This and That


1. The 4th of July was awesome! It was so fun celebrating with neighbors, family, and friends. We had around 200 people over for breakfast and we even had a band. Can’t wait until next year, it’s my favorite tradition.

2. We added a big Autumn Blaze maple tree to our backyard this week. It was fun watching them deliver it.

3. Lebron is going to the Lakers. Hopefully, it is a good move for him and his family, but he still has to make it past the Warriors to win another championship:)


1. We had a fun 4th of July! We made hundreds of waffles and smoked a lot of bacon on our Traeger for our neighborhood breakfast. We also went to a BBQ with friends and watched fireworks with our neighborhood. I just wish it was the weekend, having the holiday in the middle of the week is rough.

2. New this week, soft chocolate chip cookies and an easy summer side salad.

3. Love this top!

4. A fun summer treat!

5. My dad is visiting right now and you better believe we made his famous cinnamon rolls. If you haven’t made them yet, DO it already! They are the very BEST!

6. Perfect purse for summer.

7. How is your summer reading going? What has been your favorite book so far?

8. 21 travel tips and tricks! Are you going anywhere fun this month?

9. Get your glow and gloss on! A summer must!

10. I love a good basic.

11. I went to a Jazz summer league game this week and it was nice to see some basketball. We are watching the World Cup and Wimbeldon, but I miss my hoops. Oh, and seeing Donovan Mitchell always helps:)

12. You can’t go wrong with s’mores.

13. I think I have every color.

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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. Lovely tradition!  Please share how you made the waffles for 200 people – time wise.  Did you have them warm, so everyone would be able to eat together?  This idea is lovely.  Thanks for sharing!

    May your week be blessed with grace!

  2. I wish I was your neighbor! What a fun tradition!

    I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo that you recommended a few weeks ago and loved it! I can’t wait to read Emily Giffin’s new book, All We Ever Wanted.

  3. We planted an Autumn Blaze maple ten years ago. Love, love, love that tree! It’s SO beautiful in the fall.

  4. What a great and fun tradition for the 4th!  My favorite book so far this year has been The Wife Between Us – lots of twists and turns, very unexpected!

  5. Can you please add pictures of this stuff you want us to click on? We can then decide if it is worth clicking on. Some blogs show some pictures of the items, I think all of them should do it. It sure would be nice. Thanks

  6. Just finished and loved “Before We Were Yours”. Currently ready “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

  7. Waffles for 200…YIKES!!! 
    I imagine your neighbors love hanging at your house for the delicious eats.
    As always, fun post to read and just clicking on the “gloss” link was worth it. Chrissy Tiegan is a riot.

    I just finished Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility…so good.

  8. I’m currently immersed in “Sometimes I Lie” by  Alice Feeney. It’s creepy, engrossing & everything I want in a summer read.