This and That


1. Our chickens are still in our basement. They are doing well. Caleb loves to go down and see them every morning when he wakes up. He always says, “Shhh, sleeping.” Yesterday he tried to feed them a can of black beans from our food storage. He likes beans and I guess he thought the chickens would too.

2. Last weekend we went to see Iron Man 3. I thought it was great and Maria enjoyed it too. Go see it.

3. We also watched Silver Linings Playbook. It’s one of the best dramas I’ve seen in a long time. I actually watched it twice because Maria fell asleep the first time so we had to watch it again.

4. I’ve been doing a lot of yard work this week. We are planting a garden this year. Any suggestions on what we should plant?


1. Today is Josh’s birthday! So let’s all sing him a special happy birthday song. Ready? Go! Thanks for singing with me! Happy Birthday Josh! I love you!


2. I am sad Cinco de Mayo has come and gone. I am already craving round two of nachos! Good thing nachos are good any day of the year:)


3. We love our little kitchen helper…even if he makes a big mess:)

4. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub-gotta make this!


5. We went shopping at World Market for new patio furniture! Oh, how I love that store. Hurry up summer, I am ready for some patio parties! And yes, we will share photos when Josh has everything put together. I am giving him a break since it’s his birthday:)

6. I am so flippin’ excited about Chobani’s new Flips! So far I’ve tried the Key Lime Crumble and the Almond Coco Loco. They are both heavenly-the perfect sweet treat! To find Flips near you, check out Chobani’s store locator. You have to try these divine yogurt treats!

7. These cookies make me happy!

8. Things are going to get juicy at our house! We just got a Breville Juicer! Yahoo! Stay tuned for juice recipes!


9. Caleb had his 18 month check-up this week. He is 19 months old, so it was a fashionably late appointment:) Caleb loved showing the doctor his yoga moves on the table. He is healthy and doesn’t have to get any more shots until kindergarten. Yay!

10. I want these crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


11. Caleb decided to celebrate Mother’s Day early by picking me a tulip. He is such a sweetie.

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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH! Kaylin loves to rock the Tupperware parties too. Good times. The picture of him bringing the flower is so cute. LOVE the chobani flips. Happy early Mama’s day!

  2. Hi Maria and Josh! HAppy Birthday to Josh! I just ordered a Breville juicer too! I bought it two days ago and can’t wait for it to get here. Ever since I went on a 3 day cleanse, I’ve been dying to buy the juicer. Thank you very much for linking to my cookies!

    1. Can’t wait to see what you juice! And I need a dozen of those cookies NOW!

  3. HAppy Birthday to Josh!

    I too am sad cinco de mayo is over! You killed me that that shot of the nachos!

  4. I have no idea how I missed this the first time I read this post, but thank you so much for linking my crepes! So glad you like them and thanks again for linking them! You guys are awesome!

  5. Happy birthday to josh! I also just got a juicer , so I can’t wait to see some recipes from you!

  6. Happy Birthday to Josh!! Cant wait to see your patio furniture! And Caleb is as adorable as ever!! πŸ˜€

    1. Hopefully Josh will get it up soon! I can’t wait for summer parties outside! World Market has the best stuff!

  7. You’re going to love your juicer!

    You guys should totally give tomatillos a try this year. We planted them a few years back and they did very well.

    Happy B-day, Josh!

    1. You will have to share your favorite juice recipes! I can’t wait to play around!

  8. Happy Birthday, Josh! Have a fantastic day!

    As for what to plant – last year I had a lot of success with jalapeΓ±o peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes and zucchini. I always do well with basil, parsley, thyme and rosemary, as well. Enjoy your garden, they’re so rewarding!

    Caleb is such a sweetie!

  9. Good choice with the juicer, you will love it!

    I have a rooftop in the city where we grow everything from broccoli to tomatoes to potatoes to corn to kale to pumpkins and more. I think a great thing to start out with is herbs, tomatoes and bush beans. Plant what you love to eat (if weather permits!). πŸ™‚

  10. We haven’t tried giving our chickens black beans yet, but they do love bacon. Wait until they get a bit older. You can feed them all sorts!

  11. Plant what you love to eat and remember to give the chickens all the leaves, ends etc. you take off as you get that fruit & veggies ready to eat. What they don’t eat they will compost for you. I will be fashionably late in wishing Josh a Happy Birthday and Happy Year. This & That is almost my fave part of your blog – almost – the recipes and back stories have to come first. Happy Mother’s Day Maria – I consider you and family are one of my virtual families. I so enjoy watching Caleb grow.
    Thank You for sharing.

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