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by Koko on September 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

silk pjs

I have always been a big t-shirt and flannels sort of PJ person and then I was introduced to Maison Du Soir and everything changed. Mary (whose blog I just adore) has ranted and raved about them for the past year. I thought I would give these 100% silk pajamas a try to see what all the fuss was about. The conclusion: I love them. Light as air and so comfortable. They make me feel like I am really living in luxury. I got the Jaclyn shorts and the Magnolia top for the summer and will be investing in the longer Ava pant for the winter. Their customer service team is GREAT (ask them about sizing and they are right on).  I truly cannot say enough fabulous things about this Manhattan Beach local brand.

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Napa Wedding Weekend

by Koko on September 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion, Travel

This weekend I flew to Napa for the wedding of one of my oldest girlfriends. Since Q had to work, my best friend and I were dates. The weekend was BEYOND beautiful and I couldn’t wait to share.

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Sunglasses are Karen Walker/ Long-Sleeved Dress is Joie/ Black Lace Dress is Joie 

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This & That

by Koko on September 19, 2014 · 1 comment

in Tangent Tuesday

1. Kitchen remodel is still coming along…. The dirty, dusty, gross part is almost over and the fun, decorating, cabinet installing part is about here. Living in a quarter of my house is getting old fast. (Oh ya, this bar/pass through area wasn’t there a week ago! Hellllo natural light!)

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2. There have been so many slow cooker meals in my house the past three weeks, I don’t even know what I am going to do with an actual kitchen. I’ve decided that you can basically throw anything in a crockpot and it will turn out well. This recipe is a new easy favorite. (Me cooking in my make shift kitchen… It’s been interesting)

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3. These shoes are my everything. I was SO hesitant to buy Birkenstocks because they remind me of mom shoes (no offense to my super cool mom). But these screamed my name, I bought them on impulse and literally where them every single day when I teach. My feet have never been happier.

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4. I’m completely in love with our new Tuft & Needle mattress. A full, fun new bedding post coming soon, but spoiler alert- we’ve never slept better.

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5. Ikea on the weekends is hell. This $10 orchid made the 90-minute drive and 2-hour shopping stint worthwhile.

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6. I’m off to Napa this weekend to celebrate one of my closest girlfriends weddings. My two girlfriends are meeting me in San Fran and we are renting a car and driving up together- should be a fun adventure!

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Turkey Taco Casserole

by Koko on September 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Main Course

taco casserole

So this could be my new favorite weeknight meal. It’s basically all of the yumminess of Mexican food in a casserole. PS how Southern am I making casseroles? It is super simple to make and can be frozen or prepared in advance (don’t you love when you can do that?).

The base is a simple mix of onions, green bell pepper and turkey. Add in a mixture of beans and tomatoes, top with cheese and chips and bake. Viola. The casserole can have any toppings you want! I liked the addition of fresh tomatoes and some green onions to make it feel healthy (ha-ha-ha).

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Turkey Taco Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 10

Turkey Taco Casserole

This quick and easy weeknight Mexican meal takes 20-minutes and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste (optional)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) jarred chunky-style salsa
  • 8 to 9 cups (about 7 ounces) corn tortilla chips
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • Assorted toppings such as sliced avocado, sliced green onions, sliced jalapeños, diced tomatoes, plain Greek yogurt. additional salsa, hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Lightly mist a 9×13-inch baking dish with a cooking spray or oil mister. Set aside.
  2. To a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the olive oil is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. With a wooden spoon, break up turkey until almost cooked through (it is ok if some of it is still pink). Add corn, all of the beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne (if using) and salsa. Stir to combine and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Spread half of the tortilla chips evenly in the prepared baking dish. Drop half of the bean mixture in dollops over the chips. Sprinkle evenly with half of cheese. Top with the remaining chips, then spoon on the rest of the bean mixture, and finally sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  4. Bake until the cheese is melted and the casserole is hot throughout, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with desired toppings.
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