by Koko on May 13, 2015 · 0 comments

in Travel


(Necklace / Shirt / Jeans / Birks)

I came home for a quick reset before our big move. A few weeks ago, my mom and I were talking and I realized I hadn’t been back for over 3 months (I had a quick overnight before and after Japan, but nothing longer than a day) – what!? So I needed this.  It is the perfect break before the hecticness that is closing a house, selling a house and moving within the next 3 weeks.


I can’t say selling a house is easy because frankly it sucks. Every morning the house has to be spotless and ready for potential buyers. Half of our things are in the attic, the carport storage or hidden in some random closet. At any moment you could get a call and have to be out of the house in 5 minutes and stay out for an hour. It has been a lot.


So I was thrilled to hop on a plane this morning and say goodbye to Georgia for a few days. When I get home on Saturday, we are throwing a big BBQ at our home for some of Q’s classmates and friends. So I literally get off the plane, drive home and entertain, but it is the only day we can do it before we move. So is life.


Rest, relaxation, friends, and a few fun appointments like the dentist and orthodontist are what I have in store. And this pizza from Laurel Hardware which is the




by Koko on May 10, 2015 · 0 comments

in Kitchen Remodel, Preston Home


Our beautiful first home went on the market yesterday . It was such a sad and exciting moment to see the sign in our yard. After 15 months of hard work, our baby is going to be someone else’s.


We learned SO much with owning a home.

1. It sucks to move alone. I moved into this house a few weeks after Q deployed. My mom came and we moved as much as we could on our own and then we hired movers to hire the big things. Unpacking was a PAIN.


2. You are responsible for everything in your home! When the dishwasher and stovetop decided to stop working in the same day, I cried. And then I called a plumber and a repairman and dealt with it. And paid for it. No landlord here!

3. Neighbors can be awesome. Our neighbors looked after me while Q was gone. They mowed the lawn, watched Carl for me and always took care of me. They turned into our great friends. We are going to miss them SO much.

4. Putting your own blood, sweat and tears into a house makes you really appreciate it. I obsessively clean our island and kitchen. Not only because it is our kitchen, but because I know how much work went into making it beautiful.

5. Selling a house is exhausting! I feel like every minute of the day is spent cleaning, picking up things, putting things in the attic, and touching up paint and small things. It almost makes you just want to get rid of the darn thing as soon as possible.


I’ll post some more before and after remodel photos this week, so you can see the true extent of the transformation. But just imagine a house that is all beige colored with tan trim… YUCK.



by Koko on May 6, 2015 · 1 comment

in Travel

This weekend I took a 48-hour trip to New York with my mom for her dear friend’s wedding. It was a super quick trip, but so much fun. It was out in Long Island, so I saw a totally different side of NY.


Dress is Kate Spade (similar) / Necklace is Rocksbox (code Kokobff for first month free)


When I got home Sunday afternoon, Q put me straight to work on the house. We are in the final push before going to market and I swear what I thought were minor touches are taking a whole lot of time. I spent all of Sunday painting the mud room white and moving things into the attic and our garage storage unit.

Straight to work:


This is my last week of work with my sweet fourth graders. I feel like the luckiest teacher ever and am heartbroken that I won’t be following my kids on their paths. It wasn’t the easiest bunch of students, but I’ve grown to love them so much that this week has made me all sorts of emotional (they frequently ask, “Mrs. Bahler, what’s wrong?”

PS you know you’re a teacher when you wear a cardigan and Land’s End. The travesty! 


My new favorite travel and work shoes: Sabahs. My mom took me on this crazy ride around NYC to get to the Sabah store aka the maker’s house. Obsessed with them.


Miss you guys! Sorry it’s been a week since I posted, life happens!

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

by Koko on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

in Pasta


It is raining. Again. In April. And there is nothing that goes better with rain than turkey meatballs, homemade marinara and some pasta. I’ve just started making these baked meatballs and I sort of love them. Fabulous for a last minute meal and always a hit in our house.

The marinara couldn’t be easier- crushed tomatoes, some garlic, spices, salt and pepper and a dash of sugar and you are good to go. Mangia!


Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Makes 12-16 meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup whole wheat (or regular) panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut small cubes (I used string cheese)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Allow the oil to simmer (you want it very hot) while you prepare the meatballs.
  3. In a large bowl using your hands, combine ground turkey meat, half of the minced garlic, egg, cheese, parsley, half of the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and panko. Slowly add the water, a few tablespoons at a time. The mixture should be very moist but still hold its shape when rolled into meatballs. (You do not have to add all the water.)
  4. Scoop one tablespoon of the turkey into a small ball. Press a piece of cheese in the center, then cover it with another piece of meat, roll to seal in the cheese. Repeat to make about 12 meatballs.
  5. Place meatballs in batches in the hot oil, 2 minutes on each side until meatballs are browned.
  6. Place semi-cooked meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked though (firm to the touch).
  7. While the meatballs are baking, start on your marinara.
  8. Add remaining oil to the same pan the meatballs were in, then add the remaining garlic and sauté for one minute, or until the garlic is golden and fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes, mix well to combine. Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  9. When the meatballs are done cooking, nestle them into the sauce. Serve over pasta.