Quick Weekend Trip

by Koko on April 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Restaurants, Travel

This weekend I went home to celebrate Easter with my family and friends. It was a quick trip packed with appointments, dinners with friends and family time. It is still so weird to me that I have been gone for almost 18 months.

During this trip, I stopped at the newly opened Georgetown Cupcake (YUM, and in my opinion better than Sprinkles), Gracias Madre (great atmosphere, so-so food), and Connie & Ted’s (the lobster roll is to die for).

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We did Easter with my family and friends at the spot of our wedding. Oh the memories! IMG_1703

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PS Dress is Modcloth and one of my favorites (very similar style here).

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While in LA for our girls dinner, I made my favorite caprese summer pasta and this fantastic  kale & quinoa salad from Elise. HIGHLY recommended for an easy dinner.

Happy Monday y’all!

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Easy Trader Joe’s Salad

by Koko on April 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in Uncategorized

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This weekend I made the 100 mile trek up to Atlanta to battle Ikea. Q and I love our outdoor furniture from there (we have this set) and a few of our favorite pieces recently went on sale. We decided that it was worth the drive up there to purchase a few extra seats for our new porch. The good news about traveling to Atlanta is the fact that I get to go to Trader Joe’s. The one thing I really miss about LA is TJ’s. So whenever I am in Atlanta, I always stock up.

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Recently, I’ve shared a lot of quick and easy meals, and today I have an even easier and quicker one for you. Sometimes after work, the last thing I want to do is cook. On those rare occasions, I had to the fridge to put something together. My new favorite salad is this: mixed greens, lentils, beets, cucumbers, goat cheese, and Champagne vinaigrette. And the best part is- there is zero cooking involved. Now don’t get me wrong here- if you want to roast out your beets and cook our lentils, by all means do! But for those nights when you just aren’t feeling it- Trader Joe’s is your best friend.

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I like my lentils and beets cold in this particular salad, but I think if you warmed them up they would be fabulous as well.

Easy Trader Joe’s Salad

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • Mixed baby greens with some arugula and spinach mixed in
  • 1/2 Persian cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1 beet, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinaigrette

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and eat!

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Weekend Style

by Koko on April 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

I love this fun spring dress. Wouldn’t it just be perfect for Easter? The back is the cutest part, and it is very affordable! Hope y’all are having a nice weekend!

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Dress: Modcloth $52

Shoes: J. Crew $228

Sandals: Jack Rogers $128

Necklace: J. Crew $100

Purse: J. Crew $88

Earrings: J. Crew $45

Bracelet: J. Crew $85

 

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Cooking for One (Take Two)

by Koko on April 9, 2014 · 6 comments

in Cooking

Guys, I’ve been doing this living alone thing now for close to 3 months and I haven’t had a mental breakdown yet! But seriously, living in a new house without Q is tough. Since Q’s been gone, I’ve had to deal with things that I never even thought I wanted to know about: clogged sinks and drain pipes, overflowing gutters, and a knocked over trash can full of trash. Oh ya and I built this whole kitchen cabinet thing on my own…the things deployments make you do.

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On the food front, I’ve tried to keep my meals simple, yet delicious. Since Q eats SO much meat when he is around, I’ve been much heavier on the veggies with him gone.

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Here are a few of my recent favorites (some old favorites are here):

Mushroom Tartines: toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with roasted mushrooms, pepper jack and truffle salt. Recipe to come!

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Roasted sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans, salsa, cheese and lettuce.

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Veggie Bowls: So many different varieties of bowls to make! I use a grain as a base topped with roasted veggies (how I roast is here) and tofu and a sauce of some sort (teriyaki or lemon tahini are two good options).

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Or top with an egg for some added protein:

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And for a very last minute meal, I boil some pasta, add some homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella and roasted cherry tomatoes to make the dish a little bit special. Roasted cherry tomatoes are SO easy (toaster oven set at 350, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes).

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What sort of things do you cook for one?

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