Our First Kitchen Table Dinner Guests

Yay for dinner guests!! Especially when it’s Mom & Dad!


This morning, I called up the ‘rents to see what they had planned for dinner and whether or not they wanted to come and help us figure out if we could seat four people at our new kitchen table. Luckily, they were free…

And better yet, we can seat four people at the table. It’s a tight squeeze, but it works.


And lucky me even got to sit across from this all night…


My dad sure is a character, and I can guarantee he didn’t think I’d put this picture up. Mwaaahahaha. Winking smile


Tonight’s dinner is not going to look a whole lot different from what you’ve been seeing lately. Sorry…but the grill is now in mid-season form and will continue to be getting quite a workout.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…there’s nothing like grilling when the weather warms up! Smile

Especially when hubby works his magic and makes some of the most amazing grilled chicken I’ve ever had. Not kidding.


His secret? Bread dipping seasoning blends. They’re soooo full of flavor, so he likes to mix those, along with some EVOO + water when marinating. We often use this blend of spices, which has proven to be quite versatile. It’s our absolute favorite.


Seeing as it’s so versatile, I also decided to take a stab at the bread dipping seasoning methods today when making a batch of oven roasted potatoes


I just quartered up a bag of Tasteful Selections potatoes, drizzled them with some Tuscan Blend seasoning and a little EVOO, and roasted them in a 425 degree F oven for about 45-50 minutes. Perfection.

And since I happened to notice a lone sweet potato that’s been waiting to be eaten, I decided to cut him up into some fries and baked those as well.


These potatoes all probably turned out to be one of my best batches yet, and I’m going to tell you my secret

Soak the cut potatoes in water! After cutting both batches of my potatoes today, I put them in a big bowl of water and let them sit for probably 3-4 hours. I saw them talk about it on the Food Network once, and I’ll agree that it definitely helped add a little extra crispness to them, without drying them out. They were super duper.


To round out the meal, I also made a big veggie salad, which was good…but I was all about the potatoes today. Smile


When my mom asked if there was anything she could bring over for dinner tonight, there was one thing that immediately popped into my head…


Strawberry Angel Pie!


Jay gave it a quick sniff test, and then we were good to go.


So I threw caution to the wind and practically dove head first into the bowl. Apparently, I had no concept of portion size or self control with dessert tonight.


Because what you see there? Yep…you can go ahead and double that. Let’s just say, the bowl was completely empty by the time I was done with it.

Whew! I guess it’s a good thing it was angel food cake and strawberries, rather than chocolate and cookies, right? Winking smile


I just realized that the MTV Movie Awards are actually on tonight, so I’m planning on throwing on some cozies and planting myself on the couch to watch ‘em. I better get a move on though…my favorite part is all the red carpet fashion!

Question for the Evening:

What is one dessert you really lack self control with?

Mine would be this dessert…and ice cream. Always ice cream.


  1. says

    It’s so great that you live close enough to your parents to have a random dinner party with them!

    I love grilled chicken and don’t think that I’ll ever get sick of them!

    For me, I have no control around dessert, of course, pretzels, crackers and digestive biscuits. If it’s a carb, I’ll be obsessed!
    Liv @ The Salty n’ Sweet recently posted..Do the Doughboy

  2. says

    One of my friends makes this concoction with cool whip and milk soaked chips-a-hoy. It’s like my cryptonite. That and brownies with andes mints melted on top are so deliciously dangerous for me.

    • Courtney says

      Yes! I know you and I share a similar love of desserts, Hil! 😉
      Hey…I was thinking about you actually! I have some coconut oil I need to try out…any good recipes you can recommend??

  3. says

    I have such a soft spot for roasted red skins. My hubby’s parents are coming over for dinner tomorrow and I might have to add them to the menu.

    I lack control with desserts in general…I need to get better at that.
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  4. says

    Dinner looks great! I’m going to go ahead and safely say I lack control with all desserts and ALWAYS go back for seconds… with that said, I usually just take half of a normal serving and go back twice. Some kind of weird mental thing (OCD maybe?) but whatever, it works for me.

  5. says

    I don’t know what it is about desserts, but it is so easy to start with one piece, bite, etc and all of a sudden I’ve consumed so much more than planned!! I would say the worst is with cookie dough while baking – or even the amount that i lick the spoon when making cake/brownies…oh man!!

    I am going to have to try the water trick for the potatoes – I have tried it before, but not for 3-4 hours….that may be the key!!

    • Courtney says

      You’re BAAAAAAACK!!!! Random comments are always welcome from you, girl!
      Btw…you looked STUNNING as a bride! Can’t wait to hear about your honeymoon. I’m going to be super jealous reading…especially already knowing that it’s AMAZING there! 😉

  6. says

    Ice cream and lemon meringue pie. I don’t even try to stop myself, because I know it’s not going to happen.

    Which is why they’re never allowed in my house!

    You’re dinner looks great.

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