This and That


1. This is how our boys dress to go grocery shopping at Smith’s.

2. Get this on your calendar.

3. We went on two hikes this past week and our boys did great! I am amazed at what their little legs can do.

4. Here is a photo from our Ensign Peak Hike. Maxwell was so proud he made it to the top! I brought the backpack but didn’t even use it.

5. We attempted potty training with Maxwell this week, but he showed NO interest at all. He turns 3 next week so we thought it was a good time to try. Any advice for us? We’ve heard good things about this book. Anyone use it? Caleb was so easy. We told him to use the potty, he did, and never looked back. He only had one accident when he was playing outside and has never wet the bed. I have a feeling Maxwell is going to be very different.

6. I hope this works.

7. Our Vitamix giveaway ends tomorrow, don’t forget to enter!


1. Currently obsessed with these.

2. There’s still time to shop the big Nordstrom sale. I found a few more favorites: flats, this tote, booties, this blouse, skin care collection, this jacket, and lip gloss.

3. We went on a family hike to see the wildflowers. We got rained on for a bit, but we still had a great time!

4. IF we were to write a cookbook, what recipes would you want to see in our book? Are you even interested in a Two Peas cookbook? Let us know! As always, we appreciate your feedback!

5. My kind of breakfast.

6. Zero dollar days.

7. Got zucchini? I’ve got the best zucchini recipes for you!

8. Avoid the kids menu trap.

9. Takeout at home! Count me in!

10. I’m so bad with names.

11. This cake is dreamy.

12. I can’t stop making these. It’s a good thing they are EASY!

13. Backyard goals.

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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. I would most definitely buy a Two Peas cookbook! I made your sausage/vegetable foil packet last night and it was so easy and delicious so I would love meals like that…foil packets, slow cooker recipes, and of course cookies!! It wouldn’t be a Two Peas cookbook without cookies. =)

    1. Thanks so much Michelle. Glad you liked the recipe and thanks for the feedback.

  2. Great minds….literally yesterday I was thinking to myself why does Maria and Josh not have like 5 cookbooks???!!!  Hmmmmm,  I guess a cookbook with no fail easy to get on the table meals during the work week, that parts of the meal can be prepped ahead of time.  Oh and of course acookbook dedicated to creative and easy lunch box ideas for kids for the school year!!!

    1. Ha! We are thinking about one and we appreciate your feedback. This is super helpful!

  3. I always look forward to this post, such a great variety of topics. I’ve been practicing zero spending days for years and it has saved me bundles, it has made me more thoughtful in my spending and more conscious of want vs. need.
    A Two Peas Cookbook? Yes, yes, yes sign me up! Softcover please, not digital.
    The boys are Adorable! Potty training, ugh, I thought I would have to send my eldest son to college in diapers! Maxwell will soon want to be like the big boys, patience, patience, patience. I promise he won’t be in diapers forever.

    1. Good job on the zero spending days. We do this a lot, but I want to focus on it even more. We are glad you are interested in a Two Peas cookbook and we appreciate your input!
      Ha! I hope Maxwell doesn’t take that long:)

  4. hey y’all- great list! Love the pics! The boys are so cute and growing up fast! I would love for y’all to write a cookbook that would be so cool! Lot of desserts and pasta recipes!!

  5. Would love to see a Two Peas & their Pod cookbook. My all time favorite recipe is the Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Casserole. Love to see a few Meatless recipes and some recipes using minimal dairy.

  6. I would LOVE a Two Peas cookbook! There are so many amazing recipes to choose from, not to mention beautiful photos of your new homeboy and sweet family that I hope would be included. Fingers crossed this becomes a reality!

  7. I would love to see a cook book! A real one, not digital. Easy Recipes for family, especially slow cooker recipes would be appreciated. Love your soup, pasta and Mexican recipes!

  8. Love your blog, and especially the cookie recipes! Three sons — and many years later — can only advise do NOT worry about the little things—like potty training. That was easy with the first two but the third was just not interested; likely too busy trying to keep up with his brothers! I put it aside and when he was 3 yrs and 4 months old the big brothers contracted chicken pox. (See how long ago that was?) I told the little one that in 14 days he would have chicken pox and that would be his last diaper day. Each day we counted down—–13 more days until we say good-bye to diapers—12 more days until no more diapers–11 more days until big boy pants–10 more days until we toss the diapers—–until day one when together we said “Good-bye diapers!” And amazingly, it worked like a charm! Easy–once he was READY! I think that readiness is the key.
    Your family is lovely, and you seem like thoughtful, loving parents–that’s all children need. The rest are frills. Thank you for a relaxed healthy approach to eating–with some sweets for good measure! My fave of your recipes thus far is your pumpkin cookies with cinnamon chips! Will try the chocolate zucchini bread this weekend.