This and That



1. Last Friday we started Caleb sleeping in a toddler bed. We were prepared for sleepless nights, but Caleb has slept like he has always been sleeping in it.

2. We love NCAA March Madness in our home. We always fill out brackets. Although we fill our brackets we are usually cheering for the upset, with the exception to the teams we are really rooting for. This year it was Duke. I really like Jabrari Parker and actually picked Duke to win the whole tournament. My brackets are messed up, but oh well. Maria can win this year.


3. Check out this table we saw at From Scratch, a new Salt Lake City restaurant. I would love a table like this just at standard table height.


4. Caleb and I started flying kites on Saturday and on Tuesday he was able to get the kite up in the air all by himself. It did pull him over once.


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1. Exciting news-our blog is featured in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine! We are honored and thrilled to be included in one of our favorite magazines! Make sure you check it out! It is on stands right now!

2. I can’t stop thinking about this cake and this cake. Why is my birthday so far away?

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3. We checked out From Scratch, a new pizza place in Salt Lake City. I loved the atmosphere and the pizza was delish! Caleb enjoyed his pizza too:)

4. These are some serious sticky buns!

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5. Why are Mini Cadbury eggs so addicting? I know they are addicting, but I still buy them. I can’t stop. I won’t stop.

6. DIY Cleaning Products. Just in time for spring cleaning!

7. I was craving brownies like mad on Monday night. I found an old boxed mix in our pantry and decided to give them a try. They did not cure my craving. They smelled great while they were baking, but the taste didn’t do it for me. I guess I was craving my favorite brownies, not any old brownies. Josh and I were underwhelmed by them so we threw them out. Next time, I will stick with my favorite recipe. Gotta love pregnancy cravings.

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8. Roasted asparagus, I can’t get enough!

9. Caleb is loving his new big boy bed. I was worried we would have to fight him to stay in bed, but he looks forward to bed time and nap time. When he wakes up he knocks on his door instead of yelling for us. Yesterday I heard him knocking so I ran upstairs. When I opened the door Caleb was in his bed and his monkey was on the floor by his door. He said, “Mommy, the monkey was knocking.” He is such a funny kid!

10. I finished reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother for our neighborhood book club. It was an interesting read. I don’t think I am a tiger mother. Maybe my tiger side comes out a few times a day, but I think I am more of a kitten mother:)

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  1. My teenage son and I have been addicted to those mini Cadbury eggs for years now – its a very good thing they are only sold at Easter time!

  2. I love how Caleb knocks at the door when he wakes up. My four year old has done it since we moved her into a toddler bed and now our almost three year old son does it too. All our friends would laugh when we would tell them about the knocking…it is nice to see someone else’s child does it too!

  3. Cadbury mini eggs have got to be one of the most delicious candies ever. I often buy bags and bags of them at Easter time and store them away for later. Soooo good!

  4. This and That is my favorite day of your blog! Fun to see what you’re thinking and doing as a family! LOVE the chocolate peanut butter cup cake, oh my! Must find an occasion to make this cake.

  5. Glad Caleb is liking his more grown up bed – as for the brownies, they would have tasted worse than usual because they were old and any box baking item is really degraded into
    garbage when it even approaches the best by date…ugh…I’ve done that too and thrown them out…I don’t use the King Arthur recipe though I do have a killer brownie recipe that actually starts out as a cake …makes a super dense chocolate brownie that is to die for. I too love roasted asparagus …it’s just so yummy!

  6. My husband and I are addicted to roasted asparagus! He loves it with a lemon-dijon sauce that I make. I could eat it with just some olive oil, salt, and pepper – especially when the ends get crispy!!

  7. Also love the Cadbury eggs…at least in our area, they are also available at Christmas time….”snowball” shaped in white, red and green in a bag!

    Roasted asparagus is delicious…as is any other roasted vegetable I have had. Love to make mixed batches…cauliflower and/or broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, beans or asparagus, etc…roast it all together in one pan with olive oil, s&p and i usually add some herbs. Yum!

  8. Thanks so much for linking to my cake! I love the way Caleb is attacking that pizza, a boy after my own heart ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I have a 2 year old daughter and a second baby on the way in August! I love the toddler bed you purchased. Can you give me more details about where you got it? Thanks so much!!