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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.



Monday Mishmash.

HELLO MONDAY!!  And Happy February – how did that happen?  Let’s do the damn thing.  Right?  Monday is one of my working days where in theory I get lots of work done, but what actually happens is I get lost in my email and suddenly I have 40 minutes left before my babysitter needs to leave.  So let’s do the damn thing quickly.

So I feel a little sad admitting this, but I’ve officially quit Trader Joe’s.  I feel a bit like a traitor, but there were a number of factors leading up to this decision.  And I don’t know if it was really a “decision” as much as it just sort of happened.  And the biggest reason for it?

I discovered Costco.

I know the rest of the world has been shopping at Coscto for an eternity, and this is nothing new, but it is totally new and exciting for me!  I’ve had friends and family members harassing me to join for YEARS, and I don’t know why I resisted for so long.  LIFE CHANGING.  And hello, Costco is a Seattle company!

I always went to TJ’s for our staple items – things like canned goods, baking supplies, bananas, and my beloved soy coffee creamer.  The coffee creamer remains the ONE and only thing I have not found at Coscto, so the hunt continues for a suitable replacement.  But wow – Coscto is a million times cheaper, and has an incredible selection. 

I was really over TJ’s bad produce, but I’ve also been balking at the prices at Whole Foods.  And since it’s winter and the farmer’s markets aren’t as plentiful right now, I needed a better alternative.  Here are a few favorite things I’ve discovered so far…

These giant bags of salad mixes!  Oh my heavens!

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I’ve been making this one and adding a glazed tempeh to bulk up as a dinner salad.  Casey and I can almost perfectly split the bag as a meal.  We’ve also been splitting this one, with sautéed tofu mixed in – YUM. 

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And these little guacamole cups are perfect for the kids!  We never buy (or even make, for that matter) guacamole because it turns brown in like 30 seconds, but these portions are perfect.  They also have mini hummus cups that I’ve been packing in school lunches. 

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Other favorites include massive blocks of Beecher’s cheese, multi-packs of Field Roast, double packs of Dave’s Killer Bread, and enormous boxes of my kids’ favorite Fig Bars.  Costco, what took me so long!?

On that note, I promised you guys more food content here, and a better look into what we’ve been eating these days.  I’ve been snapping pics, but not actually sharing.  So here are a few meals I captured over the last few weeks…

The same Asian slaw mentioned above, served with coconut quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes.  Delish!

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I made this lunch on a particularly rainy day when I was dreaming of summer and our backyard cookouts.  It’s sauerkraut from Britt’s Pickles and a veggie frankfurter from Field Roast – two amazing Seattle companies!  My kids are seriously obsessed with sauerkraut – Cullen dips his hot dogs in the leftover juice – so bizarre!

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This was another leftover lunch – roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes mixed with some of the pre-cooked Love Beets <—another Costco find!  Washed down with Green Tea kombucha (my favorite flavor) and an extra cup of coffee because Graham likes to wake up at 5:30am. 

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And this was not homemade, but it’s my current favorite takeout for Friday or Saturday nights – veggie tofu pho from Lucky’s in Fremont.  There is nothing in the world better than piping hot broth and noodles mixed with simple veggies and tofu on a rainy day.  And it’s really cheap, which is a big plus. 

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Attempted to eat in front of the Making A Murderer Dateline special, but our cable recording was messed up (DAMN YOU, COMCAST!).  So instead we watched Sicario and it was terrifying and suspenseful and awesome. 

Our weekend was pretty low key – on Saturday morning I went for a 4.5 mile run with my friend, Lacey, and it was so hard and sluggish and felt more like 14 miles.  It was also freezing and windy!  The next time I decide to lay off the mileage over the winter, please remind me how much I hate myself for it every January. 

On Sunday morning, I went to yoga sculpt at CorePower, and I swear I was directly under the heater.  I have never been so hot in a class in my life!  It was so hard and so sweaty, and it was the first time I ever truly considered whipping my shirt off during class.  Luckily for those around me, I didn’t.

Speaking of running and workouts – I’m super excited to share that this is my second year as a Run Happy Ambassador for Brooks!  I felt so honored to join this group last year, and I know that being part of an awesome running community really boosted my running and races last year.  I’m hoping to live up to the opportunity again this year! 

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In case you didn’t know, Brooks is also a Seattle-based company, so I feel extra lucky to have all their awesome resources (an amazing flagship store, local group runs, local race sponsorship, etc.) right in my backyard.  As part of the Ambassador program, we get to try out certain gear throughout the season, and they just recently launched their incredible spring line.

I wanted to show you a few of the items I’ve been wearing non-stop.  Back in September, I showed you guys the amazing Joyride jogger pants.  Well the Brooks team did it again – and they created the Run-Thru Pant – a mesh jogger pant that is pretty much the only thing I wear. 

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The outside is made completely of mesh – which makes it looks super 80’s but in the best kind of way.  The inside is totally lined for comfort and privacy.  It has a wide-banded waist for maximum comfort, and thick bands at the ankles too.  And giant pockets for keys or phones or whatever.  I’m honestly sort of embarrassed at how often I wear these.  If they release them in black I’m snatching up another pair immediately.   

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And yes, my booty is beyond large and in charge.  I’ve given up hating it and am trying really hard to embrace my curves while continuing to focus on fitness.  If only I had some boobs to balance it out!

I’ve also been loving the Run-Thru Jacket – the meshy couterpart to my beloved pants (although I don’t actually wear them together – hello tracksuit!). 

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Unlike the pants, the jacket is unlined – so it is actual, breathable super light mesh.  It is perfect for mild runs where you need more than a tank, but still need to breathe and not suffocate.  And I know this will be my go-to jacket as the temperatures warm up in Seattle.  I forced myself out of my comfort zone and went with bright pink – loving it!

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And finally, I showed you guys my black and grey Brooks Vanguards last season, and told you I was coveting the gold and tan color.  Well clearly I couldn’t resist them. 

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They are hands down my favorite casual shoes – the perfect mix of comfort and style.  I LOVE the metallic gold – it dresses them up a bit!

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Last but not least, this has nothing to do with Costco or Brooks or anything else I’ve been rambling about, but I had my camera out for once and thought I’d share one more favorite thing.  I got a Lululemon gift card that’s been burning a hole in my wallet since Xmas, and I finally splurged on something fun and new! 

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I picked up the That’s A Wrap top, and it is so perfect for wearing to and from workouts.  I never normally buy any of their jackets or wraps because they are so pricey, but I figured a gift card was the perfect time to treat myself to something out of the ordinary.  I love the giant pockets and the fact that it comes up high on my neck, and that it is long enough to cover my butt.  I plan to live in this until summer. 

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And now I’m out of time and need to go relieve the babysitter!  So my random ramblings are over.  We have Casey’s parents coming into town next weekend, and his dad will be helping with a laundry room renovation, so I am seriously excited about all of that. 

Back in a bit – hope your week is off to a good start!!



Coffee Talk: Monday Edition.

Happy Monday, friends!  I’m a disorganized mess of thoughts this morning, so I figured I’d just dump it all right here.  And I haven’t done a weekly wrap-up for workouts in weeks, so how about that too?

I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop directly around the corner from our first condo here in Seattle.  It seems like a lifetime ago that we lived there, and yet the coffee shop feels exactly the same.  Weird to think we moved out of this neighborhood when Cullen was just six months old!  It felt like he was part of our time there for so much longer. 

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I gloated and smugly told everyone I knew how Seattle was having an endless summer, and how even in mid-October we hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet.  And now it is November, and the rain has been relentless for what has felt like an eternity (but what has actually been like, a week).  And it hasn’t been the typical Seattle misty rain where we all pretend like we don’t even notice it and go about business as usual.  Nope, this has been pelting, big fat raindrops that make me want to drink tea and never leave my house again.  And it looks like there is no end in sight for a while.

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Laaaaaaaaaame.  Because the weather has been so gross, I’ve been doing lots and lots of classes instead of running (because I’m a wimp and don’t want to run in the rain).  Although I WILL run in the rain this coming week, since I took a week off – I am committed!  Here’s what I was up to last week:

Monday – 6am barre3 class – I am not a morning person, so I have to reaaaaaally motivate myself to do an early class.  Thank goodness ClassPass has a 12-hour cancellation window, otherwise I’d cancel every single one of my morning classes at 5am.  I saw two friends in class and it was a great start to my week!

Tuesday – evening FlyBarre Sport with my friend Jen.  This is the hardest class I do, and I always approach class with a mixture of fear and excitement.  I was completely spent afterward, and fell asleep as soon as I hit the couch back at home. 

Wednesday – was signed up for Pilates at 7pm, and woke up at 630 am and promptly cancelled that before I missed the cancellation window.  I was so sore from two strength classes in a row, and decided a long walk with the dogs was a better option. 

Thursday – rest day because we had a date night planned in the evening.  Within one hour of our dinner out, we had to turn around and go home because Graham was screaming about ear pain.  Poor guy!

Friday – 6am power vinyasa at Shefayoga with my friend Lacey.  It was a great class and the perfect mix of strength and stretching.  And as much as I hate waking up early for classes, I’m always so much more refreshed and ready to start my day when I do.

Also, saw this amazing yoga tank at two different studios this weekend, and can’t stop thinking about wanting it.  Hoping for a Black Friday sale!

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Especially since I already have the coffee version from Brandy Melville.  Which I am actually wearing as we speak. 

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Speaking of fun shirts – did I show you the one I grabbed in San Francisco a few weeks ago?  I saw it on the shelf and it had to come home with me.  I needed a souvenir, right?

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And just in case you were wondering, yes I am 34 years old and cannot resist buying silly pun tees that are meant for 22 year olds.  No shame. 

Okay where was I?

Saturday – morning yoga sculpt class at CorePower Yoga with my friend Christin.  This is one of my favorite classes, and it’s almost never on the schedule anymore, so I was really excited to find a weekend option.  I was dripping buckets of sweat and had totally exhausted my muscles by the end.  Christin and I went to Healeo for acai bowls afterward (while Casey took the boys to the Science Center), and it was such a fun weekend treat. 

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Sunday – pouring rain all day long.  Extreme laziness.  Said I was going to run and then never did it.  I did, however, make us this incredible curried butternut squash and kale soup.  I know I’ve posted a million soup recipes here already, but I’m going to remake this one and share it too.  It was SO good. 

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The other Sunday highlight was our first official family movie night – we pulled out the couch and all snuggled in to watch Inside Out.  Holy cow – what an incredible movie!  I did lots of crying and laughing, and both boys loved it.  Not sure Graham actually followed the plot, but he sat there for almost two hours and never made a peep other than occasionally bursting out laughing.  It was adorable and I can’t wait to do it again.  Great way to end the weekend. 

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And that brings us to today!  Despite staying up too late last night and then waking up to torrential rain, I was out the door at 530am to make it to my Flybarre 45 class.  I tried a new teacher and really liked her, and now I feel great that my week is already off to a good start. 

I wrote recently about being at a higher weight than I am used to (and that I would necessarily prefer).  And I will say it again – your comments BLEW ME AWAY!  I’d encourage anyone else feeling the same way to read the many long, touching comments from other people in the same boat – it’s so nice to know you (we!) are not alone! 

To add to that just a little bit, I’ve been doing a mix of classes and running very consistently now for over a year, and my weight has not budged.  So for now, my focus has shifted to getting stronger. 

While the scale has perhaps not reflected my hard work, in many ways the mirror actually has – I am much stronger and more muscular than I’ve been in years.  I love growing stronger and being able to push myself harder and perform better in classes.  And so as this rainy season seems to be here to stay, my plan is to continue to work hard in classes and squeeze in a run or two each week too.  I’m hoping this will translate to faster running when I ramp it up again in the spring – we’ll see!  With the holidays ahead, I plan to celebrate and indulge and enjoy them – knowing I’m also staying active and finding a good balance. 

With that said, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away!  I’m still adjusting to the idea that is is November, but it seems like it’s happening whether I like it or not. We are going home to the Midwest for Thanksgiving this  year, and I’m really excited.  It feels like we haven’t been home in forever!  And the kids are finally at an age where I’m not totally freaked out about travel (although I do fear the airplane germs!).

Alright that’s it from me today – off to pick up Cullen at school and go see what Graham has been up to this morning (babysitter reports he peed in the potty – success!).  Happy Monday, guys!  I hope wherever you are it is much drier than it is in Seattle this morning.  :) 

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