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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.

Afternoon Chatter.

Hi, it’s me!  How have you guys been?  I’m just going to ramble today.  I hope that’s okay!

We’re having such a mild winter this year.  We’ve had so little rain, and what has felt like weeks and weeks of sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s.  It is insanity, and I love every bit of it.  We are out strolling every single day.


I am so grateful for these unseasonable temperatures, as the fresh air has really recharged me these last few weeks.  I feel happier, lighter, and so excited for the seasons that are coming.  Although I will admit, this warm winter has me somewhat scared of what this means for a summer with no air conditioning!  Do they still make those little fans you can wear on a string around your neck?

The boys have reached that pivotal stage I have been working toward for sixteen (!) long months – happily playing together and truly enjoying each other’s company (most of the time).


Now of course, there is still plenty of shoving, shouting over favorite cup choices, and the daily battle of who gets to go down the steps first.  But in between there is a lot of laughter and more opportunities for me to catch my breath, which has been wonderful.

Last summer was fun because – it was summer! – but it was also really challenging because Graham was in that wiggly stage of wanting to move, crawl, climb, eat sand/mulch, and not be held, and it made it really hard for me to get out to the beaches/parks/zoo as much as we have in the past.  These days Graham is sixteen months going on three years old, and he keeps up easily with his big brother.  He is going to be trouble for sure.  I cannot wait to spend sun up to sun down outside, covered in sunscreen, sand, dirt, and everything else we can get our hands into.

This morning I took both boys to the zoo in the wagon, and they absolutely loved it.  It was the first time that I felt like I had two “big” kids, and you know what?  It was awesome.  I love babies because they are squishy and perfect and snuggly.  But bigger kids are so much easier and – in my opinion – more enjoyable because we can DO so much more!


The pups are getting lots of outside time too, which they are loving.  Now that our days are getting longer, I’m able to walk them later and longer into the evening.  I find that I really look forward to those walks, as it’s the only true quiet of my whole day.  I think about how much I focused on them before the kids came along, and of course there is the guilt that now there is just never enough, for anyone really.  But I like our walks because it’s a chance for me to love on the dogs without any other distractions.  Their grey hairs seem to have snuck up on me.  Huey is eleven now, and Indy will be nine next week.  Everyone is growing up too quickly.


The other big THING of life right now is that some of our dearest friends just moved away.  I’ve known it was coming since last September, and I’m not sure if all that time has made it easier or harder to process.  Katie was my “person” – the one I called when I had mastitis and a 103 temperature and couldn’t even hold my own baby, who drove to my house at 5am and picked up Cullen and saw me writhe on the ground in the throws of labor, who invited us to dinner so many times when Casey was away, and the first person to hold Graham besides me or Casey.  She is a dear, dear friend, and while I know she’ll still remain very close, Seattle feels a bit emptier without her.

And while I have dealt with my own sadness and grief over saying goodbye to them, the true heartbreak has been for Cullen.  Of course, I don’t know that he actually feels that yet, or even if he will – kids are so quick to move forward.  But he and his buddy have done so much together, and I love how happy he always is when they are together.


We spent this past weekend helping them move.  All day Saturday was packing and loading the truck.  My job was to keep the kids entertained and out of the path of furniture and boxes.  How fitting that the boys showed up in matching outfits.  I love them so much!

Once the house was all packed up, they came back to our house for their final night in Seattle – and the three year olds had their first sleepover!  They were both so wiped out from a full day of playing with zero naps, and they were asleep within ten minutes.  I didn’t hear a peep until 6am, and then I watched them on the monitor – singing, chatting, trading stuffed animals, and looking through books together until 7am (when Cullen’s blue light turned off).  Total cuteness overload, and it made me really excited for future trips when we go visit!

I have never been good with change or goodbyes.  I’ve thought a lot about this in the past few months and weeks.  In the past, I’ve done a lot of crying, a lot of wallowing, and I’ve been paralyzed with regret and longing.  This time around, although there have still been plenty of tears, I tried really hard to focus on and be grateful for all that I do have – instead of wrapped up in what I was losing.

I have some really amazing friends here in Seattle.  Many moves and many moons ago when we first packed our lives up into a U-Haul and left Cincinnati, I could have never, ever imagined myself loving a life out on the west coast, and surrounded by an incredible group of people I consider to be family.  And while I’m sad to see a few of our good friends go, I am so grateful for all the wonderful people we still have here.  And now we have a new spot in Oregon to go visit!

Speaking of, I’m really hoping to explore a big chunk of the Northwest this year.  We’ve been here almost four years now, and there is still so much outside of Seattle we haven’t seen yet.  This summer, we have trips planned to Lake Chelan, WA, Cannon Beach, OR, and Bend, OR.  At some point I’d love to get to the Olympic Peninsula and British Columbia!

Alright, this nap time stretch is over so that’s enough rambling for today.  I still need to give you some final thoughts on the Barre3 challenge, and tell you about ClassPass – something I’m trying out this month!  Hope you are all having a great week.  Talk soon!

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula.

I’m starting to find my groove in the kitchen again.  So many colorful ingredients fresh for summer, so much light late into the evening (for late night grilling! and photography!), and two kids who are overlapping their long afternoon naps.  Truly amazing what a big difference a few little things can make.

Getting back into running (and Casey too – he’s training for the Portland Marathon!) also has me feeling extra driven to make our family’s health one of our biggest priorities.  I make a point to always have plenty of colors and veggies on Cullen’s plate (and now Graham too!), but then I put them down for naps and eat Larabars for lunch.  It’s an easy rut and habit to fall into, but in order to be a good example – and to just be healthier myself! – I’m trying to walk the walk a bit more. 

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

This pasta salad is one of my favorite dinners right now.  I have to give credit where it’s due though – I pretty much replicated a delicious salad I got from our local health store’s hot bar a few weeks ago (you can see a peek of it in this post during our picnic!).  I scarfed down bite after bite, and then immediately grabbed a piece of paper to jot down the ingredients I could identify.  I whipped up my version last week, and I’m already itching to make it again.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 2 packages ravioli pasta (~1lb)
  • 1/2 cup thinly shaved leeks
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  • pinch of salt (to taste)


While I’m enjoying being in the kitchen more, fresh pasta is just not realistic right now.  So I set off to find a ravioli that seemed like a good fit for the salad I had in mind.  I found exactly what I was looking for at Trader Joe’s!

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Of course, you can use any pasta you prefer, but I’d suggest something that compliments the tanginess of the lemon and feta, and brings a little extra green into the meal!  Cook pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta cooks, go ahead and slice the leeks and green onions. For the leeks, you want to do a very thin slice only on the thick stem, and for the onions thinly slice the dark green stalk. Add both to a large mixing bowl.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Chop your mint leaves and add to the bowl as well — can you ever have too much mint?

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Use a microplane to zest one entire lemon (and then put them lemon back in the fridge – it should keep even if it looks naked!) over the mixing bowl.

Defrost one cup of peas (or use fresh if the season is right!), and add to the bowl along with 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese. I personally love sheep’s milk feta!

Once the pasta is cooked, drain well and pat dry if needed. Then add to the mixing bowl and toss. Top the bowl with two generous handfuls of fresh arugula and drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil. Add a healthy pinch of salt (but you shouldn’t need too much – feta is already such a salty flavor!), and mix it all up.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

Serve immediately, or cold after refrigerating. This is delicious served right away, but also makes for yummy leftovers.

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

This is a great dish to make for or take to a party or picnic, as the pasta is filling but the rest of the dish is so fresh and light.  A definite crowd pleaser!

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

We’re adding this to our regular summer menu, and I’m adding arugula to our list of greens to grow next summer. 

Zesty Ravioli Salad with Peas and Arugula by Daily Garnish

As always, enjoy!

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