Two Peas and Their Pod

This and That


1. New Year’s resolutions are great. I am all about self improvement and constantly working on one’s self to be a better person, but I never make food or weight related resolutions. Maybe next year! Here is how I brought the new year in.

2. We had all of the Dixon siblings. the kids, and Papa here for the New Year. We had such a blast. It made me hope that one day we can all live close to each other. We have such great family.

3. January weather in Salt Lake is the worst. It’s not because it is cold, I actually love the cold, but we have the worst inversion in January. It’s like cellophane is placed over the mountains and we are stuck in bad pollution and fog. It’s dreary in the valley and sunny in the mountains and we have lots of red alert days where it’s not recommended to go outside. I hope February gets here fast.


1. We are struggling to get back to our normal routine. We had a house full of family for about a week and it was so much fun. I think Caleb is bored with just mom and dad. He misses everyone and so do we! The holidays always go by too quickly.

2. My dad babysat Caleb one night so Josh and I could go on a date. We went to see Les Miserables. We both loved it. Go see it!

3. Our New Year’s Eve was pretty quiet. We stayed home with the kiddos and had an ice cream party! It was fun sampling all of the different Haagen-Dazs flavors! The Caramel Cone is out of this world amazing! The Coconut ¬†Macaroon, Salted Caramel Truffle, and Spiced Caramel Biscuit were also favorites. I woke up with an ice cream hangover:)

4. My dad bought me new running shoes for Christmas! I love my green Brooks! I have already broken them in-I needed to after all of that ice cream:) I have only used them on our elliptical though. The temperature has been around 10 degrees in the mornings. That is too cold for me! I am a baby when it comes to the cold, even if I am bundled up. I hope it warms up a bit so I can test them out on the road.

5. I might not be the biggest fan of the snow and cold, but look at this view! Salt Lake City sure is gorgeous!

6. And I will get a little break from the frigid temperatures because we are going to HAWAII in January! Yahoo! We are going to Maui for 6 days and 5 nights! We are staying at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea for 3 nights and 2 nights at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. We’ve never been to Hawaii before and are beyond excited. If you have any recommendations for us, please share in the comments-things to do, places to eat, etc. Thanks!

7. I want to stuff my face with these Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels Sprouts.

8. I am still trying to find the perfect boots. I am currently obsessed with these boots. Should I buy them? I need your fashion advice!

9. I know it’s the new year and we are supposed to be eating healthy, but I really want to hide in the corner with a pan of these brownies. They look divine!

10. And if you are trying to eat healthier in 2013-High 5! We posted 75 Healthy Recipes to Kick Off 2013 to help you out. I promise the recipes don’t taste like cardboard. They are delish!

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47 Responses to “This and That”

  1. Hi Maria! I’m really trying to be healthy too – but I just made cookies again last night lol! Thanks for linking up to my chocolate covered pretzel peanut butter brownies! I’m visiting Salt Lake City this year with my boyfriend for a wedding in March and I am SO excited. It’s so gorgeous there. So jealous of your green brooks! My pink ones have seen better days.

  2. traci — January 3, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    I got new running shoes to and am dying to break them in outside. I hate treadmill running. I hope this inversion is gone soon. Its depressing. I cant help you on the hawaii part. Im going to oahu in fall. So excited!! Have fun and cant wait to hear about your trip!

  3. Emily @ Life on Food — January 3, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Your shoes look so fun. They would make me want to work out. However I would be inside for sure. I hate the cold.

  4. megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 3, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    ooh, I haven’t seen Les Mis yet, but I want to! Glad to hear you liked it :)

  5. Buy the boats!! I have been on a major boot kick!! I just bought a pair of Jessica Simpson brown boots from Macy’s! Love them!!! However if your going to Hawaii, you need to be on the lookout for flip flops and sandals!! You both enjoy your week, and oh and how the new year was brought in with chips, cheese and salsa, it’s perfect!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Erica — January 3, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    I’m with you Josh! I usually try to make an out of the box goal. This year its to give more. I’m giving blood every 8 weeks. All of those ice cream flavors sound yummy. LOVE the shoes. SO cute.

  7. Ali M. — January 3, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    When I traveled to Maui my family downloaded the app called “Maui Revealed” – it’s like having an interactive tour book on your smartphone. It was extremely helpful!

  8. Kim in RI — January 3, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Lucky you on the Hawaii trip! I’m sure you will love it. And I agree – buy the boots! Love them! And my mom and I saw Les Mis over the break – absolutely phenomenal!

  9. Rachael — January 3, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Love those boots, can’t go wrong with Aldo in my opinion! I have three pairs from there :)

    Lucky you, Maui is incredible. Enjoy!

  10. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 3, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Sounds like a great NYE, especially with all that Haagen Dazs!! Wailea is amazing with a fantastic beach to go to! You’ll have serious fun!

  11. Eva @ Eva Bakes — January 3, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Get the Maui Revealed book by Andrew Doughty. It is considered the “bible” when it comes to traveling to the Hawaiian islands. Our favorite restaurant in Maui was a place called Pacific’O in Lahaina. Get a reservation on the outside deck around sunset. Mama’s Fish House was another yummy place for dinner (near the start of the Road to Hana). For an off-the-beaten-path restaurant, go to A Saigon Cafe near the Iao Needle. Have fun!

  12. Valerie — January 3, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Brooks are my FAVORITE running shoes…I’m jealous of your neon green color! New shoes are on my list once I have recovered from my Christmas spending spree. And cute boots under $200? GO FOR IT! :)

  13. joyce — January 3, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Eat at Mama’s Fish House at start of Road to Hana at sunset. One of my top 3 dining experiences: great food, service and ambiance

    Check out the decor in both bathrooms. The men’s was well done with model airplanes and old WWII pin ups

  14. Emilie — January 3, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Go to Kihea for breakfast, it’s right around the corner from Wailea. Kihea Cafe is the name of it….they have GREAT pancakes :)

  15. Angie Bennett — January 3, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Maui Revealed. Everything they recommended was superb! From restaurants to shows to diving company. Wish I was going!

  16. Ruchita — January 3, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Maui is amazing, have fun! I second the rec for the Maui Revealed book.

    Definitely drive the Road to Hana. The views are spectactular. Plan on leaving early in the day.

    Mama’s Fish House is delicious.

    Haleakala Crater is also worth the curvy drive up to the top.

    If possible, rent a convertible and put the top down. :-)

  17. Kathy — January 3, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Mama’s Fish House for dinner! The setting is beautiful and the food is outstanding!

  18. Hilary — January 3, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I can not recomend highly enough the Halimali general store. It’s in up country and its s seasonal fresh ingredients resturant. Also there is an amazing lavender farm that does lunches and tours. If you enjoy snorkeling the boat trip to Molokai crater is fun.

    In the past we have also enjoyed kayaking with turtles, helicopter sightseeing, hiking the swinging bridges and always swimming in the ocean.

  19. Annie~SavorThisMoment — January 3, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Thanks for linking the 75 healthy recipes; they’re getting pinned and hoping to use some in my menu planning. Yum! We’ve got big weight loss goals this year, but my teenage daughter and her cousin are not helping. They baked cookies one night, and caramel corn the next. Argh! Happy new year!!!

  20. Jen — January 3, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    So jealous – been to Maui for the past two years during the Iowa winter! You’ve gotten good suggestions so far. We also loved Monkeypod Kitchen and Pita Paradise in Wailea. Go snorkeling at Molokini crater. I’m not a fan of snorkeling to begin with, but loved it. I’m sad I’m not going :(

  21. susan — January 3, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Hawaii…. my favorite spot! I’ve been there 6 times, twice each with 3 different friends. I’ve stayed at the Kea Lani – beautiful!
    One thing you need to see is Haleakala at sunrise. You and Josh might enjoy the bike ride down – I’ve never done that but it’s so worth the 3am drive up to see the sunrise at 10000 feet! Only once in 6 trips was it not gorgeous, so we waited a day and went back and it was beautiful. You can hike on the way down, as the sun is up by then, and then go back to the hotel for a nap! You can do Hana (another must-see) in the same day – did that once – wouldn’t recommend it, as it’s way too long of a day with such an early start, but if you have the time it’s another gorgeous trip! Hairpin curves and lots of one way bridges, but hikes along the route and gorgeous waterfalls, and once you get there the waterfalls are even more impressive.

    Lucky you to get to go!

  22. Janeen — January 3, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    We honeymooned in Maui and it is amazing. I would recommend the hike in the national park and Mama’s Fish House was definitely our favorite meal. Everything we ate there as fantastic so you can’t go wrong, even in the small not-so-touristy places that were recommended by staff. [I would recommend asking random hotel staff and shop attendants for food recommendations, I can’t remember all of the places we went but we had some great lunches off of their suggestions!]

  23. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Thank you for the tips!

  24. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the help!

  25. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Happy New Year! I hope you enjoy the healthy recipes!

  26. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    I can’t wait to check out the general store. Thanks!

  27. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    A convertible sounds fun:) Thanks!

  28. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Everyone is suggesting Mama’s Fish House. We better go!

  29. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Going to check it out! Thanks!

  30. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I love pancakes:)

  31. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Adding it to our list!

  32. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the tips! We are excited!

  33. Two Peas — January 3, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Going to download it today! Thanks!

  34. Karly — January 3, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Hawaii?? I’m so jealous! I’ve never been either, but I imagine you’ll find plenty of things to do and have a great time!

  35. Julie — January 3, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    Maui is my favorite place in the world! We live on Oahu (I am actually laying on the beach as I write this) and we have spent lots of time on Maui. Get the book and/or app called Maui Revealed. If you want to email me I can give you a list of our favorite things there.

  36. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 3, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    I have never seen brussels sprouts stuffed like that! I must try it next time I see them at the store!

  37. Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 3, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    Enjoy Hawaii! My parents have been there many times and just spent 3 months there this past year. I am getting the sense they may move there one day. :) When I was in the travel industry, I sent clients to both of those resorts. They are fabulous and offer exceptional service. You are in for a real treat!

  38. Diane — January 3, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    I love the boots. You should definately get them. I have been on a boot buying kick lately…..2 tall pairs, 1 mid calf pair and 4 ankle pairs!!!! Help I have to stop.

  39. shelly (cookies and cups) — January 4, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    The coconut macaroon is so so yummy!!
    So jealous of your Hawaii trip! How completely exciting!

  40. Melissa — January 4, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    We will be in Maui on January also. We will be there from the 22- feb 5. It will be humpback whale season when you go, make sure to book a blue water rafting trip, they leave out of kehei harbor right next to wailea. Also, the wailea resort has a great luau show. Also if you have time do the road to Hana, it’s worth it for all the beautiful waterfalls.

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