Happy 3 Years to us and Lemon Chicken

This Monday 8/8 Normy and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. We celebrated by getting away on a mini get away in the mountains. We LOVE the mountains and well we took a couple of days and did stuff for us for a change! Woke up Saturday Morning and headed up to Glenwood Springs. We picked Glenwood because well we love it there, more so me. Hanging Lake is in Glenwood and I have been REALLY wanting to hike it again. I also wanted to take a bike ride through Glenwood Canyon. I just wanted an active weekend. I sit in an office all week and well I just didn’t want to be inside at all this weekend and I didn’t want to sit on our bums!

So check it out…

Friday night I made us some Chipotle Turkey Salad  so it could sit all night and the flavors could mingle together and so we could have yummy Jamie Sandwiches the next day.
We tried to get into Hanging Lake, but it was too crowded and we couldn’t get in. So we decided to go for a bike ride down Glenwood Canyon. We rode a total of about 15 miles

Then we stopped to have some Chipotle Turkey Salad
Normy was REALLY excited about lunch
Then we went and walked around town and then went and visited Doc Holliday’s Grave
then later we stopped and had some dinner – I had Fried Green Tomatoes (mine are better)
Then we called it an early night and then got up the next day at 6AM had some breakfast and hurried up to Hanging Lake to make sure we got in this time.

and we did! (I was SO Excited, and cold)
People always ask what is so great about Hanging Lake…well let me show you
It’s really quite beautiful!
Then the night of our Anniversary 8/8/2011 we went to dinner at “our” place! We had our first date, and Normy asked me to marry him at “our” place. It’s our favorite food, (Besides Jamie Food) SUSHI…
Normy and I celebrated our 3 year Anniversary today 8-8-11
Normy and I celebrated our 3 year Anniversary today 8-8-11
Normy and I celebrated our 3 year Anniversary today 8-8-11
I also wanted to share with you a video that I made for Normy as well

ALSO Normy surprised me and got us Tickets to San Fransisco, CA to visit my best, good friend Heather for her Birthday this year (which is Christmas) I wanted to do something different this year. So I told him I had one wish and that was to go and see my friend for her birthday! I can’t WAIT for December 22nd!

OK Well the night before we left I made us a yummy Jamie Dinner. I figured we would be gone and I wouldn’t be cooking, so I wanted to make us a Yummy Jamie meal…

Here it is:


2 tbsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic,crushed
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2-4 lbs. of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
Thinly sliced lemons, for garnished

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice,
garlic, thyme, salt and pepper in a large zipper-lock plastic bag.  Seal the bag and shake well to blend.  Place the chicken pieces in the bag with the marinade, pressing out excess air and sealing once more.  Refrigerate and let marinate for
2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and transfer to a baking dish, skin-side up, reserving the leftover marinade.  Brush the top of each piece of chicken with melted butter.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the skins are crispy and well-browned.  Halfway through baking, pour the remaining marinade over the chicken pieces in the baking dish.  Once fully baked, cover loosely with foil and let rest 10 minutes
before serving.  Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with lemon slices and serve. (we grilled ours on high heat, 20-25 minutes)
Dinner is served!
Stay tuned for the potato and veggie recipe on my plate too!


One thought on “Happy 3 Years to us and Lemon Chicken

  1. Jamie…okay…the food looks great…but then I watched your video and I know we only know each other through your perfect blog and now FB…but I got misty-eyed…I swear! What a beautiful tribute to your life with Normando.you guys live life to the fullest and I have a sort of ‘blog love’ for y’all! I wish for you all the very best life life has to offer. And…I’m googling ways for you to move up in the food world…

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