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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.



Friday.

So I have this delicious recipe for you.  I made it weeks ago, took photos, and got all set to tell you about it, and then I lost the notebook where I jotted down all the ingredients.  Somewhere in the midst of our move, I think it got buried in a box labeled “junk drawer” or “miscellaneous” that I have been avoiding unpacking ever since. 

I thought I found the notebook this morning and got all excited and edited the photos and was all set to post it today.  And then I flipped through the pages and realized I’d found a different one.  Womp womp.  I refuse to give up because it was so SO delicious, and I know you guys will love it too. 

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But let’s be serious, no one wants a soup recipe today anyway – right?  It’s a blazing 80+ degrees and sunny, which I can only assume means that it’s 200 degrees in the rest of the country.  Seriously – we are not cut out for, or prepared for this!

So instead of soup, I thought I’d just pop in and share a little bit about what we’ve been up to recently.  I haven’t blabbered on about our day to day life in a little while.  Earlier this week, we had mom’s group at my friend Christin’s house, and Cullen got to check out their backyard chickens.  He was really into chasing them – shouting bok bok bok – and checking out the coop.  Between backyard chickens and his obsession with our new compost and recycling system in the kitchen, he’s shaping up to be a true Seattle child.

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We also started swimming lessons this week!  We’ve been twice, and Cullen’s new favorite word is now “POOL!”  When I initially signed up I thought 30 minutes seemed really short, but I quickly learned that half an hour of wrestling a slippery little splashing fish is plenty.  But I love that he’s getting so comfortable in the water!  Can we get in yet, mom?

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As for me, I’m back on a fitness kick and feeling really motivated.  My current weekly workout schedule includes three Barre3 classes a week, as well as one prenatal yoga class.  I took a short break from studio classes while we moved, and it ended up stretching longer than I’d intended.

But I started back up last week, and this week I finally tried out the early morning classes I’ve been snoozing through for weeks.  So now I’m doing two classes at 6am (while Casey is at home and Cullen is starting to wake up!), and one more a bit later in the afternoon while Cullen goes to childcare.  He’s doing really well in the childcare right now (knocking on wood), which is a big factor in whether or not I get to class. 

I’m not having to do too many modifications yet – mostly just during the final ab sequence – but I’m definitely noticing my belly hitting the bar more now than it was a month ago. 

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I feel really out of shape and tired, but also really motivated and encouraged that I’m building muscle and getting my body in a good place for what is to come.  I’m really enjoying my prenatal yoga class too!  Casey has been really encouraging and helpful in working with me to make our schedules work so I can get out of the house and get some much-needed “me” time and fitness – even if that means waking up at 5am!  He gets up at 5am every day, which definitely helps me drag my body out of bed.  He’s been going with a buddy which has really helped!

We’re looking forward to a HOT weekend here, and I’m headed to the store after Cullen’s nap to go buy a sprinkler, more sunscreen, and perhaps a few more fans?  This is the one month each year that we long for air conditioning!  Stay cool wherever you are!

PS – I’ve had a number of people ask me how to continue to follow Daily Garnish going forward, since Google Reader will be discontinuing service as of this coming Monday (sniff).  Two good options going forward are Feedly and Bloglovin’ – I have tried both (and prefer Feedly myself)!  Or you can always bookmark the site and follow here directly, but I know that can be harder to keep up with.  I hope you continue to stay connected somehow!

PPS – For the moms and dads out there, don’t forget to enter the Britax B-Ready stroller giveaway over on Babble.  Contest ends Sunday night!

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carolyn     at 3:20 pm

where do you buy your cute maternity clothes? Im expecting my first (yay!) and have no idea where to start. I am also petite (5’2″) and they dont seem to make them for women my size.

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Shel@PeachyPalate     at 3:36 pm

Ooooh that soup does look gorgeous though!!! I think the avocado is drawing me in! Cullen is super cute in his swimming outfit!!!

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Elisabeth     at 3:51 pm

Cullen is adorable in his swim gear! Look at that belly – rivals mom’s ;)

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sarah     at 4:29 pm

Emily, how did you get connected with your mom group? My husband and I want to connect with other parents to be but don’t really know how to go about meeting others like us in our area. Did you meet people through prenatal classes?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I met several friends through a prenatal class, and others through the blog actually! I was lucky enough to get connected with a handful of women when I was pregnant, and that has blossomed into a nice mom network as we’ve all had babies and introduced each other to friends of friends. We also have a great program here in Seattle called PEPS that connects new parents!

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kate     at 4:31 pm

I saw the soup picture in feedly and was so excited to finally get a recipe….needless to say, I was disappointed.

I’m not sure what you meant by “I haven’t blabbered on about our day to day life in a little while.” All you do on this blog is post your day to day life. While it’s nice to read sometimes, you should probably just admit that this is now a mama blog, and no longer a food blog. It’s too bad, because you used to post recipes all the time and they were amazing. I made many of them and are a few are even in my regular rotation :(

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Emily Malone Reply:

I guess I meant more about our weekdays and what we do day to day. I typically post weekend recaps, but that’s about it as far as our “life” goes. I am sorry to disappoint – I am disappointed too! The soup is delicious and I’d really like to find that notebook. I might just make it again this weekend so I can get on with it. As far as my blog goes, I mean I can definitely admit this is not a “food blog” anymore. But what does that accomplish? I’m not making any big claims or labeling it otherwise. I also don’t think that changes in direction or content are ever final. I do plan to keep cooking and keep sharing, probably not to the extent that I used to, but hopefully in a way that still makes people excited to read here.

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Katie Reply:

I think you have a great combination of both! Always enjoy reading your posts! :)

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Alicia Reply:

I’m loving the content of your blog–don’t change!

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Lisa Reply:

Agreed!

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Courtney Reply:

This blog is one of my favorites! I love the content. There are some blogs that have changed recently and are going in a direction that doesn’t appeal to me anymore. But I love every post you do and look forward to seeing you in my Feedly! Keep up the good work mama!!

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Sally Reply:

I’ve read your blog for about 4 years and have always loved it! I’m not a runner, not vegetarian, not married, not a mother and not American but I eagerly await new posts from you!

There is something about your writing and your down to earth personality that keeps me coming back! I find everything you write interesting!

Keep up the great work Emily!

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Lynda Reply:

I agree with all the comments. I’m not married, no children, quite a bit older and I love your blog. I learn a lot from it and everybody’s life changes and takes new directions. You’re writing style makes me look forward to reading anything you write about.

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Alice Reply:

I think it’s the acknowledgement that people are looking for. It accomplishes the fact that yes, you realize that it’s not what it used to be, and maybe will help you define a new direction. But it seems that you’ve gotten lots of comments from people looking for what you used to write about and that the blog has changed, so it might be something worth addressing.

If you read your ‘About Me’ page, you don’t even mention Cullen, and it’s all about food and fitness and how you transformed your life from healthy to unhealthy. Your blog isn’t about that anymore, not really. And that’s okay – it’s not to say your current content is bad. But it’s certainly not what I’d expect to read if I just read your ‘About Me’ section (or your blog archives pre-pregnancy).

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Lauren Reply:

Emily, just for the record, I am a long time reader and I’ve enjoyed every one of your posts. You are an honest writer, and its refreshing to follow your life journey, updated About Me profile or not :) Keep it up. It takes courage to write like you do, and I appreciate that.

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Danielle Reply:

I’ve always taken this blog to be a Healthful Living Blog. Emily has always posted about her life. Life used to be Culinary School and lots of interesting recipes, now life is being a mama and trying to navigate a healthful life as a mother. I don’t consider this a Food Blog that has become a Mommy Blog. I consider it a Life Blog. As such it would be a little odd to expect Emily to come out and formally announce that because of having children her life has changed.

I do have my fingers crossed that the notebook will be found though! A number of your recipes are in our normal rotation! This blog has been my favorite for over 2 years now :-)

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Virginia     at 4:40 pm

It’s really hot here in Cincinnati but that soup looks super yummy!!!

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run     at 4:48 pm

C’s tummy is too much to handle ;)

& yes, you’re absolutely right — it is 200+ degrees everywhere else in the country. I’m melting!

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life     at 5:10 pm

Is it common to not have central air in Seattle? I guess I never really thought about it too much with people on the West Coast as opposed to us on the East Coast burning up with high temps.

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Samantha Reply:

As a life long Seattle area resident…it is really common not to have AC in houses out here. And I have gone stints without it in my car as well. :) We just don’t sustain the hot weather for it, that being said, we are in a bit of a heat wave right now and speaking for myself it is rough.

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Catherine     at 5:12 pm

I know you’ve talked about it before, but I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that Seattle houses don’t have AC!! I suppose it makes sense when your typical weather doesn’t call for it. But… still! :) I started Barre classes (my town has BarreAmped, which sounds very similar to Barre3) about seven weeks ago, and I’m going twice a week – I LOVE them! You were actually the person who introduced me to Barre, and I’m so thankful for that!

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Leslie     at 5:50 pm

Two comments, I think the content if your blog is awesome and reflects the stage of life you are in now. :-) Second I’ve “liked” you on Facebook as a way to stay connected to your blog since Google reader is going away. So far so good!

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Anne Reply:

She also usually tweets about a new post, so I find out that way :)

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Kristi     at 6:49 pm

My husband and I lived in Central America for 2 years – 100+degrees with 80% humidity and no AC. Miserable. The locals also actually ENJOYED eating soup in the heat b/c they thought it was cleansing and good to sweat it out. We would literally pour sweat while eating piping hot soup then go lay on the bed and drift in and out of heat exhaustion. Lol!! We would’ve died for a pool – enjoy it!

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Jennifer     at 7:42 pm

How do you wake up at 5????!!!! What time do you go to bed, I’m sure you have mentioned it before? I just can’t ever seem to get my lazy self out of bed even tho I know I could get so much more accomplished. But you get up early and always seem to have so much energy even while pregnant. By the time I get the kids to bed at night, I think I end up staying up to late just finally relaxing, then I sleep until the kids get up.

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More     at 5:03 am

It’s been crazy warm and rainy in our next of the woods but it’s cooling down today and I’m looking forward to our AC going OFF so that way we can get a little fresh air through this house! :)

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jean sampson     at 6:19 am

On another blog I follow, I can just get you through email. Is that possible with your blog?

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Ali @ Peaches and Football     at 6:25 am

Our heat wave FINALLY broke last night. Today it is cloudy, rainy, overcast – and a delicious 71 degrees for the high. After some 90 degree & humid stuff, this is seriously welcomed! Looking forward to sitting on the porch and reading this afternoon while the rain falls.

Being from WI, I’m NEVER used to warm weather. It’s very taxing and makes me wonder how people down South manage!!

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Stacie     at 8:32 am

Any chance you can do a post on your recycling and compost system in the kitchen? Would love to know what you do to compost. We recycle, but have always wanted to start composting. If you don’t feel like posting on it, that’s okay too!

Thanks for what you do! Keep up the great work–I LOVE your blog!! Enjoy the weekend and stay cool :)

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Amy Reply:

I second this — I’d love to hear more about your composting system because I’m trying to figure it all out myself!

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Elise @ Expeditions of Elise     at 10:30 am

Are you planning to post about the compost system you mentioned above? I’d love to hear about it! Also, as much as I adore your recipes (they always come out so well!) I agree with you that a soup recipe in late June isn’t high on my list of delicious eats…some simple summer salad recipes would be much appreciated, since that’s what I’m craving right about now.

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Kristi     at 2:11 pm

I am so sad that google reader is ending on Monday. I have tried Freely and Bloglovin’ and just can’t get into liking either. I guess on Monday I won’t have a choice.

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elizabeth     at 4:25 pm

Cullen’s belly cracks me up! Did you or your husband have a belly like that as a kid?

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Leah M     at 9:19 pm

I love your blog! Don’t change a thing :). Look forward to a yummy looking soup post. I do pull out the crockpot in the summer to avoid the use of the oven. My kids adore soups anytime. Stay cool in this Seattle heat! Love Cullen’s swim outfit!

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Bev     at 10:04 pm

I’ve never commented before, but I had to tell you I’m so glad I found your blog. The soup looks so Delish. Hope you will find or post recipe. It’s been raining here for 8 days straight ugg. So soup wouldn’t be bad right now. I enjoy your blog very much. I think you have a great balance of it all. =)

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Karen     at 5:33 am

I love that photo of Cullen sitting on the park bench, completely ego-free – with his adorable protruding belly! Ahhh…the age of innocence!

This is completely off topic, Emily, but I was wondering if you could addres your reasons for introducing eggs/dairy back into your once-vegan diet. I believe you attributed this to finding local, organic sources of dairy, but I also expect that this decision was Cullen-related. I know you never proclaimed to be a vegan for life, and you weren’t particularly rigid re. following a no animal products diet, but still…

Why and when did you make this decision and did you notice any positive health changes as a result? Many thanks!

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Lee     at 7:44 am

I can totally eat soup when it’s 100 degrees out. Same for ice cream when it’s freezing.

I read through your comments and I have to say that I really enjoy reading your life updates as well as your recipes.

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Whitney     at 10:09 am

Cullen’s belly kills me!! I’ve never seen a belly so big on a toddler..too cute!

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Shannan     at 12:53 pm

It seems like we must have switched summers! It was fairly cool in the midwest this weekend. This is silly, but you guys really don’t have to have AC!? If I didn’t already have a love affair with Seattle then I really do now.

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Jessica     at 2:54 pm

I love reading your blog! My favourites are the family posts! I do love your recipes but Cullen is adorable. I have a 12 month old who from the sounds of it is just as active as Cullen. It’s nice to know what I’m in for as she gets older :)

BTW – Some of us live where it’s winter at the moment, and that soup looked delicious. Please post it as soon as you can.

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kim     at 9:31 pm

I have been reading your blog since Cullen was born. I have a son just two months older then Cullen (and a little girl who is 9 months old) and it’s been fun following someone in the same stage of life as me. I was also born and raised in the Seattle area, but am now living in NC. I love reading about your life with your little man and your adventures in my homeland ;) It makes me feel like I am still apart of WA even though I am thousands of miles away! Thanks for sharing about your daily life.

You are one of the bloggers that have inspired me to start my own blog. And now I know how much time, energy, and thought goes into a blog :) Thanks for all your work. I have really enjoyed “getting to know you” :) I hope someday maybe, just maybe, we can meet.

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie     at 1:48 pm

That’s awesome you’re able to get workouts in while pregnant. I love that picture of Cullen by the water, he’s so cute!

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Tara Newman     at 7:06 pm

Hey Emily,
Why do you like Feedly better? I was using Bloglovin’ and just curious. I am new to blogging and appreciate your point of view. Thanks!

BTW, haven’t commented in a long time but I love watching Cullen grow through your eyes. Congrats on #2.

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RW     at 11:21 am

You were working outside of the home when I first started following, and then you had your first baby and were lucky enough to be able to stay home while your husband worked. I know, I know you bring in some income with your blog but you have the privilege of staying home with your kids. While I don’t necessarily mind that your blog is no longer a “food/cooking blog” I’d agree that perhaps you might want to edit your “About Me” section. Other than that, I’d love to hear some deeper thoughts from you about what it means for you to stay home with your kids. I can’t relate about much of your life with two kiddos, but I appreciate what you are doing with the amazing gift of being able to stay home and care for them full-time. I work full-time and had a baby born at 24 weeks gestation. So, I have other blogs that help for the realities that are parenting a micropreemie and the trauma around that, as well as working full-time outside of the home with a husband who travels most weeks for his job. All this to say that while our lives are very, very different, I enjoy your writing style and so I continue to read. It’s more like reading a nonfiction work for me as opposed to a self-help. I happen to like a well written piece of non-fiction.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Glad you can find a way to relate even though our lives might be quite different! And I’m glad to hear your baby is okay given such an early birth — how scary! I appreciate you reading for so long. There are a lot of things out of date and in need of updates and changes here, but that’s pretty far down the list of current priorities. At some point I’d like to do a total overhaul and redesign — hopefully this year!

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