Portland activities

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

Yield: 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!

Random Updates

What a nice weekend! It was sunny and warm, we went out to lunch at the food carts, and we got a ton of stuff done around the house, plus it was nice to just hang out in the backyard. Yesterday I pulled weeds and cleaned out the raised beds to get them ready for veggies next month and Logan played in his little car, his slide, played in the dirt and threw the ball for Bella. Everyone was happy! (Although I’m paying for it a bit today with my allergies!)

Home Improvement

Our very old fence has been slowly falling apart and the last two winters had some bad storms that basically blew it down in sections. Thankfully the whole thing didn’t fall over, and thankfully Bella is a good girl and doesn’t escape when she’s out in the yard by herself.

We recently got the broken sections replaced and it feels so good to get one more thing off our “to do” list!

And I’m glad we didn’t have to do it ourselves.

Pickled Radishes

I really wanted to make some pickled radishes over the weekend. I found this recipe and gave it a try last weekend. It was pretty easy to do, even though I got rid of my mandoline slicer a few years ago (darn it!). It only took a few minutes to get everything together and then cook the liquid.

After a week I was able to try them. They turned out great! They were really spicy!

Kombucha

I tried Kombucha once a few years ago and I did NOT like it. It was gross to me and then I never tried it again. I couldn’t understand why it was so popular! But recently I randomly tried some berry flavored Kombucha and it was really, really good. I get it now. LOL

So I’ve gotten some random flavors to try and see what I like. Kombucha is really healthy and good for gut health, which is why I wanted to give it a try again. I want to do more to have good gut health. I love kimchi and sauerkraut but you can only eat so much of it. 😉

Please tell me your favorite brand/flavor of Kombucha so I can check it out!

Sourdough

I’ve been watching a friend on IG make her own sourdough bread for awhile now, jealous because I’ve always wanted to make my own bread. Especially sourdough–I feel like it’s really healthy (much healthier than regular bread you buy in a store). I recently asked her for some sourdough starter and she gave me some and instructions.

So last weekend I got the starter and “fed” it. I am really excited to experiment. The starter smells SO good!

This is the recipe my friend suggested: Easy Sourdough Artisan Bread. I’m hoping to make our first loaf in a few weeks!

Big Boy!

Logan has had several haircuts since his first birthday but this was the FIRST haircut where he sat on a booster seat all by himself (without me having to hold him). He did such a good job! I was so proud of him.

Also, Logan helped me make a cake. He loves helping in the kitchen.

How was your weekend?