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1. Well, March Madness is here! I don’t often follow the NIT tournament but I am this year. The Utes were a bubble team for the NCAA. I watched the Utes first game against St. Mary’s and they lost so it looks like I will continue to not follow the NIT.

2. Have you filled out your billion dollar bracket!? Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans have a NCAA bracket challenge this year. If someone completes a perfect bracket, meaning they pick the winners of all the games, they will give them 1 billion dollars. It doesn’t hurt to try?

3. Yesterday we were talking about scheduling a haircut appointment for Caleb. He looked up at us and said, “I don’t want a haircut, I want to look messy.” Maybe we will wait another week.

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4. I skied the trees at Deer Valley yesterday. It was awesome! Deer Valley really does have it all!

5. I could never ski like this, but it is fun to watch.


1. On Sunday our Two Peas and Their Pod Facebook page was hacked. Our page was deleted. I couldn’t access it or even see it. I shed a lot of tears and was worried we would never get it back, but on Tuesday Facebook came to the rescue and found our page. Someone tried to make it a DIY Craft page. Our page is back to normal and completely safe so please make sure you are following again!  You can also sign up for our free email newsletter so you don’t miss a post! Thank you for your patience and continued support.

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2. I got my green on this week with two of my favorite green things-avocado and Tieks!

3. I finished two books over the past week: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society and Joy for Beginners. I loved them both! What are you reading?

4. How to Make a Bouncy Ball. Fun! We are going to try this with Caleb.

5. I am 20 weeks pregnant!! Halfway there! The baby is wiggling around like crazy lately! It is fun to feel, but of course he wants to move around when I want to sleep:)

6. Are you a meal planner? I need to be better. I am hoping these free meal plan printables will help! Would you be interested in seeing our weekly meal plan on the blog? That means I have to start doing a plan:)

7. Creative artwork made with veggies!

8. Loved this dessert. And I am dying over these buns! And I want these blondies. My sweet tooth is strong this week!

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9. Upside down shades. It’s the new style!

10. I am all caught up on Nashville! Now I have to wait to watch the new episodes every week. I hate the suspense. It was so nice when I could watch four episodes in a row. The only positive…I am getting more sleep now:)

11. These are going on our dinner menu ASAP!

12. Current craving-Trader Joe’s Just Mango Slices. I have been eating them non-stop for the past few weeks. I was running low, so we went to TJ’s to stock up and I couldn’t find them. I asked if they had any hidden somewhere and they told me they won’t have any in the store for awhile due to crop issues! NO!!!!!! I NEED them! What is a pregnant lady to do?

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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. 1. I am green with envy over your beautiful avocados and Tieks!
    2. I caught up on Nashville this weekend as well and I really don’t like that I now have to wait a whole week to see a new episode!!!
    3. I just finished reading I’ve Never Been to Vegas, But My Luggage Has and loved it ๐Ÿ™‚
    4. I love reading this post each week ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love your shoes…but I checked them out and about fell off my chair! They are WAAAAAAAAAY expensive! I have never paid that much for a pair of shoes! YIKES!

  3. I was just hoping you would post another book recommendation and you’re so awesome you gave us two! I loved, loved, loved “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt”, one of your last recommendations. Love “This and That” so much, it gets me out of bed on Thursday mornings!

  4. The bouncy ball link is so much fun. Isn’t it the best and the worst when you do a TV show marathon to catch up on a show, but then you’re stuck having to wait it out week by week afterwards! They should all be like Netflix shows ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Maria,
    So sorry you were hacked. It’s scary to know it can happen easily.

  6. I’d love to see the weekly meal plan on here. I am a meal planner for sure and I always enjoy seeing other plans and finding new meals.

  7. I am obsessed with the dried mango slices too! I have been buying them more from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. To me they seem a little softer and then you can get as much as you want. Check next time you are there!

  8. Are the TJ mango slices the dried ones? I love them, too. Haven’t looked for them lately at our TJ’s.

    1. Yes, the dried mango slices. I am so sad they are out of stock! I hope you can find them at your store!

  9. I have also been admiring your Tieks…….I also looked them up……wish they were less expensive! So sad. No Tieks for me!

    Loved the haircut story. How do kids come up with comments like that?! Caleb is just precious.

    So glad you are feeling better Maria… all your sweets recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I always enjoy these posts, especially when you share what you are reading. Right now, I’m reading “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister, the same author of “Joy For Beginners” (which I promptly downloaded to my Kindle thanks to your recommendation!). I also downloaded Erica’s other book, “The Lost Art of Mixing”, which is the sequel to “The School of Essential Ingredients”. She’s a great author, so I have to read all her books, right? Yay for reading!

    Also, I am SO glad your Facebook page was restored. I was so upset and sad for you! It made me so happy to see it restored the other day. BOO hackers! Sending you a hug from TX! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’m so glad you got your Facebook page back! I was totally sick for you over that. I hope you guys like the flautas if you make them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh my gosh, I am in love with your green Tieks. I need a pair! Thanks for the book suggestions. I am always looking for something new! We’ve been to Deer Valley once and we want to go back. It is the best!

  13. I had a giggle about the haircut thing. I’m going to try and take my son to the hairdresser this weekend. He’s repeatedly said he wants “long hair like Mummy” so I think we too will end up waiting. Worth a shot though! Hahaha.

  14. Hey guys,

    Thanks so much for featuring my meal planners – I’m absolutely stoked! Loving the green dhoes, top and avocado too Maria!

    All the best,


  15. Oh my gosh, those flats are cute but outrageously expensive. Not something “normal” people can afford ๐Ÿ™

  16. Love your site. You have terrific recipes, and I love that you and your husband do it together.
    Your Italian sausage and tortellini soup was such a hit with my hubby that I just make it in huge batches and freeze some of it to always have some on hand. Each time I make it , I vary it just a bit, depending on what is in the fridge. I’ve tried many of your other recipes and I am sold.
    Thank you so much. I will continue to follow your blog.