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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.

Thanksgiving 2015 (& Beautiful Bouqs!)

We are back home in Seattle after a wonderful week back in the Midwest with our families.  We took off last Tuesday morning, and for the first time in four years I wasn’t nervous to fly.  The kids are at great ages for it, and it was also our first time flying without a stroller – so much easier!


It was also Graham’s first time on a plane since he turned two, so he finally had his own seat.  It costs a million dollars for us to fly anywhere now, but it’s always worth it to go see family.

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We spent the first half of the week in Indiana with Casey’s side of the family.  The house was full of extended family members from as far away as Miami and Atlanta, and it was so wonderful to see everyone.  The boys were in heaven!  Casey’s mom and I took them to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum on Wednesday morning, and I am surprised we ever got them to leave.

Thursday was all about FOOD!  Casey and I snuck off to the gym and got a rare opportunity to work out together, which was a nice start to the day.

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Tina and her sisters were cooking machines – there was a schedule complete with cell phone alarms going off to ensure that dinner made it onto the table on time.  Pretty impressive!

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I was in charge of the Thanksgiving centerpiece, and thankfully my job was super easy this year.  I was offered two beautiful flower arrangements from The Bouqs Company, and I knew that our week-long Thanksgiving festivities were the perfect occasion.

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I was super excited when The Bouqs Company reached out to me, because I had seen them on SHARK TANK on one of our many wild Friday nights last year.  Here is the basic rundown on how the business works:

  • The Bouqs Company is a flower delivery service that’s easy, fresh, and beautiful.
  • Flowers are cut the day you order and shipped the next day, so you’ll receive them sooner and they’ll last longer!
  • Flowers are grown on the side of an active volcano in Ecuador, so more sunshine and mineral rich soil makes for better flowers!
  • Flowers are shipped directly to your door from the farms – no waiting in warehouses until they’re ordered, so always good quality and beautiful.
  • All flowers are grown at sustainable, eco-friendly farms that follow strict responsible farming practices and are 3rd party certified by Veriflora and The Rainforest Alliance.
  • What you see is what you get – exactly like the picture on the website, no bait-and-switch, and never any teddy bears or cheap candy.
  • Always free shipping!!

When I was in high school, my mom was a florist and I worked at the flower shop part-time after school as her helper.  I learned a lot about the floral industry, and nothing drives me crazy like those over the top pre-arranged boxes arrangements full of balloons on a stick and died carnations.  My favorite thing about the arrangements from The Bouqs Company is that you get EXACTLY what you see in the picture – no surprises!

If you are interested in trying out The Bouqs Company yourself, just enter the promo code GETBLOOMS for 20% off your first order!  They have some gorgeous holiday arrangements available right now.

I ordered the BBQ’N arrangement for Thanksgiving at the Malone’s house, since I knew it would look great with the fall decorations and colors in their living room.  I went with the “deluxe” option that included 24 roses with freesia accents for $50.  They arrived all boxes up and packaged into two smaller bouquets.

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I did my best to channel my inner florist and arrange them nicely on the table.  They smelled amazing, and the colors were gorgeous.

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Beautiful blooms with football on in the background – Thanksgiving, indeed!

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While the moms cooked, the boys enjoyed time with family that they don’t see nearly enough.  Both boys were totally enamored by their great-grandmother, and it was really special to see them together after a long time away.

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Finally, it was time to eat!  Tina planned an amaaaazing spread of veggie food (in addition to turkey and ham).  It was a serious feast!

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I was in charge of this vegan mac and cheese dish made with chao (vegan) cheese and field roast/breadcrumb topping.  It turned out really well – definitely one to remake!

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A plate full of goodness – so good I had to wait several hours for dessert.  Is there anything better than Thanksgiving food??

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The following day, we said our goodbyes and headed to Cincinnati to see my side of the family – it was grandparent overload for the boys!  We took them to the Cincinnati Museum Center, where they were very happy to discover there was a big snake and turtle event happening (yikes!).


One big thing of note from this trip was that it was the first time Graham has ever slept in a bed.  When we got there on our first night, he took one look at the pack n play and it was clear it wasn’t going to happen.  So we convinced Cullen to share his bed, and every night from then after they slept cuddled up together.  Truly, the cutest thing EVER.  My heart could only take so much.


On Saturday, we had Thanksgiving part two!  My mom and Jim cooked all afternoon while the boys took epic long naps, and I spent several hours cocooned under a blanket on the sun porch with my sister.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

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Once dinner was on the table, we were all ready for feast number two.  Cornbread veggie stuffing…

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Cranberry sauce (my personal favorite!)…

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Skin-on mashed potatoes (the only way to do it!)…

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Place cards made by the kids (with a little help from mom)…

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A yummy shaved Brussels sprout dish…

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Field Roast celebration roast…

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And a big bowl of roasted veggies with fresh herbs.  Such a great spread!

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And of course – more beautiful flowers from The Bouqs Company

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I sent the Desperado volcano roses to my mom’s house because that pink color looked so incredible.  It did not disappoint in person! 

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I moved them to the sunroom for better photos, but they were absolutely perfect on our holiday table.  Is there anything more classic and beautiful than roses?

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We stayed a few more days and enjoyed family and just all hanging out together.  Every time we go home it gets more difficult to leave.  When we landed at the airport in Seattle yesterday, Cullen burst into tears and sobbed, “I wish all our family lived in Seattle.”  Me too kid, me too. 

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The kids had an awesome week and were beyond exhausted by the end.


It was a great visit and I feel so lucky that we go to see so many loved ones all at once.  I’m thankful for so much family time and so much good food, and now the countdown is on until Christmas when we’ll have visitors here in Seattle!

And many thanks to The Bouqs Company for providing our gorgeous Thanksgiving arrangements.  The quality of the flowers was fantastic and the service was excellent – I’ll definitely be using it for gifts in the future!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  Back soon!

This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Company.  Thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish, and our family!

Summer Adventures Part 3: Grandma Visits!

Continuing our summer adventures (part one and part two here) – because I am determined to catch up before we leave for vacation!  A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to spend three glorious days with my mom, who flew in for a long weekend.  She hasn’t been out to Seattle since last Christmas, so we were really excited to have her back.


We tend to get most of our visitors for holidays and in the winter months, but we rarely have anyone come see us here in Seattle in the summer (because we meet them elsewhere for family vacations!).  We were so excited to finally get to show Grandma just how incredible the northwest is in July.

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My mom loves the beach just as much as I do, so we took advantage of hot temps and gorgeous sunshine, and spent as much time on the water as possible.  On Saturday afternoon we headed to Carkeek Park, which has been one of my favorites this summer.

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We played, we splashed, we tossed balls, and we explored low tide and all the fun sea life.

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That night we stayed home and grilled out for dinner.  Casey made these amazing homemade veggie burgers that had tomatillo salsa mixed inside.  UNREAL – need him to make these again.

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Sunday brought record heat, so we headed to the other side of the city and hit up Lake Washington this time.  We’ve been spending a lot of time at Madison Park beach this summer because the water is so warm and shallow, and the kids absolutely love it. 

Casey did a long ran of 16 miles and just rain straight to the beach, where my mom and the kids and I were already playing.  It was so fun to have my mom there, because Casey and I actually got a chance to go for a swim together – such a rare treat!  We swam all the way out to the dock and jumped off the diving boards together – amazing!


It was record heat that day – 96 degrees – so after nap time we needed to get back outside (as the house has no AC and afternoons are brutal once it warms up).  I really wanted to do something back out on the water since it was such a gorgeous day, and we decided to try out the Sunday Ice Cream Cruise on Lake Union!

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It was a 50 minute boat ride around Lake Union with a mix of guided info and upbeat music to enjoy. 

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We cruised right past the houseboats and got so close you could almost see inside.  Someday I want to rent one just for the weekend! 

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There is seriously nothing better than having Grandma around.  It had been way too long since we’d had her out here, and we considered hiding her suitcase so she couldn’t leave. 

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It was the perfect way to end another awesome, sunny summer day. 

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And of course, no ice cream cruise is complete without root beer floats!

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One of the perks of being a little brother is that you get to do things like drink root beer floats waaaay sooner than your big brother did.

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Monday was our last day with my mom (she took the red eye out that night) and while Cullen was at school, Graham got a special morning at the zoo with her all to himself.  It was a blast, and it made me realize I have never taken Graham to the zoo alone before.  I’m so happy this year will bring a bit more balance for both kids with new school programs starting – it’s so good to get that alone time in with each of them here and there. 


And then Grandma left and I felt super sad and did some crying and wished – as I always do – that we didn’t live so damn far away.  But it stung a little less knowing we have a wonderful family vacation planned with my mom and sisters (and their families) at the end of the month.  Happiness!

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