This and That


1. The backyard is looking good, just in time for the snow…ha! I wish it would snow this early. I am already thinking about ski season.

2. I remember a lot of these.

3. I love this time of year.

4. Happy children do chores.

5. Football season is off to a good start. The Utes and Patriots won and Alex Smith played a great game on Sunday. And the boys are thrilled the Packers came back to beat the Bears. It was a good game.

6. Caleb started taking piano lessons and he is loving it so far.


1. New this week, a fun back to school lunch and a quick and easy weeknight meal the entire family will love!

2. I love every color.

3. Crazy about this salad.

4. So excited for this movie!

5. Do you get family pictures taken every year? We have for the past four years, but I don’t know if I have it in me this year. They are so much work! I do love the photos when we get them back. I just need some major motivation to make an appointment!

6. I usually sleep in big t-shirts, but I think I will treat myself to a pair of these.

7. What shows are you looking forward to this fall? Obviously, This is Us is at the top of my list! I can’t wait!

8. You can never have too many pairs of cozy pants.

9. I got my copy of this book and it’s GOOD!

10. Pantry goals!

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12. I am going to CA tomorrow for a fun girls weekend! I plan on doing NO work and just relaxing. It is a quick trip, but I am so excited!

13. I found this photo on my computer as I was writing this post so I had to do a throw back Thursday. Look at how little our boys were! Time is going too fast! I am glad they are still best brothers.

14. Any recipe requests for the blog this fall? Leave your suggestions in the comments. We always love hearing from you!

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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. Aw, our mom would never buy those awesome junk cereals. Too expensive, especially when my older brother would eat an entire box in about two days. HOWEVER, I did just buy a box of the Oreo cereal a couple of weeks ago. I’ll open it and have some for dinner one of these days.

  2. Okay, those roasted veggie quinoa bowls are the a! I add sweet potato noodles and zucchini noodles and top it with a fried egg❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Mainly looking forward to the return of This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy. We got rid of cable, and I’m thinking we need an antenna. It’s really hard to keep up with too many shows when you stream everything!

  4. Wow! That pantry was something. I’m working on mine and bought a few things to help me organize.  Still a work in progress!