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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.



Mountain Memories.

This weekend we packed up the car and headed into the mountains.  What should have been a four hour drive turned into six, and the minute we got there Graham puked all over the parking lot.  It was a rough start, but once we got there and saw our friends (and Graham got back to his normal self!) it made the journey more than worth it. 

We spent the weekend at Government Camp in Mt. Hood with two of our favorite families – great friends from Seattle who we see all the time, and our other great friends who moved away last year and we hadn’t seen since July!  You know how it is with kids though – as if no time has passed at all. 

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We rented a condo that was perfect for our group and had a big carpeted space for the kids to play.  We brought our train set, and it’s pretty much the only thing they did all weekend when we were inside.  A definite hit!

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We had six kids ages four and under, and they all got along SO well.  They all thought it was hilarious and awesome to see each other in their pajamas, eat meals together, and just be together all the time. 

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And while being with friends was definitely agenda numero uno, enjoying the SNOW was a close second!

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I think I shared recently here that we took a sledding trip into the mountains a few weeks ago, and my kids had an absolute blast.  Cullen in particular just really loved the snow, and I was so excited knowing we had this trip ahead, and I crossed my fingers there would still be plenty of snow on the ground when we got there.   

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As it turned out, there was more than enough snow – like GIANT piles that were several feet deep, and flakes coming down all around.  It was a true winter wonderland!

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We headed to a fun sledding hill that was a short walk from our condo.  The snow was so thick on the path leading to the hill that the kids couldn’t even walk.  The adults all sunk in to the knees with each step – it was amazing!  Thank goodness for sleds!

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My boys all scurried up the hill to get started with sledding.  The snowflakes were coming down all around us, and it was just beautiful. 

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Cullen and his buddy were the first ones down, and I found myself closing my eyes and cringing anytime they went down the hill.  Sledding is so fun and yet so terrifying!

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Just like last time, Cullen absolutely loved it.  I don’t know where this fearlessness came from, but he went down over and over again, and the giant smile never left his face. 

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Graham was scared of the “big hill” but still loved being outside in the snow.  He loved making snowballs and wouldn’t stop eating it all!

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I couldn’t stop laughing watching Cullen do these giant jumping belly flops into the snow.  Who does that?  He must have done it a hundred times.  It was definitely key to have all the right snow gear – none of the kids complained about being cold the whole time, and it made a big difference.

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Northwest beauty – I’ve never seen anything like it!  I sure do love all our water and beaches, but the past few months have really made me fall in love with and appreciate the Northwest in the winter. 

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Back to the house to warm up with hot chocolate!

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Despite the herculean effort it took to get six kids under age four in and out of all their snow gear, we decided to head back out into the snow a second time that morning – in order to take advantage of fresh powder snow and gorgeous sunshine. 

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We had planned to do the big tubing hill, but it was crazy crowded and also incredibly expensive.  So we found a big patch of snow to play in at the top of the hill, and it was just as good – if not better. 

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The kids and adults all had an epic snowball fight, and we were all exhausted and covered in snow by the end.  The kids were so thrilled to actually be allowed to knock each other down and throw things at each other, and the parents took great satisfaction in beaming their kids with snowballs. :)

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Back at home to warm up, stay in jammies all day, and watch the little monkies laugh and chase each other. 

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We had to check out on Sunday at noon, but we hustled to fit in one more snow adventure before we headed home.  We got to the tubing hill right when it opened, and there were only two other people there!

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We also found out when we got there, that the afternoon sun the day before had caused the tubing hill to turn into an ice luge.  The guy working the hill said it was way too slippery for the kids to do alone, and that adults would have to ride behind and drag our feet to slow it down.  Talk about a heart attack!

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I could barely watch, but the boys absolutely loved it.  Screams of joy the whole way down. 

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I actually went down a few times myself, and may or may not have screamed most of the way. 

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Little buddies who just love each other so much.  Makes my heart happy. 

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An annual tradition from now on – no doubt.

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We left just as the sky opened up and giant fat snowflakes started falling.  It was so beautiful!

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Can’t say enough about these mama sisters of mine – they are my family out here, and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful people to share these fun memories and moments with. 

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Until next year!



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!

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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