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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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    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Rays of Hope.

It’s that time of year again.  When we have all grown so tired of the dreary grey of winter, we’re sick of our coats and hats, and we’re no longer enamored by the snow piles that are now black and slushy.  But just as she seems to do every year, Mother Nature has shown up just in time…

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The sun is out, and if you look close enough – you’ll see promises of spring all around.

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I had honestly forgotten just how uplifting it is to feel the sunshine on my bare arms.  If asked my favorite temperature, I probably couldn’t give a number – I’d just respond “jeans and t-shirts.”

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These little buds of hope remind me that before we know it, all our favorite summertime food will be filling the farmers markets and grocery stores, and we will have long forgotten the grey days of January.

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But to hold me over until then, I will dream about all the beautiful fresh produce that will be here before we know it.  Like giant cucumbers to be used for pickling…

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Or fresh green beans that can be turned into delicious pasta salads.


Pulling fresh, ripe tomatoes straight off the vine for a snack…

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Or turning them into a decadent (but healthy) tomato pie.

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Waiting patiently for the blueberries to ripen…

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Before adding them to a delightful and refreshing summer fruit tart.

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Those are just a few of the things that I am dreaming about today.

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What summer food are you most looking forward to this year?

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Marty Kennedy     at 12:35 pm

I am spoiled living on the west coast but am anxiously awaiting the apricots and plums from my backyard trees. Nothing better!


lauren     at 12:39 pm

hand-picked blackberries. For sure. It’s worth all the scrapes & scratches :)


Joanna @ drizzle of sunshine     at 1:04 pm

Mmm! I’m so excited for the fresh fruit, like strawberries!! And I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into my flip flops and cute summer dresses!


Maryann     at 3:07 pm

Black rasberries I go picking every year and eat some while I pick. My hands get stained but who cares. But any fruit I pick strawberries 5 minutes from my house. Peaches we have a local fruit farm. We are so blessed here.
Right now those stink bugs are starting to come out. Yuck!


Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit     at 3:24 pm

I needed that post today!!!


Brittney     at 3:25 pm

Haha, I have those same Reef flip flops! Softest flip-flops ever :). Breaking mine out this weekend from summer storage!


Heather from NC     at 4:07 pm

NC strawberries from the farm down the road. Heirloom tomatoes from my garden. Cherokee purples are my favorite!


Rachel @ Healthy Teacher     at 7:58 pm

I’m so ready for summer and all that delicious food!


Beth     at 7:43 am

This post and the weather yesterday have me SO excited for summer. I don’t know how I’ll handle the next few weeks of winter.


jeff     at 3:46 pm

you say ‘jeans & a t-shirt,’ i say ‘shorts & a sweater’ – of course your arms are more defined than mine, so who am i to judge?

heard you may or may not have gotten more snow over the past couple of days while it’s been 65+ here in CLT for the past week & a half…

have lots of gossip for you if you get a chance :)

my best to casey & the pups!


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