This and That



1. We went to the zoo last week and got a close up of three young grizzly bears. The bears got scared by a field mouse so they were huddled up next to the viewing window. Lucky day for us!

2. Caleb is more of a threat to our herb/flower garden than any bird or animal.

3. I usually go on a lot of bike rides by this time of year. Last year, I was getting ready to compete in a triathlon and had already cycled  over 1,000 miles on my mountain and road bike by July. This year I have only went on family bike rides. I am going on a ride on Saturday and I can’t wait.



1. Our neighbors brought us a pan of the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls on Sunday. Caleb approved! ๐Ÿ™‚ We have the best neighbors!

2. A few housekeeping items this week. There are only a few more days before Google Reader goes away. If you use Google Reader as your RSS reader to keep up with Two Peas and Their Pod, we don’t want to lose you as a subscriber. Please go to Feedly or BlogLovin‘ and migrate your Google Reader before July 1st. And you can always subscribe to Two Peas and Their Pod by email so you never miss a post!

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4. Caprese salad in grilled kebab form? Awesome!


5. Somebody got a summer haircut! I am getting a trim tomorrow. Tis’ the season!

6. Love these basil centerpieces! Perfect for any summer party!


7. We went for a family bike ride over the weekend and Caleb had a blast. He loves going for rides, probably because he sits in the bike trailer and enjoys the scenery while we do all of the work…ha! We will get him on a bike as soon as his little feet can reach the ground! He loves bikes…and helmets. He would wear his helmet all day if we let him.

8. So Instagram now has video, how do you feel about this? Thumbs up or down for videos? I haven’t posted a video yet. Do you want to see videos from the peas?

9. I used to hate “water with gas” but now I am addicted to sparkling water. I HAVE to have my sparkling water fix every afternoon. Thank goodness we have a Sodastream!

10. Festive cookies for the 4th!


11. Last night we went to Taqueria 27 with some good friends. The mushroom tacos are out of this world!

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  1. That picture of you and Caleb with helmets on should be used for a bike safety campaign: My first thought was, what loving parents, and how great you are teaching him to wear a helmet right from the start. Also, how great that you model safety to him. Excellent!! (Also, the basil centerpiece idea is great, so pretty. And mushroom tacos? Wow, may I suggest you do some for the site? I’d love to know how to make something like that. Thanks.

  2. I love that the weather is warmed up and perfect for bike riding (well once we get past our week of rainy gloom)! What I love even more is that I got an old bike from a family member that’s still in GREAT shape – all I need to do is get it some new tires and I’m ready to go!

  3. Those tacos look fantastic.
    I have to admit I’m a bit of a fan of video on instagram, so I say yes, I’d love to see them from you guys!

  4. That is one ridiculously cute kid! What a sweetie! And thanks so much for including a link to my July 4th cookies. Hope you all have a great weekend!

  5. Love your fun this and that posts! Caleb’s little haircut is just adorable. See ya in a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  6. Maria – my boyfriend is TOTALLY obsessed with fizzy water and I am seriously considering buying him a SodaStream. Do you love yours? Is it really cost effective compared to buying fizzy water at the grocery store? I don’t know anyone else who owns one, sorry to bombard you with questions!

    1. Yes! I love our SodaStream! I don’t drink soda, but I love it for making sparkling water. It saves a ton of money if you drink it every day. Plus, you aren’t buying lots of bottles so it’s better for the environment too!

  7. I took my daughter to the zoo when whe was about 2, and a gorilla jumped into the window right in front of her and she has never liked zoos since.

  8. cute photos!
    i was opposed to the idea of videos on Instagram at first… but it’s kind of growing on me…. (only because I can take video of my boyfriend singing along to the Backstreet Boys and then share instantly… Ha!)