This and That


1. We got our Epic ski passes and the boys are already planning on where to ski this winter. We are going to cover a lot of mountain terrain this year! Bring on the snow!

2. We are going to Illinois for Thanksgiving and I am super stoked to help Maria’s dad with the turkeys. We are smoking one on the Traeger and doing one in the oven.

3. Has anyone seen the new Grinch movie? The boys want to see it.

4. Sourdough hands, interesting.

5. Is it worth drinking?

6. Raising good men.


1. New this week, an easy side dish and salad…both are perfect for Thanksgiving! And I still have a few new Thanksgiving recipes coming your way next week. But make sure you check out ALL of our Thanksgiving recipes here!

2. The softest shirt and it’s a great price.

3. The most delicious centerpiece. So fun for Thanksgiving.

4. Loving this bronzer.

5. That swirl.

6. The perfect napkins for every holiday!

7. Oh, man these look good!

8. I sampled this cake last week and it is AMAZING!! Follow Courtney for all of the best cake recipes!

9. Stocked up on these for the winter.

10. Hoping to read this or this over the Thanksgiving holiday. What are you reading?

11. We are going to Illinois to visit my dad for Thanksgiving. My dad LOVES Thanksgiving and makes a huge spread. I hope he will let me help because I want to make thisthese and this for dessert!

12. Love this sweater with leggings.

13. Use this during the winter, your lips will thank you!

14. Great price on a leather jacket.

15. The softest throw ever and it’s 50% off! Hurry before it sells out!

16. Be on the lookout for our holiday gift guides! I’ve had a lot of fun creating them for you and I hope you will enjoy them!

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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. Love your cheeseboard ideas! And The Great Alone freaked me out for a long time after I finished it…it’s very intense.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That pumpkin cake is amazing!! I read The Great Alone.  So well-written! It is a book that will stay with you! I have Winter in Paradise to read over the holiday season, too! Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Illinois. I grew up in LaGrange & Brookfield, suburbs of Chicago. Great memories! I’m now in Orlando. 

  3. Winter in Paradise sounds really good. I just added it to my library hold list. I loved The Great Alone! I just started reading The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.

  4. I tried the Chocolate Banana Bread. Delish! Thank you for sharing that recipe. I too live in Illinois so from what I am seeing the weather will be our tipacle Thanksgiving during the day. 
    I will definitely be reviewing your suggestion of recipe side dishes for Thanksgiving meal. 
    I always like a bit of a change to Surprize my family. 
    Wishing you & your Family a Bountiful Thanksgiving. 
    Drive safely

  5. I just finished reading the great alone and it was one of my favorite books of all time- hard to let go! And ironically I just started winter in paradise! Going to make those Nutella pumpkin muffins this week! Happy thanksgiving!

  6. Elin’s new book is AMAZING. Both my mother-in-law and I read it extremely fast and can’t believe we have to wait an entire year for the next book.