This and That



1. Traveling with kids is never easy, but it is worth it. We love bringing these little dudes along.

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2. We celebrated Halloween at Papa’s house this year. Caleb picked out all of our costumes!

3. Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween candy videos are my favorite.

4. We spent Monday through Wednesday in Chicago with KitchenAid. I love all of their appliances, but their new black stainless steel are awesome. Have you seen them?

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5. Girl & The Goat, best restaurant ever! Stephanie Izard is a genius with her food creations. More importantly, she is kind, generous, and down to earth. Stephanie, thanks for spending time with us and being so charming.



1. We had a fun Halloween at my dad’s house. Caleb picked out our costumes and I have to say he did a good job this year. Milk and cookies fits us well…much better than last year’s funky chicken costume:)

2. Sweet and salty!


3. Our boys love their papa!


4. My dad watched the boys while we went to an event with KitchenAid in Chicago! We spent a day at the World of Whirlpool and had the chance to try out KitchenAid’s new major and small appliances. We were in kitchen heaven. We are putting KitchenAid appliances in our new kitchen so we were super excited to see them up close and personal. They are amazing and we are soooooooo excited for our new kitchen!


5. We tried the new spiralizer attachment and instantly fell in love. We will be using this one all of the time at home!


6. Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef and the chef of Girl & The Goat and Little Goat, came to the event to cook with us. She made the BEST Chinese noodles and was so much fun. We also got to eat dinner at her restaurant, Girl and The Goat, and I was BLOWN away. Every single dish was perfection and we pretty much ordered the entire menu. If you are ever in Chicago, you have to go, but make reservations way in advance. And make sure you get the chocolate truffle cake with salted peanut gelato….it was amazing. I can’t stop thinking about it:)

7. The easy way to eat a pomegranate.

8. Eat your broccoli.

9. Weird food myths.

10. On my reading list! Have you read it?

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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. I always look forward to this and that for both of your unique perspectives and links. I also love to see the boys! The Broccoli Cheddar Rolls look like they would be so good.

  2. The Halloween Costumes are so cute! The boys look great traveling with the earphones on – so cute. Very nice pic of the boys and their grandfather. Sounds like you had a great time in Chicago – there are a ton of great restaurants there – I will have to try Girl & the Goat though – the dessert sounds amazing!