It was a little larger than I was expecting to get but I think we got a great one! It looks really nice. This year’s new ornament:

This year we decorated with mostly soft ornaments because I’m not quite sure how Stevie is going to do with the tree. 😉 So far he’s tried to eat the tree a few times but that was when we first put it up. I’m hoping he’s mostly bored of it now. We will see!

Saturday night Michael’s mom and stepdad came over to babysit and we went out to dinner and a show. Dinner was at Kenny & Zuke’s downtown. We didn’t have a lot of time for dinner so it was a good choice. I got the “trimmed down” pastrami sandwich that had coleslaw on it and a side salad. Michael got their traditional pastrami sandwich which was a grilled sandwich with melted cheese on it. I had a bite of his sandwich and it was AMAZE.

Dinner was excellent but also VERY salty. We were both super thirsty all night. After dinner we went to the Arlene Schnitzer Hall to see the Oregon Symphony. It was the Nightmare Before Christmas Symphony!

It was a pretty cool event. They played the movie in the background and the symphony played all the music. It was a fun, cool event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The show was completely sold out and some people were in cool costumes. There were a lot of kids, too! It was a fun night.

QUESTION: What are some of your Christmas traditions to get into the holiday mood?

Hoppy Birthday

On Saturday night we had Michael’s mom and stepdad over for her birthday dinner. I opened a bottle of the Stoller Chardonnay and I prepped a little bit of the veggies while Michael prepped the chicken.

I found this recipe.

Garlicky Greek Chicken

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. asparagus, ends removed
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Whisk until combined then add chicken thighs and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, preheat oven to 425°. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil. Season both sides of marinated chicken with salt and pepper, then add chicken skin-side down and pour in the remaining marinade.
  3. Sear until the skin becomes golden and crispy, about 10 minutes. Flip chicken and add asparagus, zucchini and lemons to the skillet.
  4. Transfer pan to oven and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
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The recipe needed a little tweaking, which we figured out after the fact. But I think it’s a good idea. The execution was just a little off.

What attracted me to the recipe was that it sounded refreshing and good for a spring dinner. The asparagus was great and I loved the zucchini in it, too.

Michael marinated the chicken thighs in the lemon juice/garlic/herb mix. Then he cooked the thighs in the skillet, then put everything in the Dutch Oven and baked it. I still don’t understand how this recipe was “Greek”??

The flavors were all great. But like I said at the start, the recipe needs to be changed. First, we’d cook the chicken entirely in the skillet (like usually do). Doing it in the skillet then the oven made the skin not crispy–which is the best part. The veggies were good in the oven, but the cook time in the recipe for the oven portion was not correct, either. We had to bake it longer. So next time, all skillet!

Dessert was Baskin Robbins ice cream! Yum.

On Sunday I went swimming and took care of some stuff around the house and then Michael and I got to have a little afternoon date. A friend had offered to babysit for us and we finally were able to take her up on it!

We got pedicures first. It was nice to just relax back in the massage chair and be pampered. Michael commented that he didn’t understand why more men didn’t do this because it’s a luxurious, relaxing experience. I laughed and said I know. It’s not really about getting your nails done! 😉

Then we went to happy hour for dinner at Hop Jacks in Happy Valley.

We’d never been before but I’ve seen it a million times on our way home from Mount Hood and was curious. They bragged about the coldest beer in town. Michael got a Long Island Iced Tea (what?!?) because he hadn’t had one in years. (I think it’s been at least 15 years for me.) and I got a Boneyard RPM and yes–it was very cold!

We got some nachos and queso for dinner. It was pretty good! The place felt kinda like a Red Robin I guess? We got there about 4:30 and it wasn’t very crowded but by the time we left an hour later it was packed with a line out the door. They have happy hour every day from 4-6.

It was a nice way to unwind after a busy weekend!