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greek inspired chicken piccata recipe

ever feel like you could really use a happy surprise?  a change of pace? maybe with regards to dinner — and a no-fail chicken and noodles recipe you follow because everyone likes pasta and no one complains about chicken?

i have just the thing.  that will taste like heaven in your mouth.  especially if your down with all the greek flavors.

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say hello to:

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Greek inspired Chicken Piccata over Herbed Noodles

Serves 6 (with chicken leftovers for lunch)
Gluten Free, Dairy Free (if served without Feta)
Prep time: 15 minutes  Cook time: 15 minutes

8- 6 ounce chicken breasts, slightly pounded
1 cup rice flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives
1 small can artichoke hearts in water, drained and coarsely chopped
2 cups spinach
2/3 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from approx 3 lemons)
2 tablespoons chopped and rinsed capers
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese

For coating: In medium size bowl, add rice flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Dredge  the chicken breasts in mixture. Set aside.

In skillet, add oil over medium-high heat. Pan fry chicken breast until golden brown on each side. Remove cooked chicken breasts from skillet and drain excess oil.  Remove two of the chicken breasts for a later lunch recipe (see BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe). Add chicken breasts back to skillet over medium-high heat and add olives, artichoke hearts, stock, lemon juice and capers. Cook over medium heat until sauce boils and thickens, then reduce heat to medium, add spinach and cook until chicken is cooked thouroughly. Remove from heat and serve family style with parsley and feta.

For noodles (gf if desired), boil according to directions sprinkled with olive oil, lemon juice and chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

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once the noodles are cooked and drained, it’s super easy for the kids to add the herbs and lemon juice and toss together.

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making a fork “cheers” a must before taking a bite.

for more fun and yummy recipes, check out the “EAT” tab along the top of the page….

what has your family been loving to eat lately!?  ice cream and quesadillas totally count.

happy (memorial day) weekend!

xo . rae

// images by stacy jacobsen // recipe by armommy //

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date night in

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date nights (around our house) are not usually a weekly occurrence. however they do happen more than they used to. mostly because over the years we’ve expanded the definition to include afternoon coffee dates, home depot trips (sans kids), crash your friends quiet evening down the street date, and more recently, put the kids down early for a night-in date.

on the menu this past month was a wine and cheese pairing. johan and i had such a fun time (especially considering how easy it was to throw together) that i had to share with you.

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                         C L I C K   H E R E   T O   D O W N L O A D   T H E   M E N U   O P T I O N S

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we opted for a fancy-ish (for us) bottle of chardonnay and paired it with brie and berries.

so simple and delicious and perfect – you should definitely give it a whirl.

have any date night secrets? we’d love for you to share in the comments…

hope you enjoy!! happy monday!

xo . rae

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back to school fashion show

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the kids typically put on mini fashion shows as they come home with cool new duds for back to school, but this year i thought it would be fun to step it up a notch and put on one big fashion show.  so i’ve collected a few pops (glow in the dark bracelets and funny glasses) that i thought would be fun and a roll of disposable table runner to use as the runway.

now all we have to do is make a playlist… any suggestions!?

do you guys do back to school fashion show!?

xo . rae

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party clips DIY

You’ll love these DIY chalkboard name clips for everyday use or for entertaining.  Made loads of them this summer to keep from running out of glasses while everyone is home, drinking lots, & having trouble keeping track of who’s glass is who’s.  Check out the video tutorial below…

click here to download the printable paper for the bag clips!

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Let me know if you have any Q’s & don’t forget to pin for safe keeping.

We’ll be back tomorrow to share a farmer’s market inspired recipe you may want to give a whirl before summer is over.  It’s simple and refreshing, and the main ingredient is likely on sale.  ( h o l l a ! )

One question before I sign off…  how is the end of summer treating you?

Honest truth?  I’m exhausted & our upstairs is in  s h a m b l e s (as in, the thought of putting it back together makes my eyes water, kind of shambles) , but we are having TONS of fun so I wouldn’t trade it.

if you agree, here is a tweetable.

Talk soon.

xo . rae

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chalkboard place mat DIY

A charming take on our beloved laminated place mats (I miss them, don’t you?).  And so fun to make!

SUPPLIES:

1. chalkboard paint   2. paintbrush   3. transfer paper   4. paint pens   5. pencil   6. 11×14 hardboard panel (found here)   7. printable template (click to download)   8. chalk (for when you are done)   9.  a couple pieces of tape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Paint your panel using chalkboard paint.  I used black, but the old school green would look cool too.  The panel soaks up the paint so you may need a few layers.

2.  In the meantime, print out the place setting template (click to download).  Once the paint has dried, cut a sheet of transfer paper to fit over the panel and tape in place.

3.  Starting with the plate, lay the printed template (don’t cut it out) facing up on top of the transfer paper.  Line it up where you want it and trace.

4.  Repeat step 3 for the rest of the place setting elements.

5.  When you are done tracing, peel the transfer paper from the panel and throw away.  You should see the place setting outlined on your painted panel now.  Using paint pens, outline (again!) the lines left by the transfer paper.

6.  Finally, embellish or doodle as you wish or leave everything blank for the place mats owner!

Hope this tutorial adds a little more fun and function to dinnertime!

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Is summer flying by for you too?  Have any tips for keeping the kids busy during dinnertime prep?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

xo . rae

ps – don’t forget to pin for safe keeping!

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stay cool goodie bags

a few weeks ago we had that unusual pacific northwest experience of a heat wave – that’s right, the temp. hit 90, with 80% humidity. and while most of the country would probably consider this kind of weather lovely for summer – my children actually thought they were melting.

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to distract everyone from the heat, i thought it would be fun to put together little “stay cool” bags for the kids to hand out to their friends.  we ran to the store to grab mini spray bottles (squirt guns could have been fun too), water balloons, travel size sunscreen, sunglasses, and a bundle of dollar bills for the ice cream truck.

(little side note – the sunglasses were a little spendy so we purchased one pair and then went home and ordered a dozen from the oriental trading company.)

our heat wave only lasted a few days, and has yet to return, so for now our bags are hanging out in my office, waiting for a good time to be delivered.  of course, this could be a while, but when it happens, we will be ready! and if not, we have some birthdays coming up, where they can be handed out as really cute party favors!

stay-cool-bag-how-toTo download the instructions and “stay cool” tags, click the image above.

so…how do you keep the kids cool on hot days!?  what would your kids want to stick in the bags to make them heat-wave friendly?

xo . rae

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diy chalkboard grande

i know there’s a bazillion and one chalkboard tutorials out there, but we enjoy (so much) having these oversized boards around our house i just had to share.  plus they are versatile, don’t require hanging and are cost effective.  oh, and (like whoa!) after one trip to the man store your halfway done with the project….

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supplies: 3/4 inch MPF board (cut at the man store), chalkboard paint (or interior paint and unsanded tile grout — it’s powdery — to make your own), paint brush or small roller, drop cloth of some sort, acrylic paint pens for permanent embellishments (optional).

directions:  decide what size and how many chalkboards you would like.  then hop in the car and head to your fave man store, stopping on the way for a starbucks.  once at the store pick out a sheet of MPF board, find an employee that seems nice and helpful and ask them to cut the board to your measurements or point you in the right direction.

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say “gracias!’ and head home.  next put a drop cloth down, wipe dust off board and apply coats of paint (homemade recipe below) with a paintbrush or small roller until everything is good and covered.  finally, let the paint dry overnight before using.  (the hardest part)

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for homemade chalkboard paint you need: any color interior paint & unsanded tile grout.

using a paint stirrer mix 4 tablespoons with just enough water to break up clumps (think thick pancake mix), then add 2 cups paint and stir together.  next follow directions above.

IMG_3235almost forgot….  you can also use an acrylic paint pen to draw permanent doodles.  i used a gold pen to make the flags above.  just for fun.

thanks for letting me share!  i hope you enjoy and find a reason to make one this week!

what would you use a new chalkboard for?  other than practicing your hearts, of course.

xo . rae
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ice cream smiles

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some people scream for ice cream, but around here we just smile.

like this.

especially when toppings are involved.

and did i mention a giveaway!?…

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… a set of the most adorable ice cream bowls from anthropology.

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because it’s way eaiser to get the littles to eat a healthy dinner when there is ice cream (in fun bowls) to look forward to.

to sign up, head over to my girl emily’s blog where she is kicking off a full month (hello july!) of features and giveaways.  i’ve peeked at some of the details and there is a fantastic lineup of goodies and blogs she’ll be sharing.

armommy-ice-cream-giveaway4one last ice cream smile con tilly jane before you go HERE to sign up for the giveaway.  may the force be with you (sorry, couldn’t resist. planning a star wars party for 7 year olds)…  we hope you win!

we’d also like to know what your fave ice cream topping is!? do tell…. we could use some fresh ideas around here!

xo . rae

ps – if you are in the mood for more ice cream, check out these posts: lemonade ice cream recipe, and this fun ice cream party invite printable!

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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salted caramel coffee DIY

Um, I will fo-sho be making one of these today….  anyone want to join me?  Happy to make extra.

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 Also, a little hint…

you can pour the caramel over the coffee and ice, but it will clump up a bit.  If that bugs you, pour your coffee, add the caramel, (stir) and then add ice.

To view or download the tags and recipe, click the image below.

Let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial…

So, now that we have our coffee, let’s chat 4th of July!  How was it?

Our day was so full of fun activities  (like a water balloon fight, blind-folded boat race, 3 legged relay…) & delicious food, it was hard to stay awake for fireworks!  Oiy.

Talk soon,

xo . rae

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ring toss DIY

This project was full of surprises for me.  The good & pleasant kind.

First, I was able to DIY with the adorable young lady in the video, Coco.  Love creating with other people.  Especially little people.  So sweet.

Second, the ring toss project was a last minute addition/change and I felt a little dubious about it, but it all came together with ease.

Thirdly, Coco and the adults had a blast playing ringtoss.  A total crowd pleaser!

To download the labels, click HERE.

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A great way to add some fun & charm to your 4th of July celebration, or any other outdoor BBQ style get together.

If you have any questions or comments about the tutorial, let us know in the comments below…  & don’t forget to pin!

xo . rae

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