by Koko on July 21, 2014 · 2 comments

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DC could be one of my favorite cities in the US. I love the atmosphere, the people, the food, basically everything about it. Two of our best friends, Ali & Stu, live there and when we found out Q had a last minute 4-day weekend, we jumped at the opportunity to visit them.


We’ve been to DC together once before when Q was on R&R (a small break) from his first deployment. (Read about that trip here). During that trip we did all the fun touristy things – Lincoln Memorial, White House, etc. So for this trip, we focused on more local spots with a one-day outing to Mount Vernon (which was so interesting and totally worth going to).


And the weekend wouldn’t be complete without some serious grilling. We put the men to work grilling meat for dinner while we baked a crumb cake for dessert (this one is always a winner in my book). What a wonderful weekend with amazing friends!



2Amys: Best pizza I’ve had in a long time! Do not skip the burrata appetizer!)

Taqueria el Poblano: Amazing local spot with authentic Mexican and fab margaritas

Georgetown Cupcakes: Hands down my favorite cupcakes there are. These beat Sprinkles any day.



Georgetown: All the main chain stores you love (Restoration Hardware, J. Crew, Tory Burch) with some fun local boutiques thrown in.


Touristy Spots:

Mount Vernon: Beautiful estate just outside of DC

White House: Obviously!

US Capitol: One of my favorite places to visit in DC. So many interesting facts and history.

Lincoln Memorial: We loved going for a walk in the early morning to beat the heat and the crowds.



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Past Ten Days

by Koko on July 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in Me, Travel, Uncategorized

WOW I can’t believe it has been over a week since I last blogged, whoops!

Here’s the last two weeks in a nutshell: Q returned home from training in Arizona (finally have him back for a good chunk of time); we watched fireworks together and celebrated the Fourth early on post; we painted three huge rooms in our house; then traveled to California for a wedding of our two great friends; came home; Q started a new position at work; and this weekend we are having a BBQ to celebrate his birthday; PHEW. And here are pictures to prove it all:

 Fireworks at Fort Benning


Reunited at last


Proof that painting changes a room.

A vacation in paradise.



 And back home to this guy.


Tomorrow I am tackling all things tomatoes up on the blog including some recipe ideas and how our garden keeps producing. Glad to be back!

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Oh Los Angeles

by Koko on June 11, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized

I will never stop loving you. The food, the people, the stores. I love when I get to visit my family and friends. Since Q had some training in Arizona, I extended what was originally a 24-hours trip home into 8 days visiting with family and friends.

There were delicious deck dinners at home.

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And fabulous dinners out.

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There was a girls’ weekend in Palm Springs where we cooked, drank wine and tanned (perfection).



A fun OneRepublic concert.


And lots of girls’ dinners.



What a week it was!


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San Fran

by Koko on June 2, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family, Travel

This weekend I flew from Georgia to San Francisco to spend time with the women in my family. My grandma and aunt flew in from Hawaii, my mom flew up from LA and my cousin and aunt live in the city. I was worried about leaving Q and Carl, flying out on an afternoon flight after the last day of school and the exhaustion that I felt from my last 10 weeks of student teaching. But I am SO happy I went.


It was a fabulous weekend spent together wandering around the city. We ate at my favorite restaurant, The Slanted Door, twice. I got to shop my all-time favorite farmers’ market at the Ferry Building. My mom and I finally got to go out to Alcatraz and take the night tour (highly recommended). And we spent a lot of time together as a family, which is so rare. And SO nice.







And now I am in LA for a little while, spending even more time with the family before heading back to Georgia. June is crazy for us as Q has training, I am starting to teach swimming lessons for the summer and I am getting my final certification paperwork in order to start teaching in the fall. Busy, but so exciting.


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