Your Favorite Posts of 2014

by Koko on January 5, 2015 · 1 comment

in Best Of, Cooking, Recipe

This year I am continuing the tradition of doing a favorite posts round up (here are 2011 2012, and 2013‘s). Today will be YOUR favorite posts of 2014 and Wednesday I will share mine.

Every year since we’ve been together has seemed like a big year and 2014 was no exception. A new house, a deployment, and a big kitchen remodel. Like last year, your favorites were all food related! Here is what you loved the most:

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cream Cheese Bars: One of my favorite desserts to make. These are great for a big crowd (they make about 18 bars) and are also an easy freeze recipe (serve some and freeze the rest for when you need them).

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9. 5 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal: Well I guess you love oatmeal too! This is an old post from 2011 (holy moly have I been blogging for that long?), but apparently still popular. I am still 100% on my oatmeal kick,.

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8. Spinach Balls: My all time favorite appetizer when I am entertaining a big crowd. These can be made in advance and heated right before company arrives. Simple and delicious.

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7. Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans): This is a New Year’s tradition in our house. Drunken Beans are eaten in order to bring prosperity in the new year. A different take on beans and definitely worth trying if you haven’t made them before.

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6. Spinach & Mushroom Orzo: One of my favorite side dishes that I totally forgot about until right now. YUM.

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5. Restaurant Style Salmon: There is no going wrong with this simple salmon recipe. Perfect with brown rice and veg for a kickstart in the new year.

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4. Pan-Seared Shrimp with Lemon Butter: Another oldie, but goodie. This 20-minute recipe makes perfect shrimp every time.

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3. Slow Cooker Sausage and Kale Soup: Like last year, I have to say that slow cooking is the best and easiest way to have kitchen on the table every night. This soup is hearty and all you do is set it and forget it.

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2. Four-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies: It is no surprise that these super duper easy cookies made the list because not only are they easy, but so buttery and delicious.

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1. Baked Tofu & Quinoa with Chickpeas and Spinach: Holy moly guys, this recipe was HUGE this year. I guess because without knowing it, it is a vegan dish (depending on your sauce)!

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2014

by Koko on January 1, 2015 · 1 comment

in Me, Travel

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What a year.

We bought a house.

Quincy deployed for 4 months.

I moved in and lived by myself, which was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

We celebrated one year together.

Carl turned 2!

We started and almost finished a major kitchen renovation.

I completed my Master’s degree and started a great job.

Q was promoted and transitioned to a new job.

We made a lot of homemade meals.

And went 6 weeks without a sink, washing dishes outside.

We traveled quite a bit: DC, Greenwich, NY, Austin, Napa, Hawaii, and Santa Barbara.

We nested together in our new home.

Bring it 2015!

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Winter White

by Koko on December 31, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

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Guys, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am loving my white jeans this winter. Is that weird? Maybe it is “so LA” of me, but they have become my total go to pair. Instead of a tank/tee, I add a cozy winter sweater and some flats to keep my warm. Also can we talk about this GiGi NY clutch? I have been lusting after this clutch forever and finally splurged for Christmas.

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Sweater: Lilla P $154

Jeans: J. Crew (on super sale) $59

Flats: Kate Spade $198 (I got them at the outlet!)

Clutch: GiGi New York $145

Necklace: Wynnifred Style Studio $45

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What are your thoughts on white jeans in the winter? Yay or nay?

 

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Winter in LA

by Koko on December 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Travel

Like last year, Carl, Q and I traveled to LA for the holiday break. Carl was AMAZING on the plane and was so excited to see his cousins. The trip has been filled with delicious food (Joan’s on Third, Morton’s, Tender Greens) and lots of hang time. It’s been a much needed break for Q and me as the last couple of months have been so crazy busy. We have a fun New Year’s Eve with friends planned and a quick one night trip to La Jolla in store.

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