This and That



1. We had a fabulous Christmas and are so grateful for all of the wonderful things we get to enjoy in life, most importantly our relationships with our family and friends and all of you. Cheers to a Happy New Year, we hope your 2015 will bring great joy, love and peace.

2. We took the boys to see Santa right before Christmas and as you can see, it was classic! Caleb was so excited, but when he got there he froze up. He was so shy! Maxwell on the other hand, was beaming with joy! He wanted to stay on the nice list:)


3. Yeah for snow! The snow came as a perfect Christmas present to wake up to. We went to bed on Christmas Eve to warm partly cloudy skies and woke up to about 6 inches of snow that didn’t stop for a couple days. Caleb and I had a blast. I think Mom and Maxwell enjoyed watching us through the window of the warm house.

unnamed (3)

4. Maxwell fell asleep snuggling with me. Man, this is what life is all about. He is even smiling.

5. Utah football wrapped up their season with a commanding victory in their bowl game. The basketball team is doing incredibly well also. It has been a fun year to be a Ute fan.

unnamed (1)

6. Baking cinnamon rolls with Papa, we miss him already.


7. Someone thinks clothes are optional under his snow suit.

8. We had a new little nephew born right before Christmas. Thoughts and prayers would be appreciated for this little guy. He was born about 6 and a half weeks early and is a little fighter in the NICU.



1. Happy New Year! We took last week off from This and That, but couldn’t skip another week! We missed you guys:) We had fun celebrating Christmas with our boys. Santa made an appearance and we even woke up to a white Christmas! It was a good day!


2. My dad came to visit so of course we enjoyed his famous cinnamon rolls.

3. We have been hibernating for the past week. It is freezing outside and the flu is going around so I am trying not to leave the house. We have been catching up on movies. We’ve watched this one, this one, and this one! They were all pretty good, not Oscar worthy, but entertaining enough!

pudding cookies

4. I haven’t stopped baking cookies. I know, I have an addiction. These Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite!

5. Quote of the week!

baby food

6. We introduced Maxwell to a few foods. So far, he has tried avocado, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal cereal. He is still figuring out the whole eating thing, but he is definitely interested! He kicks and smiles when it is eating time!

7. Are you making any resolutions this year? I always set some goals. I guess I better do that today! I’m excited for 2015! And if healthy eating is one of your resolutions, visit our site tomorrow! We are sharing an awesome collection of healthy recipes!

8. Love this list.

9. Fun treat…and fruit is involved so it’s totally healthy.

10. I want this shelf for all of Caleb’s cars! A great way to store them!

11. My skin needs these homemade sugar scrubs!

12. Love this free printable! Perfect for parties or gifts!

Get the best of the best!
4 Recipes Guaranteed to be New Favorites


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!
Read More

This and That On the Side

Other recipes you may like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Leave a comment

  1. Happy New Year! Cinnamon rolls and cookies and movies are perfect for this time of year. Glad to see you all doing so well.

  2. No resolutions here! Just looking forward to another great year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the Santa pic!!

  3. What adorable pictures of the boys! Thank you for sharing them with me! Now, back off the cinnamon buns and get back to the healthy stuff! I love your recipes! God bless your family in 2015…

  4. Your little men! The cutest! Glad you guys are enjoying the holidays. Kaylin is still not fond of Santa. She loves him from a distance…but not close up.

  5. Looks like your kiddos are enjoying the snow! We drove through Utah a few days ago and the snow was beautiful. It would have been easier to enjoy if we weren’t just trying to get through it without incident.

  6. Your boys look so happy! You must be doing a wonderful parenting job!
    I love your dad already….he puts RAISINS in his cinnamon rolls….my favorite kind. I’m going to make his recipe this weekend. Thanks.

  7. I can’t get over how cute baby Maxwell is and Caleb is getting so big-I bet he’s enjoying being a big brother. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2015.

  8. OMG the Santa picture is great. Maxwell looks so proud of himself too for being able to handle Santa while big brother is getting cold feet.

  9. The boys are so cute! Caleb is sorta outgrowing the “little boy” look – he’s looking so grown up already and Maxwell is just a little cherub! Such a happy baby! Thanks for the link to the sugar scrubs – I want to try them out and I also liked the list that Maria liked – lol. Oh, and if “Papa’ ever decides to ship cinnamon rolls…let me know….lol….they looked great