This and That

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1. Yesterday was my birthday and it was a good day. The day started with donuts and ended with dessert, which made the boys very happy and that made me happy.

2. We’ve been following this.

3. Who’s going on a fun summer vacation? Tell us your favorite family friendly places.

4. This kid loves riding on my shoulders.


1. The lilacs are in full bloom and that makes me VERY happy!

2. New this week, the perfect pasta salad and one of my favorite cookies.

3. Lacy striped top, LOVE!

4. Holy cookies! I think I need to do this.

5. Congratulations to the Utah Jazz on an amazing season! Donovan Mitchell and the entire team should be very proud of their season. Now, it’s all about the WARRIORS!

6. Ummm, these will be a summer staple.

7. Our cookbook is coming along. We are finalizing photography dates now and I can’t wait to see the recipes come to life! It’s been fun testing and retesting recipes for the book. These cookies will be in the book and they are perfection!! I have sampled them A LOT just to make sure:)

8. I need this in my life and SOON!

9. We are still watching the show Rise, we are a few episodes behind because of the NBA playoffs. And I am still watching Grey’s, is anyone else?

10. Love the sleeves.

11. Do you have any fun Mother’s Day plans? I am at a conference this weekend and hosting a few events so I hope to relax on Sunday with my boys. If Josh made me this for breakfast, I would be ok with it:)

12. How do we feel about jump suits? I am kind of liking this one.

13. My kind of treat!

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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 reading your “this and that” updates! Every Thursday I know to check in and see what fun stuff you’ve found or recommend! Yes, I am still watching Grey’s- although often feel I am the only one left! Love the nordstom top!

  2. I have so many things on this week’s This and That!
    1. I had been waiting on the Cookies & Cups bakery post after all of her insta stories. It did not disappoint! There could never be too many cookie posts!
    2. So excited for your cookbook!
    3. I have all of the ingredients for that salted chocolate peanut butter tart so I probably just better go ahead and make it. Looks ah-mazing!
    4. I also still watch Grey’s! I am behind a couple of episodes, though… 🙁

  3. So happy you are doing a cookbook!! I love lilacs, too! Our family had a beautiful lilac bush in our yard in the Chicago area where I grew up. I used to bring my teachers lilacs when I was a little girl from the tree.

  4. I had a jumpsuit 10+ years ago. It was really cute on and I liked it, but I didn’t love having to get all the way undressed to go to the potty. It’s something I hadn’t planned for! LOL

  5. We share the same love for #9 on you list.  My 14 year old daughter and I are huge fans of these programs… I feel we all are fast friends 🙂 

  6. Love this post! Will be making your amazing pasta salad for our very next potluck and cannot wait for your cookbook!! As for vacation tips – we are all about a CRUISE! Our baby is a sweet little feline so I can’t speak as a parent on the family-friendly aspect but my little cousins have had a blast on each and every family cruise we’ve taken. In a few weeks we are scheduled for our very first couple vacay since our honeymoon (almost 8 years ago). We are SO excited!! Bahamas, look out – and I highly recommend it for you all as well. Thank you for sharing such great ideas and your sweet family with us! <3