This and That


1. I smoked some ribs on our Traeger and they were awesome. Everything tastes better on the Traeger.

2. I am bummed the Chiefs lost. I am all about the Patriots now.

3. We haven’t gotten much snow this winter, but it snowed yesterday so I am headed up the mountain today. Crossing my fingers for some big snow storms. I want to get the boys up there. This will be Maxwell’s first year skiing.

4. Interesting.

5. I think our Alexa has a hearing problem or she just doesn’t want to listen to me. Anyone else have issues with their Alexa. We have to yell at her!

6. It was a nice day so we went to a farm. Maxwell had a blast driving the big tractor.


1. Making this for lunch today and I can’t wait. Is it lunch time yet? 🙂

2. Excited about this cookbook!

3. New this week, a weeknight dinner favorite and energy bites!

4. Did you watch the Golden Globes? One word, OPRAH! Gosh, I love her! Also, I have a lot of movies I need to watch.

5. My favorite food storage containers.

7. So I stocked up on Bath and Body Works candles when they had their big holiday sale. I am currently loving the Salted Caramel and Bourbon Butterscotch scents. SO good! What are your favorites?

8. This is my kind of breakfast. 🙂

9. Great sale on these shoes.

10. On my reading list.

11. Yesterday, I asked for foundation recommendations on Instagram stories and I have gotten a ton of responses. Thank you! I am still trying to decide. So far the top mentions are: Bobbi Brown, IT CC cream, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, and SmashBox. I guess I need to go try some out! If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments. Thanks for the help!

12. Love this post about blogging.

13. Nashville is back with more Juliette drama. Can’t she just have one good season? This Is Us is still everything. I love every single episode! And I am so happy Sterling won a Golden Globe!

14. Stay cozy with this cardigan and this sweater.

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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 usually love all your comments on This and That but I cringe at the Oprah remark. Pictures abound of her shoulder to shoulder with Weinstein. Why choose the Golden Globes to make her declaration of women’s safety and not earlier, much, much earlier. Who knows, with all her power and influence, she may have been able to stop his sexual attacks on women sooner.

  2. Maxwell is so cute up on the tractor.

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  3. I also find Oprah’s comments to be sheer hypocrisy. She, like Meryl Streep, has known about Weinstein’s proclivities for decades, yet now, when there is nothing to lose, suddenly becomes “brave” and speaks out. Where were all of them 30 years ago? Can you imagine how many lives would have been changed if someone like Oprah had brought this to light instead of kissing up to Weinstein in order to get her next movie produced? And let’s not forget that standing ovation for serial pedophile/rapist Roman Polanski. Why would anyone think that was okay?

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  7. We were having the same issue with our Alexa and when I googled it, people recommended moving it further away from other things… I tried this and it totally fixed it. Looks like it needs a wide berth. Strange was that it seemed to happen gradually, maybe just because its 2 years old. Try that and see if it helps!

    I read your this and that every week! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Love that picture of Maxwell on the tractor! He looks like he’s having a blast. Also, try Tarte foundation. It is full coverage, but feels nice on the skin. Love your This and That posts each week. Thanks for keeping up with them!

  9. wow, saw the ribs and had to take a look since they seemed smoked, now I get it, a smoker, looks really nice, hadn’t even thought of one, would be perfect for these, thank you for the smoker inspiration and for the other links, adorable boy on the tractor!