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Valentine Treats.

I have never been a big celebrator of Valentine’s Day.  All the chocolate and flowers is kind of lost on me.  I try to make sure Casey knows how much I love him each and every day, so Valentine’s Day doesn’t really feel necessary to me. 

But this weekend we set out to do something exciting, so in the spirit of the holiday, we decided to make it our Valentine’s Day gift to each other.  Since we moved here last September, we’ve had two cars.  We rarely drive, and when we do it’s usually just a mile or two, and almost always together.  Having two cars has been completely unnecessary.  In fact one of our cars sat for so long without being driven that the tags expired and we didn’t even notice – whoops!

So this weekend, after much thought about which car to keep, which one to sell, etc. – we decided to sell BOTH cars and get one car that was exactly what we wanted.  We headed to a few different dealerships, test drove a few we liked and didn’t like, and eventually found ourselves in the driver’s seat of a car that we loved.  We were excited to find out that the dealership was happy to take two trade-ins to put toward one new car.  And so late on Saturday, we found ourselves cleaning out the trunks and side pockets of our old vehicles in the darkness.

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We bought this (used) Honda Accord Hybrid in December 2008.  It felt like our first “adult” purchase, and I remember feeling like we were finally grown-ups when we bought that car. 

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I enjoyed the heated seats on my many early and cold trips to the gym in Ohio, and then again in Charlotte when I drove it to culinary school at 6am every morning.  It was a great car, but it had a leaky trunk, and the seats were ridiculously uncomfortable on long road trips.

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We arrived in Charlotte as a one-car family, but soon realized that wasn’t a realistic way of life in our new town.  After three weeks trapped at the house with no car, we bought the Nissan Murano.  I was completely in love with this car, and we often fought over who got to drive it.

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The Murano served its purpose well in Charlotte, but its high mileage and need for new tires made us realize it probably wasn’t going to last us down the road (no pun intended).  Saying goodbye is always bittersweet.

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But not too bittersweet when something much more exciting was waiting just down the driveway…

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The ability to trade two cars in for one allowed us the flexibility to pick out exactly what we wanted.  We combined what we loved about each car, and ended up with the Lexus RX350.  It is truly a dream, and definitely a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat.

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And speaking of treats, while the car may be for me, I have a few treats for you!  Make sure to check out the new recipe page to see this week’s featured recipes!  One of the many benefits of using Recipage, is that I’m able to change the featured recipes that rotate, and my plan is to have a new set of features for you guys every Monday.  This week’s feature?  SOUPS!

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Your second treat is a delicious vegan double chocolate cookie recipe, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Head over to my featured post on the Washingtonian’s Well+Being blog for the full recipe and the scoop on vegan baking.  Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  Hope your day has been sweet.

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Stacy @ Every Little Thing     at 6:03 pm

Wow, what a great new car to have! Good for you guys!

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Melissa @ HerGreenLife     at 6:04 pm

Congrats on making the switch to a one-car couple. We sold our second car a year-and-a-half ago after we realized that often only drove them to the other side of the street to avoid tickets on street cleaning day — and after one month where we forgot to move them and both cars were ticketed!

We just sold one and kept the other. My real dream is to be car-free, and I think I would if we lived somewhere like DC or NYC, just renting cars as needed for visiting family. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll take the plunge here in St. Louis :)

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Marci     at 6:04 pm

We have that Lexus too! We are a Lexus family and I will most likely never drive another car. My husband drives that car right now in that very color, but one day it might be mine. I currently drive an IS from 2003 and it’s still going strong. In Texas, one car per person is very necessary. Great Washingtonian article.

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Alaina     at 6:06 pm

What a beautiful car!!! I drove a Lexus hybrid, which was the hotel car, and it drove so smoothly and quiet. What a great Valentine’s day gift! :-)

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)     at 6:07 pm

Aww what a great V-Day treat!! And MAN those cookies look DELISH! Gonna head over and check them out now! :D

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The Peanut Butter Addict     at 6:07 pm

Congrats on the new car! I recently bought my first car too (a VW Jetta – my first ‘adult’ purchase too!) and love it :)

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Kristi     at 6:11 pm

Congrats on your new car. It’s beautiful!

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Candy (Healthy in Candy Land)     at 6:12 pm

Congrats on your new car, and on downsizing your fleet! We just got our first hybrid a few months ago and LOVE it. My favorite feature has to be the heated seats though!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance)     at 6:14 pm

congrats!! lexus has always been my dream car, one day one day :) so happy for you, you guys deserve it!!

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erica     at 6:15 pm

happy valentine’s day! and congrats on the new car! that car is an amazing car!!!

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Victoria     at 6:18 pm

Congrats on the new car! Sounds like a good one.

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Alexis     at 6:19 pm

Congrats on the new car! Yay!

Also, your coat is sooooooooo unbelievably adorable. Where ever did you find it??

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Emily Malone Reply:

Coat is old, and from Gap! :)

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Paige     at 6:20 pm

My boyfriend’s dad has that exact car (and the same color)! I’ve had the pleasure of driving it a few times and I must admit that it is totally worth the splurge if it’s within your means. Definitely not in the cards for me anytime soon, but I hope you enjoy it!

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Julie @ Shining From Within     at 6:34 pm

What a great valentines days prezzie!

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Kiran     at 6:38 pm

Love that you both bought a car to enjoy, together :)

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Lee     at 6:38 pm

Congrats on both the car and the Washingtonian article.

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kelly     at 6:39 pm

Congrats!

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Maryann     at 6:40 pm

I love the article in the Washington post. The car is beautiful.

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 6:41 pm

My husband and I feel the same way about Valentine’s Day!

Love the new car!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn     at 6:41 pm

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES! A girl after my own heart! A chocolate double whammy is what I have been craving ALL day!

Slash your new car is absolutely beautiful, I cannot wait to have one of my own:)

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AJ @ Flowing to Fifty     at 7:06 pm

Cool new ride. The trunk in my Honda leaks too. What’s that about? I see double chocolate cookies in my future…. :-)

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Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)     at 7:10 pm

Your new car is swwweeeeetttttt :D I dream of having a fancy car like that one day, but I think I would be really sad to see my Jeep Liberty go! That’s awesome that you were able to put both of your cars towards the new one! Sounds like a nice dealership :)

And yay for vegan baking AND cookie recipe! ;)

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Amber K     at 7:17 pm

Wow, nice!! My husband and I also spent the weekend test-driving cars, but we’re getting something cheaper. Both of our cars cost $500 or less, so we’re going to go a little higher this time, but I’m all about no payments!

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe     at 7:19 pm

Exciting that you got a new car! The husband and I are trying to pay ours off entirely by the end of this year. If I lived in a city that was more bike friendly though we’d definitely become a one car family.

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Victoria (District Chocoholic)     at 7:29 pm

Very cool on the Washingtonian article – and I hope you enjoy your new car!

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Anne     at 7:40 pm

Those cookies in the Washingtonian look delish – I’m trying them tomorrow!!!
Congrats on the new car!!! Lexus customer service is the BEST! <3

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marie     at 7:41 pm

I just made those cookies (with regular margarine and chocolate chips; I didn’t have the vegan version of those.) I did use the flax egg and whole wheat flour. They are kinda like a mix between cookies and cake; very moist and delicious!

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Heather     at 8:06 pm

how fun! my hubby surprised me with a new 4runner last summer. I love toyotas! we have two! (lexus family, of course!)

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kath     at 8:08 pm

Love the car!! I want to know why you chose it since we want a new one in the coming years too :0

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Katy (The Singing Runner)     at 8:15 pm

Love the car! It’s super adorable! Congrats on a great decision! :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 8:20 pm

That car is amazing! I’m certainly very jealous!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine     at 8:23 pm

That’s DEFINITELY a good Valentine’s day treat!! I still drive my first car, and I’m going to be so sad when I finally have to give it up. It’s funny how attached people get to them, isn’t it? Happy Valentine’s Day to you two!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)     at 8:32 pm

What an awesome Valentines treat! That is one nice looking vehicle. And it must be nice having only one car to drive (and pay for!) I think it’s awesome that you guys decided to get exactly what you wanted. :D

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Sarah @ goingongoals     at 9:00 pm

Congrats on the new car!

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Chase     at 9:21 pm

We literally never take Jeff’s car out. If it wasn’t already paid off, we certainly would have pared down to one vehicle. Neither of us drives to work and anytime we go anywhere, we take my car because it’s newer and more comfortable!

Congrats on the new ride! Love the charcoal gray color!

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Kamaile     at 9:25 pm

Yay! Love new cars, do the dogs like it? :)

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Mo     at 10:14 pm

I have the Lexus RX 350 too and I LOVE it! I love their styling, safety, customer service and luxurious ride. Enjoy you new ride and happy Valentine’s Day!

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Mehr     at 11:17 pm

Congrats on the new car! It’s an amazing feeling to get something so fabulous like this and know that you are more than deserving of it. Here’s to lots of good luck and fun times in your new ride!! :)

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Ashley     at 11:38 pm

I LOVE both of those cars!! I’ve had 2 accords myself and my mom has had 2 Muranos…I really miss the accord! The new car looks fabulous…congrats + have fun with it!! xo

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Lu     at 11:50 pm

What a fabulous opportunity! Congratulations on a beautiful new car. I’ve driven that Lexus and it is a dream. I’m making those chocolate cookies.

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking)     at 12:09 am

That car is so nice! I feel the same about Valentine’s Day… I think we should appreciate those we love every day and let them know it!

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allison     at 5:38 am

Those cookies look so good!! Congrats on the new car and saving on car insurance:)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yes totally – went down by almost half!!

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Lisa     at 5:56 am

we got a new car Saturday too! we were very disappointed with the service at the first two dealerships we went to! but yep, it was our Valentine’s Day gift to each other too :) congrats!

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Emily Malone Reply:

The first dealership we went to was really bad too. The Lexus dealership was insane – amazing customer service!

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Grace     at 8:08 am

I’m pretty jealous of your new car! I’m still going back and forth about whether I want my next vehicle to be a teeny tiny car or an SUV. Can I ask why the Washingtonian credited the article to Emily Leaman? Is that you? Clearly you wrote it… just want to be sure you get the credit for it!

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Emily Malone Reply:

We are BOTH Emily’s, so I can see it would be confusing. Emily Leaman actually wrote the article, and interviewed me for the info. :) Thank you!

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Grace Reply:

Eep, of course, what an idiot I am. Sorry… should have had my coffee this morning before I read/comment. :)

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Anne     at 8:15 am

One car is more environmentally friendly than two, that’s for sure.

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Madison     at 8:23 am

Gah! My parents just bought the same car and I am in love. Congrats! It’s so pretty!

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Maddie     at 8:27 am

Congrats on the new car! How exciting.

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Kristina     at 8:50 am

Congrats on your new car!! So exciting :)

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Brittney     at 8:56 am

Nice wheels Emily!!

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Callie     at 9:29 am

WOW! What a great Valentines Day gift!!! You lucky girl, you. :)

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Theresa @ActiveEggplant     at 9:32 am

My husband and I just went down to one car a month ago for the same reasons – we did basically everything together and one car sat in the driveway all the time! (We gave up the Murano we had – I miss it already!) The vehicle we have now is a full size pickup which we want to “downsize” to a Honda Element – perfect for our lifestyle since its so versatile!

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Taylor @ Delish World     at 9:57 am

Awesome new car! Congrats!! :)

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Kacy     at 9:57 am

How fun! You’ll love it! Lexus has such good customer service too.

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AMANDA (tomboythatwearsmakeup.com)     at 10:12 am

Nice work Emily!! The cookies (and car) look GREAT!! XOXO

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Cindy Robinson     at 10:14 am

Awesome on the new car! It’s always so exciting to get a new car (even if it’s a used car, it’s still new !) :) Enjoy!

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Emily     at 10:45 am

Congrats on your new car, it looks like such a great purchase!!

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Joanna @ drizzle of sunshine     at 11:37 am

Congratulations to you both on your new car!! It’s very nice and super roomy!

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe     at 11:41 am

Love the car, Emily! Congratulations!

I made your peanut butter white chocolate chip cookies for my husband yesterday, and he absolutely loved them!! Thanks for helping me get him on the vegan train;)

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April @ Crazy Fabulous Life     at 12:04 pm

Ooh, congrats on the new wheels! I hope you two enjoy it!

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Christin@purplebirdblog     at 12:28 pm

Woohoo!!! Your new ride looks sweet!!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 1:50 pm

Wow, a Lexus?? Congrats! My husband and I share a car too :-)

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Jess@atasteofconfidence     at 3:27 pm

yay! what a great present to give yourselves:)

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Gwen     at 3:35 pm

OMGEEEE! That is one of my dream cars as well! How exciting! The Hubs drives a big ol Lexus and I think we might consider another one when we upgrade to a “family friendly” car for me in a couple of years! Is it new? Is it the hybrid? Congrats!

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LauraJayne     at 5:00 pm

Congrats on your new car! While I hate the car buying process, I love test driving new cars, and the feeling once it’s home!

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Caren     at 9:19 pm

You should buy American.

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 7:21 am

congrats on the new, gorgeous car! i love those styles of Lexuses.

miss you! hope you have a great day!

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