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1. Do any of you cut your cheese and leave it looking like this? I don’t understand how this happens. I certainly don’t cut cheese like this and we don’t let Caleb get near sharp objects so that only leaves one person.


2. Caleb has had a hollow leg lately. Always saying hungry, hungry, and running to the fridge. Needless to say he attacks his food. Especially black beans.


3. Here is what our chicken coop looks like right now. It has a slide out floor for easy cleaning. We should have our baby chickens by our next post. YES! We will keep you posted.

4. If  you are a NBA fan, did you see Chris Paul’s game winner on Monday? If not check it out.

5. Today is the NFL draft. Best of luck to all of the Utes trying to get a spot on a NFL roster.



1. The peas got hair cuts this week! Caleb looks so handsome. Josh does too, but I forgot to snap a photo of him:) I went a little shorter this time. I am still getting used to it:)

2. I love all kinds of lotions and smelly good products. In junior high I think I owned one of every item from Bath and Body Works. I haven’t been in that store in years, not because I don’t love smelly good body stuff, but because I avoid the mall at all costs. Did you know you can make your own smelly good body butter? You can and I am going to! I love this homemade body butter! I don’t even have to go to the mall to get it-score!

3. I see Blueberry Yogurt Cookies in my near future. I am thinking for breakfast too. Blueberries and yogurt-totally breakfast food.


4. I finally curled up with Jennifer Perillo’s cookbook, Homemade with Love. It’s a gorgeous book filled with simple recipes that are all made from scratch. I know this book will be a favorite at our house!

5. We got sucked into the Voice again! Adam seems to do that to me every season:) We are also watching to cheer on Ryan Innes. He is from Utah and has an incredible voice! Go Ryan!

6. I am in love with all of these baby moccasins. Too cute! Caleb needs every color.

7. Update-I gave up on Downton Abbey. I just couldn’t get into it. It made my workouts on the elliptical even more boring! I need to find a new show! Leaning towards Mad Men.

8. Question-we are thinking about starting a monthly newsletter that will include a round-up of popular posts, kitchen tips, seasonal recipes, favorite kitchen items, special giveaways, etc. Readers will sign-up and the newsletter will be delivered to their inbox once a month. Interested?


9. Three big boxes of Sabra products arrived on our doorstep this week. I can’t wait to get dipping! Thanks Sabra!

10. We are headed back to California today! First stop, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Yes, I get to stay at the hotel where Pretty Woman was filmed. Pretty Woman is my favorite movie of all time so I am just a little excited:) Then the peas are off to the Big Traveling Potluck! I can’t wait to see all of my blogging pals! It’s going to be a FUN trip! Make sure you are following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates!

11. Don’t forget to enter our KitchenAid Green Apple Blender Giveaway and our Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway! Good luck!

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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 adore that you go as a family to get your hair cuts- so cute! I want that Sabra package now! Although I like the idea of an update email- I just get far too much email right now to imagine getting any more ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have SO much fun on your trip. Can’t wait to see your instagrams

  2. Love the picture of Caleb! To cute!!! Wow your going to have chickens, so cool. I had eggs from the Farmers Market, and they are down right the bets eggs ever!!!

    Love Sabre Hummus, so good! Enjoy!!

  3. I was JUST thinking about Bath and Body Works and how I used to own a bazillion different lotions and “body sprays.” My mom had a “Pearberry” lotion and it gave me a flashback to freshman year of high school (um, 15 years ago).

    Cannot wait to see your little chickens!! And now I need to go find and try Sabra Guac!

  4. I totally recommend watching Top of the Lake on the Sundance channel. It was a 7 part mini series that already aired so if you have on demand you can find it. It was the best 7 hrs I’ve spent watching tv recently. Seriously awesome and will make your elliptical time fly by. I promise!! I 2nd your opinion about Downtown Abbey. You made it further than I did. Although I am intrigued by Call the Midwife. Loved last weeks episode and now i’m debating whether to go back and watch all the previous episodes… I just week a big rainy weekend to do that!!

  5. I am so impressed with your chicken coop! Can’t wait to follow along as you get your chicks!

    And three cheers to Jennifer’s cookbook, all things moccasins, and a monthly newsletter. Love!

    Can’t wait to see you peas tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. First I have to say, Thursday is my favorite day to read your blog. Love “This and That”! Second, Caleb is adorable – and I’m guessing a growth spurt is in process. Of course I have two children who are always saying they are hungry – one is 17 and over 6 feet tall and the other is 12 and almost 6 feet tall! LOL! And third, I would love to receive a monthly newsletter. I so enjoy reading all about the Peas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I would love a monthly newsletter! I also own wayyyy too many Bath and Body Works products. In fact, I delete the new emails as soon as they come because I am trying to use up what I have. That being said, I’m also a big Burt’s Bees fan. I have their body butter, but whenever I use it, my husband tells me I’m sticky. Um, not good. I was excited to read about the homemade body butter, but after reading the comments section, I’m wondering if it will be sticky too? If you try it, I hope you share your thoughts.

    Caleb is just adorable ~ You are both so very blessed

  8. I love His #1! That cheese has been assaulted! I would love a newsletter from the peas, you guys find some of the best stuff on the web. Keep it coming.

  9. Mad Men is not a good exercise show either…. to slow and sometimes — too quiet. Got through a couple of seasons and had to find something new…. just didn’t work for me. My husband found The West Wing on Netflix and is loving it! Makes the treadmill workout go so fast!

  10. I can’t believe you gave up on Downton! It took me a few episodes but then I was hooked. You should really try Homeland if you haven’t seen it yet.

  11. I only got half way into Mad Men, but I don’t think it would make a good workout show. Too bad you didn’t enjoy Downton Abbey, I loved it! You need a guilty pleasure. Motivation to workout so you can watch it, and makes it fly by. Gossip Girl? Something with vampires? Good luck!

  12. Yay for a monthly newsletter! Sabra products ROCK! Always have some of their hummus in our fridge…usually the spicy southwest.

  13. Caleb looks so adorable with his new haircut! And I bet you do too!! You should definitely do the newsletter ๐Ÿ˜€ Have tons of fun in Cali!

  14. I totally cut cheese like that, tsk tsk – I know! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chris Paul’s game winner was pretty great – I’m a Nets fan here so go Brooklyn tonight! We’ve been going to all the home games this year in Brooklyn and they’ve been such fun moments, especially the playoffs, such amazing energy!

  15. Sounds like a great week! Caleb looks extra adorable with his new do! Have a wonderful trip west!

  16. Although Downton Abbey isn’t for everyone, I love it, but it would make a terrible show to watch while working out. I tend to lean towards anything in the teen angsty/drama/comedy category, so you were on the right track with One Tree Hill. Each year I watch the entire series of Dawson’s Creek while on the elliptical. LOL Before that, I rewatched all of Sex and the City on the treadmill. Good times!

  17. I do the same thing….look for shows I’ve never watched and download them to keep me busy on the elliptical. I tried Mad Men and I couldn’t get into it. I’m going to try the show 24. I looks good so hopefully it’ll keep my workouts entertaining!

  18. If you’re looking for another great show, Parenthood is terrific. It’s a family drama, takes about 4 or so episodes to really get into it, but once you do it’s terrific. Much of it is very relatable.

  19. Yessssssssss on the newsletter! And, Katie is right. Parenthood is awesome and it is our favorite TV drama. SO real, cast is great. Also highly recommend The Big C with Laura Linney. I’ll be in LA too this weekend to see my daughter’s movie premiere, Stepping High, to be released June 14th. So excited!

  20. Yes to the newsletter!! I totally agree with Parenthood. Awesome show! And I love pretty woman too!! Jealous you are actually going to the hotel.

  21. Caleb looks so cute getting his hair cut! He also looks totally enthusiastic about black beans, I love it! Enjoy your trip to California! I can’t wait to hear all about your chickens!

  22. I would be interested in the newsletter!
    I’m so excited to see your new chickens… i’m very intrigued. Also.. Maria, i’ve seen your shorter ‘do on Instagram, and I have to say that I’m a fan! Super cute and springy-fresh!

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