This and That


1. This is a picture from my mountain bike ride on Saturday morning. I love riding.

2. Saturday we made salads for the masses. They were too big for any refrigerator so we did the next best thing, we put the salads in our bathtub that we filled with ice. Don’t worry I cleaned it first.

3. I saw this made up word this week: Askhole-a person who constantly asks for your advice, yet always does the opposite of what you told them.  Do you ever feel like you are communicating with this type of person? Kind of funny.


1. We’ve been glued to the TV this week watching the Olympics. I am kind of obsessed. The gymnastics and swimming are my favorite events. And I love watching all of the coverage, those cheesy feel good stories get me every time:) The only problem is I have been staying up WAY too late. I usually go to bed between 9-10, but not while the Olympics are on. I am living the night life with Bob Costas.

2. This Summer Veggie Slaw is calling my name. So colorful and a great recipe for using up the garden veggies.

3. Caleb tried Chobani for the first time this week. Great news-he loves it! He is a Chobani Champion!!

4. Tacos for dinner anyone? Count me in!

5. Do you ever mix cereals or am I just odd? Lately, I have been mixing my cereals. I can’t decide on which cereal to have, so I have two. Wheaties with Kashi, Cheerios with Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Life with Chex..just a few of my latest cereal combos. I wonder what I will mix up next in my cereal mug. Yes, I eat cereal in a mug, no bowl for me.

6. Love these fun cutting boards.

7. Another reason why I love brown bananas!

8. And did you hear? We are giving away a Thermador Built-In Wall Oven! No biggie!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a great idea with the bathtub – Love it! Maria, I’m staying up too late too, those stories always get me, and love mixing my cereal. =)

  2. OMG, I thought it was just me! I like to mix raisin bran with honey bunches of oats.
    Great post today guys! Caleb is adorable!

  3. Who knew so many people mix their cereal. I thought I was the only crazy person that can’t have just one flavor at a time! Oh, and cereal in a cup is the way to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love love love the new word!!!!!!! I know a few people like that… Glad I’m not the only one who does (c: funny!!!

  5. My sleep has seriously suffered this week as well. But seeing the women take home gold in gymnastics was totally worth it!

    Also, mixing cereals is the best! Why settle for one boring old cereal when you can have two? This morning was Kashi Honey Almond Flax with some Golden Grahams on top.

  6. I love to mix my cereals! Lately I’ve been doing Raisin Bran Crunch with Quaker Whole Hearts. So yummy! (Especially when topped with sliced bananas.)

  7. Love those cutting boards, I want them now! Shame on you for showing me modcloth, I’m addicted now!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kidding, its a great site!

  8. Those salads look so good! We have Kaylin’s birthday party this weekend and I’m making a giant pasta salad too ๐Ÿ™‚ Yayy Chobani! Kaylin is a huge fan too. Those and yo baby are two of her favorite foods.

  9. Askhole!!!!!! Best made up word ever. I read the rest of the post but that is all I can think about. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cuuute Caleb!

  10. My 10 month old loves yogurt too! I usually make baby smoothies for him so he can feed himself. PS: I mix Kashi with Shredded Wheat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. OMG I’m dying over your new word, Josh. I’m going to steal it and take it to another level, going to call people who ask for help but never say thank you, askholes. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE IT.

  12. What a cute picture of Caleb, he’s getting so big – so quickly!! And I mix my cereals all the time too – – right now I’m on a whole grain Cheerio / special K kick. I also love the Banana Cherrios and cinnamon toast crunch – – for a little extra special treat.

  13. I always eat cereal in a mug too! Mixing it is what my kiddos love to do ๐Ÿ™‚ I just texted my Hubs about the askhole word! So cool!

  14. I’ve been staying up way too late as well this week, Olympics will do that to ya! Totally throwing off my sleep schedule and making me want to take naps at 2pm!

  15. I have done the bathtub thing before ๐Ÿ™‚ When i lived in Asia lots of women marinated their food there too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. so fun to learn more about you guys. Caleb is adorable. And loved seeing those salads in the bathtub!

  17. we actually mix 5-7 different kinds of cereal! Crispix, Wheaties, Speical K, Kashi, Barbara’s, Cascadian Farms, TJ’s – you name it, if it’s cereal we’ll mix it

  18. Holy smokes, how big are those salad bowls!! I too have been burning the candle with Costas but it’s just so cool watching these amazing athletes!
    Take care…

  19. Josh, I have a feeling my boyfriend would call me an askhole if he knew about that word. Although, I don’t really ask for his advice, he just gives it. A lot. And I ignore it. A lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. We have been LOVING the Olympics, and staying up way too late as well. The swimming and gymnastics are always my favorites, but I’ve been watching everything this year, really getting into it!

  21. Caleb is a cutie with that mouth full of Chobani! He’s gonna grow up to be one strong healthy big kid!