This and That


mt olympus

1. On Saturday, I hiked Mount Olympus here above the Salt Lake Valley. Great Hike!

2. I was changing Caleb’s diaper and noticed a big bruise on his side. I asked Caleb what happened and he said “bruise, Train.” He loves to stand in the seat of his word train and jump off in every manner he can. I am guessing that is what happened.

polar bear
3. We really love going to the zoo and especially seeing the polar bear.

4. I took Caleb for free Slurpee day at 7-11. The mom was out of town! The stars aligned for Caleb that day. Maria wasn’t too happy about the Slurpee or the outfit.

kettle chips

5. Maria went to Oregon last week to hangout with Kettle Chips. She brought me back my all-time favorite chips. Caleb likes them too!


1. Last week I went to Portland for an event with Kettle Brand Chips. I got a behind-the-scenes peek at how Kettle Chips makes their famous chips! We also got to do some chip research and flavor development. It was fun! And of course we got to do some chip sampling:) Kettle Chips is coming out with two new flavors-Sweet & Salty and Maple Bacon! They are tasty! You can check out all of their flavors here.


2. We also went on a food tour of Portland. Portland has so many great eats. I left with a very full belly. My favorite stop was Bluebird Bakers-a cookie bakery. I was in heaven. I’ve gone to a lot of bakeries in cities all over, but this one takes the “cookie.” They know how to bake good cookies, they were all amazing! A few of my favorites included: dark chocolate salted caramel, brown butter oatmeal, lemon shortbread, and homemade Oreos. I wish I had a cookie now! If you are ever in Portland, make sure you stop in and have a cookie…or a dozen!

3. Are you thirsty? How about a glass of Mint Blueberry Lemonade or Watermelon Lemon Coconut Drink.


4. I am currently reading, Maine. So far, so good! What are you reading?

5. I am currently loving this blog. Check it out!


6. Nutella and Peanut Butter Gelato. It happened.

7. I went to dinner up at Deer Valley this week. More good eats!

8. The summer issue of FoodieCrush magazine is out and it’s filled with summer fun!

9. After all of my eating adventures, I am craving this salad and this salad. I am saving room for this Raspberry Peach Buckle though.

10. I am in Virginia today! July is a busy month of travel for me. I am hanging out with Sabra and a few of my favorite blogging buds:) Make sure you follow my adventures on Instagram.

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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. From Kettle Chips to Sabra, it’s been a tasty month!

    I love Caleb’s outfit and that pic of him clutching! that slurpee is priceless ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maple Bacon Kettle Chips… I can’t wait to try those.
    Ha! Love Caleb’s outfit while enjoying a slurpee.

  3. Guess I lucked out, I live in Portland! Voodoo Doughnuts, Bluebird bakery, Saint Cupcake, Widmer Brothers brewing, we have a lot! Beautiful area…

  4. Oh no he fell off the train!!! I’m waiting for mine to crawl out of his crib… we can’t get him in a big boy bed fast enough.

  5. Josh your comment about Maria not like Caleb’s outfit made me laugh. My kids never matched when my husband was in charge of the wardrobe either!

  6. Wow. Where to start. The view from the mountain is gorgeous and I’d be jealous if not for the fact that I love potato chips and became totally envious of the invitation to a chip factory. I’m reading ‘Carved In Bone,’ a forensic whodunit that’s very good. Enjoy Virginia. I’m just one state below you.

  7. Love that Caleb got a slushy while mom was out of town, but it was the outfit that clued me in to mom being MIA…love it! Josh you are good daddy!
    Maria, I’m reading the life of Henrietta Lacks right now, just finished Heft. My summer reading list is a mile high and the summer is nearly over AAHH! Say hello to Sabra for me ; ) we love it, never with our it, my 16 year old eats his weight in it!
    Safe travels!

  8. Those cookies look amazing! Caleb would look cute wearing a potato sack =)
    Love reading your adventures!

  9. Welcome to Virginia! It is hot and humid this time of year, but we love living here :). Hope you get a chance to enjoy our beautiful state. Can’t wait to read your post about Sabra. I love their hummus.

  10. I live less than half an hour from Portland, Oregon — great place, and we are only an hour from the mountains and an hour and a half from the Oregon coast. I have been reading “Mawson’s Will,” about an Antarctic expedition, and a book of humorous essays by Calvin Trillin.

  11. Man totally missed the slurpee day and welcome to our side of the country! Hi from NC!!

  12. I have to tell you I love the pic of Caleb with his slurpee! It’s such a dad is home alone with the kids pic! Lol!

  13. Ha! Ha! Maria’s out of town…that explains the plaid and stripe mix! I’m glad that you and Caleb had such a great day!

  14. I am jealous…I’ve always wanted to try a slurpee. I just feel like I am missing something. The outfit is great. Kettle chips are SO addicting! We like the regular flavor.

  15. My son’s girlfriend’s birthday is 7/11…always been a happy day in her life!!

    Have read Maine.. enjoyed it. This summer I have read The Last Original Wife, A Beautiful Day and am now reading Summer Girls….. easy, fun, relaxing, enjoyable!!

    Great job you have with all of your traveling…enjoy… we have a wonderful country with lots of regional, great food ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’m reading The Island by Elin Hildebrand. It’s is good so far. I loved the first book of hers I read, Barefoot.

  17. I spy a Ron Jon sticker in that first pic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Caleb is so stinkin cute with his outfit & slurpee.

    Will check out that book – I’m reading The Kitchen House and it’s good!

  18. For your salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, is the sea salt you use fine or coarse. I wasn’t sure which one to buy. A friend told me these are delicious. Can you send me an email to let me know? Thanks so much. I am so glad I found your blog. Can’t wait to try your Chickpea, Avocado, and feta Salad. Mary