This and That


  • The boys had a blast on Halloween. Maxwell continues to wear his costume every day.
  • I am bummed the Patriots lost but the Utes are still going strong.
  • Thanks for all of your vehicle suggestions last week. We are still trying to decide. Maria is not very good at making decisions..ha!
  • The world we live in is hurting our ears.
  • Find the love in what we do.
  • You guys are loving this recipe right now.


  • New this week, a super easy recipe, just beware, they are addicting. And the perfect holiday salad!
  • Halloween, sugar overload, and daylight saving time. Whew, what a week! It gets dark SO early and I am ready for bed by 8 p.m.
  • This coat is GOOD and a good price too!
  • Pass the pasta!
  • I am guilty of this!
  • The NBA has been interesting so far. I am beyond bummed that Steph Curry is out with a broken hand, but I am still a Warriors fan, it’s just a very different team. They will be back someday! I am really enjoying the Jazz this year!
  • The coziest!
  • Black and white.
  • Love this list!
  • When do you decorate for Christmas? Before or after Thanksgiving? We always wait until after Thanksgiving but I feel like so many people already have their trees up. And the stores are playing Christmas music and have all of the holiday merchandise out. One holiday at a time people:)
  • A Coatigan! LOVE!
  • Great tips for traveling with little ones.
  • If you live in Utah, I am doing a book signing at Hearth & Hill restaurant in Park City on November 14th from 6-8pm. They will be featuring recipes from our cookbook, so come eat and say hi! Details HERE!
  • I am having some girlfriends over tonight for a little cookie party and I am excited. I am showing them how to make the chocolate chip cookies in our cookbook. Plus, I am baking a few of my other favorite cookie recipes. I will share some behind the scenes on Instagram stories!! I wish you could all come over and bake with me!
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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. Where is the recipe for the cookies in this picture? They look amazing! I went on your site but the M&M cookies don’t look the same as these. Did you add more to these? I would love to make them! You are always a goto for my meals! Keep up the delicious recipes!

    1. Its the CCC recipe from our cookbook but I chopped up LOTS of Halloween candy and mixed it in! They turned out great!

    2. The recipe is our chocolate chip cookie recipe in our book but I added LOTS of Halloween candy. I chopped up several kinds of candy bars and stirred them in. M&M’s too! The boys loved them!

  2. The tabs! Oh my gosh! I thought that I was the only one! I have had to tell my kids many times”No! Don’t close my tabs!”

  3. I want to leave up Thanksgiving/fall decor until after Thanksgiving – we’re hosting dinner so it would seem weird to have the house decorated for Christmas while we are enjoying our turkey, you know??? But I did start listening to Christmas music today and I’m SO happy about it! And those look like your CCC from your cookbook but with M&Ms? Is that right? I have a bunch of leftover M&Ms from Halloween so I think I need to make those this weekend!!

  4. I am the worst offender of leaving so many tabs open. My husband gets after me and says it slows my computer down. Then I do something – I don’t know what – and I lose them all. I feel like my life is over when that happens…
    On another note…there was a nice article in the Park Record Nov. 9th about the book signing and dinner at Hearth & Hill (one of my favorite restaurants, BTW) but it lists the time from 5-7pm. Just thought you better know…
    Thanks for all the sharing you do!