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Life Lately

by Koko on December 8, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Teaching

Fall eats. There has been a whole lot of chili and beer bread at our house. My all time favorite chili: this slow cooker one.

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Job (sort of). I started a wonderful long term substitute teaching job in a fourth grade classroom on post. It’s been a huge learning experience being thrown into a class in the middle of the year, but I’m loving it. Target for the teaching needs win.

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Full-time teaching job equals many a pizza night.

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The kitchen remodel is SOOOOO close to being done. We are 95% there. I’ll post final remodel photos within the next two weeks, but here’s a little teaser for ya.

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And no post is complete without some recent Carl pics. Love of my life.

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Cheesy Greek Brown Rice Bake

by Koko on November 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipe, Side Dishes

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It may not be the best looking dish I’ve ever made, but man is it good. This cheesy, 20-minute dish is a great weeknight pick. I was fine eating it without any meat, but you know Q… so I added some grilled chicken to the top to make it man-friendly.

I used brown rice, but you can easily replace that with quinoa, farro, barley or whatever grain you prefer. For your tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts, just eyeball it (no need to measure 1 cup exactly). I love a lot of spinach, so I loaded it up. I had plenty of tomatoes, so more of those too. You can add olives if you wish (they just aren’t my thing). I love the feta sauce- I’ve never done anything like it before and it is SO darn easy. This was fabulous the night we made it, but honestly even better the next day for lunch.

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Pinned This Week

by Koko on October 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cooking, Recipe, Uncategorized

In my ongoing quest to try new recipes and find interesting eats, I am bringing you some delicious bites found around the web (through all of my blog reading!).

Appetizers:

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup: What an easy and delicious starter by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker.

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Smoked Paprika and Garlic Shrimp SkewersI’m always a fan of shrimp and these skewers look delicious to serve with rice or on their own.

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Crusty Pan Bread: This is a new technique for baking bread that I have yet to try. I love the ease of it and am going to attempt it this week.

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Lunches & Dinners:

Caprese Chicken: This looks simple and very satisfying!

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Spicy Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese: What a  great fall take on a classic grilled cheese.

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Desserts:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Frosted Blondes: The perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party! And not just your usual pumpkin bars!

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake: This decadent beauty looks like it would be a real crowd pleaser!

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Pumpkin Streusel Bars: Another fun fall dessert perfect for entertaining!

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Pinned This Week

by Koko on October 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cooking, Recipe

I read a LOT of food blogs. I’m talking 200-300 that I try and tackle every few days. I pin the best of the best recipes to my Pinterest page in order to keep track of what I want to make in the future! I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my pinned favorites each week to get you inspired! (Oh and if you want to follow me on Pinterest, you may do so here!)

Appetizers:

Lavash with Spinach Artichoke Dip: This seems fabulous for a football Sunday or weekend get together.

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Flatbread with Hummus & Tomatoes: Another good football Sunday quickie. And healthy too!

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Stuffed Mushroom Rolls: These are WAY too up my alley not to try. This weekend. Yes.

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Main Courses

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna: This was SO great for an easy weeknight meal. I added turkey meat to give it a little more substance (and for Q’s approval).

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Stuffed Bell Peppers: This looks like another easy and flavorful weeknight meal (and easily made vegetarian).

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Heirloom Tomato Tarte: It is quickly approaching the end of tomato season. I am dying to try this tart while I still can.

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Desserts

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Creme Pies: Nothing says “Back to School” like a little cookie sandwich.

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Glazed Apple Bundt Cake: Hello October, it’s apple season!

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies: No words.

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