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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Monday Mishmash.

HELLO MONDAY!!  And Happy February – how did that happen?  Let’s do the damn thing.  Right?  Monday is one of my working days where in theory I get lots of work done, but what actually happens is I get lost in my email and suddenly I have 40 minutes left before my babysitter needs to leave.  So let’s do the damn thing quickly.

So I feel a little sad admitting this, but I’ve officially quit Trader Joe’s.  I feel a bit like a traitor, but there were a number of factors leading up to this decision.  And I don’t know if it was really a “decision” as much as it just sort of happened.  And the biggest reason for it?

I discovered Costco.

I know the rest of the world has been shopping at Coscto for an eternity, and this is nothing new, but it is totally new and exciting for me!  I’ve had friends and family members harassing me to join for YEARS, and I don’t know why I resisted for so long.  LIFE CHANGING.  And hello, Costco is a Seattle company!

I always went to TJ’s for our staple items – things like canned goods, baking supplies, bananas, and my beloved soy coffee creamer.  The coffee creamer remains the ONE and only thing I have not found at Coscto, so the hunt continues for a suitable replacement.  But wow – Coscto is a million times cheaper, and has an incredible selection. 

I was really over TJ’s bad produce, but I’ve also been balking at the prices at Whole Foods.  And since it’s winter and the farmer’s markets aren’t as plentiful right now, I needed a better alternative.  Here are a few favorite things I’ve discovered so far…

These giant bags of salad mixes!  Oh my heavens!

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I’ve been making this one and adding a glazed tempeh to bulk up as a dinner salad.  Casey and I can almost perfectly split the bag as a meal.  We’ve also been splitting this one, with sautéed tofu mixed in – YUM. 

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And these little guacamole cups are perfect for the kids!  We never buy (or even make, for that matter) guacamole because it turns brown in like 30 seconds, but these portions are perfect.  They also have mini hummus cups that I’ve been packing in school lunches. 

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Other favorites include massive blocks of Beecher’s cheese, multi-packs of Field Roast, double packs of Dave’s Killer Bread, and enormous boxes of my kids’ favorite Fig Bars.  Costco, what took me so long!?

On that note, I promised you guys more food content here, and a better look into what we’ve been eating these days.  I’ve been snapping pics, but not actually sharing.  So here are a few meals I captured over the last few weeks…

The same Asian slaw mentioned above, served with coconut quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes.  Delish!

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I made this lunch on a particularly rainy day when I was dreaming of summer and our backyard cookouts.  It’s sauerkraut from Britt’s Pickles and a veggie frankfurter from Field Roast – two amazing Seattle companies!  My kids are seriously obsessed with sauerkraut – Cullen dips his hot dogs in the leftover juice – so bizarre!

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This was another leftover lunch – roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes mixed with some of the pre-cooked Love Beets <—another Costco find!  Washed down with Green Tea kombucha (my favorite flavor) and an extra cup of coffee because Graham likes to wake up at 5:30am. 

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And this was not homemade, but it’s my current favorite takeout for Friday or Saturday nights – veggie tofu pho from Lucky’s in Fremont.  There is nothing in the world better than piping hot broth and noodles mixed with simple veggies and tofu on a rainy day.  And it’s really cheap, which is a big plus. 

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Attempted to eat in front of the Making A Murderer Dateline special, but our cable recording was messed up (DAMN YOU, COMCAST!).  So instead we watched Sicario and it was terrifying and suspenseful and awesome. 

Our weekend was pretty low key – on Saturday morning I went for a 4.5 mile run with my friend, Lacey, and it was so hard and sluggish and felt more like 14 miles.  It was also freezing and windy!  The next time I decide to lay off the mileage over the winter, please remind me how much I hate myself for it every January. 

On Sunday morning, I went to yoga sculpt at CorePower, and I swear I was directly under the heater.  I have never been so hot in a class in my life!  It was so hard and so sweaty, and it was the first time I ever truly considered whipping my shirt off during class.  Luckily for those around me, I didn’t.

Speaking of running and workouts – I’m super excited to share that this is my second year as a Run Happy Ambassador for Brooks!  I felt so honored to join this group last year, and I know that being part of an awesome running community really boosted my running and races last year.  I’m hoping to live up to the opportunity again this year! 

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In case you didn’t know, Brooks is also a Seattle-based company, so I feel extra lucky to have all their awesome resources (an amazing flagship store, local group runs, local race sponsorship, etc.) right in my backyard.  As part of the Ambassador program, we get to try out certain gear throughout the season, and they just recently launched their incredible spring line.

I wanted to show you a few of the items I’ve been wearing non-stop.  Back in September, I showed you guys the amazing Joyride jogger pants.  Well the Brooks team did it again – and they created the Run-Thru Pant – a mesh jogger pant that is pretty much the only thing I wear. 

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The outside is made completely of mesh – which makes it looks super 80’s but in the best kind of way.  The inside is totally lined for comfort and privacy.  It has a wide-banded waist for maximum comfort, and thick bands at the ankles too.  And giant pockets for keys or phones or whatever.  I’m honestly sort of embarrassed at how often I wear these.  If they release them in black I’m snatching up another pair immediately.   

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And yes, my booty is beyond large and in charge.  I’ve given up hating it and am trying really hard to embrace my curves while continuing to focus on fitness.  If only I had some boobs to balance it out!

I’ve also been loving the Run-Thru Jacket – the meshy couterpart to my beloved pants (although I don’t actually wear them together – hello tracksuit!). 

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Unlike the pants, the jacket is unlined – so it is actual, breathable super light mesh.  It is perfect for mild runs where you need more than a tank, but still need to breathe and not suffocate.  And I know this will be my go-to jacket as the temperatures warm up in Seattle.  I forced myself out of my comfort zone and went with bright pink – loving it!

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And finally, I showed you guys my black and grey Brooks Vanguards last season, and told you I was coveting the gold and tan color.  Well clearly I couldn’t resist them. 

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They are hands down my favorite casual shoes – the perfect mix of comfort and style.  I LOVE the metallic gold – it dresses them up a bit!

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Last but not least, this has nothing to do with Costco or Brooks or anything else I’ve been rambling about, but I had my camera out for once and thought I’d share one more favorite thing.  I got a Lululemon gift card that’s been burning a hole in my wallet since Xmas, and I finally splurged on something fun and new! 

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I picked up the That’s A Wrap top, and it is so perfect for wearing to and from workouts.  I never normally buy any of their jackets or wraps because they are so pricey, but I figured a gift card was the perfect time to treat myself to something out of the ordinary.  I love the giant pockets and the fact that it comes up high on my neck, and that it is long enough to cover my butt.  I plan to live in this until summer. 

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And now I’m out of time and need to go relieve the babysitter!  So my random ramblings are over.  We have Casey’s parents coming into town next weekend, and his dad will be helping with a laundry room renovation, so I am seriously excited about all of that. 

Back in a bit – hope your week is off to a good start!!



Thursday Thoughts.

Uh, hi guys.  Thursday already, huh?  OOPS!  Time flies when your kids don’t nap and you don’t have consistent childcare – that’s how the saying goes, right?

I feel like I could talk about a million different things and go in many different directions, but for today I’ll just pick a few.  I haven’t talked about workouts in too long!  So that’s where I’ll start.  I’m still feeling super motivated about working out, and have felt great about keeping up with it despite life’s hectic schedule and busy demands.

Here are a few of the things I’ve done lately – some old favorites, and a few new things I’ve tried:

Pure Barre’s Platform class

To be honest, I didn’t like it at all.  It felt frantic and moved way too quickly, and some of the moments didn’t even feel safe.  The instructor barely demonstrated anything, and I didn’t feel like I was able to do a lot of the movements correctly.  It just wasn’t for me. 

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To be fair though, I am not a huge fan of Pure Barre in general.  It’s my least favorite of the barre studios I’ve tried, although I do think it’s an effective workout.  Something about it is just not for me.

CorePower Yoga Sculpt

I think of all the different workouts I do, this is my absolute favorite.  I have a weekly Sunday class that I almost never miss, and I look forward to it all week long!  The CorePower class times aren’t as readily available on ClassPass as they used to be, so I actually bought a class package in order to supplement for when the ClassPass schedule is full.  

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Sync Fitness Bootcamp

I signed up for this through the Sync website since the first class is free, but I see they have recently joined ClassPass too, so it’s nice to know I have the option to go back now!  I tried this because a friend recommended it, and because I wanted to mix up the types of workouts I was doing. 

I’m looking for more cardio and bootcamp classes in addition to the strength training I already do, and this was a great option.  We did a circuit of things like pushups, burpees, jumping jacks, kettlebells, etc. – I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it, but I was really sore the next day.  Always a good sign!

Inspire Pilates SPX Total Body Workout

Another one of my favorite studios and classes, and each time I am humbled and reminded that pilates =BRUTAL.  I tried a new teacher and she was seriously hard core.  I love SPX because it’s only 40 minutes, and there is no way I could do a minute longer. 

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SoulCycle X Target

I was invited to try a pop-up SoulCycle class as part of a partnership they are doing with Target.  Our class was in a local art gallery that had been transformed into a beautiful SoulCycle studio – it was really impressive!  I was hesitant to try this because I generally don’t like spinning.  I feel super intimidated by the clip in shoes, and get claustrophobic on the bikes. 

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I will say that while I still don’t think spinning is a favorite workout, the experience was AMAZING.  The instructor had come in from San Francisco, and she was insane – I have never seen someone’s legs move so quickly.  I couldn’t even come close to keeping up, but the loud music and her incredible energy were super motivating, and I left dripping in sweat and kind of wanting to puke.  It was NUTS, but I think if Seattle ever gets a SoulCycle studio I will try it again. 

Morning and evening RUNNING!

And then there is running – which I always come back to over and over again.  This time of year is hard because it is just so DARK!  I do a lot of my runs with a good friend who works full time, so we work around her schedule – which usually means 630am or 7pm for running – both of which are pitch black.

Last week when we were running, she tripped on a broken piece of sidewalk in the dark and took a really hard fall.  She got a lot of cuts and bruises and I think we both realized we need to be a lot more careful.  Or get some headlamps!

Our morning runs are often along the Burke-Gilman trail, which has better lighting, and also provides an incredible sparkly view of the city on our way back into Fremont. 

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I also have a lot of new awesome running gear to show you guys, but I’ll save that for another post coming up!

Outside of workouts, we’ve been working a lot but trying to make enough time for family fun as well.  Casey and I have been like ships passing for many days (weeks?) in a row, and I was so desperately craving some relaxed family time.  So last weekend, we packed up the car and headed into the mountains for exactly that.

I know so many of you are buried under many inches (or feet!) of snow, but Seattle hasn’t seen a single flake this year or last.  Cullen kept talking about how badly he wanted to play in snow, so we went and found him some. 

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We drove out to the Hyak sledding hill in Snoqualmie, and it was INCREDIBLE.  I love our beaches and views and water all around, but seeing the Cascades blanketed in snow made me fall so much more in love with the Northwest.  The kids had SO MUCH FUN, and I’m pretty sure Cullen would have stayed all day long.  We did little sledding hills, a really big super fast hill (that petrified Graham – oops), built a snowman, threw snowballs, and soaked in the incredible scenery all around us. 

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It was exactly what I needed, and I felt so refreshed after a great family day.  This week has been busy, busy on the business front.  I’ve had a ton of meetings to schedule and coordinate, and Casey has been dropping samples off around town and brewing his heart out.

For local kombucha fans, we’re now available as part of Full Circle Farms organic CSA delivery service!  And in the next few weeks we’ll be in 5-10 new spots around Seattle as well, which is very exciting!  I’ll be sure to tell you as those accounts go live (or you can follow us in Instagram, where we post updates as well). 

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And with that, my kids are up from naps and the sun is actually shining today – so we are off to ride our scooters around the ‘hood!  Happy Thursday to you all!

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