This and That


1. I took Maxwell skiing by himself to help him learn and he did great. That face says it all!

2. Good kitchen tips.

3. Caleb likes reading books to Maxwell. Sometimes he doesn’t know all of the words so he makes up the stories. It is hilarious.

4. We love this movie.


1. I finally got my pantry organized and I am loving it. It needed a refresh. I ended up using these containers and these shelves. I will have to give you guys a tour on Instagram stories soon or share some photos here. Do you guys watch my stories on Insta? Just curious.

2. New this week, the BEST French toast ever, promise me you will make it this weekend. And the perfect spring dessert!

3. OBSESSED with this book!

4. Yes to this!

5. Tips for caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs, which are my favorite! We have one in our bedroom and I haven’t killed it yet:)

6. Classic black and white with stripes. Love it!

7. I am making this for lunch because I can’t wait until dinner. It looks SO good!

8. Casual sneakers for spring and the best no show socks.

9. Another ruffled top I love!

10. What is your favorite every day sunscreen? I need to be better about applying SPF on my face every single day.

11. Leftover Easter candy? Make these!

12. The boys have been on spring break all week and it’s giving me a little taste of what summer is going to be like. I need to up my energy game! They are GO, GO, GO!

13. Food names you might be mispronouncing.

14. Yes or no?

15. It’s almost Friday, have a cookie!

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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 French Toast and agree that soaking the bread in the liquid is really important. I usually use Texas toast but will try brioche…love the Birkenstock sandals! Glad Caleb loves to read to his little bro!

  2. I just started using La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50). I didn’t want a mineral sunscreen because they always make my skin feel funny, and I like the Anthelios regular sunscreen – we live in Colorado and use it when we go play on the ski slopes – so I thought I’d try the serum. It doesn’t have a smell, beyond a bit of the usual SPF smell, and it doesn’t feel heavy or claggy on my skin. It’s not cheap, even though you can get it at Target, but it’s something I can integrate into my skincare routine and so far hasn’t done any damage to my tends-to-be-finicky skin. So far, so good.

  3. Our Parmesan reggiano rinds get used up right away.  We never have a collection to get into the freezer.  We do often have extra unsalted butter in there, though.

  4. congrats to your little one on his triumph, yes the photo says it all, also nice tips and links (yep, was mis-pronouncing a few food names, thought I would’ve done better!)

  5. Would love to go skiing someday! He’s a lucky kid 🙂
    Not the best at out-loud reading, so I hope my kids do that later in life, haha!
    Love that dress with the stripes!
    Kind of “eh” on the sandals.
    Pasta looks SO good.
    Oh, how I wish I could “have a cookie”! Those look so darn good, haha.

    Love reading your blog, one of my faves! 😀

  6. Hello. Writing from France, my husband and I just had a good laugh reading your food list and their pronounciation. Now, proud that our food is being eaten around the world, so who really cares about saying it right? We’re having a hard time with “doughnut” (= dewg-NUTE) or “muffin” (=mew-FEN) but that won’t stop us from eating them 🙂 Thanks for your recipes and your posts!

  7. Oh I LOVE those cookies!
    For sunscreen, I highly recommend Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer or their Protect All Over lotion. My kids (very similar in age to yours) love our sunscreen sticks (they smell like tootsie rolls!) Whichever sunscreen you choose, be sure to check how it rates for safety on or with their Skin Deep app. Look for sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide.