Friday, June 22, 2018

Old Photo Friday: Beach Time

WHO: Brian's Mom Ann (Left) and Mrs. Kaanar (Neighbor and family friend)
WHAT: Fun in the sun
WHERE: Rehoboth Beach in Delaware or Wildwood Beach , NJ
WHEN: September 1971

Since people never developed film in a timely manner...I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this picture was taken in the middle of summer 1971.

On the radio...."Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones, "Tired of Being Lonely" by Al Green and "Beginnings" by Chicago.

Enjoy your summer!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Recipe of the Week: Cooking for One

One of the hardest things about cooking is proportions.  It's perfectly fine to have leftovers, but most recipes are for 4 servings.  Unless you want to eat something for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and breakfast again) you are kind of stuck in your choices.  

Cutting a recipe in half works most of the time but sometimes we need to think a bit outside of the box to try and find some great meals for one that don't include take out or frozen pizza or anything quick and easy to make.

Here you go....



Roasted Chicken with Lemony Indian Potatoes


1/2 pound (1 large or 2 small) Yukon Gold or Red Bliss potatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 lemon
1 few springs of fresh cilantro
1/2 red pepper, sliced
small piece of ginger, diced (I buy the ginger paste)
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 free range chicken breast


Preheat oven to 400 F.

Peel and quarter the potatoes into 2 inch pieces.  Cook in boiling salted water for 5 minutes, then drain.

Add the spices to a bowl, then add zest of half the lemon. Add in the cilantro leaves.

Chop half the red pepper into 1 inch pieces along with the ginger and add to the spice bowl.

Cut two slices off the lemon and set aside.  Squeeze a bit of juice from the lemon into the spice bowl.  

Add the potatoes to the spice bowl and mix.  Rub a small amount or olive oil in the bottom of a small/medium casserole dish and add the potato mixture.

Rub the chicken with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Lay chicken on top of potato mixture. Top the chicken with lemon slices.

Cook potatoes and chicken in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165 F.

Serve chicken and potatoes with a salad or a green veggie like green beans or fresh peas.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

24/52: Father's Day Weekend

Our family is always up for an adventure Father's Day Weekend and this year Pop's choice was a visit to the Oregon Vortex just outside of Gold Hill.

This roadside attraction has been open to the public since 1930 and takes you on a strange glimpse into the strange world of gravity hill/optical illusions.  Local legend according to Native Americans refer to the site as "forbidden" land and travelers would often times have trouble with horses passing through the area.  Most in our party, believe that the effect is due to a distorted background that induces a forced perspective and not anything paranormal.  At any rate, it was a fun adventure and we all enjoyed the visit.

We then drove just down the road to Del Rio Vineyards, which was established in 1997 and was once home to the Rock Point Hotel built in 1864.

We had a 5 wine flight, which included a Pinot Gris, Viogner, Grenache Rose, Claret and a Cabernet Savignon.  Absolutely beautiful tasting room and grounds.  It would be a great place to pack a picnic lunch, play a round of cornhole and drink a bottle of wine in the sunshine!

Finally, we headed down old highway 99 past Rogue River and ate lunch at River's Edge outside in the beautiful sunshine along the river.  My shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash was amazing and I know Brian, Sandra and Steve enjoyed their Halibut Fish and Chips.

Our Father's Day adventures are always a fun time for our family.  Now on to planning next year!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Menu Plan Monday: Middle of June

Welcome to the middle of June!

Our days are the longest they will be all year and this entire month is one of my favorites of the year! 

Get out and enjoy these long days by planning and organizing your life.  Head on over to Laura's site for some inspiration!


SUNDAY:  Brats on the grill with Potato Salad and Corn
MONDAY: Garden Burgers and Chips
TUESDAY: Shrimp Kebabs over Rice
WEDNESDAY: Salmon over Curry Zoodles

Friday, June 15, 2018

Old Photo Friday: Happy Father's Day

WHO: James Y. Brady (holding me)
WHERE: E Street in Springfield, OR
WHEN: May 1969; I am about a month old

WHO: Ken Hanselman (L)
WHAT: Gigging on a Saturday Night in the Pacific Northwest
WHEN: September 1988

WHO: Allen K. Lee (Ann Lee next to him)
WHEN: Early 1950's
WHERE: Delaware

Our lives have been so richly blessed due to these men.

Happy Father's Day!


Stacy and Brian