This and That



1. Maxwell loves walking brother to school with his backpack on. We always have to stop at the swings on our way home. And he asks to wear his Batman shirt every single day. What a kid.

2. I am not going to talk politics, but this made me laugh.

3. Brady is back and had a great game on Sunday. Go Patriots!

4. La Croix flavors ranked. I don’t like any of them, but Maria is a fan. Number 12 made me laugh.


5. Caleb picked out this outfit for school. He wears his cowboy hat with pride.

6. I am bummed the Giants lost, but Maria is beyond happy. I guess I will be nice and cheer for the Cubs now.



1. I am so in love with fall right now. I want this season to last forever.

2. I needed a lightweight jacket for fall and found this one at Target. I am loving it.

3. I am dying over these bars.


4. I baked a batch of my favorite cookies over the weekend. Have you tried them yet?

5. The Cubs and Giants games took a toll on our marriage…and not because I have a crush on Kris Bryant..ha! I am a Cubs fan and Josh is a Giants fan. The games were intense and I am SO  glad my team came out on top:) GO CUBBIES!

6. This apple cake is calling my name.

7. Confession, I am officially a Dan Patrick fan. Josh LOVES Dan Patrick and I always make fun of him for being somewhat obsessed, but lately I have been tuning in all on my own. I actually look forward to Dan and the Danettes every morning.

8.I want to dive head first into a big plate of this pasta.

9. We survived family pictures. The boys had a blast and it was the perfect fall evening. I will share some when we get them back.

10. The most perfect fall lunch.

11. Let’s talk Thanksgiving. What recipes are you looking for this year? Any requests? Leave your suggestions in the comments and we will get cooking!

12. I am in Ohio for an event with Kroger. Follow along on Instagram stories and snapchat! And my dad drove over from Illinois to see me last night. We only had a few hours together, but he seriously made my month. He is the best!

13. Need an easy dinner? Make this! You can thank me later:)

14. A Simple Year. I NEED this course!

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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 am always looking for a new sweet potato or brussels sprouts recipe to try for Thanksgiving!  Would love to see what you come up with 🙂

  2. Thought through Trump/ Clinton duet was hysterical, thanks for posting it, I would have missed it otherwise. Your superhero child is super, I love photos of your children, it takes me waaay back.
    I make a potatoes Anna for Thanksgiving that is always a hit, Yukon potatoes, rutabaga, roasted garlic, no cheese and yummy!
    Happy fall!

  3. Go Cubs! I’m excited about the series . The apple cake looks amazing – going to give it a try. The picture of Maxwell is so cute! Hope Maria has a great time in Ohio!

  4. Another Cub fan here!! Wasn’t that Giant/Cub series great!? (and nail biting!) I really respect the Giant team and their fan, though! Got to have a piece of that apple cake! 

  5. I’m a BIG fan of @DanPatrickshow too. He is funny and #TheDanettes are hilarious! I love how Dan will talk about what ever is in the news not just sports. They’ll talk about movies, music, and food from their own perspective. And their perspectives are so different from one another.

  6. I knew there was a reason I follow you! I bought the same jacket at Target a few weeks ago in anticipation of a trip to Boston. However, the temps are going to be almost 80 so I don’t think I’m going to need it now. I’m sure it’s going to cool down eventually (it always does!). I’m super excited about the big pockets in this jacket and the pull out hood in case you need it! I’m sure you’ll need those pockets for items your boys pick up on hikes/walks. Happy Fall!

  7. Thanks for sharing. Love seeing that you are a CUBS FAN! Our family is also and originally from Chicago. Funny that my husband grew up in Bridgeport, pretty much next door to Comiskey Park and he is a Cubs Fan. Prayers and fingers crossed they WIN tonight! Love your blog and all the recipes you share!