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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.



Seattle Sunshine.

What an awesome weekend!  We are having crazy, unseasonably fabulous weather here in Seattle – temps in the 80’s all weekend long.  Even crazier since I think others are having unseasonably cold temps?  I have given up guessing what the weather is going to do here, and I’m just enjoying the sunshine as it comes!

Friday afternoon was nap-less as usual, but Cullen had some down time in the crib while I worked outside for about an hour.  Can’t believe it’s finally nice enough for a patio workstation!

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Once Mr. No Nap was finished reading himself books, he joined me in the backyard for an afternoon snack and play date. 

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Since summer has arrived a bit early this year, we don’t really have any fun backyard entertainment yet.  So I got creative and rigged up a homemade water table out of his old infant bathtub.  He splashed and played for almost three hours until dad came home and we dragged him inside for dinner.  

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It was most definitely a big hit.

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We also tested out his new super cool toddler sunglasses.  I figured there was no way he’d keep them on, but it turns out he loves them.  They had me laughing all weekend long.  He is a hoot.   

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Saturday brought all sorts of excitement.  We were up early to head into Seattle to meet someone to measure carpet for OUR NEW HOUSE.  That’s right – we’re moving…again.  Yep, we are insane.  We are also ridiculously excited, and sort of in shock that this really long crazy story of home buying/selling actually worked out, and we’ll be in our new space in just a few short weeks!  More details to come eventually.  For now, here’s Cullen enjoying what will be his new (fabulous!) backyard.

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We left the new place on cloud nine, finally seeing it all ready to go for it’s new owners (US!!!).  From there we decided to spend some time in what will be our new ‘hood, and headed over to Discovery Park for a family hike. 

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Discovery is the biggest park in Seattle, and provides some of the most gorgeous scenery and views you can find in this area.  We stood at the top of the lookout in total awe of how gorgeous the Sound looked sparkling under the sun. 

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Pretty excited to have this so close to us this summer (and beyond!).  Feels like a dream come true!

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Also, I am looking massively pregnant.  I woke up the day I hit 16 weeks, and my stomach had doubled (tripled?) in size.  I’ll do an update here soon, but someone is most definitely growing in there!  I was feeling it too as we hiked up and down.  I don’t have the stamina that I used to!

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.  I can’t handle it.

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We worked up an appetite on our hike, and headed to Homegrown in Queen Anne for lunch afterward.  Cullen was very excited to be getting his very own sandwich. 

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Marinated portabella, avocado, arugula, pickled red onion, and homemade pesto on whole grain for mama.  My favorite sandwich there by far.

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Kid’s peanut butter and homemade jam for Cullen, served with an organic orange.

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A big bowl of vegan Thai curry soup for all three of us to share (Cullen loved it!)…

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And a very hungry family to eat it all.  Yum!

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We headed home for Cullen’s (theoretical) nap, and some downtime at the house.  I watched the Derby and ended up falling asleep for about an hour.  It was nice and lazy, just as Saturday afternoon should be.  In the evening, we ventured out to Downtown Kirkland in search of an early dinner.  We scored a patio table at a Thai place, which felt like winning the lottery on such a busy night. 

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I don’t remember exactly what this was, but it was incredibly delicious.  Crispy egg noodles, tofu, and veggie with some sort of fabulous sauce.  All plates were cleaned. 

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Finished off our evening with a few scoops of gelato.  It felt like the first day of summer – people, dogs, and families out everywhere enjoying our beautiful city. 

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Sunday morning came painfully early, as Casey left at 5am to head to the airport.  He is in Toronto for a few days for work, leaving me and C to entertain ourselves.  I’m used to him traveling quite a bit, but not usually over weekends.  It felt really strange to be on my own on a Sunday!  I couldn’t get back to sleep after he left, so I went downstairs to enjoy some coffee and make pancakes for me and my little man. 

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Just because dad isn’t here, that is not going to stop us from pancake Sunday.  These were some of the best yet!  Definitely bookmarking the recipe for next week. 

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Sunday was hot, hot, HOT.  I knew all the beaches and parks would be insanely crowded since this is our first really warm weekend.  So Cullen and I headed to Kelsey Creek Farm – a really cute little petting zoo, farm, and playground area in Bellevue. 

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Mr. Cool loved the goats and chickens!

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He also loved the big sandbox!

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I will certainly never complain about too much sun or heat here, but it was so warm I worried about keeping him out too long.  Despite a full coating of sunscreen, my little fair-skinned boy was looking pretty pink by the time we hit the playground. 

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We stayed for a few hours and then headed home to relax, nap, and splash some more in the backyard.

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We missed Casey, but having such great weather definitely helped move our day along.  Today was in the 80’s again, and it’s supposed to be really nice all week.  We are actually heading to Ohio and Indiana later in the week to see my baby sister graduate from college!  Hard to believe.

More to come!



A New Year.

What better way to kick off a new year than waking up on Tuesday and having it feel like Saturday?  We had no plans for the first day of 2013, so we slept in and all enjoyed a big breakfast of eggs and toast at the dining room table.  We usually eat standing up in the kitchen, so this was a pretty big accomplishment. 

Even though it was still early, the sun was already starting to peek through the clouds.  We were both itching to do something outdoors and active.  A few quick text messages and an hour later, we found ourselves in St. Edwards State Park, meeting up with friends for a morning hike. 

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The park is just a few minutes from our house, but I haven’t been there since summer.  It had definitely been too long!  As our friends speedily hiked along, I brought up the rear as the annoying person taking pictures of all the scenery.  I couldn’t help myself.  Look at these mossy trees!  They were HUGE and so bright green. 

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Come ON, mom.

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We hiked up and down, and made our way around to the water side of the trail.  So beautiful.

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I slowed down and did a bit of a double-take when I saw this familiar log jutting out into the water…

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Hard to believe just a few months ago, my sister and I were climbing out onto it on an 80 degree day.  Gives me hope that it will actually be warm again some day. 

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We hiked down to the water and all took a break to soak up the sun and the gorgeous views. 

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Check out how crazy adorable Cullen’s little friend is – I LOVE having a boy, but the little girl accessories just kill me.  

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Such a beautiful spot.  Something about water is so reenergizing and comforting to me, and it felt even more so with the hope of a new year ahead of us. 

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Summer family…

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Winter family!

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Happy baby.

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Would you believe that while we were down there we saw a group of people out WATER SKIING?  The water here in Seattle is freezing cold in the summer, so I can’t even imagine what the temperature is in January.  They had wet suits on, but I still think they are crazy.  And also, awesome. 

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At the end of the hour-ish hike, we let the wee ones stretch their legs at the playground.

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And then Cullen got grumpy and hungry and cold, so we all headed home for lunch.  Leftover kale pasta, lentil loaf, and kimchee from the farmer’s market. 

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Cullen was a pasta fan.

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One of my hopes for this year is to manage our time better so we eat more meals together – sitting down as a family.  As it is now, I eat breakfast and lunch with Cullen, but Casey and I usually have dinner together after he goes to sleep.  Not sure how to make this actually happen schedule-wise, but it’s a hope. 

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While Cullen took his nap, Casey and I had a rare lazy afternoon on the couch.  We watched The Town (one of my FAVORITE movies) and just enjoyed a few hours of doing absolutely nothing.  I found a late surge of motivation in the evening and decided to take down all our Christmas decorations.  But before I did, I had to snap a few pictures of our new ornaments this year.  My mom hand made these awesome ornaments for the family.  Huey dog…

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And mischievous Indy…

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And I about died when I saw this one.  She made a felt ornament of Cullen’s Halloween costume.  Cutest thing EVER!

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Each year, Casey and I have a tradition of getting each other ornaments too.  Usually something meaningful or funny – something that reflects the past year.  I totally flopped and got Casey a stupid mercury glass ornament shaped like a C (booooring), but Casey knocked it out of the park.

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Seriously.  So funny, and so frighteningly accurate.  While I took down decorations and tried to break Cullen of his new favorite game – chase me up the stairs – Casey treated me to a delicious dinner.  Kamut and white bean burgers that were off.the.hook.  This was our first time making them, and one of the first times working with kamut, so we’ll do it again and post a recipe soon.  Want to make sure it’s just right!

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A big pile of sweet potato rounds on the side, eaten in front of a toasty fire.  So good.

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So far, our year is off to a good start!  I know all the new year stuff is cheesy and over-hyped, but I don’t care.  I feel motivated, energized, and excited for a new year ahead.  I have a lot of posts in the works – resolutions, marinated mushrooms, and Cullen’s long overdue 14 month update.  Coming soon!

A quick note:  I’ve had quite a few comments, emails, and Facebook mentions that some of you were/are having issues with the site.  Most problems seem to be happening with Firefox users.  I’ve made some coding changes and deleted the top bar ad (that I think was the problem…), so hopefully you are seeing improvements now!  Please let me know if the site is still freezing, redirecting, or giving you weird pop up ads – none of those things should be happening – yuck!  Thanks for your patience. 

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