In summer and whenever the weather is nice and warm, we dine al fresco on our deck as much as possible. Our view of the ponds is a bit obscured these days though, because the trees have grown up so much that they cover most of the view. But we still have a nice view, and we still love it. The way we see it, the higher the trees grow, the more privacy we have. Although our ponds are pretty darn spectacular too. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful view from our deck and our backyard. You can see the top of the 2nd pond here, and just behind these big pine trees is our first pond. There are 6 ponds in our neighborhood, and we are in between the first two. Our backyard opens up right into an open space and walking area that intersects all of the top 4 ponds. The other two ponds are behind us, and they are located in a huge open space area that is home to a small free flowing stream complete with a couple of snapping turtles. In the big open space behind us we also have a few owls’ and eagles nests as well. We are often greeted by a wide variety of water fowl, including Canadian geese, a few species of ducks, blue herons, snowy egrets, and white pelicans. Our ponds and open space are a hidden gem to most people, even though we live in a major Denver/Boulder suburb.
Dinner tonight was chicken I marinated in an herbed yogurt sauce that we put on the grill. I served it over wild rice and some of our left over Brussel sprout salad with naan bread. And of course wine; a medium oaked chardonnay to be precise. There is always wine. It was just a simple meal tonight, but it was the perfect meal for us.
Marinating the chicken before putting it on the grill. These chicken breasts were HUGE, so I butterflied them. We easily have enough for at least one more meal. Today I used dried herbs only because I had not yet been to the store and ran out of fresh herbs. No, unfortunately, I do not grow my own. I have many gifts and talents, but growing my own herbs sadly is not one of them.
Herbed Yogurt Marinade Sauce
red pepper flakes to taste
Mix everything together and spoon over chicken or fish, and really coat the meat well. Let sit for at least 1 hour before cooking. If you have some left over, top your cooked meat with it as a sauce. I topped the chicken with chopped tomatoes and parsley as well as some of the left over sauce.