This and That


1. I hope you aren’t sick of my skiing and winter photos. This is my favorite time of year.

2. I got hit with the flu and strep throat earlier this week. It was pretty miserable. I am feeling a bit better, thanks goodness, because we are going to Chicago today.

3. While I was sick in bed, I watched the Patriot Act on Netflix. I liked it.

4. I have found a lot of these things in Maxwell’s pockets, ha!

5. More shoe trouble.


1. New this week, one of my favorite healthy breakfasts and a MUST make recipe! Trust me!

2. Ok guys, we need your help. If we do some cookbook events when our book comes out, what cities should we visit? If you want us to come to your city, PLEASE leave a comment so we can see where there is interest. The book comes out in early September! We really appreciate your help and can’t wait to meet some of you!

3. A few recent purchases that I am loving: the most comfortable striped top, seriously the softest sweater EVER, the material on this shirt is so good, and when it warms up I will wearing these every day.

4. The Oscars, I actually liked not having a host and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper…talk about chemistry! The question is, were they acting or is it the real deal? 🙂 Best dressed for me, Regina King and did you see Emma Roberts? Stunning! And I LOVED this dress because of the pockets, the perfect place for hiding a snack! The best!

5. I am SO making this! I am sure it is better than the TJ version.

6. A few of my friends swear by using a satin pillowcase. They say it helps with your skin, hair, and sleep. Gotta try it! Here is an affordable option with lots of colors.

7. Nike nailed it with this ad.

8. This book really is beautiful.

9. Need this in white.

10. The season finale of A Million Little Things is on tonight. It is only February and it is the season finale, why? So not fair! I want more episodes. I am excited to see how it plays out. I hope we learn a lot more!

11. Make your supermarket flowers look fancier.

12. Josh was pretty sick earlier this week so I have been taking ALL the things to hopefully stay healthy: Vitamin C, Elderberry, wellness shots, celery juice, probiotics, zinc, smoothies, and disinfecting everything! Fingers crossed I don’t get it!

13. My love for leopard continues with this and this!

14. My kind of pie!

15. On my wish list. Also, this adorable dress!

16. Give 97% effort instead of 100%. LOVE this!

17. We are headed to Chicago today! I am SO excited but also scared because it is going to be freezing! Brrrrr!!! Follow along on Instagram stories to see where we eat. There are SO many good places I want to go. If you have any last minute recommendations, leave a comment! Thanks!

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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. Please come to Florida! I live in a tiny town, but Tampa and Orlando are close enough. I promise there are sane people down here. We don’t all wrestle alligators or hold up liquor stores in the nude. 

  2. I’d love if you’d come to Bucks County, Pennsylvania on your book tour! Bucks County is the Philadelphia suburbs and I’ve been a fan of your blog and recipes for many years!

  3. First: winter pictures are gorgeous. Love your blog. Just had to say that. Ok. Where to visit for your book tour: Traverse City, MI. Food town and beautiful city. You must stop at Stans Donuts and Coffee in Chicago!! THE best ever!! 

  4. Come to Burlington, Vermont in late September! It’s beautiful! We have a lake, mountains, great food, breweries, you’ll love it!

  5. There’s a tiny French restaurant called La Sardine (111 N. Carpenter Street) that you should try if you have time. Order the souffle right when you sit down so it’s ready. I think someone else commented that the Publican (837 W. Fulton Market) is good and they are right. If you are looking for a great lunch, try my friend’s canteen at the front of her certified green catering business, Big Delicious Planet (412 N. Wolcott) They grow a lot of what they serve.

    Have fun in our frigid town!!

  6. Have an amazing time our city Chi-Town! Can’t wait to see what you think of our restaurants 🙂 This weather is NOTHING compared to our polar vortex we had a few weeks ago lol

  7. We would love to see you in Boston and… you could make a quick  is a side trip  30 minutes south to  Patriot’s Place in Foxboro to see Gillette Stadium and The Patriot’s Museum…ha!
    I know you must be very excited about the cookbook as are all you followers.
    I continue to love your Thursday posts even though I usually end up spending money on on of Maria’s fashion finds.
    Enjoy Chicago…such a great food town.

  8. Please think about coming down to Punta Gorda, Florida with your cookbook !!  There is a beautiful  and busy book store in our down town,  Copperfish Books,  they enjoy doing the book signings.   I have lived here 32 years and it is wonderful.    The 2 ladies that own the store are very nice and know books well.   The busy season here is November to April (our population doubles) .    Please check their website at   
    I have read your weekly blog for many years and I enjoy  your recipes !!   Please give us consideration !!!

  9. Would love to see you in Michigan. We have a small bookshop locally owned that is really cool in Ann Arbor called Nicola’s. They love to host authors and I would love to meet you.

  10. I second Burlington, Vermont. End of September or early October. Most beautiful time of the year. Plan to visit Stowe, VT and tour Ben & Jerry factory while there. You will fall in love!!