a view of my refinished porch | fridays with oscar

welcome back friday!  if you’ve been following my instastories lately, you’ve no doubt seen the amazing transformation of my screened porch. it’s amazing what a fresh coat of a new paint color can do for a space. we have had a busy week here this last week, putting the finishing touches on the screened porch and the newly refinished basement, which we toured here on the blog as part of my day in the life series on wednesday.  it’s taken years to get to this stage of my home redecoration and i have really enjoyed sharing a glimpse of my home with you – stay tuned for more!  but in the meanwhile, enjoy a view of my refinished porch.

this week on fridays with oscar, we are dishing up a delicious sheet pan dinner out on the patio!  just in time for Mother’s Day, can you believe it’s only ten days away? we have an a-ma-zing giveaway with opens in a new windowColleen Rothschild. and who doesn’t want to be pampered on Mother’s Day? two lucky winners will receive 1) a opens in a new windowhoney vanilla body bundle with loofah or 2) a opens in a new window tahitian monoi body bundle with loofah. scroll to the bottom of the post to see how easy it is to enter. don’t forget there’s 15% off your purchase.

outfit of the day

tie dye has an updated look this spring, as evidenced by my top today. this opens in a new windowpeasant-style popover has a distinct stripe tie-dye pattern that resonates with my love of all things striped. the vibrant indigo is offset with the bright white stripe pattern and i played this up by wearing opens in a new windowwhite denim skinny jeans

to add a little glam to my outfit today, i am sporting opens in a new windowgold sandals and gold statement earrings ( opens in a new windowsimilar here). accessories that complete the look and give a vacation vibe to my outfit, and my attitude! I can imagine being on a vacation in the Greek Islands with this ensemble. it feels very Mediterranean. 

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sheet pan lemon rosemary dijon chicken with potatoes and asparagus

this recipe comes from one of my favorite food bloggers/cookbook authors: half baked harvest. she has a lot of sheet pan dinner recipes and this one is perfect for spring with the addition of asparagus. the feta green goddess dressing is a great topper and would be just as good on a salad or as a veggie dip. 

you easily swap in or out whatever veggies you like, or have on hand. big chunks of carrot would be great if you’re avoiding starchy carbs. you could even swap the rosemary for thyme. 

sheet pan lemon rosemary dijon chicken with potatoes and asparagus

Course Main Course
Servings 4 people
Author Half Baked Harvest


  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 finely chopped shallot or 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 tbsp dried
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 tbsp raw sesame seeds
  • 1 small bunch asparagus

feta sauce

  • 4-6 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 plain greek yogurt
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine 4 tablespoons olive oil, mustard, garlic, shallot, rosemary, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken and toss well to combine. Let sit 15-20 minutes.

  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and the sesame seeds. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.

  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Put the chicken on the other side. Arrange asparagus around the chicken. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Return the pan to oven and roast for 20-25 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, make the feta. Combine the feta, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in the herbs, paprika, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. If desired, thin with additional lemon juice.

  5. To serve, divide the chicken, potatoes, and asparagus between plates. Spoon the feta sauce over the chicken.

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april rain & a view of my refinished porch

it’s may 1st, but our april here in athens was a wet one! so i found this take on a classic vodka martini, called april rain. seemed appropriate, so if you like a martini and want to try something a little different, this is a great cocktail to try. the addition of lime juice gives it a fresh bright flavor. 

april rain

Course cocktail
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Colleen Graham


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth


  1. in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, lime juice, and dry vermouth. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. garnish with a lime peel

fridays with oscar

well gang, here we are heading into may. the height of spring is around the corner. it’s been the highlight of my day to enjoy a cup of coffee in the quiet morning out on the screened porch, listening to all the bird songs. i hope you all can take a moment each day to enjoy lovely spring weather, birds singing and blooming flowers. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful spring weekend!

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  1. Mary casmpbell wrote:

    So enjoy your post

    Posted 5.1.20
  2. Susan Barnes wrote:

    What color is the paint? Looks wonderful. I would like to use the same color. U look fabulous Beth!

    Posted 5.1.20
  3. Priscilla C Herrera wrote:

    Look forward to your stories – especially now that we are “sheltered at home” Just wondering the brand/color of lipstick you have on in today’s segment. Thank you & have an amazing weekend

    Posted 5.1.20
    • Georgia Peach wrote:

      Love your porch.Great weather tp get out there.
      Cute ootd!
      At first I wasn’t sure about your going away from your cute pixie but I’m really liking the longer style.
      Youthful too!
      Hope y’all have a great weekend!

      Posted 5.1.20
  4. I am glad you, Oscar, and Ollie are doing well. Your porch room is so nice and love the peasant style blouse.

    Posted 5.1.20
  5. 5 stars
    Refreshing to see the tie dyed top! We won’t be staying inside soon I hope & I’m wearing this one!

    Posted 5.1.20
  6. Deanna wrote:

    TGIF! Somehow it seems the weeks are going faster. Out state is still sheltering in place thru the end of the month. Am I getting used to this new/temporary normal? Delicious looking recipe. The picture of you and Oscar with all the blue and golds to match your outfit of the day is a visual feast. Have a lovely weekend!

    Posted 5.1.20
  7. Sandra wrote:

    Porch looks very inviting. Enjoy your birds and coffee.

    Posted 5.1.20
  8. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    This outfit does remind me of Greece. (Ah, Calgon, take me away!) The chicken dish has lots of my favorite things, and I love a one-pan meal. So easy to clean up after–I’ll have to check out the blog you mentioned. Thanks! Have a relaxing weekend–I’m happy for you that you can drive again. If you had to be self-isolating, I guess this was probably as good a time as any to have a TKR done. Oh–and your porch looks very inviting. Hope the rain’s finished now that May is here, and you can enjoy the sunshine out there.

    Posted 5.1.20
  9. Louise wrote:

    Could you tell me where you found your candle chandelier?

    Posted 5.1.20
  10. Francesca wrote:

    Thank you Beth for the lovely post. Your outfit reminds me so much of fabulous Greek vacations and the Mediterranean. One day we will go back to that glorious part of the world! So nice to have a new recipe to try and a new cocktail! The weekend is starting off right:)
    All the very best,

    Posted 5.1.20
  11. Andrea wrote:

    Beautiful porch, Beth. The perfect place to enjoy some safe, but desperately needed fresh air and birdsong. Watching nature unfold is both calming and inspirational. Enjoy 🥂

    Posted 5.1.20
  12. Sharon Mulliken wrote:

    Loved the glimpse of your newly decorated porch, but can you show more pictures, including all areas? I noticed in an earlier blog this week that you have new cushions on your sofas out there. Please reveal all! Love Fridays, love the recipes and we almost always have whatever cocktail you come up with on our Friday night happy hour!

    Posted 5.1.20
  13. Willette wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Your porch looks lovely I really like the table and chairs. I’m so gonna make that sheet pan chicken since I have all the ingredients.

    You look like you are recovering nice since your knee surgery.
    Happy Friday!!

    Posted 5.1.20
  14. Sangita M wrote:

    Love your outdoor porch. You look fabulous, how are you feeling post surgery?
    Love to see Oscar AND Ollie today.
    Have a great weekend, it’s supposed to be a warm one!

    Posted 5.1.20
  15. Eve wrote:

    We had our curfew lifted and the beaches opened. Billy drove around today because he to go by the bank and said there were a lot of people out. Not all of them were wearing masks. All the children he saw were though. If people would keep their distant we could be safe.
    I love a porch and the colors you have chosen are wonderful. It does have a vacation feel to it. Oscar and Ollie looked happy about the New porch. Mine has adopted an empty box I’m trying to slowly remove. He will not accept a cat bed but this old box…..

    Posted 5.1.20
  16. Cardis Hayes wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your knee replacement recovery. I have also enjoyed you sharing pictures of your home and porch. Would really like to see more of the screened in porch. Best wishes on the road to recovery.

    Posted 5.1.20
  17. It looks so delicious! I love your bob Beth:)
    Happy weekend, Renata

    Posted 5.2.20
  18. Peg Weir wrote:

    5 stars
    Great post yesterday. My husband is the chef in our house and. I printed the chicken recipe for him. Also printed the martini recipe which will pair beautifully with the chicken. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 5.2.20
  19. Mary Ellen Braks wrote:

    Made the chicken recipe tonight for dinner. My family loved it! Thank you!

    Posted 5.3.20

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