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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.

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!


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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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!


Taylor @ Delish World     at 9:57 am

Awesome new car! Congrats!! :)


Kacy     at 9:57 am

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


AMANDA (tomboythatwearsmakeup.com)     at 10:12 am

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


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!


Emily     at 10:45 am

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


Joanna @ drizzle of sunshine     at 11:37 am

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


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;)


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life     at 12:04 pm

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


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 12:28 pm

Woohoo!!! Your new ride looks sweet!!


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 1:50 pm

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


Jess@atasteofconfidence     at 3:27 pm

yay! what a great present to give yourselves:)


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!


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!


Caren     at 9:19 pm

You should buy American.


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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