This and That


1. I went skiing yesterday and it was another beautiful day on the slopes. This ski season is awesome.

2. The Super Bowl is on Sunday and we are all cheering for the Patriots! Did you see this video? I do love Tom Brady!

3. Brothers taking a bubble bath. They will love this photo when they are 18. Ha!

4. Several of you recommended The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. I am going to check it out. Thanks!

5. I am teaching Caleb how to ski and I just ordered this to help us out. Has anyone used one?

6. The Danettes do spin. This was hilarious.


1. The big game is on Sunday AND my birthday is on Sunday. We are going to have one BIG party! On the menu, loaded nachos, soft pretzel bites, and chocolate cake. The boys said we HAVE to have chocolate cake. I am ok with that:) Don’t worry, I will make sure we have a veggie tray, fruit, and a salad too. What are you making for the Super Bowl?

2. Checked out this book at the library. I am excited to start it.

3. Weelicious has inspired us to start our mornings with smoothies! Check out the Smoothie Project! The boys are loving them.

4. Dreaming of summer and loving this swimsuit and this swimsuit.

5. My kind of comfort food.

6. YES to all five.

7. This cake is super duper cool!

8. Pretty in pink.

9. Check out our latest video. Warning, you will NEED chocolate after watching:)

10. Pass the pasta!

11. These little chocolate pies are too cute!

12. Could you pick nine?

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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. Oh the nightingale…. read it at the beach last summer. My husband and three kids looked over at me at one point while we were sitting in the sand playing and I had to hold the beach towel to my face and hug myself for about five minutes.  It is a very moving book. They were very worried about mommy several times that week. 

  2. Huge Pat’s fan here…hoping they have a great game, especially in light of the info that has come out about Tom’s mom. He is known to be super close to his parents/family and I can only guess one of his motivations will be to make his mom proud. 
    That is a fun bathtub picture…the boys like they are i n a bubbly mini pool!
    Thanks for the pasta link…I am always looking for “lighter” pasta options.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Maria . 
    LET”S GOOOOOOO, PAT’s!!!!!

  3. Oh my goodness!!  You have chosen a winner with The Nightingale!!  If you like historical fiction, this one is fantastic.  I’m partial to Kristan Hannah as an author but she has outdone herself with this book.  I hope you will like it as much as me.

  4. Love your tub and your bathroom floor.  What materials did you use?  Do you have other photos.

    what is your counter top material in the chic. smoothie photo?

  5. Hey y’all- great post! Happy early Birthday Maria! My sister’s Birthday is Saturday! Love the pic of the boys in the tub! So funny!!

  6. I loved The Nightingale! I’m considering it for my book club, but not everyone likes WWll historical fiction as much as I do. It is an intense read at times!

  7. The Nightingale is a great book. I read it and recommended it for my book club and everyone loved it.
    Have a wonderful birthday! Go Pats!

  8. Have you started teaching him and noticing that he is having too wide of a stance already? I tried using this when I taught ski school one year and found it to be more of an annoyance for both the student and myself. I found that I couldn’t teach side stepping or have him do a penguin walk (when the toes are out and heels together, opposite of the pizza) which is useful when having to make some steps up hill. It also prohibited him from being able to learn how to skate, which is useful in the cat track areas. If you don’t mind those times and going right into the down hills, it might be useful for you though! Good luck!

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