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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



Weekend.

We had such a nice weekend!  No crazy adventures or shenanigans, but really fun and fabulous in it’s simplicity.  It started out a little rocky, but rebounded quickly.

We were up early on Saturday, excited to head to brunch at Portage Bay Café.  I was in the mood for pancakes, and their toppings bar sounded like just the right thing.  Sadly, for the second time in a row we had horrific service and were ultimately forgotten on the waitlist.  We stood in the crowded entry way patiently waiting for our table for AN HOUR (we were promised 20 minutes).  We checked in a few times, just asking if they thought we’d be seated soon.  Each time we were assured we were up next.  As we watched every single group around us (that came in after us!) get seated, we finally let them know we were leaving and headed elsewhere.

It was 11:00 at this point and we were starving, so we headed over to our old neighborhood – Fremont – and went to an old favorite, Homegrown sandwiches.  They have a new roasted portabella sandwich right now that is so unbelievably good!

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Casey and I also got a big bowl of curried lentil soup to share.

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Cullen has turned into a total sandwich muncher.  We took a few pouches for him and bought him a separate kids’ oatmeal, but he ended up just wanting to eat our sandwiches!  Next time we’ll get him his own small one – I couldn’t believe how much he ate!

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Our original plan for the weekend was to do a big hike on Saturday.  The forecast was supposed to be in the 50’s and sunny, so we packed up the car with the hiking backpack and set off for breakfast first!  After the breakfast setback, we didn’t have as much time as we’d initially planned, and it was probably for the best since the sky looked like this.

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We ended up doing a city hike instead!  Well not really a hike, more like a walk, but we got out and got some activity, which is what we were really looking for.  We walked our old favorite trail down to Gas Works Park – one of my favorite spots in the city!

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It was so much colder than I expected, and I was glad I had extra stuff in the car to bundle around Cullen!

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Urban hiking, indeed.

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Looking cold at the top of the hill!  We have had all this weird fog in Seattle lately, and it just hangs over the city like you see here. 

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I had a friend asking me the other day if it really is just GREY here this time of year, and I tried to describe it as looking like a muted Instagram filter of the rest of the world. :)

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Our sky is grey, but our grass is still green and bright!

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Cullen ended up falling asleep in the backpack, so we walked for a while – checking out the boats and houseboats, and just walking and talking.  I always find being in our old neighborhood so comforting. 

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Back at home, we spent most of the rest of the day hanging at home.  I attempted some finger painting with Cullen, but most of it ended up in his mouth. 

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Dinner was our version of delicious homemade Thai food.  Even better because Casey made it for me!  He made this incredible Thai chili sauce, which we poured over jasmine rice, browned tofu, and cooked eggplant.  YUM!

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Sunday morning meant pancake redemption.  I made a gigantic stack of homemade blueberry pancakes for the three of us.

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Since my sugar-free month is over (which I will write about this week), I added a (reasonable) amount of maple syrup.  Tasted sooooooo sweet and fabulous after not having any for a while!

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Cullen approved. He could not stop eating pancakes.  Two weeks ago he wouldn’t eat ANYthing (teething), and now he is bottomless. 

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We had a low key family day on the agenda.  First stop – Ballard market!  Cullen’s new thing is walking next to us, instead of being carried.  Means everything takes a lot longer, but I love his independence.

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A cold day at the market, but still lots of people and families out bustling around and picking up beautiful veggies. 

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We just got our CSA delivery so I didn’t need much fresh produce, but I couldn’t resist stopping for some mushroom delicacies.  I had never seen these Lion’s Mane ‘shrooms before, so I grabbed a pint. 

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I also picked up a big pint of mini shiitakes for $6 – a steal compared to the other fancy mushroom places around here.  We eat SO many mushrooms in our house, so I never worry they will go to waste.

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Market baby. 

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Last summer we went to the Patty Pan Grill tent at our local Juanita Beach market almost every week.  I was excited to see them at Ballard this week, and with a new delicious menu item!  Caramelized onion, goat cheese, and potato tamale with grilled vegetables.  Out of this WORLD!

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I sat on the sidewalk and shared every other bite with the mini mooch. 

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Sitting there, I had a total cheesy mom moment.  The summer that we first moved to Seattle, we went to Ballard almost every Sunday, and I’d plop myself down in that exact same sidewalk spot each week, enjoying the food and the sunshine. 

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I can remember sitting there gigantically pregnant (1 day overdue in this picture), thinking about what it would be like when we finally had our little guy and brought him with us. 

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And there I was, same exact spot, 15 months later – sharing a delicious market lunch with a little guy that totally rocks my world.  Full circle. 

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Such a fun family day!  We all did a 3 mile loop around Greenlake before heading home for the rest of the afternoon.

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Just as the Super Bowl kicked off, I headed to my favorite Barre3 class to get my butt kicked.  And kicked it was!  It was the hardest class I’ve been to yet, and I was shaking and struggling the entire 60 minutes.  Hurts so good.  Got home just in time to catch the half time show and a few snuggles from my cuddle monster. 

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Dinner was delicious home-cooked pasta and mushrooms.  We used the Lion’s Mane mushrooms we picked up at the market, along with a handful of shiitakes and tossed them with Jovial pasta and swiss chard.  Enjoyed in front of the fireplace, and the very first episode of Downton Abbey (giving it a try!). 

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A fabulous weekend, that was over way too quickly.

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Exciting things ahead for this week! 

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Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 9:10 am

I remember the time I visited Seattle when I was a Senior in college. It was right during New Years – overcast and hazy – but sooo pretty. I don’t know, I guess I like the light mists and drizzly weather. I’m jealous of the 50 degree weather and year-round farmers markets you guys have too. How wonderful that would be.

You can never lose with pancakes. My mom just gave me her recipe for blueberry banana buttermilk buckwheat pancakes (lots of Ps!) and I can’t wait to try them!

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker     at 9:14 am

Adorable shoes, ps: BUT looks like an amazing weekend. We did . . . nothing? Yeah. Hunted around for new cars. Listened to the wind blow and such. I really need to check out Barre. We don’t have anywhere to actually go and do it where I live, but the DVDs are probably good, too?

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker Reply:

also pps: where is your awesome hoodie from? i desperately need a long one.

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Emily @ Life on Food Reply:

I am pretty sure the hoodie is from Lululemon. If not they have a similar one. I also have a Barre3 DVD. I think it is pretty good having never been to a class to compare. I do it once a week and it kicks my butt. Completely different from anything I do at the gym.

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) Reply:

I was going to ask the same thing- it’s really cute and I need one like that!

Also, what a wonderful weekend. Seattle should pay you because I really want to visit there! Maybe when it’s a little less gray, but it always looks like so much fun :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yep, Lulu! Thanks!

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Leah Reply:

I just asked too (below). :)

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Lauren Reply:

I’m with everyone else – I LOVE that hoodie!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Its old Lululemon. Like the only thing I have from there, haha. :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

New cars sound fun!! Barre is awesome and I am addicted. And they have DVD’s and online workouts too. It’s unlike anything I’ve done before!

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Emily @ Life on Food     at 9:19 am

The best of weekends always end the fastest. I guess you just have to enjoy them as much as possible and hope that each weekend is just as fabulous. Great photos!

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Mikayla     at 9:20 am

Those boots look super comfy, and you walked 3 miles in them? What brand are they? And I second the hoodie comment, super long and comfy looking!

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Emily Malone Reply:

They are Uggs and my feet were KILLING me by the end. Haha oops!

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Charlie (the runner beans)     at 9:21 am

What did you think of Downton? It is huge in the UK. They had a Christmas special which we downloaded and watched in New Zealand!

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Emily Malone Reply:

So far so good, but I’ve only seen one episode, haha.

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Kristen     at 9:23 am

Not sure if you posted about this before… but where did you get the hiking backpack that Cullen rides in? I want one! Thanks :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

It’s made by Osprey, and we love it!

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Jen Reply:

I was just about to ask this! Thanks. :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish)     at 9:28 am

What a fun weekend! I’ve never been to Seattle and that sounds exactly like what I’d want to do if we were there :)

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Katie     at 9:30 am

All the meals you prepare look so yummy! I would absolutely love for you to be my personal chef! :D

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Carly @ Snack Therapy     at 9:35 am

I love all of your pictures. You really have a gift for capturing beautiful moments. It doesn’t hurt that your family is ridiculously adorable… You guys are straight out of a catalog!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Carly!

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Gina     at 9:44 am

That sounds like the perfect weekend! (and now I want to make blueberry pancakes!) Such a bummer about PBC. The first time we ever went (in SLU) we had a similar bad experience and never went back. I alos think that location has the feel of a large cafeteria. I’m going to recommend you try Hi-Spot in Madrona sometime, it is our favorite brunch spot. It’s located in this converted split-level home on 34th street. You can call ahead to get your name on the list and they have a cute little cafe on the bottom floor where you can enjoy a beverage and/or scone while you wait. They have a few veg-friendly items and I’ve heard the tofu scramble is to die for. Bonus, there is a playground down the street for the little guy! And the glassybaby studio/workshop is around the corner:)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Definitely writing this down! We don’t make it out to a lot of dinners anymore since C goes to bed early, but we are all over the breakfast and lunch scene. :)

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Lindsay     at 9:46 am

Hi Emily, where is your diaper bag and Cullen’s high chair from? Love them both! Thanks!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Diaper bag is from Lands End, and the high chair is Oxo Tot Sprout!

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}     at 9:51 am

Love your cheesy mom moment :)

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Sana     at 9:52 am

Ugh, I hate poor customer service!

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Katie     at 9:53 am

The SAME THING happened to us when we went to Portage Bay for the first time last month! We were told we would be seated next (after being told it was a 10 minute wait and we were passing 20 minutes) They sat 3 tables ahead of us! I asked them about it and each time I was told “you’re next on the list”…..I wonder if this is just the standard response?

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries     at 9:58 am

I can’t get over how cute Cullen is with his little beanie on! Salt Lake City has been having this fog lingering the past month and a half or so too. Ugh, definitely NOT a fan!

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Lindsay     at 9:59 am

Love your TOMS and hoodie!

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Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family     at 10:05 am

That sounds like a picture perfect weekend to me ;)

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Julie     at 10:13 am

I adore that diaper bag – where is it from?

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Emily Malone Reply:

It is the Little Tripper Bag from Lands End!

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Emily     at 10:15 am

Love your blog :) Have been following for quite some time now. Just wanted to say HI and keep up the great work!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks so much, Emily! :)

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Kristen @ Change of Pace     at 10:16 am

Looks like you had a great weekend! Where is your grey jacket from? It’s adorable!

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Emily Malone Reply:

It’s from Lululemon – got it on sale last Xmas!

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Amelia     at 10:19 am

I thought maybe the world’s most epic facebook string would get a call out on the weekend update? I guess it’s not funny to anyone else that probably doesn’t even remember that the song 100% even existed.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Haha I ALMOST did, but I didn’t even know how to talk about it to do it justice. I seriously laughed for two hours straight. So much fun. :)

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Cathrene     at 10:33 am

That sounds like a perfect weekend to me. Sitting down to have lunch with my little girl I was think if I be anywhere or to do anything right now I wouldn’t even chose some tropical beach. I just long to pull out my jogging stroller and take a long walk, just my loves and I. But here in Winnipeg we’ve been sitting at -27 C this past week and can barely stand the walk from the car to the grocery store. I used to love our cold Canadian winters but being cooped up with a little one this year has surely changed my way of thinking. Enjoy your walks!! I’m so jealous…

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hope it warms up for you soon! It’s so hard to be cooped up with little ones!

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Samantha     at 10:42 am

Love the blog! We have just made the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle and I am loving all of the food pics :) I would love to get the recipe of what you posted today…pasta with swiss chard and mushrooms. It looks so good and I’m finding that vegetarian cooking is a little out of my comfort zone.

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Sarah     at 10:52 am

OH MY GOSH I have to ask: where is your gray jacket from?! Is it Lulu? It’s just perfect.

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Emily Malone Reply:

It is. :)

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Michelle@Peachy Palate     at 10:54 am

Amazing weekend! Those pancakes looks incredible! Did you make it through the mound between the three of you!? The portobello sandwich sounds amazing too! So good when kids eat “adult” food, start as you mean to go on :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Just a few left in the freezer. :)

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run     at 10:56 am

Your polka dot Toms are too cute!

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Emily     at 11:04 am

All of your meals look so good! I love when you give really basic ideas for what to make for lunches and dinners and would love if you could even write some sort of half-recipes for these (and the kind of everyday meals you don’t post). I know it probably seems obvious to you the kind of thing one should do with, for example, swiss chard, mushrooms, etc., but if you could give some kind of formula or proportions that you use to make easy lunches/dinners I would so appreciate it. I’m still working on being able to just make things up from what I have on hand. :) Thanks!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Sure thing, Emily! I’d be happy to elaborate from now on. :) I’ll try to post more easy meals, since a lot of other people ask similar things too!

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Jackie Reply:

Hi Emily! Love your blog- just got turned onto it last week and have poured through it over the past week (I’m 25 weeks pregnant with my first, so it’s been fun to read what you went through!) I saw your bowl of the swiss chard pasta and have all the ingredients so am going to try and make it tonight! Question for you- there is no “sauce” really, right… just maybe evoo and the juice from the veggies?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Right! I did the mushrooms on really HIGH heat with coconut oil, and then added the swiss chard for a few minutes once the mushrooms were cooked. Then I added the cooked pasta and stirred for a few minutes, added a little bit of EVOO of lemon juice, and salt! Hope you like it!

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Leah     at 11:11 am

Two things:

1. Love Casey’s jacket on so many levels. Where is it from?
2. Same goes with your hoodie–love how it is longer (for us long torso gals–yay!)

Great post! My winter farmer’s market is this week (near Boston, we don’t have many options in Feb) but I’m going to miss it to go meet the CEO of Whole Foods (book signing). Whee!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Pretty sure it’s a blazer from Banana! And my hoodie is Lululemon. :)

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Leah Reply:

Thank you!! :)

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Rebecca     at 11:17 am

I’m so sad to hear that you had terrible service at Portage Bay! We go there for breakfast about three times a month (the Ballard one) and always have the best time. We even forgot to pay one time and they forgave us (might have been the sheepish phone call and 30% tip that helped). Your weekend sounds lovely! I also was at the Ballard Market (but kid free as I had run away from home). Too bad I missed you.

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Emily Malone Reply:

You know, I actually said to Casey (after I swore we’d never go again) that I’ve never had a bad experience in Ballard. Both times we were “forgotten” were Roosevelt and SLU. But we went to Ballard when we lived in Fremont, and the staff there seem much nicer!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 11:29 am

Sorry to hear you didn’t get your pancakes at the café but I’m glad you got to make your own! Sounds like a fun weekend!

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Atsuko     at 11:48 am

What a nice weekend! All the food you had look so great. Can you share Thai Chili Sauce with readers when you have a chance?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I’m planning to remake it and post a recipe in the next few weeks!

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Atsuko Reply:

Excited! Thank you, Emily.

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Sharon     at 11:55 am

I love your scarf! Is it by Tuesday Scarves?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yep! Borrowed this one from my sister. We traded. :)

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Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes     at 12:19 pm

Cullen is soooo cute! What a wonderful family weekend!

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Beks     at 12:24 pm

I just started watching Downton Abbey this week, too! Sadly, it looks like Netflix only has season 1? Not cool.

That picture of Casey and Cullen walking, you should frame it and hang it in your house. It’s a good one!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Oh no! I better find season 2 before we get hooked. :)

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Beks Reply:

I’m already hooked. I watched five and a half episodes today before people came into the living room and insisted on talking over it. :-(

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Megan     at 12:34 pm

Your cheesy mom moment brought tears to my eyes! I’m pregnant with my first child and am frequently thinking about how excited I am to do the things that I love – big and small – with my child someday. Blame it on my hormones, but I don’t find it cheesy at all!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Awww congrats to you!!

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kelsey     at 12:56 pm

We were at the Ballard market twice yesterday and I thought we might run into you guys. The highlight of my trip was the fresh donuts. SO good!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Twice!?! How did we miss you? And OMG I didn’t get the donuts but they smelled soooooooooo gooooooooood! Funny, I almost texted you as we were walking toward Gasworks, but then Cullen fell asleep. :)

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linda     at 1:45 pm

You should take a picture every year at the same spot of the market with Cullen. That would make an awesome collage as the years go by.

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Mia (Savor Everyday)     at 3:25 pm

Hi Emily!
Funny, the first time I spotted lion’s mane mushrooms is in Cincinnati (your old stomping grounds)! The Hyde Park farmers’ market, to be exact. The vendor told me a creative use for those mushrooms – shredded into faux “crab” cakes! I can see how the texture would be similar. I ended up just cooking them simply in a quick saute, but now I’m reminded of the faux crab cakes idea and want to hunt for those mushrooms.

On another note, I am inspired by how you & your family manage to squeeze in a lot of physical activity (whether hard core exercise or not) into your day. I should stop using my excuse of “too much snow in Cleveland” and just go do it.

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afarmerinthedell.com     at 3:40 pm

A lovely weekend indeed! If I lived closer to you I would have gladly gone to a Barre3 class to get my butt kicked instead of watching the Super Bowl. I am so happy you are liking the classes!

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Ashley     at 4:48 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful family! Most importantly you each look simply happy. :) I am so intrigued by the Barre classes. I will have to do some googling and learn more!

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Tara     at 5:52 pm

Yay! Downton Abbey! You’re gonna love it:-)

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Babs     at 6:58 pm

It would be incredibly hard to keep your cool when you see people getting seated who came in after you. It reminds me of the Seinfeld Chinese restaurant episode. At least you got weekend pancakes eventually :)

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Jacquelynn     at 7:41 pm

I am pregnant now and I have been thinking those kind of things all the time… “next year at this time I’ll have a little one to share this with.” :)

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Rana Stephan     at 10:39 pm

My friend in Toronto introduced me to your blog when i delivered my son in a year ago… You kept me going during my maternity leave and i find you so inspirational. I live in Beirut, Lebanon (the middle east) and i love love love reading about your adventures :)

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Samantha     at 9:56 am

We totally got shorted on the nice weather they said we would have this weekend. :) I was disappointed too. Looks like you made the most of it.

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Tammy     at 11:19 am

Great post. I like how you touch on a bunch of different things. You are a beautiful family. Love your blog!!

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Lee     at 11:28 am

Sounds like the perfect weekend. I do have to admit, those Lion’s Mane mushrooms are kinda freaky looking.

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Lolly     at 1:28 pm

I am totally digging Casey’s Clark Kent look lately!

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Nicole     at 5:09 pm

Your family is adorable! Where is that long hoody from? I have been on the lookout!

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Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant     at 5:49 pm

So much awesomeness in this post! Love the polka dot toms! So cute! How was Downtown Abbey? I keep hearing mixed reviews! And also, those pics of the bright green grass in Seattle reminds me of Ireland…the sky was often gray and misty but the grass was neon green! :)

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MegG     at 3:51 pm

Portage Bay has really gone down in service and quality recently, it’s super disappointing. I used to love their eggs benny, but now, meh. I love Seattle weekends strolling through the farmers markets! I hear there’s a great stand to get eggs, but they sell out early not sure what the hype is about but I’m intrigued!

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Greg     at 7:27 pm

Great story, I read the whole thing, couldn’t stop.( marathon)
Trying your oatmeal recipe now, that is how I found you, love your recipes, I also decided to go sugar free this year, not all the way there yet.
I have drastically changed my diet this year at 66
I feel great. Bought the same rice maker,and recently bought 20 lb bag balsamic, tired of running out. Going to try your banana orange tomorrow in my Zojirushi BM I bought in 1.2013,

Thanks so much for recipes and inspiration greg

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