This and That



1. Brothers! Maxwell keeps asking for a haircut so I guess it is time to take him in. I personally love the long look.

2. When Maria was in LA we went to see the movie Moana. It is the best Disney movie I have seen in a long time. The boys loved it too.

3. This is hilarious!

4. Did you see that Clemson win? One of the greatest football endings ever!

5. The Chiefs play the Steelers on Sunday and I am a little nervous. I hope Alex can pull out the win! Go Chiefs! I am also routing for the Patriots.



1. I attended the Golden Globes with Lindt Chocolate and had the most amazing time. The entire day was surreal. We walked the red carpet with all of the stars and saw so many of my favorite actors and actresses…Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Connie Britton, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana…the list goes on. I am still pinching myself. I hope you followed along on Instagram stories because I shared lots of fun photos from the night. What did you think of the Globes?

2. While I was in LA, I made sure I visited a few sweet spots. Bottega Louie was amazing, the desserts were GORGEOUS and the macarons were perfection. I also enjoyed Milk Jar Cookies. The cookies are big, super soft, and they have tons of fun flavors. I highly recommend both places. We also went to a Lakers game. I am not a Lakers fan, but the game was still fun:)

3. I watched this movie on the plane and loved it.

4. Cupcake goals.

5. Yes to all of these!

6. This is Us was back with a new episode this week. I love that show so much! I am also loving Nashville this season. I took a break from Stranger Things, but I saw all of the cast at the Golden Globes and those adorable kids motivated me to keep watching. It is getting SO good! I don’t know why I took a break, such a great show!

7. Mac and cheese for breakfast? I’m in!

8. Turning my brown bananas into this bread.

9. My new favorite shampoo and conditioner. It makes my hair so soft and smells good too!

10. This soup is calling my name.

11. I want to take a big bite out of this burger.

12. Can’t wait to read this book.

13. Check out our latest video! They are my favorite tacos!

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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. hey ya’ll -great list. Love the pic of the boys! So cute! Maria- love your dress, glad you had fun. And that cupcake looks amazing! Yummy!

  2. Maxwell and Caleb look so cute together – and Maxwell just wants his hair to match his brothers. I too will be rooting for the chiefs!
    I watched the Instagram stories and it really looked like Maria had a great time – I personally just wanted to dive into the chocolate…lol… I will have to check out Mr. Church – sounds like a good movie. I love Redken shampoos – I will have to check out Chasing Slow – sounds good.

  3. That soup looks yummy!  Growing up I hated Brussels sprouts but now roasted are my favorite.  A big shout out to our National Champs!  Go TIGERS!

  4. Josh, I too am rooting for our hometown Chiefs. The Patriots trounced the Houstons last night so you’re 1 for 2. Hopefully 2 for 2 after tonight’s game – which has been postponed because of the weekend ice storm.

  5. Josh & Maria,  Happy New Year.  I just wanted to share that your blog has become my fave!…love, love, love it!!  I found you via The Pioneer Woman’s blog about 5 years ago.  I look forward to your “This and That”  feature every week. Thank you for doing what you do so well.