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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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    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.


One of the best days I can remember having in a very long time – looking back through the pictures, it doesn’t even really feel like just one day…

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A gorgeous morning in Old Town…

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Followed by a trip into the city for a craft show – birthday girl’s request!

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And the most beautiful pink skies I have ever seen.

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(Saw this couple getting engaged!  I couldn’t help myself.)

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Back to the house for relaxing and celebrations.

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It was my mom’s birthday, but it felt like the gifts were all mine.  I feel so lucky and blessed to have had the perfect day with the people I love most in this world.  Afraid to go to sleep because then they will go home tomorrow.  It always goes by too quickly…

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Ashley     at 12:50 am

Look at how well you’re bending your knee in the counter photo!!! :) The cake looks fabulous and so does your day. Miss YOU!!


Sylvia     at 12:59 am

You look like you had an amazing day. I thought it was funny that the chica getting engaged spotted the creepy photographer =P j/k Indy looked so adorable cozying up to your lil sister too


Lori @ For the Run of It     at 1:06 am

I love that you let your dogs on the couch!! Great pics with your family. Thanks for sharing!


Runeatrepeat     at 1:09 am

The cake looks amazing :)
Happy Birthday Emily’s mom!


Emily     at 1:12 am

just gotta say, my name’s emily too. I lived in DC for several years (columbia height/adams morgan holla!). I’m the middle of 3 sisters (oldesst is sara!), and following you in old town has been lots of fun. so glad to hear you are doing better, and totally touches my heart that you are able to connect to family right now. I’m totally rooting for you for the food blog star too; can I say that?

happy weekend :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

How fun – we have so much in common! Thanks for voting – I really appreciate it. :)


Maissa     at 1:26 am

One: your day looks wonderful, and I your dogs are adorable.

Two: I will get down on my knees and beg for the details of that cake. It looks fabulous and delicious.

Ps. Congrats on getting through to the next round of pfbz! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.


Marie     at 1:45 am

Your day looks wonderful; I agree that the best gifts in life are family! ;) I LOVE that trunk you got for your end table! I’ve seen people use them as coffee tables, too and always wanted to do that but haven’t found one yet. ;)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day     at 1:49 am

So sweet! No words necessary – the photos just capture the perfectness of the day. Happy Birthday to your mom!


Eva     at 2:01 am

You truly are a lovely person Emily. Glad you had a great day!


Bronwyn Coyne     at 2:27 am

Hmmm, that cake looks absolutely delicious. Can ask what sort of cake it is? And maybe for the recipe? hmmm, yummy!


Claire (Low Impact Fashionista)     at 7:20 am

I love this post, time with family is always so precious and so short! I can’t believe how much I took it for granted when I lived at home!


JL goes Vegan     at 7:56 am

What a beautiful day! The pictures tell a gorgeous story!


Ana     at 8:29 am

You are all so happy, what a great day you had Emily!!
And that cake looks amazingly good!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)     at 9:05 am

Looks like an awesome day. And that cake looks AMAZING! :D
WELL DONE on getting through to the next round of Project Food Blog!!! You really deserved it :)


Emily (For Sweets Sake)     at 9:18 am

Happy birthday! The cake looks delicious!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 9:24 am

What a great day – I couldn’t imagine living closeby to my entire family. Cherish those moments!


Jillian@ Reshape Your Life     at 9:31 am

This post makes me miss my mom and two sisters. :) It looks like you are having an awesome time.

And I love that you sit on your counter. :)


Sophie     at 9:57 am

So fun to be with family and just play around town. I can’t wait for my family to come in for Thanksgiving (and then for Christmas)!


Sarah @ EatRunGarden     at 10:03 am

Getting together with family is can be so much fun and it looks like you had a lot of it.


Lisa     at 10:05 am

LOVE the new trunk/side table! I always check those out at the farmer’s market, they have such a great look to them. Will you be sharing the cake recipe??


Suzanne @ continuing my education     at 10:29 am

OMG, my sister is getting engaged on the mall this weekend, but sadly that wasn’t her! That would have been so great if you had gotten a picture of them!


Rosemary     at 10:42 am

So glad you have your family with you,looks like a wonderful time! Congrats on making it to next round! Yay,yippee,hooray!!!


Lee     at 11:03 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family. How old are your sisters?

I have no idea why I just asked that! I guess I was just curious.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha, my sisters are 19 and 32! I’m in the middle. :)


Maddie (Healthy Maddie)     at 11:09 am

I’m glad you had an amazing day! Your mom probably loved the cake!


Marta     at 11:23 am

Hi Emily! what a lovely day. your post gave me a sense of gratitude that I have my family close by in town. I take those things for granted sometimes!


Marta Reply:

oh and happy birthday to your momma! my mom’s is next week :)


Brooke     at 11:26 am

Happy Birthday to your mom!! :-)

I absolutely love the cake stand and matching dessert plates!! Where on earth did you get them?! I’ve been searching for a cake stand, and I heart yours!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Crate and Barrel!


Vanessa     at 11:27 am

I liked this post!! And that cake looked awesome! Glad you guys had an awesome birthday celebration!!


Jackie (ananda prana)     at 11:42 am

Haha I think that girl was giving you the stink eye :) I wouldn’t have been able to help myself either, though. Engagements are soooo sweet!

Glad you had such a great day with the fam!!


Amber K     at 11:55 am

Aww, fun! Glad you had a great day!!


S @ extremebalance.net/blog     at 11:56 am

I love the pic that looks like the blond dog (Indy?) is *totally* hitting on your sister. :)


Lauren @ laurenINlawrence     at 11:58 am

are you wearing a KU t-shirt in the last few pictures? how do you have any kansas connections? i’m in law school at KU.
p.s. i’m impressed with your frosting layers on the cake – i never get “enough” in the middle layer to make it look right when it is sliced.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

It’s actually just an old shirt of Casey’s. No real connection – he likes the basketball team!


A Better Me     at 12:10 pm

Beautiful day! Love baby Huey peeking out from under the blanket in the first picture. Too funny!


Debbie B.     at 12:12 pm

Sounds like an awesome day!! Love the pics!


Natalia - a side of simple     at 12:39 pm

Looks like you had a great time with your family. What a nice preview to Thanksgiving!

PS. I totally don’t mind helping you finish that cake :)


Lani     at 12:43 pm

This is a such a beautiful photocollage of your family weekend! It resonates with me especially as I grew up in a household of three women–mom, older sister, and me. :) I will be reuniting with them, plus my sister’s brood next week. And I will be down at the Mall myself later today.
I am sure your mom really appreciated your great celebration, too.


Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 12:55 pm

Oh Emily, I am so happy you got to spend time with your family! What a great day! Thank you for sharing it!


sarah     at 1:18 pm

Ahhh, I was wondering if they could stay clear through Thanksgiving, ah well…lucky you. Time with family is the bestest time of all. I miss you guys!


Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 1:35 pm

Love it! This really makes me miss my family and wish we lived closer to each other!!


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 2:01 pm

I love the doggie pictures, especially the one with the dog peeking at the cake! :)


Tracy     at 2:36 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom!! It looks like you had a fun day. :)

Are you wearing a KU (Univ of Kansas) t-shirt in the photo with the candles lit on the cake? I live in Kansas and went to KU. I was just wondering what your connection to KU is?!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

It’s actually just an old shirt of Casey’s. No real connection – he likes the basketball team. :)


Tracy Reply:

Tell Casey he has good taste in basketball teams!! Go Jayhawks! ;)


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 2:38 pm

how fun!


Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama     at 3:00 pm

You look so cute in your apron. :-) Definitely sounds like a perfect day!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine     at 3:27 pm

Happy birthday to your mom!! I love that pic of you carrying the cake- you should frame it as a Christmas gift to her!


Alyson     at 4:15 pm

Aw, it looks like a fantastic day. And your GirrrlPower family is so beautiful. Casey is holding his own amidst all the estrogen, too, thumbs up. I love family days!


Erin @ Bishella     at 4:48 pm

What a wonderful weekend, happy birthday to your Mom! Seeing as how I live in RVA now, these photos make me miss my NOVA friends bad! I need to go visit them and hit up DC! :)


Emily     at 4:51 pm

What a gorgeous day and you and your family are so pretty together :) Glad you got to have those special gifts!


Lisa     at 5:51 pm

What a wonderful day indeed! And happy birthday to your mum!


Ashley     at 8:53 pm

I absolutely love the picture of your mom blowing out the candles and it looks like your pup is helping her too! Just so adorable – looked like a wonderful weekend.


Sarah @ Going on Goals     at 9:17 pm

Looks like you had a great day! And, you had great weather! I am glad you enjoyed your time with your family!


Felicia (a taste of health with balance)     at 9:50 pm

aww i love this post, family warms my heart, whether its mine or others :) hope you had a great weekend!


Ashley     at 9:55 pm

What a fantastic day! So nice that your family is all together. :)


Project Life by Sue     at 9:55 pm

That is some goodlookin’ cake!


Cailin @ Stir Crazy     at 10:13 pm

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your day! Those types of days are always the ones you’ll remember.


Ida     at 10:23 pm

What a nice day! I hope you’ll be posting more about that cake- it looks amazing.


Katie @ The Boston Marathoner     at 10:43 pm

What kind of cake is that? It looks delicious!


Nelle @ Living Cliche     at 11:41 pm

I think that engaged girl caught you taking the picture! The look on her face is priceless!!!! And I think your dog reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally wanted some of that yummy looking cake!

Happy Birthday to your mom!


Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly     at 11:54 pm

Oh, what a beautiful day. I love that your puppies took turns loving up on your sister.


Diana @ frontyardfoodie     at 12:35 am

That chest is gorgeous! I love it.


Namaste Gurl     at 2:00 am

Ah, your families so cute– glad you had a good day with them! And that cake, wow, you are quite the baker! :)


maya @ finding balance in tokyo     at 2:56 am

Happy birthday to your mom! I’m so glad you were able to spend such a special day with the people you love!


Jess@atasteofconfidence     at 3:37 am

Looks like you had a gorgeous day. Happy Birthday to your mom :)


Peggy     at 6:59 am

Your cake looks fabulous, indeed, and it looks like you had a great day with your family, as well!


Amanda D     at 9:43 am

I’m so glad you had a great time with your family!
I just have to say that Indy is adorable – helping blow out the candles, and chilling on the couch is so cute!!


Jenny     at 10:03 am

This is precious!


kallie     at 12:38 pm

awe i LOVE birthdays! and it looks like everyone had fun going around DC. I did an internship on Capitol Hill this summer and it was a bit too hot for me to do too much exploring.
I would definitely love to come back in the fall and walk around more without risking melting into the sidewalk!



Beth     at 1:01 pm

What a great day! Happy birthday to your mom.


Maryann     at 2:26 pm

Happy BD to your Mom. Mine was Saturday.
Can’t believe you got up on that counter. Wow with your knee. Everything looks like a great delicious time. Enjoy every day to the fullest.
Lancaster Co Gal


Becca     at 2:33 pm

how fun!! I love the craziness of your dogs…

and that cake looks awesome!!

where do you get all your cake platters?


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Aaaaall over. Collected them for over a year before my wedding!


Monica     at 4:06 pm

Haha! I love that you captured that couple’s engagement! Watch, someone who knows them reads your blog and they will feel uber cool when they see they were a part of your post!


Haley     at 1:13 pm

I love the picture of Sarah & Indy on the couch!


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