Katie’s Baby Shower – Lemon Oregano Chicken- Italian Soda Bar

19 Mar

Saturday we gave a shower for my niece Katie. It was a wonderful day and so good to see all of the cousins together.  What a great family I have.  Sharon and I did the food and I would like to post a few of the recipes we used.  We did orange rolls, do it yourself salad bar and an italian soda bar.  It was all amazing.  Sharon did the salad bar and I did the orange rolls and the italian soda bar.  Sharon used the most amazing marinated chicken for the salad bar.  I had Jamie ( Brett’s Jamie) email me the recipe that day and made my first batch as soon as I got home.  So this recipe comes from her.  It is so amazingly juicy and flavorful. I love it.

Lemon Oregano Chicken

3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts

3/4 cup oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 TB. oregano

1 TB salt

3 tsp. garlic powder

3 tsp. pepper

Place all ingredients in a ziplock bag and marinate overnight.

Grill chicken breasts until not pink inside.  Do not overcook.

 I made a double batch and the sliced them, freezing them in smaller batches.  These are great alone or on salads, pastas, just about anything you can think of.  Thanks Jamie

Sharon had all kinds of ingredients in small bowls for everyone to build their own salad.  She had the most amazing salad dressing.  It was a fuji apple dressing, that she got at Target. So good and would be great with a chicken and apple salad.  My mouth is watering. thinking about it.

Jordan and I put together an Italian Soda bar and this was a big hit, as everyone could make their own with the flavoring of their choice.

Here’s how you do it.  We purchased the syrup flavorings at Orsen and Gygis ( in Salt Lake City off the 33 south exit).  I also purchased the cute striped straws there.  They have them in about every color imaginable to go with any theme or occassion.  I then made a sign to look like a chalkboard to show how to make the sodas. I did this with one of the thick black project boards and chalk markers (both purchased at Utah Idaho Supply)

You will need:

Syrups in several flavors (I think I had about 7-8 flavors


Mineral Water

Half and Half

Whipped Cream  ( I just used the canned–much easier)

Great glasses and colored straws

Fill glass with ice. Pour in 2-4 TBs of flavoring. You can mix flavors for a unique combination.  Then fill the glass almost full with the sparkling mineral water.  Add 4 TBs of half and half, stir and then top with plenty of whipped cream.  These were a big hit and really good. I was not sure how they would taste or if they would go over well for a shower, but they were really alot of fun.  This would be great for a kid’s birthday party no matter what the age.

We Andertons know how to party

We also played the cutest game and I hate shower games with a passion. We broke up into groups of about 4. We were given about 5 candy bars that we picked out of a bag, a small poster board, and markers.  We had to come up with advice for Katie for her new role as mother.  There were some really funny ones.  I think my favorite was when your “whatca macallit” heals and your baby sleeps through the night, that will be your “payday” and your chance to “score”!!!!  Who thought my family had it in them.  Another cute one came from my group.  If after breastfeeding, your “Milkduds” elicit “snickers” from Kyle, you can take a “fast break” to the plastic surgeon  for some new “orbits” or have your “bit o honey” buy you a Victoria Secret’s Wonder Bra!!!

This was a real fun game and something so different than the usual.


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