This and That


1. I am still working on a few projects at our house. The pizza oven is going in and I am making a study/homework room for the boys.

2. Caleb started 1st grade yesterday. He was so excited and had a great first day.

3. Maxwell is going to miss his buddy while he is at school.

4. We went on a picnic up the mountains and had a great time exploring.


1. New this week, a classic cookie and a fresh and simple snack!

2. I am in California this week for our cookbook photo shoot and I am having a blast. I love seeing all of our recipes come to life. I love working with our photographer and food stylist, they are a dream team. I can’t wait to share these recipes with you guys. There are SO many good ones, I keep saying they are all my favorite:)

3. Love this dress and it’s only $20. Lots of color options too!

4. Our favorite easy weeknight dinners! What are your favorites?

5. I watched this movie in my hotel room and liked it. Josh always makes fun of me because I love teen dramas:)

6. Love these for travel and staying organized.

7. Yes please!

8. Has anyone used this face wash? I might try it. Still looking for a good one!

9. Be a good friend.

10. The perfect jacket for transitioning into fall.

11. Make cleaning your kitchen less of a chore.

12. Love this casual button down.

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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. Liquid chlorophyll.  Buy it at natural grocers or on amazon.  The ONLY thing that worked on my face.  I warm up a half cup of water in the microwave, put in two quick dollops of chlorophyll and drink it like tea.  Worked beautifully in only a few days!

  2. Yum love the quick and easy meal ideas…especially many of the Mexican recipes!

  3. I’ve used raw honey as a cleanser for about 3 years now. Works great for acne and is much cheaper than store bought cleansers with lots of ingredients. I use about a teaspoon on damp skin, leave on while showering and rinse with warm water.

  4. Pacifica sea foam complete cleanser at target. I’ve used a lot of cleaners from Sephora and it really is as good- for under $10!

  5. I recognize those tomatoes. Grown and sold by Blue Spring Farm at the downtown farmers market. Owners Tamara and Randy Hed. Thanks for sharing the photo.