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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.

FYI: Razors and Coffee Don’t Mix!

This weekend is the big “find a place to live in DC” weekend, but there was one thing standing between me and my house hunting – cooking dinner at the farm for the owner and her family.  Based on what we had in the pantry, I decided to do a new version of one of my own old recipes – sweet potato and carrot curried lentils

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Just to shake things up, I also added some kohlrabi since we have an abundance in the refrigerator…

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I worked in an office setting for 6 years before I went back to school, and I own more khaki pants and cardigans that I know what to do with.  Now that I’ve made the jump, I’m going to always strive to find work opportunities where American Apparel v-necks and Nike shorts are the standard uniform.  :)

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The curried lentils turned out fabulous with the addition of the kohlrabi, and I served it next to some seasoned brown rice. 

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Because this recipe made a huge batch, I packed up a tub to take home with me so that I wouldn’t have to make a separate dinner for us – score!

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I was feeling stressed and nervous about the weekend, so before I left I stopped by the horse stables for a little animal therapy. 

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These guys always make me feel so peaceful and relaxed.  Such big and beautiful creatures.  Wish I knew how to ride them!

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After work, I met Casey at our favorite coffee shop to work on online house hunting for a bit.  The combination of an empty stomach, too much coffee, and house hunting anxiety left me a little jittery and unfocused.  Casey asked me to come into the bathroom and help him trim up his neck hair – something I do ALL the time. 

But I was rushed and not paying enough attention, and as I took the razor to the back of his head, I cut it up a little higher than I intended.  I didn’t think it looked bad, but he was NOT happy, and immediately took the razor to his entire head…

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I felt SO bad.  He says he doesn’t care, but just last week he told me he was going to grow his hair out a bit.  Guess he’ll need to start over on that one. :(  It definitely made me realize that I need to take a breath and RELAX. 

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My poor bald husband.  :(  I still think he looks great, but I feel really really bad about it.

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After the razor incident, it was time to take a step back and regroup.  Sounds like the perfect time for DINNER!  Soooo glad I had brought home leftover lentils and didn’t have to cook.

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I think curry might be my favorite spice. 

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Brown rice + coconut oil = perfection. 

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Looks a little goopy, but tastes wonderful and spicy. 

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Since we were going out of town, on the side I made a salad of every fresh fruit and vegetable left in the house…

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Apples, oranges, strawberries, cucumber, and tomatoes – do not be afraid to combine fruit and vegetables!

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All tossed in a delicious ume plum vinaigrette – yum!

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We packed and headed to bed early, and the alarm went off at THREE o’clock this morning.  9am and I’m already sitting in a coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia!  Better get going – houses to see and miles to walk.  See you tonight!

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Monica     at 1:48 pm

I’ve never commented before, but I thought I saw you walking around Clarendon this afternoon! Welcome to the neighborhood.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

OMG! Totally wish you had said hi! :) Hopefully we’ll run in to each other again soon.


Nicole     at 2:01 pm

Husband has a nice body ;)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

haha I agree :)


Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 2:46 pm

Good luck with the house hunting!


Katelyn     at 3:20 pm

My hubby buzzes his hair, too! I’m always so scared I’ll make touch-ups with the shorter neck razor. Your salad looks so refreshing. Best of luck with the house hunting!


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 3:22 pm

Good luck! I hope you don’t have too much trouble finding a place. That dinner looks delicious- especially the salad!


Chase @ The Chase Project     at 3:28 pm

Good luck with the house hunting this weekend! You picked a good weekend because the weather is supposed to be nice and not crazy hot like it has been!



Katie @ Healthy Heddleston     at 3:37 pm

Aww Casey has a good head, looks great!!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 4:15 pm

My last comment didn’t show up! Sorry if this ends up being reposted…

Just wanted to say that I’m glad you took a few minutes to “smell the horses”! That’s so important to do in the midst of a hectic day. And animals, particularly horses, are so therapeutic. So maybe you and Casey should try to find a place in DC with room for a small stable ;-)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Totally agree. I LOVE visiting the horses on bad days.


SheFit     at 6:10 pm

Good Luck finding a house!


ashley     at 7:17 pm

Hi Emily! I recently found your blog… love it! And noticed that you are moving to the DC area. We moved here about 2 years ago for my husband’s job, and I love it! We currently live in Alexandria. It’s a great area that is close to DC without having to live in the city!


Amy @ Amy Starts To Run     at 9:18 pm

Oh my, I feel for you! I was using an electric shaver, with a guard on it, to cut a boyfriends hair. I had taken the guard off to fix his sideburns when he pointed out a spot on the top of his head that was longer than the rest. I immediately took the razor to it without the guard and gave him a pretty large bald spot…

Ooops. He did the same thing and cut everything short and definitely wore a hat for about 2 weeks.

You’ll definitely be able to laugh about this later!


Jen     at 10:34 pm

Aww poor Casey- he can pull of bald though!

Happy house-hunting. You guys will find something great :)


Pure2Raw Twins     at 11:05 pm

Good luck with your search in finding a place. I am sure you will find one :) Coconut oil is great on anything :) so that brown rice dish looks delicious!


emily (too)     at 11:41 pm

Aww, pretty much everytime I “help” the husband with the back of his head I just jack things up! :)


Janice- Down the veggie road     at 11:52 pm

Oh u had me at curry ;) love ;) curry ;) anything !!!
I trim my hubs neckline also and It’s a wonder I haven’t done that to mine yet ;)


Emilyeatsclean     at 12:11 am

The exact reason why my mother-in-law still cuts my hubby’s hair….I’m terrified I’ll screw it up!! :)


Jackie (Peaces of Earth)     at 4:02 am

Awww, I’m sure Casey forgives you!!

That salad sounds intriguing. I get a little weird with fruits and veggies, but I think I need to give it another chance.

Good luck house hunting!!


Elaine @ Om Sweet Om     at 8:34 am

This is awesome! I’m bookmarking this for the recipe :D


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