Hearts & Bows

by Koko on August 25, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Uncategorized

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Our weekend in Chattanooga was fabulous. It is always so much fun to spend time together in a new city with new friends. This is a fun look I wore for a day of exploring including a trip to the Aquarium (since I am 10-years-old at heart and LOVE aquariums).

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Shirt: Everlane V-Neck $15 (a great price for a really wonderful shirt)

Shorts: J. Crew $50 and 25% off today with code SHOPNOW

Bag: Kate Spade (I got it from the outlet/ currently $299 at Saks)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson $46

Sunglasses: Matthew Wiliamson (old, very similar)

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Weekly Meal Planning

by Koko on August 22, 2014 · 1 comment

in Meal Planning

I love this feature that I have neglected for so long and am thrilled to bring it back. I am the biggest fan of 20-minute meals and the majority of what you will find here are just those. I hope this gives you new home cooks a little inspiration! For past meal planning posts, just look here!

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Sunday – There is nothing easier than this Lemony Pasta with Tuna. It is packed with fresh tomatoes from the garden, cannellini beans,  and tons of arugula. Topped with a little lemon vinaigrette and you are good to go. I forgot how much I loved this meal until I made it on Sunday and proceeded to eat it for lunch for the next three days.

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Monday – My easy weeknight go-to of teriyaki chicken over brown rice. I use this recipe (it makes about double of what you will need), marinate my chicken in some of it, bake the chicken for 35 mins at 375 and then slice it over rice and a veg. Easy!

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Tuesday –  I ended up going up to Atlanta with my girlfriends to see OneRepublic in concert. We had a quick meal beforehand at Agave, which is right outside of Atlanta and highly recommended.

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Wednesday- I made a big ole burrata salad with tomatoes from the garden and sliced some grilled chicken on the side. There is NOTHING like caprese in the summer!

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Thursday- Q stayed out for a late night jump (oh yes, he jumps out of airplanes on the regular), so I made my usual “vegetarian-no-I-will-NOT-make-chicken-again meal” of Mushroom Toast with pesto, arugula and a friend egg.

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Friday- Tomorrow we are headed to a couple’s retreat that Q’s work puts together, but I wanted to leave you with a little “OH, let’s make this next week sort of meal.” This Cedar Plank Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes makes my mouth water.

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By the way, I “pin” a lot of interesting recipes each week to my Pinterest boards. Feel free to follow me here!

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Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas

by Koko on August 18, 2014 · 0 comments

in Appetizers, Cooking, Recipe

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Let’s talk about the easiest and tastiest 10-minute appetizer ever, shall we? These Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas will blow your mind. Created with tortillas cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter (genius) and filled with whatever pizza toppings you have on hand, these babies turn out delicious.

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Last minute dinner party? Give it a go! It’s truly the easiest process there is- and you can use whatever pizza toppings you have in the fridge (olives, peppers, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, you name it).

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a biscuit cutter (or the bottom of a can!), cut rounds out of a tortilla. I usually get 3-4 per tortilla.

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Step 2: Line a lightly greased muffin tin with tortilla rounds.

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Step 3: Fill with toppings. I used a mix of a sundried tomato pesto, pasta sauce, fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan and mini pepperoni. I made different mini pizzas with a variety of toppings, so no two were alike!

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Step 4: Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted (I may or may not have left mine in a minute too long). Remove from oven. Top with fresh basil. Serve!

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Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas

Makes as many as you want (I used about 5 tortillas for 24 pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas (I get the larger size so I can get more rounds from them)
  • Pizza or pasta sauce (pesto works too!)
  • Cheese (fresh mozzarella, burrata, shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan)
  • Mini Pepperonis and any other toppings of your choosing
  • Fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin.  Using a biscuit cutter or bottom of a can, cut rounds from tortilla.
  2. Line muffin tin with tortilla rounds. Fill with sauce, cheese and toppings.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and top with fresh basil to serve.

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Weekend Style

by Koko on August 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Uncategorized

Oh my goodness, I took a one week vacation from the blog without even trying! Jet lag, some much needed Q and Carl time combined with home renovations and the week flew by! Thanks for sticking with me :). And now- weekend styling!

I love this look for running errands on the weekend or going to brunch on Sunday. This striped dress looks SO comfortable!

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Dress: Madewell $98

Denim Shirt: J. Crew Factory $25

Necklace: BaubleBar $34

Cuff: J. Crew $65

Shoes: Steve Madden $80

Bag: Madewell $198

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