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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.

Party in the ATL.

Spent the rest of yesterday helping out and having fun painting the kitchen!

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Finished product – gorgeous bright yellow!  My goal is to eventually have a yellow kitchen – it’s my favorite kitchen color. 

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Once the walls were done, the new appliances started rolling in.

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Finished!  Gorgeous brand new kitchen.  :) 

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Once the kitchen renovation was complete at Kirt and Katie’s, we headed over to Toby and Kevin’s house to do a little cooking.  They have a gorgeous giant kitchen that makes me drool. 

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And a house absolutely FILLED with dogs.  Dog #1 – gorgeous golden Millie.

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Dog #2 – GIGANTIC Great Dane Gatsby.  I have never actually been in close proximity with a Great Dane before, and now I’ve decided that I have to have one.  It’s kind of like hanging out with a small horse.

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Dog #3 – Daisy, the Rhodesian Ridgeback.  She is quiet and shy, and totally awesome.

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Believe it or not, Casey’s cousins Kristin and Matt drove all the way from Ohio to Atlanta with 2 adults, a 9 year old, a 1 year old baby, the Great Dane and the Ridgeback.  There was actually a 4th dog at the house – Ellie – that I somehow missed in the photos.  The Malones are SUCH a dog family, and I love it.  :)

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Tina and I had headed over to the house early so that we could do some pre-Thanksgiving cooking.  I was in charge of cranberry sauce…

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Finished product – can’t wait to dig in tonight.  :)

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After the cooking was done, the family started rolling in and the party got started.  Babies make everything more fun.

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Every good party has hair braiding too.  Isn’t Madison gorgeous?  She looks like a mini Dakota Fanning.

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The iPhone dorks hung out with their phones…  :)

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And Aunt Tracey had a fun announcement for everyone!

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She is ENGAGED!  Big congrats to her and Steve.  :)

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I spent most of the night following giant Gatsby around and marveling at his size.

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Check him out relative Casey.  They are probably close in weight.

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So much fun to be surrounded by family.  :)

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Kirt entertained us all with magic tricks… (I was very impressed!)

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And as any family reunion should, it ended with a Michael Jackson dance party.

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Eventually the dogs and dancers were all worn out, and it was time to go home.

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Still lounging around in my pajamas and being lazy with family.  Looking forward to a feast tonight!


My life is so much more full because of my blog and Twitter friends.  I am grateful for you all this year – thank you!

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Katie @ The Boston Marathoner     at 1:05 pm

Those dogs are incredible! I have always wanted a Great Dane, but at a 5’0″ I don’t think it would be the smartest plan. I love a good MJ dance party too – Happy Thanksgiving!


Poppy@ From Fried Chicken to Tofu     at 1:12 pm

Looks like you’re having a great day. Just want to say thanks to you! I get so much inspiration (and awesome recipes) from your blog! Thanks for doing what you do. It’s definitely had an impact on my life!


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 1:19 pm

Great Danes are totally the ultimate dog, in my opinion. They are such loving, gentle giants! I want one SOOO BAD, but won’t do it until I have an ample house to call my own, to be fair to my future doggie, of course! :)

Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo


Leanne     at 1:19 pm

What a beautiful kitchen! I especially love the countertops!


Leanne Reply:

Happy thanksgiving Emily to you and your family!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)     at 1:25 pm

I’ve always wanted a Great Dane! I must have one when I’m older–I’m just worried about all my food disappearing since they can reach the kitchen counter ;)

Happy Thanksgiving Emily!


Meagan     at 1:47 pm

That looks like such fun! I had to laugh about your small horse comment – I’ve never thought about it before, but it’s true! It nice to see you moving around and painting – in shorts… your leg must be really doing well! I bet you are no doubt thankful for that.
Happy Thanksgiving!!


lindsay     at 1:47 pm

That looks like a lot of fun! Such cute dogs and little ones!! Happy Thanksgiving Emily (and Casey!)…


Kathleen     at 2:08 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Our best friends have a Great Dane and I always feel the same way when we hangout at their place… until they told me how expensive it is to feed him. Ha!


Claire (Low Impact Fashionista)     at 2:36 pm

Looks like such a fun time! I love family time :) I love that great dane too!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)     at 2:46 pm

Looks like such a fun day! Beautiful great dane- I’d love to have one too! And you’re right in thinking that Madison looks like Dakota Fanning’s identical twin! :P


Krystina     at 2:20 pm

Happy Thanksgiving. :)

I can feel the warmth in these photos and it makes me very happy. I wish I had a big family.


Maryann     at 4:09 pm

Emily any everyone,
Blessed Thanksgiving to all.
Lancaster Co PA Gal


Lisa     at 5:10 pm

All the happiness, love and FUN just JUMPS out of those pics :) Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Rebecca     at 5:15 pm

We used to have a Great Dane when I was a kid, his name was Luke. They are beautiful dogs. Luke rescued me when I was a baby, I fell out the window and he carried me to the backdoor and barked for my Mum, I didn’t have a mark on me, he was so gentle.


Melissa     at 6:20 pm

And we are even more grateful for you Emily. Happy Thanksgiving!


grocery goddess jen     at 7:09 pm

That pic of the Great Dane in the kitchen is awesome…he’s HUGE!

I have a yellow kitchen with white cabinets, I love yellow! I wish my kitchen was bigger, though. And that someone would come in and clean it for me every night!


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 8:01 pm

Looks like a great holiday :-)


Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life)     at 8:37 pm

Happy Thanksgving to you too!

I think I just found my future kitchen!!


Jillian@ Reshape Your Life     at 9:19 pm

I’m so jealous that you got to hang out with a Great Dane… They are my FAVORITE breed of dog. It might be because I like horses, but I can’t be sure.

It looks like you had a great thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving Emily!


Laura (starloz)     at 10:01 pm

ohhhhh, what a fantastic day


Sophia     at 10:14 pm


I only discovered your blog recently but have started reading more and more about what you do. I find your whole story really inspiring – especially the career switch you made as well as the switch to healthier eating and a decent exercise regime. I have just started a new job with long hours which makes both exercising regularly and eating healthily a challenge. However, I am determined to stay on track given that junk food and no exercise typically make me feel even worse when I am already tired. Reading blogs written by people like you is a huge motivating factor. So thank you, thank you for your wonderful little blog, your outlook on life and your recipes. Sophia


Vickie     at 10:55 pm

Big dogs are soo fun to be around. I have a chocolate lab and a 2 year old english mastiff and they are awesome!!! This year I ran the Thanksgiving day race in cincinnati and it hasn’t stopped raining. I don’t think this year was a good one for major races in town!!! Thankfully, it only sprinkled and waited to really come down after I was done!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Emily     at 11:37 pm

Glad you had such a wonderful and beautiful Thanksgiving!! I agree that I am totally jealous of that kitchen…to dream :)


Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 12:17 am

that little boy is adorable!

I LOVE great danes!! They are so cool. I can’t believe there’s a great dane and Rhodesian in the same house. haha!


Ben     at 1:17 am

I am sure you had great time with your family and friends. I love dogs specially I liked Dane.Madison is really cute.


S @ extremebalance.net/blog     at 2:33 am

Your dark hair looks great in the pics—it’s a good colour on you, even if it was an accident!


Marika     at 7:31 am

I think your pictures do a great job of conveying the warmth and spirit of fun in your family! And the three dogs really are gorgeous. Great Danes are such sweethearts!


Lee     at 8:54 am

I love that picture of the three dogs, straining their necks to look at something, pressumbably food!


Elizabeth     at 9:39 am

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving dinner included: Apple, Cinnamon & Cranberry Quinoa and Harvest Root Vegetable Pie — thanks to you.


Shannon     at 9:51 am

You family looks so fun! A MJ dance-off? So cool!


Natalia - a side of simple     at 12:06 pm

Looks like such a great time with your family :) Hope you had a wonderful feast and a very happy thanksgiving, Emily!

MJ dance party? I am proud.


Katie     at 12:20 pm

Aww…I want to do Thanksgiving over again! Come baaaccckkk!


Sharon     at 12:39 pm

It honestly seemed like I was there at the house…Real great fun…


Amber K     at 12:52 pm

What a sweet post! It looks like you have an awesome family. :)


Leslie     at 1:43 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I love all the dog pics. Homemade cranberry sauce is the best!


Felicia (a taste of health with balance)     at 3:28 pm

Those dogs are gorgeous!! Happy belated Thanksgiving :)


Ashley     at 5:37 pm

LOVE that last photo!!! What a fun day…glad you’re enjoying time with family and all the dogs!!!


Dee     at 11:04 am

Happy Belated Thanksgiving Emily! It looks like you guys had a blast!


Kristin     at 1:35 pm

Do you know the brand and color of that yellow you used for the kitchen? It looks like the exact color I’ve been looking to use for my kitchen. Thanks! btw- love the blog!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Hmm I don’t. I can check with my brother in law and get back to you!


Kristin Reply:

that would be great- thanks!!


lindsay     at 11:24 am


my family last Christmas put 7 adults (4 males around 6 feet tall) and 3 women into a Chevy Venture mini van and drove straight through from Cleveland, Ohio to Scottsdale, ARIZONA in 43 hours……..
I <3 the fam that put in those hours in the car!


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