Gingham Love

by Koko on June 13, 2016 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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I may be from LA, but somewhere deep down I think I am truly a Southern girl. I love me some gingham! I got this cute jacket from J. Crew earlier this month on super sale and haven’t stopped wearing it since. Ps white on white is my jam these days.

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Jacket: J. Crew / Shirt: J. Crew / Jeans: Frame / Sandals: Gap 

Here are some other fun gingham picks I love:

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Bag / T-shirt Dress / Green Dress / Slides

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Dress / Shorts / Heels / Top

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Memorial Day

by Koko on May 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Army

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Memorial Day is meant for us to take the day to reflect, remember, and appreciate the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Let’s not forget what this weekend means and celebrate and remember those soldiers who have fallen so that we can enjoy the life we live today.

An organization that Q and I fully stand behind is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to children of fallen Special Operations Forces. 

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Deployment #3

by Koko on May 23, 2016 · 1 comment

in Army, Deployment

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Things have been a little different around here lately. As some of you may know, Q left for a 9-month deployment a few weeks ago. Carl and I spent the month before he left at home in Tennessee spending time together as a family. Now we are back in LA, living with my parents (Carl’s grandparents) and working at the job I have had for the past year. We will stay here for the deployment, which is wonderful as I get to be surrounded by friends and family, and then move home once Q returns.

Some say that each deployment gets easier. I think each deployment is just different. New location, new means of communicating, a new role for Q. All which are exciting and empowering for him. As a spouse, I’m just so proud of him and what he is doing. I am SO lucky to have a husband who loves his job, is passionate about what he does and does whatever it takes to get it done.

During Q’s first deployment, I wrote this post. I reread it today and smiled. Much of it is still true and much of it has changed. I certainly stay informed, but I try to limit the amount I read/listen/watch, since it can create more anxiety than soothing. I have strong coping mechanisms that are sort of second nature at this point. I hate being without my partner, not doing the simple things we like to do together, but I know that in 8+ months we will be back to normal again. So I just continue to keep my head up, keep busy, and snuggle Carl each night knowing that this to shall pass. Thanks for all of your well wishes/prayers/positive thoughts. xoxo

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waffles

Let’s talk about breakfast for dinner. It could be one of my favorite types of meals, but instead of doing the usual cereal/oatmeal/eggs, I decided to make savory waffles, fried eggs and pan-roasted chicken for dinner the other night. The waffles were SO good, honestly better than I thought they were going to be. They are filled with herbs and cheddar cheese and then topped with a fried egg.

This recipe uses what felt like a lot of pots and pans in the kitchen, and required some time management (frying eggs and making waffles at the same time isn’t as easy as it seems), but the end result is totally worth it. I made all of my waffles before I fried my eggs. I made them and then popped them in a 200 degree oven, so they stayed warm while I used up all of the batter.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Herb Waffles

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  •  2 1/2 cups gluten-free baking flour (if you don’t need to be gluten free, use regular all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  •  1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 6 eggs, divided
  •  1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  •  1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  •  2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup packed, grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, chives and basil), plus more chives for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and yeast. Make a well; add two eggs, milk, water, honey and oil. Whisk until smooth. Stir in cheddar and herbs. Set aside until batter is doubled in volume and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Cook according to waffle iron instructions.
  2. Place a medium frying pan on the stove. Heat the pan on high heat for at least 30 seconds and then add your olive oil. Make sure to coat the bottom of pan. Crack eggs into pan. Let the eggs sit and cook for 2-4 minutes. They are done when the whites are cooked through and the edges begin to turn up. (I like to pop mine in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes at the end to make the eggs more like over-medium, but if the oven isn’t on that can be a pain).
  3. Divide one waffle into four servings and arrange on plates. Top each with an egg. Garnish with chives.
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