Oversized Silk Shirt

by Koko on March 4, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


This is one of my favorite weekend outfits: an oversized silk shirt, some jeans and my favorite weekend tote. I love this Kate Spade shirt for so many reasons. It can be dressed up or down easily and the silk makes it a little fancy.


Shirt: Kate Spade (blue on sale!! $129) (and similar in white)

Jeans: Frame Denim

Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar $79)

Necklace: From a local boutique (similar on Etsy)

Tote: J. Crew  (on sale!) $130



Best Waffles

by Koko on March 2, 2015 · 0 comments

in Breakfast, Cooking, Recipe


It is my family’s tradition to have waffles every Christmas morning. Mom preps the batter the night before and as soon as we wake up on Christmas she starts up the waffle machine. We serve them with fresh berries, maple syrup, butter and whipped cream.


About once a month, Q and I make waffles for Sunday breakfast. I follow my mom’s tried and true recipe to a tee and it never disappoints. The only downside of this recipe is you have to prep the batter the night before so that it can rise. We use our Griddler with waffle inserts to make the waffles. My mom uses an old school Waffle Maker. Both turn out wonderfully (although mom’s always taste better).




Plaid Pants

by Koko on February 25, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


I try to be a “hip” teacher. Is that even possible? I found these cute plaid pants on Lands End and have incorporated them into my teaching wardrobe. PS obviously I don’t wear heels to work, that would be crazy! But on the occasional night where Q and I go out to eat after work, I slip some on. (PS the pants are on SUPER sale!)


Pants: Lands End (on super sale) $30

Sweater: J. Crew $60

Heels: J. Crew Marbella $268

Purse: Kate Spade (similar)

Necklace: J. Crew (similar)


Gelson’s Turkey Chili

by Koko on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Soups & Chilis

gelson's chili

I like to call this chili “man chili” aka the opposite of “Koko chili.” “Koko chili” consists of lots of beans, broth, tomatoes, and then some meat thrown in. Examples of my kind of chili are Spicy Slow Cooker Chili or Easy Weeknight Black Bean and Turkey Chili- yes they have meat, but they have so much MORE. On the other hand, “man chili” is mainly meat, some beans and not a whole lot of broth. Yes, you can spice it up with some avocado, cheese and sour cream, but at its heart, it is man food.

For the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I decided to make Q his “man chili” aka this Gelson’s Turkey Chili. I served it over brown rice and with some homemade corn bread. And Q could not stop talking about the fact that THIS is what chili should be like.