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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.



West Coast Puppers.

Can you believe it has been almost two months since we moved here to Seattle?  Time flies!  One of the questions I have been asked the most since we arrived is how the dogs are adjusting to their new life on the West Coast.

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Moving our dogs 3,000 miles across the country was one of the biggest sources of stress surrounding our move.  In fact, at one point I suggested turning down the Seattle job offer because the logistics of moving them that far were just way too complicated.  Clearly that wasn’t true, as here we are all safe, happy, and healthy.

Casey was my hero and actually drove the dogs the entire 3,000 mile journey with his mom along to keep him company and help with dog transportation.  Our dogs actually do surprisingly well in the car, so the road trip itself went really well.  They had their first experience with riding in elevators, sleeping in hotels, and riding through the mountains, and they stayed cool and calm through all of it.

Since Casey was nice enough to drive them, I took care of booking the trip logistics ahead of time.  Finding pet-friendly hotels that will accommodate 100 pounds of dog is trickier than you might imagine, but in the end it all worked out.  Finally after their big voyage, they arrived to their new home in Seattle and were turned loose to check out the new digs…

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They were pretty excited to finally be out of the car and get a chance to explore the new surroundings.  I wonder if they could tell how different the air is out west!

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Eventually, they calmed down and settled in with the help of two big plushy new dog beds.

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And once the furniture was unpacked, Indy made quick work of finding all his favorite spots to be lazy all day long.

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Huey’s favorite spot is the backyard, sitting in the sunshine.  He is happy to sit there all day long while I work just inside at my office desk. 

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The backyard is small, but still much bigger than our patio in Virginia, and seems to provide adequate space for exploring , sniffing, and chewing sticks.

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Huey’s other favorite spot is under the lounge chairs when someone is sitting in them.  I think he thinks we don’t know he’s there..

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And on gloomier days when outside isn’t so fun, they both like to curl up in the office with me during the day and keep me company while I work. 

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I have always said that Huey is a special dog, with strange quirks and a personality unlike any other dog I’ve met.  So it should come as no surprise that his favorite place inside the house is…the bathtub.

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We have an abundance of bathrooms in this house, and there is a full bath on our main floor that I can’t see anyone ever actually using (there are two more upstairs).  So that has become the place where the dogs hang out when we are gone, and the bathtub is filled with cushy dog beds and pillows for them to sleep on.  Totally ridiculous, but you do what you have to when you live in small spaces!

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So I guess this is my very long-winded answer to the question “how are the dogs adjusting?” – they seem to be doing just fine!  They love going for walks in their new neighborhood, and playing with doggie friends at a nice daycare close to our house. 

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And so the next question to be answered is – do they know there is a baby on the way? 

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They have 16 weeks left to figure it out…



Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread.

What do you do when the bananas are turning black on your counter?   You bake, of course!  This latest loaf of bread is a healthy alternative to traditional breads made with oil, and includes Greek yogurt and bananas to create a delicious moist bread that you will not be able to stop eating. 

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

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(Print this recipe!)

Ingredients:  (makes one loaf)

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Start by combining flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. 

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In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork until they are gooey and liquid-like.

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Add eggs, sugars, and vanilla…

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And a dollop of Greek yogurt!

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Whisk until everything is well combined and there are no lumps.

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.  At this point, fold in the fresh (or frozen) blueberries!

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Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and distribute evenly.

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Pop into the oven and bake for one hour, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. 

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One hour later…golden deliciousness!

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I could not WAIT to dig into this.  Transfer to a cooling rack and (try to) let the bread cool for at least ten minutes before slicing.

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Oh.my.word.  Oooey gooey blueberry bread!  The combination of using bananas and Greek yogurt makes this bread so dense and moist – a perfect hearty texture.

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Smeared with a little Earth Balance while still piping hot…

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This is a great way to use all of those summer blueberries that are overflowing in the grocery stores this month. 

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Good thing I got to try a few pieces out of the oven… I had big plans to enjoy this loaf for upcoming breakfasts and over the weekend, but sadly one of my dogs decided he would eat the entire loaf in the 30 seconds I had my back turned.  I’m looking at you, Huey.

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Store carefully away from predatory pets, and enjoy!

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