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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!

June 19th

June 19th was a big day!

First, it was Michael’s first Father’s Day. Logan woke me at 3am with a stuffy nose (he sounded terrible! Like a pug snorting) and then he woke me at 7am really congested. My poor little guy. I called the advice nurse and she suggested some saline nose drops and I tried that and it cleared up the problem almost immediately. So Logan was in much better spirits for his first Father’s Day after that.

I was up, it was early, and I got to fix Michael breakfast in bed (he usually wakes up before me, so this time I got to do it!). I made scrambled eggs and hashbrowns.

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And Logan gave him his present. 🙂 A card, a book and a new cutting board that I got personalized for the occasion.

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I hope it was a nice day for Michael because he does so much for us. 🙂 It will be fun next year when Logan is older and can “help” make a card or gift. After breakfast the baby took a long nap, which was nice for everyone because Michael got to relax and do what he wanted (watch golf) and I got to go to the pool and swim.

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When I got home I took some photos of Mr. Happy:

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June 19th was also the anniversary of our first date. Hard to believe it’s been 8 years since that date. We met online a few months before and were just friends for months. Then Memorial Weekend we met in real life and hung out a few times and then had our first date–not as just friends. 🙂 We went to Eleni’s Greek restaurant in Sellwood (which is sadly closed now) and had delicious food and really good wine and the rest is history.

I thought it would be nice to go out to dinner, just the two of us, for our anniversary. It was also the first time we were leaving Logan with a babysitter. That was…odd! I was a little anxious, of course, but mostly excited about going out just the two of us. My cousin Anna came over to babysit.

We ended up going to Gino’s in Sellwood. The food and service is always good there. We started with the Caesar Salad (best one in Portland) and I realized it had been a year since I had Caesar Salad! So tasty.

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Their menu changes daily and it’s always something different, with a few staples that are always on there. For entrees Michael got the lamb with garlic mashed potatoes and I got the Spring Onion Pasta dish. My dish was kind of like a pesto on the pasta. It was really different and interesting. I’ve never had kohlrabi before so it was cool to try something new.

Michael got the Walking Man IPA beer (it’s really good) and I got a glass of Pinot Grigio that was tasty and light and felt like summer. It was a nice, sunny evening and we enjoyed our leisurely dinner out sans baby.

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It definitely weird at first to be gone…then it felt like “the old days” when it was just the two of us. So strange. We talked about adult things and did our best not to talk about the baby. Anna did send one picture that was too cute and made me smile:

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(I’m so glad it was easy for Anna! He wasn’t fussy and only required one outfit change while we were gone!)

After dinner Michael and I decided to stop over at Papa Haydn’s for dessert. It was such a nice, warm summer night so we sat outside in their garden patio.

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Michael and I usually split dessert when we go out but this time we each got our own. Livin’ large here! Michael got the cheesecake:

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And I got the berry crisp. It was a compote of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in a brandy sauce topped with gingerbread crumble and vanilla ice cream. It was so amazing and refreshingly light for a dessert.

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We savored our desserts and adult time and then it was time to head home. I picked up some treats for Anna as a thank you:

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It was such a nice day all around. It was great getting out just the two of us and it was also nice coming home and snuggling with my little guy.