Making Cookout Food Without a Grill

Happy Monday, y’all! With the holiday tomorrow, it feels more like a Friday! In an effort to establish traditions in our home, I bought How to Celebrate Everything in June. Since I started to read it last week, I am already so inspired! Dillon and I live in an apartment without a grill (or outdoor dining space – that will come someday, patience is a virtue!). Thankfully, the book has inspired me to find a way to enjoy cookout food without a grill tomorrow, starting with a recipe for Picnic Chicken from the author (below).

cookout food without a grill

Nancy Ray Photography via Southern Weddings

Picnic Chicken from Dinner: A Love Story
½ cup good quality soy sauce
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoon honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon mild smoked paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
4 pounds chicken legs and thighs (we are substituting with 1.5 lbs chicken breast)

Place all ingredients except the olive oil, s & p, and chicken into the bowl of a blender.  Puree for 30 seconds on high.

With the motor running, slowly add the oil.  Season well with salt and pepper. Pour marinade over chicken and marinate for 24 hours in the refrigerator. In a 400°F oven, roast chicken in a roasting pan or on a cookie sheet for 40-45 minutes, or until nicely browned and cooked through. (Since we are using chicken breasts, I will cook mine for 25 minutes and check to see if they’re cooked through).  Serve hot, room temp, or cold. Find original recipe in the How to Celebrate Everything, or here.

I also picked up a can of baked beans and some fresh corn on the cob to serve with our chicken. If we have a sweet tooth tomorrow, I might go pick up some watermelon to slice along with this too. Yum!

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We Got the Keys to Our Apartment!

Happy May, Friends! Things have been quiet here on the blog lately because life has been full in the best ways. We returned from a family vacation on Friday, with no internet access or work to be done. Our week of rest was a wonderful break from all the wedding and apartment projects we have been tackling since April.

One of the most exciting parts of coming home was getting the keys to our apartment yesterday! We spent the greater part of the evening cleaning our space and settling Dillon in, as he will be living there without me until June 10th. To prepare, I made my first ‘household staples’ Target run on Sunday evening to buy cleaning supplies and paper goods. I took great delight in choosing my favorite products and fragrances for our home! My mom cleaned the kitchen and bathroom yesterday and Dillon’s mom stocked the fridge full of essentials for him. I am continually blessed by the kindness of our loved ones in helping us start our life together.

slightly blurry but filled with excitement!

Our wedding is just 25 days away! With the final push of wedding projects, I am not sure of how much time I will have to post here before June 10th. I am excited to share little life updates as they unfold over the next few months though, so definitely stay tuned!