Block Island- 1 yr anniversary

For our one year anniversary we decided we wanted to get away from Boston so Nick got us a room at a cute little B&B on Block Island. We had never been and had heard great things so off we went.

After driving for 1.5 hours, taking a 30 minute ferry ride, and walking 0.9 miles with our bags we finally arrived at The Barrington Inn. The inn was perfect for our weekend away because we had our own private deck and every day they had cheese and wine from 4:30- 5:30pm along with breakfast every morning. It was a great location and the owner was so sweet, she left us fresh flowers and champagne because she knew we were there to celebrate our anniversary.

That night we went to dinner at the Spring House which is one of the best restaurants on the island. It had great views and delicious food (I would highly recommend it!)

Saturday we decided to rent a Jeep for a few hours to tour the island. Mopeds are very popular on the island but I was too nervous because they seem dangerous haha. Nick was pretty happy though because he owned a few Jeep Wranglers when he was younger and loves driving them.

We got to see the whole island which inclues 2 light houses, bluffs, beaches and farmland. For being such a small island it has very different terrains.

That night we had some drinks on our deck and went to town for dinner and more drinks.

On our last day we went to the beach and took the ferry back in the afternoon. We then went back to Boston to do some 1st year anniversary traditions…

Like having a bite of our cake from the wedding. I highly reccomend only having the smallest bite possible…

-Katy

Snickerdoodle

This weekend we a BBQ to celebrate one of Nick’s good friends 30th birthday! This was a big deal since he is the first of our friends to turn the big 3-0.

In honor of this big day I decided to whip out my best Martha Stewart and make cupcakes AND frosting from scratch! If you know me, this is a huge deal since I am known for bringing delicious (but out-of-the-box) funfetti cookies to most events. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a cook so I knew this was going to be interesting to say the least.

I decided to make snickerdoodle cupcakes out of my Martha Stewart cupcake book that I got for my wedding shower (thanks amber!). Here is the recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/316419/snickerdoodle-cupcakes. I didn’t use the frosting she suggested but I have another recipe to share below. I love anything with cinnamon especially snickerdoodles so after confirming with the birthday boy’s gf that he also liked it, I went to work getting all the supplies.

Below is everything I needed to bake the afternoon away. How cute are those birthday cupcake liners?

I used my KitchenAid mixer for the first time (I got it for our wedding a year ago…I told you I wasn’t a cook!) and let me tell you it was AMAZING. It made the baking experience that much easier and I think I will be using it a lot more in the future.

Step 1: Sifting the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. I didn’t even know what a shifter was until my mother-in-law told me and laughed at me for being so naïve to the baking world. She then bought me a sifter for Christmas last year.

Step 2: Used my trusty KitchenAid to cream the butter and sugar together and then slowly add the eggs, vanilla, flour mixture and milk together.

Step 3: It time to put the delicious batter into the cupcake liners and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. 

When the cupcakes were finally done and cooled, it was time to make the frosting. I used this recipe to make buttercream frosting http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/buttercream-icing/detail.aspx.I didn’t want to go overboard with the flavors so I decided to just make vanilla.

The first and only step: Using my KitchenAid (it really came in handy!) I creamed together the butter, shortening and vanilla and then slowly added in the sugar and continued to mix it until it was fluffy.

I then made a little assembly line to finish off the cupcakes. I began by frosting the cupcakes and then topped them off with some cinnamon sugar to give it some decoration and some added flavor.

Overall I had fun making them from scratch and they were a big hit at the BBQ and the birthday boy loved them (pictured below)

– Katy

Bookshelf update: The Reveal!

After all our painting and shopping we are finally ready to reveal our finished product! First let me remind you what our bookselves looked like before we moved in:

And this is what it looked like for the first few months when we just threw random stuff up there:

And this is what it looks like now:

We filled the shelves with some new items from our trips to home stores along with some things we already owned.

On this side we added the baskets to hold our DVDs, bought a decorative green vase/bottle, and added a bookend and that white articoke. We already owned that wedding statue that I got as a gift for my wedding shower along with some pictures we already had framed and added books and photo albuums.

On this shelf we bought another basket to hold the rest of our DVDs, bought some figurines and animals and added in some books and frames. The wooden box is Nick’s humidor for his cigars and there is a plate my great aunt made us with our wedding invite on the back. See those flowers in that yellow vase? Those were a dozen pink roses Nick gave me for our first Valentine’s day together a few years ago!

I am now in love with out bookselves and altough I am sure I will switch things out over the years, I am happy with how it turned out. Hope you guys like it too!

– Katy

Bookshelf update Part 2

Another stop Courtney and I made during our Homegoods/TJMaxx trips was to Home Depot. I wanted to paint the back wall of our built-ins another color to give it depth and to help make everything stand out. I got the idea from my favorite bloggers younghouselove.com (an amazing blog that everyone should follow!). I decided a deep grey would work well with the green theme we have going on in the room and would bring some of the colors from our rug.

So off to Home Depot we went in search of the perfect color of grey. We ended up choosing Anonymous by Behr and because we only had a small area to paint we got 2 tester jars which was way cheaper than buying the smallest can (only $3 per jar). I also had to stock up on paint supplies since I have never painted walls in my life.

The next night it was time to take everything off the shelves and take the shelves down to prep for my first painting experience. Nick has painted before so he helped by adding the painters tape so I could paint away.

Now it was my turn to paint the back of our shelves! I had a great time and I think I will be doing a lot more painting in my future…

I know you are all jealous of my painters clothes which includes my 100% Unique State Street t-shirt.

Below is what it looked like after both sides were painted; the top slanted shelves were by far the most annoying to paint. The color came out better than we thought and it already looks 100 times better than before.

As hard as it might be, you will have to wait to see the finished project until next time!

– Katy

Bookshelf Update Part 1

As you can see above we are lucky to have built in bookshelves but unfortunately we have no clue what to do with them. Since Katy has been on a big DIY kick lately she thought this could be her next project. I on the other hand have been on a golf kick and would rather go to the driving range and slice balls into the net.Just my luck the driving range happens to be on a road located next to Joann fabrics, furniture stores, and every other store no man would want to wander into.

Since this is a project I have no skill at I’m leaving it in Katy’s hands to tackle. Katy gathered supplies and made designs for the bookshelves with her friend and fellow DIYer Courtney (www.courtneylovesit.wordspress.com) when she was in town this weekend from Dallas. Since Courtney thought it would be a good idea to book her  return flight to Dallas a week later than she intended, she killed some time while we were at work and sketched a design for the bookshelves…

I think the girls bought everything T.J. Maxx/Homegoods had on their shelves and thought it would be a good idea to bring it home to put on ours.

It’s time to run, Love in the Wild is on NBC! Go Mike and Samantha!!

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of the bookshelf redo

-Nick

Well here we go!

Welcome everyone, and by everyone I mean the random people who somehow stumbled upon this little slice of the internet. Welcome to Kickittogether, a fun little blog highlighting us (newlyweds Katy and Nick) and what life brings to us daily, weekly or maybe monthly if we get really lazy.We (Katy and Nick, get it Kick!) have been married for almost a year and soon became fast friends over meatlovers pizza and cheesy reality TV. That love for food and horrible TV  blossomed and Katy quickly (6 months, yes I’m crazy) found herself with a cold breakfast and a stuttering boyfriend asking for her hand in marriage (more on that later). We thought this blog would be fun way to share our experiences as newlyweds with everyone out there. Expect to see a little bit of everything on here. One day you might see a post about a new recipe that we found, a do it yourself project Katy has talked me into doing, or something fun and exciting we come upon that we want to share with everyone. So sit back and don’t hold your breathe… this may not be as awesome as we think, but we’ll give it a try.

Kick