Cooking Without a Kitchen

by Koko on September 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Kitchen Remodel, Recipe

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Q and I don’t eat out. It’s just not our thing. We much prefer sitting in our own home with homecooked food. So when this kitchen renovation came around, I was worried. What would we eat? Would we have to order take out every night? Our solution: set up a make shift kitchen in the mud room. I’ve got a microwave, a hot plate, a toaster oven and a coffee maker. What don’t I have? A sink. This truly is the MOST annoying part of living without a kitchen. We try and eat on paper plates, but I still have dishes to clean each night. Picture me standing above a bucket and a hose outside scrubbing pots. Not so much fun. But we are doing it.

What is working for us:

-The slow cooker saves us most nights. I come home from work around 4ish, pop some chicken or ground turkey in the slow cooker along with a mixture of a yellow onion, beans, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and any veggies laying around and hope for the best.

-The rice cooker (we have this model and love it). Another incredible tool. Most nights I make 1.5 of brown rice to go along with whatever slow cooker concoction I came up with.

-Making enough for 6 servings. I make enough for dinner, lunch the next day, and two frozen servings for later. This is a lifesaver on nights where I get home too late or don’t think of anything in time. I started freezing dinners about a month before we went into our reno knowing that there would be many nights when I wouldn’t be able to pull anything together. We currently have a mix of roasted tomato soup, Asian fried rice, turkey chili, red beans and rice and an assortment of one-off meals that I stuffed in there.

-Not having a picky husband. Q is just happy to have something homecooked on the table. If I make turkey chili 5 nights in a row, he still says thanks. Gotta love him.

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The hardest parts of not having a kitchen:

-Not being able to bake anything. We had a wives’ function this past week and of course I immediately thought, “Oh, I’ll bring some cookies” and then I remembered I am kitchenless.

-No sink. It is seriously killer. Next time you use your sink or dishwasher, think of me and how jealous I am right now. We have those big drinking water tubs from the grocery store for drinking with and are using the Brita religiously. Washing plates outside in a bucket is my least favorite thing to do after dinner.

-No entertaining. We can’t even have people over to watch football because our house is a dust bowl and I have no food for anyone. We are super excited to have a big shindig once the kitchen is complete.

-Those nights when you think “OMG what are we having for dinner?” and can’t think of anything and end up getting pizza (it’s only happened twice folks). I always regret it and the pizza is never as good as homemade.

I have a question for you: what is your favorite slow cooker/one pot wonder meal I should incorporate into our lives during this remodel?

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Lunch on the Go

by Koko on September 26, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking

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With construction, subbing every day, and the lack of a great kitchen, I have been doing a lot of quick grab and go lunches. Now this is not one of those “WOW I made this home cooked meals and it took no time” recipes. It is more like a “this has nothing homemade in it, yet it tastes incredible and works for me right now” recipes.

The key here is to spruce up something you already have on hand. We always carry cans of soup, but I NEVER just eat soup (booooring and not very satisfying). Instead I take my soup (usually tortilla or black bean), I add about a 1/4 cup of cooked rice and 1 link of chicken sausage (diced) and heat it up. Then (and here’s the kicker),  I add a big dallop of Greek yogurt and half an avocado and TA-DA! These additions make a simple cup of soup into a real meal. And let’s be honest, it takes about 3 minutes from start to finish.

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What are some of your favorite meals on the go?

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Currently Loving

by Koko on September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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I have always been a big t-shirt and flannels sort of PJ person and then I was introduced to Maison Du Soir and everything changed. Mary (whose blog I just adore) has ranted and raved about them for the past year. I thought I would give these 100% silk pajamas a try to see what all the fuss was about. The conclusion: I love them. Light as air and so comfortable. They make me feel like I am really living in luxury. I got the Jaclyn shorts and the Magnolia top for the summer and will be investing in the longer Ava pant for the winter. Their customer service team is GREAT (ask them about sizing and they are right on).  I truly cannot say enough fabulous things about this Manhattan Beach local brand.

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Napa Wedding Weekend

by Koko on September 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Travel

This weekend I flew to Napa for the wedding of one of my oldest girlfriends. Since Q had to work, my best friend and I were dates. The weekend was BEYOND beautiful and I couldn’t wait to share.

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Sunglasses are Karen Walker/ Long-Sleeved Dress is Joie/ Black Lace Dress is Joie 

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