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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Sam and I have so much fun together even when we’re just hanging out. He delights me! Oh, sure, there are times when I’m working that it’s inconvenient to stop and listen to his imaginative descriptions and pretending. But sometimes when I’m watching him, my mom-heart actually does that flutter thing that I thought only happened when you’re young and first fall in love.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

I’ve heard so many moms say when kids get into their teen years they don’t want to talk or share about their day when they come home from school. I am determined that will not happen in our family. Seems like the best defense is to make talking, listening and fun times so much a part of the everyday fabric that to stop communicating would seem weird — even to a teen.

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Since Mike’s shift work means he is on a rotating schedule, the three of us can’t always sit down to a meal together in the middle of the week. Plus, now that I’m working from home, the opportunity to work is always in my face. I’ve discovered it could be really easy to fall into the habit of just giving Sam something to eat while I finish a project instead of taking time to sit down together. When I heard about the Vanity Fair Napkins® Take Back the Table campaign that challenges families to commit to more family meal times, I knew that would be something I could support whole-heartedly. The evening I made the video I had a deadline in front of me, but I was glad I took the time to make our casual eating something special by suggesting we both dress up for dinner. Sam thought it was great for an astronaut to eat with a skeleton in a top hat! He had me cracking up with his silly story lines.

Committing to the Vanity Fair Napkins® pledge to have more family meal time has been a good reminder to sit down together, even on the busy nights. Something like lemon garlic roasted chicken, which takes minimal prep, makes a weeknight meal something special. Aiming for a specific time each night helps us make table time together a priority—although we are not dressing up every night, much to Sam’s disappointment!

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Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe



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  • 2 chicken legs and thighs
  • Juice from one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon grated, fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped


  1. Rub the ingredients into the chicken skin.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.
  3. Turn on broiler for the last 5 minutes for nice, crispy skin.


  • Calories: 1357
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 599
  • Fat: 77
  • Saturated Fat: 17
  • Unsaturated Fat: 53
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 3
  • Protein: 153
  • Cholesterol: 823

Eat dinner together more often and strengthen family ties. Check out the pledge #takebackthetable  with @VanityFairNapkins.

I took the pledge to #takebackthetable to show how important it is to spend more time with family at meal time.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vanity Fair® Napkins. The opinions and text are all mine.

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.