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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.

Juanita Beach Fridays.

Since we were traveling for races last weekend, this was our first real weekend in our new house.  We’re just over the water from where we used to live, and while all of that is still very accessible, we also have some new territory to explore in our immediate area. 

I’ve been reading and mapping, trying to figure out some spots we might like near our new house.  This past Friday was the opening night of the Juanita Friday Market, and so it was our first trip to Juanita Beach!

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Casey was able to take the bus directly to the beach from work, so Cullen and I packed up and met him there.  He surprised me by showing up with Mother’s Day flowers!  What a sweet way to kick off a great weekend (pictured below once I got them home!).

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The beach and park area has a really cool walkway that extends out into Lake Washington over the water.

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The beach had lots of families and kids – swimming, digging in the sand, and sleeping on blankets.  Such a great spot for a sunny day!

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I imagine Cullen and I will be taking lots of walks here this summer.  We will wave to downtown Seattle in the distance!

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The park also has a huge playground, and we decided to give Cullen his first ride in the baby swings!

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He wasn’t so sure at first, so we started off slow. 

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But within minutes he was cracking up and loving it. 

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I know I say it all the time, but he really does just keep getting more and more fun.  For so long I had looked forward to him being able to enjoy things like this, and now that it’s finally happening, it’s even better than I could have imagined. 

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Once the swings were old news, we checked out the market.  It was small, but I have a feeling it will get bigger later in the summer.  A good mix of crafts, food, produce, and other artists.

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Casey and I were both already hungry for dinner, and we were excited when we saw this giant pile of veggies grilling…

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Patty Pan Grill had good veggie options, as well as cute healthy messages geared toward kids – loved it!

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Vegan bean tamales with grilled vegetables.  Out of this world.  Already looking forward to next Friday so I can eat this again!

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A great way to start our first weekend in our new ‘hood.  It’s fun to have all the places we already know and love in Seattle, as well as new parks and spaces to find in Kirkland.  Back soon with our Mother’s Day fun!

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Lauren     at 11:19 am

I am totally with you…while I really enjoyed having a baby, I LOVE having a toddler. Mine is almost three and while in some ways it is MUCH harder dealing with a toddler (hello attitude?), you can really enjoy hanging out with them! And being able to talk to them and have them talk with you is really amazing. It just keeps getting better and better.


Katy @ MonsterProof Reply:

I 100% agree. I LOVE toddler-hood!


Sana     at 11:21 am

Cullen looks like he is having sooooo much fun on the swings :)


Julie @ Running and Riley     at 11:22 am

Mmm, those veggies look amaaaazing! What a beautiful new neighborhood! Cullen is a doll! Happy belated Mother’s Day!


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats     at 11:23 am

I didn’t even know there was a Friday Market in Juanita!! Thanks so much for the tip. ^_^ Love the photos of Cullen. That is one happy baby!


Ashley     at 11:24 am

You always find the best market meals!! I adore tamales! Looks like such a fun spot. So glad you’re settling in and finding things to do!


Carly     at 11:30 am

Emily! How crazy is that…you must live SUPER close to me…We are in Finn Hill up Juanita drive from the park. I have been following your blog for years – such a small world. I’d love to get together to walk our little people (I have a 13mo old little girl) and show you around the ‘hood’. :) We have been in our house for about a year 1/2 – and I am still exploring. So fun – hope you guys are enjoying the ‘eastside’ so far -and let me know if you want to hang out :)


Taylor     at 11:30 am

So glad you guys have settled in so well to the PNW! I love it here! The winter is difficult with so much gray sky and rain, but there is nothing better than a sunny Seattle day! Have you tried Stand Up Paddleboarding? Seems like it’s right up your alley! You can do it on Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, and if your willing to drive onto the Sammamish Plateau, Beaver Lake, which doesn’t allow any motors. :)


Gina     at 11:31 am

LOVE patty pan grill. I had the veg quesadilla once, amazing!


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 11:32 am

That tamale looks SO good! And that swing would totally be a perfect solution for my niece about the same age who is a little dynamo!


Shari     at 11:33 am

Those pictures of Cullen in the swing are precious!!


Kate @ life's precious moments     at 11:47 am

It is always so fun to explore the things to do in a new area. Glad you had such a fun weekend!

Cullen is the cutest baby ever!!


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Lindsey     at 11:59 am

The vegan bean tamales sound amazing! I might have to head over there on Friday. We live in Bellevue.


Julie     at 12:01 pm

I love every single one of your blog posts and am so in love with Washington from seeing it through your beautiful pictures. You are SO lucky to live there. :)
The pictures of Cullen in the swing made me smile..he is absolutely adorable!


lee     at 12:35 pm

That’s exciting that you’re already finding some new good spots! And the flowers? Are amazingly beautiful…such a pretty combination. Well-done to your husband! =)


Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 12:37 pm

Great to see you guys already settling in and out taking in the sites. Looks like a great place for the family.

Would love being so close to the water like that!!


Meagan     at 1:11 pm

I was just there! How fun :) It IS a great area!


Lena Livanes     at 1:14 pm

I also checked out the Juanita Beach park last week; Tuesday morning I believe and took some great photos of downtown Seattle and the water. I took the kids bikes and my 4 year old could do a big loop on her bike while I pushed my younger one on that very same swing. Thanks for the update, I will need to check out those markets. I read somewhere last week that the Kirkland farmers markets start this Wednesday afternoon, I am thinking of taking the kids after my older one finishes preschool.


Shannon @ My Place In The Race     at 1:17 pm

The swing pics are seriously cute!


kath     at 1:25 pm

Those flowers…THAT KITCHEN!!!!

And that silly baby! Can’t believe I get to meet him in just a few weeks!!


Farah     at 1:48 pm

Welcome to the Eastside!

Kirkland is beautiful in the summer! It’s great that my favorite blog is even more locally based!!

Take care =D


Brittany (healthy slice of life)     at 2:23 pm

You live in the Coolest places!! H loves the swing, too. It’s so adorable to watch them experience things for the first time!


Army Amy*     at 3:27 pm

The flowers Casey got you are gorgeous! I hope the rest of your first mother’s day was just as good!*


Heather     at 4:18 pm

omg Cullen is just SO darn adorable in that swing.. oh that smile!

the veggies look delicious, too! :-)


Rose Rabbit     at 4:42 pm

What a great way to spend a weekend! Cullen is v. cute and that food looks yum. Can we have a new house tour? :) I am seriously in love with the glimpses I have seen of your kitchen. Would be great to have that much bench space!


Andrea     at 4:57 pm

I didn’t realize you moved to the Eastside! Fun. My husband works right there in Juanita Village :)


Kim     at 5:05 pm

Looks like a wonderful place! I am loving your new kitchen, cant wait for some cooking action shots in there!! :)
Yaaay Cullens first swing ride, so so so awesome introducing babies to new things, especially when they make them laugh! Nothing better than a baby laugh I reckon :)


Whitney     at 5:20 pm

Oh, how I love watching you explore my world! :) I grew up in Redmond (just a hop, skip, and jump to Kirkland) and I work 2 seconds from Fremont. Hope you are loving your new place on the Eastside!!!


Abby @ Change of Pace     at 5:59 pm

That beach park looks awesome! You and Cullen will have a blast walking there often in summer.


Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 6:23 pm

Happy for you that you got to spend Mother’s Day with two great guys :)


Elisabeth     at 7:07 pm

Hope you had a wonderful first Mother’s Day! (in that gorgeous new kitchen! ;) )


RachelSD     at 8:13 pm

Your neighborhood looks great! Glad you found a new place to hang on the weekend. :)


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More     at 8:58 pm

I think he likes the swing!


Kristen     at 10:02 pm

What a gorgeous day to head to the beach! Glad you enjoyed your first mother’s day…those flowers are beautiful :-) Cullen is too cute on the swing…love how his expressions let you know exactly what he’s thinking (‘you seriously want me to swing in this thing?!?’)


Emily @ Life on Food     at 3:17 am

I cannot get enough of that smile…you must adore it. Glad you got a chance to explore in the sunshine and those flowers are beautiful!


Bridget     at 6:16 am

I just made your almond butter coconut chocolate chip cookies this morning. They are really amazing, totally exceeded my expectations. thanks for helping me expand my culinary skills (and pantry contents!). Have a great day.


Leah     at 7:20 am

Amazing! I can’t wait until our farmer’s markets start again for the season in my area. We have a gap between winter and summer markets. :)


alex     at 5:58 pm

looks like you moved to Kirkland at just the right time! Will be so nice to enjoy those parks this summer!


Andrea     at 8:02 pm

Was the weather awesome in Seattle last weekend or what?!!! We were out and about in the area over the weekend to. It was almost… dare I say.. HOT?!
So glad you are getting accustomed to your new neighborhood.


Mallory     at 8:44 am

Hi Emily! I don’t comment much, but had to speak up about your recent move….we just moved to the Juanita area (after a couple years in downtown Kirkland and a couple in Seattle). I am excited for our first summer of walking to Juanita beach…we love it here. Hopefully you do too!


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