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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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    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

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    A Look Back.



Lunch.

I wasn’t planning on posting anything today.  I’m bogged down with Babble deadlines, trying to conquer the ever growing mountain that is my email, and working on our Recipage site redesign.  But then I got a few bites into my lunch, and felt the urge to say hi.  So…HI!

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I am a creature of habit.  I find something I like, and I do (or eat!) it over and over again.  I can easily eat the same thing day after day without getting bored.  And right now that thing is this – toasted hempseed bread with coconut spread, half an avocado, two fried eggs, and a smoothie to wash it all down. 

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First, let’s talk about the bread.  I discovered Silver Hills products at our local grocery store, and I have yet to find a variety I don’t love.  They are local-ish to Seattle (Canada), and it’s some of the tastiest and most nutritious bread I’ve found.  The Hemptation variety I’m eating now has 7 grams of protein per slice!  I am trying each variety one by one, but this one is my favorite so far. 

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As for the rest of the sandwich, I just toast the bread, slather on the coconut spread, slice and avocado and layer the slices, and quickly fry two eggs in a pan.  I usually like my eggs to be really runny, but today’s got a little overcooked because I was feeding the dogs at the same time.  Multi-tasking!

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As for the smoothie, Casey makes a big blender full every morning for the whole family.  He usually starts with a blend of spinach, carrots, banana, frozen mango, frozen berries, and flax oil.  Then pours a big pint glass for Cullen, and adds some protein powder to the rest of the mixture for us.  Each of us has a big glass every day – a quick and easy way to get in fruits and vegetables between work, play, and other meals. 

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I don’t actually eat this sandwich every day, although I would if I could.  But I don’t want to eat that many eggs each week, so I probably average 2-3 times a week instead.  I always get excited when I realize it’s been a few days, and our avocados are the perfect ripeness.  It’s the little things, right?

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So that’s it – there’s my lunch!  Did I knock your socks off?  I’m crossing my fingers for a good nap today because I still have a lot of work to finish.  And after that, I’m counting down to tonight – hoping to take a Barre class with a friend and watch the Top Chef finale with Casey after bedtime!  Hope everyone is having a good day as well.  See you tomorrow!



Friday.

Happy end of the week!  We’re having a random day, so I thought I’d share some ramblings.  Care to join me?

I know it’s super lame to talk about the weather, but I can’t help myself.  Ours BLOWS right now.  It’s rainy and really, really windy.  Cullen and I haven’t set food outside today.

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And even worse, the forecast shows nothing but rain for the next ten days (and beyond, I’m sure).  Last winter I was hibernating with a newborn, so I don’t think I noticed it quite as much.  This winter I am climbing the walls with a crazed toddler.  This morning we were lucky enough to have a play date at our house, which made the morning go by quickly!

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But the lack of sunshine and fresh air just make me feel so blaaaaaaaaah.  I’m working during all of Cullen’s naps, but what I really want to do is curl up on the couch with the dogs under a giant blanket and take a nap.  They are taunting me. 

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When my friend was over this morning, she commented on our fridge being “bright and cheerful.”  I know a lot of people are anti fridge clutter, particularly with these sleek stainless appliances.  The rest of our house is really minimalistic – almost no clutter, very little excess, and perhaps even a bit stark.  I like to contain chaos to very specific places.  The back of my car is one of those places, and my fridge is another. 

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I love that every time I open the doors, I am surrounded by smiling faces of friends and babies that I love.  I try to mix up what we have on there every few months.  A few favorites right now:

  • Birth announcements for my two favorite Cincinnati babies
  • A “school picture” of my adorable nephew, Jonah
  • A sweet Valentine’s Day card from Casey
  • My favorite Instagram family photos, turned into Stickygrams
  • A Chinese fortune that I’ve been putting on our fridge since 2009!

It’s probably time for the Christmas photos to come down now, huh?  What do you think?  Clean fridge or fridge covered in memories and special notes?

Speaking of home décor, up until recently we had almost zero framed family pictures up anywhere in our house.  I have countless photos on laptops and hard drives, but somehow they never make it into frames.  I’m trying to be more on top of this stuff now, so I finally had some pictures of Cullen printed and framed for the walls.  This isn’t a good picture (there are more pictures outside of the left frame), but you get the idea – a photo wall in the stairwell. 

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I’m not sure what took so long.  Every time I go up the steps I look at all the pictures and smile.  It makes our space so much warmer and more personal!  I have a few more in frames that I need to decide where to hang.  I did it backwards – bought the frames and picked out the photos without finding the right wall space first.  Oops!

I’ve felt really uninspired in the kitchen lately, which is likely evidenced here.  I’ve actually been cooking quite a bit, but nothing has felt good enough to share.  This morning I made some (healthy-ish) mixed berry muffins for Cullen, but they don’t really feel recipe worthy.

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As life with a toddler is picking up, and Casey’s work hours are late, I’m making a lot more make-ahead stuff like soups and stews.  And lots of baked goods for snacks and quick bites.  And while those things are great, I’m sure you guys will get sick of a rotation of nothing but soups and muffins.  Alas, that is mostly what we’re eating right now. 

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But I’m hoping more inspiration will strike soon!  I have some good ideas swirling around in my ahead – just need to bring them to life.

I went to a daytime Barre class yesterday for the first time in months.  Up until now I’ve been doing evenings and weekends, and just squeezing those in here and there.  It was fun to mix it up during the day, and Cullen had a blast in the childcare area.  I’m making it my goal to go to one weekday class each week now!

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Although my legs are paying for it today.  I really want to do a weekend class with Casey at the studio that has childcare.  I really want him to see how tough it is, and what an awesome (and different!) type of workout it is.  I feel like exercise and activity is a constantly evolving thing in a person’s life, and right now I’m excited to have something I look forward to so much. 

On a less healthy note, I’m having one of those days where I keep creeping into the pantry and eating handfuls of chocolate chips. 

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Tell me I’m not the only one.  I just take like ten at a time, because it doesn’t feel like too many.  But then I go back over and over again.  The bag is less than half-full and I just bought it yesterday.  Oops!

Hope everyone is close to starting their weekend.  It’s going to be rainy here, but I have plans for pedicures and Hot Cakes with some friends on Saturday, and family birthday celebrations on Sunday.  Should be fun! 

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