This and That


  • Maxwell insists on wearing a bow tie or tie to church. He usually steals mine, I guess we should get him some of his own.
  • Interesting. I am sure my boys would sacrifice their share..ha!
  • A good reminder to put away our phones, even during movies and television shows.
  • I am going to take the boys on a camping trip to Glacier National Park, any recommendations?


  • New this week, a summer favorite and a bar dessert you HAVE to make, trust me! Plus, a post about our trip to McCall!
  • It’s been in the 100’s every day this week, so I have been making this and this. The perfect recipes for hot days!
  • This is still on sale! Hurry and grab one! Great for cheese boards, snack boards, appetizers, drinks, decor, and more!
  • Our friend gave us a million apricots from their tree, what should I make?
  • Love this dress, comes in lots of colors and patterns!
  • This salad, my mind is officially blown!
  • This season of Big Little Lies was so short and just ok for me. But in other TV news, did you see this? I am SO excited! XOXO!
  • Yes…especially after a crazy summer, ha!
  • Dreamy!
  • Finally! I can’t do the middle seat, if I get stuck in the middle I have a mini panic attack.
  • I think it’s time I order a pair of these. Does anyone use them?
  • So colorful!
  • Pink love!
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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. Glacier National Park has some of most BEAUTIFUL scenery i have ever seen! Make sure to get and early start on planned hikes because parking fills up FAST or take advantage of the shuttle service! Must do Going to the Sun Road and stop at Logan’s Pass to do the amazing Hidden Lake trail! Also, go to Polebridge Mercantile for their to die for huckleberry bearclaws!!! Have a fun time with your boys!

  2. Glacier is a special place. Red bus tour is a must. Avalanche lake is very special and starts with a wonderful walk through a cedar forest.

  3. My kids and I visited my grandpa in southern Utah last week. My uncle had us come pick apricots. There were soooo many!! We ate ourselves sick. We don’t get them in the Carolinas. It was a treat. We drove up to see an aunt in Salt Lake and because of a rave review we read here about Rockwell Ice Cream we totally had to stop. It wasn’t fantastic.
    Question: A-pricot or AP-ricot? Highly debated topic of the week during our visit.

    1. It WAS fantastic. Auto correct and jet lag. Oops! Honeycomb was a surprise new favorite

    2. Oh good! I read your first comment and was like Oh no because Rockwell is my FAVORITE!! I LOVE their ice cream! So glad you loved it. The Honeycomb, Biscoff, and Muddy Buddies are my top picks…their rocky road is pretty good too…all of them are:) I say A-pricot:)

    3. I think it depends on where you are from. The British say A-pricot. Americans are more likely to pronounce it AP-ricot. In Canada, we pronounce some words the British way and some words the American way. Most commonly pronounced AP-ricot here.

  4. My sister and I just returned from 10 days in Glacier with my two boys ages 7 and 10. What an incredible place! I concur about needing an early start for the best family-friendly hikes. Most parking areas were filled by 9:00 a.m. Shuttles for the Going to the Sun Road were getting very busy around that same time. We actually enjoyed Many Glacier on the East side most of all. Highlight of our whole trip was taking boats across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine and then hiking to Grinnell Lake (young boy and myself) and Grinnel Glacier (older boy with sister). Great for bear and moose sightings!

  5. Make Apricot pineapple jam without pectin. I was inspired by a recipe for 2 ingredient French apricot jam. I used apricots, canned pineapple, lemon juice, and sugar. Simmered and stirred till evenly thick. The texture is much nicer than the stiff texture you sometimes get with pectin.