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 Colleen Rothschild. and who doesn’t want to be pampered on Mother’s Day? two lucky winners will receive 1) a honey vanilla body bundle with loofah or 2) a 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.
tie dye has an updated look this spring, as evidenced by my top today. this peasant-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 white denim skinny jeans.
to add a little glam to my outfit today, i am sporting gold sandals and gold statement earrings (similar 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To serve, divide the chicken, potatoes, and asparagus between plates. Spoon the feta sauce over the chicken.
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.
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
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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is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 47, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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