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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.



Twelve Reflections On 2012.

Unlike some years past, I’m not going to bother doing a lengthy recap of this past year.  I imagine it would go something like played with Cullen, tried new Seattle restaurants, traveled to visit family, cooked awesome local produce, repeat.  It hasn’t been a boring year by any means – just a lot more simple.  And that’s definitely not a bad thing. 

This year has brought a lot of growth to our family.  It has been one of the toughest, and yet most exhilarating years I can remember.  Here are twelve things I loved about 2012:

1.  Discovering life as a family of three (or five!).  Cullen was born in 2011, but 2012 was really his year.  We went from sleep-deprived, fumbling new parents with a confusing newborn, to a functional, working unit of three.  Being far away from loved ones has been very difficult in many ways, but it has also really strengthened our immediate family.  I think the dogs have finally accepted that Cullen is here to stay.

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2.  Strengthening my marriage.  I’ve mentioned this before, but this has probably been the toughest year of our relationship to date.  We went through a lot of big life changes, all of which came with some element of stress.  Now that we’re at the tail end of it, I can see how much stronger we’ve become.  We are not perfect, but we’re a really great team, and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful partner through this incredible ride.  Watching a husband become a dad is truly precious.

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3.  Lots of travel near and far.  In February, Casey and I took Cullen to Hawaii when he was only three months old.  Looking back, we might have been insane, but despite being totally sleep deprived and nursing round the clock, we still had a blast.  It was probably our last big vacation for a long time, and we made it count.  These days, we’re saving trips and vacation days for opportunities to visit family, and I feel really lucky that we’re able to travel as much as we do.

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4.  Fifty one new recipes.  It has been a challenge to figure out how to fit cooking and recipe development into my days at home with Cullen, but I’m proud of the recipes I churned out this year.  Of course I wish there had been more, but I’d rather create fewer, better dishes than post a picture of every bowl of rice and lentils we eat.  Looking back through my recipe page, it looks like I made fifty one recipes this year.  Not bad for a new mom, struggling to find adequate daylight for photographs during the Seattle winter.  

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5.  Learning how to feed a baby (now toddler).  When I first looked into starting solids with Cullen, I felt really intimidated.  Now that I’ve made it through to the other side, I feel so confident in and excited by his meals.  This has probably been one of the bigger surprises of my year.  I hope to talk a lot more about infant and childhood nutrition and meals in the coming years, as I feel really passionate about sharing my journey in feeding a family. 

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6.  Returning to – and taking a break from – running.  I’ve written quite a bit about my rocky journey through postpartum fitness here.  In 2012 I ran two half marathons, which is actually sort of hard to believe now that I look back.  I think I jumped back into running too quickly, and set my goals too high, which ultimately had me backing off completely.  I hope next year brings better balance to this aspect of my life.

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7.  Embracing my role as a stay at home mom.  For many of Cullen’s early months, I felt really torn between my new role at home with the sudden feeling that I was behind on everything and unable to keep up with my work.  Somewhere mid-year, I had an epiphany type of realization, and decided to let go of all the pressure and expectations I had put on myself.  I am much, much happier now.  When I’m with Cullen, I focus on him 100%, and when I’m not, I focus wholeheartedly on my work and other commitments.  I’ve reorganized my schedule, focused my work, and found some childcare – all of which has helped.

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8.  Falling in love with Seattle.  We moved here in May 2011, but learning to love Seattle was a slow process.  It’s very different out here than what we were used to, and I spent the first few months here feeling very homesick and longing to move back toward family.  This year, we explored so much of the Seattle area, and I can honestly say that after a year and a half, it finally feels like home.  I feel so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful.

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9.  Exploring the Pacific Northwest.  One of the things that is strange about living here, is that I have virtually no knowledge of the surrounding areas.  Growing up in Ohio, you don’t learn much about the Pacific Northwest other than general climate and state capitals.  This is something I’d like to do even more of in 2013.  This year brought trips to Portland, exploring a few local islands, and several hikes in nearby mountains. 

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10.  Another summer with my little sister.  For the past two years in a row, my sister has come to Seattle to spend the summer with us.  It has been such an incredible gift to get to spend so much uninterrupted time with her now that we are both adults.  And I’m so glad she’s such a big part of her nephew’s life.  He adores her. 

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11.  Celebrating Cullen’s first birthday.  There have been so many wonderful moments this year, but the joy of watching my baby turn one really stands out.  It was such a fun celebration with friends and family, and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. 

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12.  Watching my baby grow into a toddler.  I know I’m a big sap, and I gush about Cullen here way more than I should, but I just can’t help myself.  I knew I’d love being a mom, but I didn’t understand how all encompassing that love would feel.  He is so independent now, and he needs much less from me on a daily basis.  And while I loved his newborn snuggles, nothing gives me greater pride and happiness, than watching him run through the grass without looking back.

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It’s been a great year.  Thank you for being part of it.  Here’s to whatever comes next!



Seattle Christmas.

Still catching up!  Since we were traveling last year, this was actually our first time spending Christmas here in Seattle.  And we haven’t hosted Christmas at our house since 2009 in Charlotte.  Before my sister’s family left, we tried to get a picture of the cousins in their matching holiday jammies. 

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Getting a good picture of one toddler is hard enough.  But two toddlers?

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Pretty much impossible.

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We said our goodbye’s to Rebecca and her family, late on Christmas Eve.  Sarah, Casey, and I stayed up late watching Walk the Line and getting things ready for Christmas morning.

Cullen was up at his usual time – around 7:30am – I was so excited to take him downstairs for Christmas fun!  Once I got him set up with breakfast, I got started on our adult treats.  Even remembered to bust out my pretty holiday dishes!

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Casey made a giant bowl of scrambled eggs for everyone.

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And I made a loaf of spiced ginger pear bread, which turned out really well.  Note: I made this loaf with eggs instead of chia seeds (which the original recipes calls for), and I thought it was much fluffier!).  Delicious.

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I also made a pan of cranberry crumble bars, but neglected to take a photo before it was polished off.  Once our bellies were full, we cranked up the fire place and settled in for a morning around the tree.

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Cullen was thrilled with anything that was opened.  Perhaps his favorite gift was this set of mini Sodastream bottles that I got for Casey.  He entertained himself for hours by taking the caps on and off. 

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Even though he’s still pretty young to understand Christmas, he was such a big part of it this year – a big change from last year when he was just nine weeks old. 

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Did I mention that Casey’s parents arrived the morning of Christmas Eve?  We have a full house this year, and it’s been so fun for Cullen to have all his grandparents here to spoil and snuggle him.

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We spent a few hours slowly digging through the gifts.  I didn’t go too crazy this year – just got Cullen a few small things.  I figured we have plenty of years ahead where he’ll beg for things like castles and play equipment.  So this year he got books, stickers, and a wooden ball sorter.  He seemed pretty pleased!

I think I opened the last gift of the morning – a shiny new pair of Hunters rain boots from Casey!  I am so excited to finally have good boots to sludge through Seattle in – these will be well loved.

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Cullen was totally overwhelmed by all the gifts, wrapping paper, food, and family.  He started rubbing his eyes and was ready to crash by 11am (he usually naps around 1pm).  I ended up giving in and putting him down for an early nap.  I could tell he needed it!

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Once he was down, the rest of the family followed his lead.

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After a bit of relaxing ourselves, Casey and I got started on Christmas dinner.  I pulled out my holiday plates that haven’t been used in years, and set the table for six.

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I never saw a reason to get fancy expensive wedding china, but I did like the idea of having a pretty set of formal dishes.  I ended up finding these at TARGET of all places, and I absolutely love them.  I unwrapped the candle holders Christmas morning – they fit into our table decorations perfectly!

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I am so grateful for this guy.  After a month of almost non-stop working, he’s been home for a week now, and I feel so spoiled.  It’s going to be a rude awakening when he heads back to the office next week!

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Our dinner spread was tasty and delicious.  I hadn’t planned on serving cranberry sauce, but I had some leftover from the morning crumble bars.  It ended up being a nice addition to our dinner.

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My mother-in-law requested our vegan lentil loaf, which stuck to the pan and looked a little funky, but tasted fantastic.  I did it with a tomato salsa this time, and it was a fun change.

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We also made sourdough stuffing – more of a Thanksgiving dish, but why not eat it all year long?

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I put together a quick greens salad – mixed greens with grapes and mandarin oranges in a pomegranate vinaigrette.  It’s always nice to have something green on the table!

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And Casey’s mom made this AMAZING sweet potato hash.  I’ll try to get the recipe from her and remake it for you guys.  There was almost none left afterward!

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Merry Christmas, indeed.

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Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season with great food and plenty of family.  Casey and I are headed out for a fancy date night tonight while we still have some babysitters here in town.  Wheeeeee!

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