February 13th, 2009

Being Social

So last Sunday Heather and I finally locked down a day when the 4/5 of us could get together for dinner, etc. The night decided upon proved to be tonight, Friday. Micah and I raced home after work to get ready for them coming over at 6:30/7:00. I had looked online all afternoon for a good chicken recipe and finally found one that I liked: Oven Fried Chicken.

Micah had gone to the store after dropping me off that morning so I had everything that I needed for all the dishes. The Menu:

Oven Fried Chicken
Spinach
Corn on the Cob
Roasted Red Potatoes
Mixed Salad
and for dessert... Baked Apples

All in all, it turned out really good. The spinach was actually fresh as Matt had gotten a big bag a while back and the last of it was getting old so it need to be used, so I put that in a pot with some water and after it had cooked down, I added garlic, seasoning salt and pepper, and lemon juice. The result was some pretty tasty spinach that had a nice tang to it.

The potatoes were really yummy and tender and the corn on the cob was juicy.

But the chicken was the highlight, for sure. All three, Micah, Jeremy and Heather, complimented me on how good it was. I was glad. After all, since the original recipe got a 179 reviews, all with 4.5 or higher out of 5 possible points, yeah, I'd say that you can't go wrong with that.

It was really easy, too. I used boneless chicken thighs, but any cut should do. Simply melt 1/4-1/2 cup of butter and mixed in about 2 tbsp of garlic. In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs (i twice-toasted two slices of bread and then crumbled that), parsley, and a little salt and pepper. First dip the chicken in the butter-garlic, coating thoroughly, then coat in the bread crumbs and place face-up in a casserole dish. Repeat with the rest of the chicken. Pour the remaining butter-garlic into the bread crumb mix and stir. Crumble over the chicken. Bake at 350oF for 45 minutes. Serves 4. Yummy yummy in my tummy! Really, it was that good.

After dinner we sat around and talked a bit before pulling out "Blurt", a game that Micah and I had bought for $2.50 at Value Village and had been wanting to play for a long time. Turns out that it was missing the game board, but since the Cranium game board is virtually the same thing, we just used that instead.

Tell you what, that Heather is competitive! It was so cute to see her and Jeremy together. They are an absolutely adorable couple. Even her "Jeremy, you're in big trouble" is said so sweetly that you can't help but smile and laugh.

The game itself went back and forth, Heather winning at first, then Jeremy challenging her and taking first place, him taking the lead for most of the game until I started getting my head in the game and managed to catch up. Then Micah caught up with me. And Heather caught up with Micah. Back and forth the game went, this person in the lead, then that person in the lead.. but in the end.. I won! :P by the skin of my teeth, but I won!

hehe. it's been a while since that has happened. Oh, and it was during that time that I served dessert, baked apples. Mmmm.

Lillian was getting sleepy about that time so I rocked her for a while, even changing a wet diaper (!!!!) before handing her off to Micah who promptly fell asleep along with her while Jeremy, Heather, and I all looked at pictures and played with the new mac.

All in all, it was a good, fun night. It was nice to spend time with another married couple. Especially nice when that married couple is made up of Southern people, and especially especially nice when I've known one of those people since I was 11. :) It's nice to have friends.

So. I'm tired and tomorrow is v-day. What are your plans?

m.
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