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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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My Funny Valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Not much cooking over here – both literally and figuratively – just a busy day of the usual stuff.  But I thought I’d pop in and say hi and share some pictures. 

I did end up going to that Barre class last night (that I had mentioned yesterday).  It was my first time going to that class, and it was brutal.  I felt it even more when I was up early to do my DVD workout with Casey.  Ouch! 

After a tough workout, I gave him the homemade Valentine that Cullen and I put together earlier this week.  It turns out that at this age, painted feet are a lot more successful than painted hands.  Trust me on that one. 

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Once my little Valentine woke up, we dressed in our holiday finest and posed for cheesy pictures with a bad background and even worse lighting. 

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Happiness.  We celebrated with delicious blueberry pancakes (pulled out of the freezer from last weekend).  Easy and tasty – doesn’t get better than that. 

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And before we headed out for the morning, we did a couple of rounds of peekaboo in the dining room.  Does anyone know where Cullen went? 

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Ahh, THERE he is!

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Cullen and Huey played chase by running laps around the table, while I grabbed my camera and clicked away.  I think this is the first picture ever captured of them together!

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From there we were off for the afternoon, and it was a busy one!  We hit up a toddler storytime at a new (to us) library with a few friends.  Afterward, we headed over to Greenlake and took a 3 mile spin around the lake with our other friend, Lacey.  It was great to walk and talk, and Cullen almost lasted the whole way.  He insisted on walking the last quarter mile, which made it very sloooooow.


Even though we’d been out for a while, I decided to push my luck by running one more errand before we headed home.  We returned a few sweaters I’d ordered, and then decided to stop for a quick V-day lunch at Veggie Grill.  While looking for a table, we spotted one of our friends from mom’s group – win!  So we had an impromptu lunch date, which was really fun. 


And I pushed it way too far, so Cullen fell asleep on the ride home.  I kind of knew he would.  He does this a lot, and it’s usually no big deal – he transfers into the crib pretty easily.


But not today, apparently.  I’m currently sipping my Yogi tea and listening to him sing from his crib, not a chance of sleep in sight.  Oops!


Guess that means I get more time with my little one today.  I’ll take it.  And it sounds like it’s time to go get him!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  We’re not really celebrating – just hanging out at home like we usually do.  But it’s always nice to feel a little extra love and cheer in the air. 

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April     at 3:41 pm

This is so cute! Love your low-key valentine’s day.


Babs     at 3:52 pm

Cullen looks so peaceful sleeping in the car!


Theresa     at 4:35 pm

Sounds like a fun-filled Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your night at home :)


Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers     at 4:37 pm

He’s so photogenic! Adorable. :)


Angela     at 4:50 pm

Love your Valentine’s Day sweater! Such an amazing time with the ones you love most. :)


Lindsay     at 4:59 pm

That peekaboo picture is amazing. One of my favorites of Cullen!


Mai     at 6:21 pm

sounds like a nice day. :)
i love your sweater!


Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie     at 6:55 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! Your little Valentine is adorable!!


Sally Mae     at 7:01 pm

You guys are so cute! Hope you had a great day with your boys!


Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 8:22 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day, Emily! Love the pictures!


Ginna     at 8:55 pm

How do you freeze ur pancakes? Ziplock? And toaster to reheat?


Cathy Reply:

That’s how I freeze/reheat mine and it works great!


Navya Diwakar     at 12:58 am

Happy Valentine’s Day Emily! That smile of his as you kissed him is just adorable!


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 2:26 am

We had (freezer) blueberry heart pancakes for breakfast too. Sounds like a good day of fun with with your valentine!


Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed     at 5:13 am

You get the cutest pictures of that kid!!! Glad you had a nice vday, ours was low key too and that’s just the way I like it :)


Anna @ On Anna's Plate     at 5:33 am

Ha, I hear ya on the naps. Love your valentine– what a sweetie!


Mags     at 7:20 am

Love the photo of him playing peekabo! It’s a great shot.



padma     at 7:29 am

Happy Valentines Day Emily! It seems like you were in great company:) The little munchkin is always so adorable.


Heather @ girlyeverafter     at 7:33 am

I want to try a barre class so bad, but I’m such a wimp trying new workouts that may have me super sore. haha Love the pic of Cullen and Huey!


deva by definition     at 7:35 am

This is so cute! Happy Valentine’s Day! I love Cullen’s facial expressions!


Leah     at 8:31 am

awww. Barre class last night was extra difficult. I had not been in weeks! It’s a good kinda pain though, right?


Megan     at 9:04 am

Happy Valentines Day! I love the peek a boo shot, very cute! :)


Sam     at 11:13 am

Happy Valentine’s Day! I loved the pic of the table with Cullen’s tiny little face peeking out. :)

Can I ask what you use for freezing container-wise? Normally I would freeze something like pancakes in a freezer Ziploc, but I’m starting to feel guilty about how much waste that creates. What has worked for you?


Marjie     at 11:34 am

Just wanted to thank you for the ginger pear bread recipe. I have already made it twice and will make it again soon. It tastes better every day, seriously that last piece on day four was pure heaven.


Michelle (The Runner's Plate)     at 6:21 pm

I love reading your posts, Emily. Even if they are simple and recapping your daily life. You make me very excited to be a stay-at-home mom one day, which I hope I can do soon!


Rebecca     at 7:44 am


I love the bag in the background of your third pic. Where is it from!?


Jola     at 7:55 am

“Once my little Valentine woke up, we dressed in our holiday finest and posed for cheesy pictures with a bad background and even worse lighting.”
and yet those pics scream L-O-V-E louder than any professional photography.


Morgan     at 10:54 am

Adorable! Can’t even take that picture of Cullen shoving a pancake in his face..it’s priceless. :) Thanks for sharing!


Sarah @ Kids Heart Real Food     at 7:21 am

I agree – having someone extra in the house to love on Valentine’s Day makes it that much more special. Glad you enjoyed your day!!


Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 8:13 am

It’s so great to see Huey and Cullen together. I’m glad they are getting more and more used to one another.

Love the peek-a-boo picture behind the chair. Serious giggles going on there for sure!


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