This and That


1. Our chickens are laying a lot of eggs. I think the boys need to have an egg stand instead of a lemonade stand. It is a little cold though, maybe this summer.

2. We were sad about the Patriots not winning the Super Bowl, but I have to admit the Nick Foles story is awesome and I love the redemption factor of sports. The boys loved watching the puppy bowl, ha!

3. I am eyeing these sunglasses.

4. Brrrrr.

5. Another reason to eat your greens.

6. I got Maria the new iPhone X for her birthday. If you have it, what are your favorite features? I also got her this case.


1. It was my birthday on Monday and I had so much fun celebrating with family and friends. Josh and I baked a cake…and then Josh took over when it came to the decorating. I don’t have the patience or talent for layered cakes. I got nervous when Josh rolled the entire three layered cake in chocolate chips, but it turned out great and it was SO good. Too good:)

2. We are still a little bummed about the Super Bowl outcome, but good for the Eagles. And I really enjoyed the JT show. The Prince tribute was perfect and I just love all of Justin’s songs. He is coming to Utah in April and I think I need tickets to his concert.

3. New this week, the most decadent chocolate cake ever and a comforting soup!

4. I love this pullover.

5. This Is Us, you know we have to talk about it. Both episodes this week were HARD. My heart is still hurting. I know it isn’t real life, but that show sucks me in like no other.

6. Need this dress.

7. Fun cupcakes for Valentine’s Day! These too!

8. I am going to eat these for breakfast.

9. Currently cooking from this book.

10. Where is your favorite beach vacation? Do tell!

11. Basic.

12. Valentine’s Day is next week. Do you have any big plans? We are going to make the boys these for breakfast. I also ordered Valentine cards from Minted. Any other fun ideas?

13. Currently loving these colors.

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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 was so bummed about the Patriots losing on Sunday ๐Ÿ™ I think a lot of people forget that Tom was a backup the first time he won the Super Bowl too. Don’t you love it when your chickens lay eggs like clockwork. I always did. My stepdaughter would have loved your birthday cake Maria. She is a chocoholic. I hope you had a great day. And those chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes are definitely calling my name.

  2. Maria! I love your lists!

    After seeing your link to Minted, I immediately checked out their options for my son. Found the perfect hockey goalie Valentine’s for his classroom! Thanks for the tip!

    I will probably also eat those Banana Muffin Cookies for breakfast…and snacks…and another snack. XD

    This is Us #truth #storiesthatarerealtoo

  3. hey y’all- great list! Happy Belated Birthday Maria! My sister’s birthday was Sunday ( she turned the big 43 ) The cake looks amazing!

  4. Oh my gosh, This is Us. I’ve never cried at a show, song, book, anything but those episodes almost got me. Also, that cake looks sooooo good. Might have to try it ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy late birthday, too!

    No offense to all the Pats fans out there, but can’t make myself root for the Patriots to save my life. Chiefs fan for life.

    ZS at

  5. I can’t remember what the beach is called in Costa Rica but there was this beach there that was made up completely of sea shells! It was a really unique experience to see that many sea shells in one spot! It wasn’t the most comfortable thing to walk on but it was very cool. I have never seen a birthday cake like that. Your husband is both talented and patient to be that detail oriented! Thanks for sharing Maria!