Fall Is Here!

I don’t usually decorate my house during the holidays. But since we moved into our new home in Oregon and we have a designer, time for a change.

This morning I finished adding some “fall” touch in the half bathroom.


Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken Spaghetti

If you love Butter Chicken (like I do) this recipe is perfect. 

What You’ll Need:

3 chicken breasts

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tbsp butter

1 white onion, diced

2 garlic clove minced

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 cup cream

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus extra to garnish

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup pasta water

1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

500 g spaghetti, cooked

How You Make It:
Heat oil in a large non-stick pan, over medium heat. Add chicken breasts and sear both sides with salt and pepper until golden brown and cooked. Remove, set aside and slice.
Add butter to the pan and melt. Add onions stirring and cooking until soft. Add tomato paste, paprika and cayenne, stir and cook for 5 minutes until oil starts to separate.

Stir in cream and spinach; bring to a simmer and add sliced chicken, parmesan, parsley and juice of one lemon.

Stir in cooked spaghetti until coated.

Serve with additional parmesan cheese.


Balsamic pork chops with spicy bacon glaze

Hubby found this recipe and requested that I make it.

Ingredients are: 

4 pork chops, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, honey, brown sugar, steak seasoning, 6 strips of bacon. 

I opted out the hot sauce and substituted Italian seasoning for the steak seasoning.

In a bag you mix the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Italian seasoning and the pork chops. Marinate for 2 to 4 hours. 

In a pan, Chop the bacon 🥓 and cook until it’s crispy. Drain the grease and put aside (you will need it to fry the pork chops). Add Worcestershire sauce, honey with the bacon and mix until the sauce becomes slightly thick. Pour into a bowl and put aside.

Cook pork chops in a grilled pan for 3 minutes on each side, until brown do not over cook.

Pour the bacon sauce over the pork chop and dinner is now served.


Homemade Pizza

The first time I tried to do this, it turned out wrong.

I know better! I rolled out the pre made pizza dough to the size I wanted. As the oven was pre heating at 425 degrees. I put the pizza stone in for a few minutes then let it cool down for a bit.

I prepared the toppings. Cooked mild Italian sausage (crumbled in pieces), garlic, mushroom and spinach in a pan.

Made sure the pizza stone was warm and sprayed cooking spray all over so the dough doesn’t stick. Lay the dough on top, brushed olive oil only on the corners of the crust. Spread marinara sauce, sprinkled mozzarella cheese, the sausage, garlic, mushrooms and spinach.

Cooked it in the oven for about 15 minutes or when the crust is not too brown.


Pura Vida 

On our way to the casino, we decided to have lunch in McMinnville, OR.

Yelp had some great reviews on this place and my husband and I have never really had tapas.

Croquettes was one of many lunch specials. So, we ordered that and we also ordered the “mini paella” and fried plantain with black bean sauce.

The croquettes were delicious! There was a choice of peanut sauce and I wasn’t sure what the other one, it tasted tangy. I preferred the peanut sauce.

The mini paella was enough for the both of us and that was yummy!

The fried plantain was very good. Fresh and warm.

All the dishes were enough to satisfy our appetite. If we are ever in town, which we hope to visit again, to check out the area, we would probably come back to this place and try their other dishes.

The servers were nice, courteous and friendly. She thanked me for dining with them and I told her, no thank you for the delicious food and great service.


The Dark Tower

It’s a tradition that I see a movie before, on the day or after my birthday. This year’s movie choice is “The Dark Tower”.

I started reading the book. I’ve read a few of Stephen King books. I’m a fan of Idris Elba. So, this should be a good movie?

I felt that they didn’t explain how the “Man in Black” came to be. I understand that there are 7 books in the series and it seemed that they fast forward things in the movie.

The special effects were good but not “awesome”. I liked the movie. As I was watching Idris on the screen, I kept thinking to myself…he would make a great James Bond. =]

By the way, there was only 5 of us on a Thursday, 2:45 pm showing.


It’s My Birthday!!