This and That


1. Halloween was awesome. The boys picked out our costumes again and I was Maverick from Top Gun and Maria was a walrus. She always gets the fun ones.

2. Our Halloween pumpkins!

3. What a World Series!

4. The burger debate. I don’t really care, I just want mine with bacon.

5. Alexa, are you safe for my kids?


1. I spent the weekend up in Park City for the Better Blog Retreat and I am still recovering. We stayed up until 3 a.m. almost every night and ate too much good food. I always go to bed by 10 so it was not like me, but I was having so much fun with my blogging friends! It was worth it:)

2. Did you like my WALRUS Halloween costume? The boys picked it out and were so excited about it so I wore it with a smile. They had the best time and at least I was warm when we were trick or treating:)

3. This jacket is a fall and winter favorite.

4. It was a sweet week! Cookies AND Blondies! Oh, and a new video too!

5. My dad is visiting this week and that means CINNAMON ROLLS! YES!

6. I am failing at watching my favorite TV shows. Life has been busy and we have been tuning into the World Series. I haven’t even started Stranger Things and I am behind on This Is Us and Grey’s. I hope to catch up this weekend.

7. The best beauty blender.

8. It is November and that means the Thanksgiving count down is on! We need to know what recipes you need help with! Leave a comment on this post so we can get cooking! We have a few side dishes coming your way next week, but we want to hear from YOU!

9. Cute casual sneakers.

10. I put this on roasted cauliflower and it’s a game changer. DO it!

11. Those layers!

12. Bundle up! Love all of the color options.

13. What is your favorite RX bar? Chocolate Peanut Butter, Blueberry, and Chocolate Sea Salt are at the top of my list. I really like them all, except for the mint. I just can’t do the mint one.

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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 love your costumes! I’ve been following your blog for maybe 2-3 years now, and I think it’s awesome you guys always dress up with your kids 😉 
    For Thanksgiving I’d like to see some vegetarian dishes as I’ve been living off of the sides (not a bad thing, mind you) since I was a kid… Any inspiration there would be great!

  2. Oh, that walrus costume made my morning!  Your boys have the best taste (and sense of humor) and so do you.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.  Have they seen the Nashville T-Rex video yet (linked on this week’s Tuesday Things at How Sweet Eats).  Not that it’s a hint or anything (hehe!).

  3. I’m looking for Thanksgiving side dishes that are healthy and delicious.  I need some options that don’t have a lot of added sugar (for sweeter sides like sweet potato casserole) and lots of nutrients.   However, they can’t seem too different from the normal…aka my relatives still need to be willing to eat it!

  4. We have already celebrated our Thanksgiving in Canada, but any recipes you offer I will consider using at Christmas. My biggest concern is the turkey taking all the space in the oven, most side dishes are for the oven and a different temperature. How can you plan a wonderful and interesting but traditional menu that can be prepared while the turkey is roasting, and there are only a few burners available as well, one being needed for the gravy. It totally stresses me out, and I don’t want to be in the kitchen the entire day. Any suggestions? Slow cooker, make ahead? I look forward to your ideas!

    1. I am glad you like the recipe! They taste even better when my dad makes them for me:) I hope all is well.