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I have a sinful treat for you today: Girl Scout Cookie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. My go-to-impress-the-crowd dessert are these Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Unfortunately after making these a half dozen times in the past year, my audience started catching on that I was a one hit wonder (what!?!). So for a Ranger wives’ function we had last week, I decided to switch it up and put Girl Scout cookies in place of my usual Oreos. They were a hit.

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I used a mix of whatever cookies I had on hand- Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs, and I can’t say that I have a favorite as they were all so delicious.

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For serving, I usually cut my cookies into halves or quarters to show off the treats inside. Also, the cookies are enormous, so cutting them into smaller pieces makes them easier to eat!

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Chicago Part 2

by Koko on March 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Travel, WCR

Over the weekend I realized I never finished recapping how much fun I had in Chicago during the rest of the Women’s Chefs conference. With a conference consisting of incredible women chefs, you have to know the food is going to be knock out. Each meal was unreal, mostly created with ingredients supplied by the sponsors (think Wisconsin Dairy (cheese), Gallo Winery (wine), In Harvest (grains), and Tabasco. This cute ramekin was filled with spicy hash and topped with a fried egg – to die for. Oh and that was only one out of maybe ten freshly made breakfast items available.

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For the big gala on Monday night, there were Kitchenaid centerpieces (my mom and I both were plotting to take one home) and more food than you could even imagine (check out that cheese plate, there were two of those per table!)).  photo 3

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On Tuesday, I took a few breakout classes. The first was about pairing beer and cheese. Apparently beer pairs better with cheese than wine does because of all the bubbles (clears your palette better between tastings). I learned about different craft beers and cheeses from smaller producers. Most importantly, I learned how to put an ideal tasting together (start with light cheeses and lagers and move towards blues and stout beers). I can’t wait for Q to get home so I can show off my new skills!

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My mom took a class on butchery where they butchered the whole lamb and talked about the different cuts and how to use them. I stepped in at the end trying to learn something to bring back for Q, but all I took away is that he is a far better butcher than I am.
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I met an amazing pizzeria chef, Ruth Gresser and bought her pizza book to give Q and my Friday night pizza tradition more excitement. Those of you in the DC area may know her for Pizzeria Paradiso IMG_1322

And then sadly, I had to fly home. My mom and I were both originally on mid-morning flights out, but with the storm that was hitting Chicago, we raced to the airport and got on earlier flights. Our earlier flights ended up being delayed until past our original flights, which ended up getting canceled. We were just glad to have gotten out of there. And this guy was very happy to have me home.

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Weekend Style

by Koko on March 15, 2014 · 1 comment

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Weekend Style

The sun is out and spring is finally starting to show its face! It is still a little chilly in the mornings, so I love throwing a denim jacket on over my warmer weather outfit. I added these cute Alexander Wang heels into the outfit to transform it from a day to night look easily, but we all know I am more likely to be wearing the slip ons! Happy Weekend!

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Striped T: Velvet $80

Jeans: Paige Denim $180

Slip Ons: Vince $295

Heels: Alexander Wang $500

Red Purse: Tory Burch $365

Necklace: J. Crew $75

Bracelet: J. Crew $95

Denim Jacket: J. Crew $110

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Moving Announcements

by Koko on March 14, 2014 · 3 comments

in Army, Georgia, Preston Home

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We move a lot (hello Army life). Our past two out of three moves have come at the end of the year near the holidays making it easy for us to pass along our new address (holiday cards). For this move, I wanted to get our new address out in a fun and timely way and through the mail (no technology for this one) - enter Tiny Prints.

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We have used Tiny Prints for our last few Christmas cards (here, here and here) and when I started looking at their moving selection, I was extremely pleased- from serious to cute to funny. I loved how Tiny Prints gave us the option to add photos onto our cards. This was particularly useful when I went around the neighborhood dropping off cookies and a card to our new neighbors. With our pictures on the cards, the neighbors who weren’t home now had a face associated with the name and knew we had officially moved in.

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Carl and I are slowly (very slowly) moving in, taking our time putting things away and figuring out how the house works.

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Do you guys normally send out cards when you move? Are we the only ones?

PS right now Tiny Prints is having free shipping on orders over $49 with code FREESHIP49

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