My mom’s Chicken Piccata

The other night I made my mother’s chicken piccata and it was delicious. My mom made me and my siblings a cookbook a few years ago with all of our favorite recipes from growing up. We all live on our own and wanted to have her recipes so we could make them for our new families so my dad and her worked on making this cookbook for over a year.

Chicken Piccata recipe:

Ingredients:

 We started by pounding out the chicken to make it thinner and to make it cook faster.

I then added the flour, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to a bowl and whisked an egg in another bowl. I then dipped each piece of chicken into the egg bowl and then into the flour mixture. We then added the chicken to a frying pan and cooked it for a few minutes. After each piece had cooked for a few minutes we took them out of the pan and set them aside.

In a separate frying pan we added the white wine, chicken broth and lemon juice. We then stirred it until it thickened.

 Then we added the chicken and capers and cooked it for a few more minutes. Thanks mom for a delicious and easy recipe!

2011 Yearbook

Before you read this post let me just warn you… I am OBSESSED with pictures! I have my camera with me at all times and I love taking pictures of people (mainly) whenever I get the chance. I just love looking back and remembering nights out, weekends away, birthdays, etc.

Most of my friends no longer bring cameras out with them because they know I will be there to capture the night. They usually get annoyed with how many pictures I take and often complain when I make them get in another group picture but then they are usually happy when I post them on facebook later on 🙂

So when I saw two posts from my favorite bloggers about making family yearbooks, I knew this was something I HAD to do! Sherry and John from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power both make yearbooks for their families every year. This is a tradition they have kept up for the last few years and will continue. I thought it was a great way to put all my pictures I take each year into a book that we could look back on in years to come.

I decided to make our yearbook through MyPublisher since that is what both those bloggers used and they seem to have deals for their books going at all times.  I ended up getting $17.26 off making it only $50 with shipping.

I was so happy when it arrived, I love every page. Below is a sneak peek for you guys:

Front cover:

Back cover:

The first page of the book is important dates from the year:Out in Boston:

Before and after pictures of our condo:

Housewarming party and Water fires in Providence:

My sister’s wedding:

Our 1st year anniversary in Block Island:

Weekend in Maine:

 My graduation party:

I hope you enjoyed our book as much as we do. If you come over, feel free to flip through all the pages!

Sweet and Spicy Beef with Noodles

Hi everyone! If you found my blog via Burlap and Lace, welcome! My desk re-do post was featured on Shannon’s blog today so check it out and give her some love!

I wanted to give you all a delicious recipe that was very easy and very tasty! It is a perfect meal for when you feel like chinese but you don’t want to order out.

Sweet and Spicy Beef with Noodles

Originally from How Sweet It Is, recipe found here

1 pound beef tenderloin, chopped

1/2 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeds removed

1 cup sugar snap peas

1/2 pound pasta noodles (I used capellini)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

pinch of red pepper flakes

Season beef with salt and pepper and set aside. Bring pasta water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions. While cooking pasta, heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add peppers and onions. Saute until soft, after 5-6 minutes. Add in peas, mushrooms and jalapeno and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove veggies from pan and set aside in a bowl. Drain pasta if finished and set aside.

Turn the heat to medium-high, and add beef. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes, or until a nice golden color develops. Add honey and soy sauce, then stir in noodles and vegetables. Sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes and serve. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

I heart organization

If you know me at all, you know I am OCD about organization. In my crazy mind, everything has a place and I do not like when things are out of place. I hardly ever leave the house in the morning without having everything the way I like it. This is not always a good quality to have but oh well it’s the way I was wired. I know whenever we have children that this quality will go right out the door so for now I am going to live in my little comfort bubble that makes me happy 🙂

With all that being said, I decided to reorganize the space under our kitchen sink. We keep cleaning supplies, rags, dish soap, extra light bulbs, trashbags, and whatever else fits under the sink. Every time I needed something, I ended up taking almost everything out just to find what I was looking for and most of the time it was buried at the back of the cabinet.

I wanted to find a storage solution that would fit everything and make it easier to find what I was looking for. I knew it would be difficult to find the right storage bins because of all the pipes so I began looking on google for underthe sink organizers. Right away I saw some solutions at The Container Store and knew this would be a good place to start. Believe it or not, I had never been to this store even though I am crazytown for organization. The minute I walked into that store, I knew this place was made for people like me. It has every kind of storage for any room in your house and I was in heaven.

I had done a bunch of measurements at home before going to the store because I didn’t want to buy something that didn’t fit. I ended up buying a few metal mesh drawers and bins that were just the right size. When I came home I went right to work taking everything out and reorganizing it. Now for all the lovely before and after pictures:

BEFORE:

DURING:

 AFTER: (please pardon the container store tag on the drawer- I guess I forgot to take it off before taking these pictures)

Isn’t it just beautiful?!?! (haha ok maybe its only me)

Here are some more pictures:

 

Doesn’t it look great? I just love that I can see everything and it is all easy to get to. The drawers on the right side slide out so I can easily get to everything. I ended up moving our trashbags to a kitchen cabinet next to the trash can and all our paper towels are in our pantry on the top shelf.

Does anyone else like organization as much as me?? Or am I just crazy? Either way it makes me happy so I am going to keep organizing our house one room at a time 🙂

Oreo cookies turned 100 (yesterday)!!

Yesterday was Oreo cookies 100th birthday! I am so glad they were invented and even happier they decided to stuff them with even more filling… gotta love double stuff Oreos. If you didn’t know, Nick and I, we eat A LOT and love love love anything sweet and fatty (don’t worry we have a pretty balanced diet and work out multiple times a week to make up for it).

In honor of Oreo’s birthday, Boston.com featured Boston bloggers best Oreo recipes. We decided we couldn’t neglect the birthday of one of our favorite desserts so we decided to try the Chocolate Chip Oreo Rice Krispy Treats from Katie at The Small Boston Kitchen. We decided to leave out the chocolate chips because we thought the Oreos were enough chocolate for us. Below is the recipe with step-by-step pics:

Ingredients:

  • 20 Oreo cookies (I used double stuff)
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions:

Grease the sides of a 9×11 cake pan. Set aside. Using a resealable sandwich bag, crush Oreos with back of a spoon (or a meat tenderizer).

In a large bowl, mix Oreo crumbles with Rice Krispies. Set aside.

 In a medium sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt butter thoroughly and add vanilla extract. Gradually stir in marshmallows. Continuously stir them until they melt and combine with the butter.

 Working quickly, pour hot marshmallow mixture over Rice Krispies and gently stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and press mixture down into the pan with your hands. Let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Remove Treats from pan and cut into desired shape. Store in airtight container at room.

Let me just tell you, they were DELICIOUS!!! I would highly recommend making them for yourself. Below is the recipe for easy printing.

Oreo Rice Krispy Treats

1. Line a 9×11 cake pan with parchment paper or grease the sides with butter. Set aside. Using a resealable sandwich bag, crush Oreos with back of a spoon. In a large bowl, mix Oreo crumbles with Rice Krispies (optional- add chocolate chips). Set aside. 2. In a medium sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt butter thoroughly and add vanilla extract. Gradually stir in marshmallows. Continuously stir them until they melt and combine with the butter. Working quickly, pour hot marshmallow mixture over Rice Krispies and gently stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and press mixture down into the pan with your hands. Let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Remove Treats from pan and cut into desired shape. Store in airtight container at room.

Blog facelift

Hi everyone!

I am anticipating a few new readers in the next few weeks since my desk re-do post is being featured on Burlap and Lace while Shannon is in London. She is so cute and I love her blog so start following!

Anyway since more people will be reading my blog, I thought I needed to make it a little prettier. I added a background and updated the ‘About Kickittogether’ (since Nick is no longer a contributor) and I added ‘Our Condo’ tab with before, during, and after pictures of our condo.

What do you think of my blogs facelift? I personally love the background design, its so bright and it has my favorite colors aqua and pink!

Organizing our pantry!

When we started looking for a condo in Boston last January, we never thought in our wildest dreams that we would have a pantry. We knew we would be lucky if we even had room for a kitchen table! So needless to say, a pantry was not on our wishlist.

You can imagine our surprise when we not only got 2 parking spots in South Boston (if you know Boston, that is a BIG deal!) but also a pretty good size pantry in our kitchen! We were beyond thrilled!

We had enough room for all our food and our kitchen cabinets fit all our new wedding gifts and even our China. However, even with all that extra room we still seemed to clutter up the pantry with food and baking needs. Pantry organization has been a big topic among other bloggers recently so I had tons of inspiration…

Look at this beautiful pantry from House of Smiths:

And this one from Shannon at Burlap and Lace:

Here is a picture of our pantry before:

I then took out all the food:

We kept the middle three shelves for food and the other shelves for our KitchenAid, slow cooker, liquor and other extra things.

We went to a few stores but ended up getting baskets from Target and canisters from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

We also made chalkboard tags for the baskets to label what was inside. I bought round wooden circles from A.C. Moore and painted them with our leftover chalkboard paint. Nick then drilled a small hole in each of them and I used twine from Home Depot to hang them. I also ordered some cute chalkboard labels from Bradens Grace to label all the jars.

Below are some pictures of the finished product:

 

We also labeled the jars on our counter so they would match the pantry jars (I am a huge fan of matching!)

So what do you think? I personally love it! If you know me, you know I am an organization freak so this project was one of my favorite. I love knowing where everything is while also hiding the clutter!