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This is a killer cake – one of my all-time favorite cakes. Brittle, caramel, sweet buttercream frosting. Yup. I promise you – it will not disappoint! It is a real show stopper.

This is one of those recipes that has traveled through so many people to get to me. It  began in NY with my mom’s best friend then was sent to LA to my mom then off to me in Georgia and now on to YOU all over the world.

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This recipe is deceiving. It starts with box cake, which makes you think it is a cheater cake, but don’t be deceived - it is labor intensive. Tips: read through your directions fully before starting. Take your time. Make sure your cakes are fully cooled before frosting. And most importantly, enjoy!! I like that this cake can be made the day before you need it. You can take your time making it the day before a big party and not have to worry about it day of!

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This & That

by Koko on June 24, 2014 · 2 comments

in Fashion, Garden, Me, Uncategorized

1. Yesterday, I finally received my California teaching credential! This is a huge step in the right direction because now I can actually get hired (on post and in California). I am still working on getting my Georgia credential, which is a whole different process, but at least I am half way there. It’s been so nerve wrecking these past few weeks waiting to get this paperwork done. I need it in order to finish up applications for jobs I have been looking into. Feeling extremely relieved and happy!

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2. Our tomatoes are out of control this year. We planted early and in our favorite grow boxes and I have pounds of tomatoes each week. Caprese anyone?

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3. Speaking of garden, remember how I planted a ton of random seeds last month? Well now I have snap peas, and lots of them! I break them off and eat them each night and think “wait, I can’t believe I grew this!”

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4. I don’t think I shared with you yet that this summer I am teaching swimming lessons at the local pool. You guys know how much I love to swim, so when I saw the advertisement for summer swim instructors, I was sold. I am the oldest teacher by about 10 years (most of the kids are about to go into college), but I happily accept my “old” status and have a great time. It’s been a lot of fun teaching kids how to swim, although my hair and skin don’t love the 4 hours of chlorine a day.

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5. This beer&food calendar that I put up on my instagram is making my kitchen a happy place… and giving me tons of new ideas for pairings.

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6. We also recently got this fun print on Etsy. I got a frame from Michael’s during one of those buy one, get one free plus $10 sales and then ordered a mat from Amazon. Sometimes the simplest artwork just needs the right frame to make it look fancy. Still looking for a good home to hang this guy on.

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7. Arugula might be my new favorite thing. I put it on literally everything: summer salad, eggs, mushroom toast, rice and veggie bowl. Yup.

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8. We had a Ranger wife event at a local rock climbing place and damn, that is a lot harder than it looks! We all did three or four climbs and were done! Such a fun event!

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9. These shoes. $20. You are welcome.

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10. This guy, my love, has been fabulous at keeping me company this past month while Q has been away.

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Happy Tuesday y’all. My mom arrives today to help keep me company my last week before Q finally arrives home for good.

 

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

by Koko on June 20, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Recipe, Uncategorized

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Our neighbors have three HUGE blueberry trees and every week give me bowls full of fresh blueberries. For Father’s Day on Sunday, I decided to make them a delicious dessert using their own homegrown berries and this crumb cake was made.

Crumb cake is always delicious in my opinion. I mean, don’t you eat the whole cake just so you can have the crumb part? This cake has a LOT of crumb, which is a plus! It is an easy dessert to put together for a dinner or even for breakfast.

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I always am amazed how much stuff I fit in one small carry on. I am that person on the plane who is lifting a 50-pound bag into the overhead hoping the person behind me lends a hand. What did I stuff in my suitcase , you ask? Well let me share! I always pack one or two pairs of jeans (those jeans that you wear ALL the time). For this trip I had one regular skinny pair and white. I add simple tanks and tops, a couple fancier night-out tops and a great blazer (or two). I keep it simple with shoes and purses and some long necklaces. And voila!

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Blazer: H&M (similar $25)

Shirt: J. Crew $88

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind $190

Sandals: Gap $40

Clutch: C. Wonder (similar)

Necklace: Jessica Simpson (similar)

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Button Down: J. Crew (similar)

Tank: J. Crew $18

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind $190

Sandals: Gap $40

Purse: J. Crew $148

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Top: J. Crew $78

Shorts: J. Crew $80

Shoes: Loeffler Randall $150

Clutch: C. Wonder (similar)

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Top: J. Crew $118

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind $190

Sandals: Steve Madden $60

Purse: Vintage Fendi (thank you 16-year-old self)

Phone Case: J. Crew (similar)

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Cardigan: Gap (similar $25)

Tank: J. Crew $25

Pants: J. Crew $75

Purse: J. Crew $148

Sandals:  Havaianas $26

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Blazer: J. Crew $300

Shirt: J. Crew $88

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind $190

Purse: J. Crew $148

Sandals:  Havaianas $26

Wedges: Target (similar)

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Sweater: J. Crew $85

Jeans: J. Crew $115

Sandals: Steve Madden $60

Purse: J. Crew $148

Necklace: Vintage

Voila!

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