This and That


  • The 4th of July is one week away and our family is stoked because we are doing our annual waffle breakfast for the neighborhood. We make hundreds of waffles and smoke tons of bacon on the Traeger. It’s one of our favorite holidays! What do you do for the 4th?
  • Well deserved!
  • Our garden is growing slow this year because the weather in Utah has been crazy. It hasn’t been warm enough for the plants to take off. Hopefully soon!
  • 77 years YOUNG.
  • The boys are Pelicans fans now because of Zion. They both want jerseys. I am excited to see how all of the NBA teams play out.


  • New this week, the BEST brownies in the world and you only need ONE bowl and an easy salad dressing for all of your summer salads!
  • Love these summer sandals and they are on sale! These are also on sale. I have the tan ones and love them.
  • For the past few months I have been making homemade kefir and I am addicted! It is SO easy and I honestly feel better since I have been drinking it. I make my morning smoothie with kefir instead of milk and it tastes amazing! Even Josh and the boys have been drinking it. Do any of you make kefir?
  • Hurry and grab this top for the 4th! This dress would also be cute for the 4th!
  • This faux fiddle leaf fig tree is so good! I might get it for the boy’s office. We have a real fiddle leaf fig tree in our bedroom and I love it but I don’t know if I can keep two alive:)
  • My dad is coming to visit tomorrow and you know what that means…the BEST cinnamon rolls! The boys love helping him and it is too cute!
  • This dress is fab!
  • Do what you do in front of children and LOVE it! YES!
  • I am behind on all of my TV this week. I start a show and fall asleep 15 minutes in. The boys are wearing me out this summer…ha!
  • Casual and comfortable.
  • I need this guide to doing nothing!
  • This cake screams summer!
  • Don’t forget about our Instagram giveaway for June! Like ALL of our photos we posted in June and you will be entered to win a $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma. We will pick 2 winners at the end of the month! Good luck! Hint-the first photo in June is the blueberry cobbler…which is SO good:)
  • Sign me up for this salad!
  • Fun for the 4th!
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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. I make water kefir and love it. It is so refreshing over ice over ice during hot summer afternoons.

  2. Happy 4th Maria to you and your family. I’d like to know how you make kefir. Those brownies look delicious I think I will have to make them for the 4th.

    1. The tarts are from the farmers market. Just a pretty photo:) I wish I had the recipe!

  3. I love that you smoke your bacon on the Traeger! We just got a Traeger and have started smoking everything including bacon and it is sooo good!

    1. We LOVE the Traeger!! Everything tastes better on the Traeger:) Glad you are loving yours!

  4. hey y’all- great list! Those brownies look amazing- yummy for my tummy! Our church is having a picnic at a local lake this coming Sunday! I’m bringing m&m cookies!

    1. I haven’t posted how I make it before. I am just getting into it and when I shared the smoothie recipe, I used almond milk, but now I am using kefir and it’s just as good. You can use whatever milk you like for the smoothie or kefir. If there is interest maybe I will post about kefir someday:)

  5. I make my own kefir too. I use it as you do in smoothies. We also use it in recipes that call for milk or buttermilk. Scrambled eggs and omelettes are extra fluffy when you make them with kefir too!