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1. We bought Caleb a little basketball hoop and he is having so much fun. He yells dunk and shoot and is actually pretty good. Look at that form! He even follows through.

2. Speaking of basketball, it’s March Madness time! I go a little mad every year. I love college basketball and the tournament is always so exciting! I hope your bracket is filled out because games start today! I am routing for Illinois. I am not sure how well they will do, but I have to cheer for my team!


3. Last weekend we went out to dinner at Plum Alley in Salt Lake City. Love the decor and the food was fab! We will be back!

4. Cheesecake just got a WHOLE lot better with this strawberry balsamic mint topping.


5. Caleb eats his yogurt all by himself now. Sometimes it gets a little messy, but he is learning. He is a true Chobani Champion!

6. Looking for another way to eat your veggies? How about Carrot Cake Bars๐Ÿ™‚

7. I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news, Google Reader is shutting down in July. If you rely on Google Reader and feel a little lost, check out this post by Purr Design. Feedly and Bloglovin are both good options and Purr Design will walk you through the pros, cons, and how to get switched over. We don’t want our readers to miss a post from us, so get switched over now!


8. I am sportin’ a pretty new Petunia Pickle Bottom iPhone case for spring! Love it!

9. Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn-make this and don’t blame me if you eat it all…and end up with a stomachache. Not that I know from experience:)


10. We had baked sweet potato fries and only sweet potato fries for dinner this week. Do you really need anything else? Ok, we gave Caleb beans and cottage cheese to go with his fries because I didn’t want to be a bad mom, but all I needed was a plate of sweet potato fries! My skin looked a little orange the next day, but it sure beats going to a tanning bed..just kidding:)

11. Head on over to Wayfair to check out my Cookie Baking Must-Haves! I am sharing my top picks to bake the perfect cookie. Happy Baking!

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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 wanted to get Kay a little hoop! Now I’m definitely doing it. They can play together :). Those fries look amazing. I’m really sad about the loss of google reader…lame. Come on google- keep it!

  2. Caleb is so cute! Love how he follows through on the basketball! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m all over the sweet potatoes this week!!!

  3. I’ve been to Plum Alley, too….didn’t you just LOVE it?! You’re little man is just too adorable! (I miss that age with all my boys!) (=

  4. We are Chobani fans too! And I love your new iPhone case. Going to check them out! And thanks for sharing your cookie favorites!

  5. Oh Maria… I can’t believe how big your little guy is! It seems like yesterday he was a little baby. Too cute!

  6. I loved it when my babies were old enough to tackle yogurt by themselves ๐Ÿ™‚ so cute!

  7. I LOOOVE sweet potato fries! I will have to try making them~ thanks for the how-to! And I’m so not happy about Google Reader shutting down…

  8. Thanks for the information about Google Reader alternatives. I use it daily and am very saddened that its going away, so its really good to know about the alternatives.

  9. Food is always way more fun when it’s a little messy. Caleb has definitely mastered being a healthy snacking champion!

  10. I grew up in Champaign, and went to U of I, as did every single other member of my family. In other words, I bleed orange and blue–but couldn’t take them past round 1 in the tournament. Definitely admire your loyalty!!! Go Illini : )

    1. Yay! I already taught Caleb how to say Illini:) I miss the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams. They caused me a lot of stress though:) Enjoy the tournament!

  11. LOVE baked sweet potato fries! I had to laugh at that part of your post because there have been SO many times when that’s all I ate for dinner! I make mine with a slight variation. I cut up the sweet potatoes, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, put in a baking dish, add minced garlic (a lot of it!) and roast. The garlic adds a wonderful sweet flavor that makes it extra tasty (and healthy!).

  12. I love sweet potato fries too! Nothing wrong with having just that for dinner, right!? iPhone case is adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. He’s got the perfect “gooseneck” or “wave bye to the ball” going in that last photo! The NBA better watch out for him!

    Give me sweet potato fries with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce and we are set! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the post!