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I am always at a loss at what to do with ripe bananas. There is only so much banana bread one family can eat. When my mom stumbled upon this recipe for a Banana Cake, I knew I had to try it. This cake is moist, not overly banana-y (you know what I’m talking about!), and has the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth frosting. It tastes delicious the first day you make it, but even better after letting it sit for a day. Mom and I decorated ours with some candied kumquats (we had them, so why not?), which cuts the sweetness of the sweet frosting a bit. Any candied citrus would work well. Here is a quick link on how to make your own!

In this recipe, there are two new techniques to be aware of. The first is the use of sour milk. Sour milk is used in place of buttermilk and sour cream in many recipes. For every 1 cup of sour milk called for, use 1 cup of full fat milk, add 1 tablespoon vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. For this recipe, since it only calls for 1/2 cup of sour milk, only use 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar for the 1/2 cup of milk. The second technique is whisking egg whites into soft peaks. If you haven’t done this before, this is a great step by step tutorial.

 

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Life

by Koko on July 11, 2016 · 0 comments

in Travel, Uncategorized

WOW, three weeks have been gone since I’ve been on here. It feels like such a long time. Here’s the catch-up:

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I went to Tennessee to check on the house and do some Army wife business. While I was there I found that the outlet that our basement freezer was connected to had stopped working during the last thunderstorm three weeks earlier. It was pretty much the worst Deployment Murphy’s Law moment that could have happened since I had a flight to catch and had to clean out a freezer full of spoiled food by myself. It was one of those “I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. But I pushed through and handled it like a champ.

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I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It’s always fun to explore a new city with my girlfriends and adventures like this keep me busy while Q is gone. The rehearsal dinner was at PNC Park where the Pirates play, which was a beautiful and fun location.

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Carl turned 4 and Q turned 31!

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And per usual, I’ve been enjoying a lot of good food, particularly breakfasts.

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Mom and I made a delicious pan-fried chicken and arugula salad for dinner tonight and I’m going to prep the recipe for later this week.

Hope you missed me because I missed you!

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Gingham Love

by Koko on June 13, 2016 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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I may be from LA, but somewhere deep down I think I am truly a Southern girl. I love me some gingham! I got this cute jacket from J. Crew earlier this month on super sale and haven’t stopped wearing it since. Ps white on white is my jam these days.

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Jacket: J. Crew / Shirt: J. Crew / Jeans: Frame / Sandals: Gap 

Here are some other fun gingham picks I love:

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Bag / T-shirt Dress / Green Dress / Slides

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Dress / Shorts / Heels / Top

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Memorial Day

by Koko on May 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Army

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Memorial Day is meant for us to take the day to reflect, remember, and appreciate the heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Let’s not forget what this weekend means and celebrate and remember those soldiers who have fallen so that we can enjoy the life we live today.

An organization that Q and I fully stand behind is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation which provides scholarships to children of fallen Special Operations Forces. 

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