This and That


  • The boys are back on the slopes and they have already improved so much from last year. Ski season is the best season!
  • We are bummed the Patriots lost. Now, the boys are cheering for the Packers, I am cheering for the Texans, and Maria is cheering for the Seahawks. Should be interesting!
  • Think before buying and returning.
  • Just Mercy comes out this weekend and I want to see it. Anyone else?
  • Maria put me in charge of coming up with some new Super Bowl recipes for you guys, what do you want to see this year? Help me out!


  • New this week, a healthy savory breakfast, my favorite soup for when I am sick or under the weather, and tacos that are full of flavor!
  • The boys went back to school this week and the house has been quiet. I miss them, but it’s nice to be back in a routine. We started meal planning again and we are also doing a chart to encourage them to eat more fruits and veggies. I shared this chart on Instagram stories and so many of you already started doing it too, it’s really helping. If you need help meal planning, you can print out my free meal plan chart in this post. The post also has some planning tips! I am thinking about sending out an email every Sunday with some recipe ideas for the week to help you meal plan. Let me know if you would be interested! And make sure you are signed up for our free email newsletter HERE! I send out special emails a few times a week!
  • Speaking of meals, I want this for lunch!
  • I’ve been using this on just about everything! It works so well!
  • It is so dry in Utah during the winter and my lips have been so chapped. I asked for chapstick recommendations on Instagram stories and got HUNDREDS of responses. The number one suggestion was Aquaphor so I am going to try it. I also need to order more of this.
  • The cutest cookies…and Angie used the sugar cookie recipe from our cookbook! They are the best sugar cookies:)
  • Is anyone else in full on cleaning mode?
  • My favorite protein powder and the new vegan protein powder is good too! Love adding it to our smoothies.
  • I started watching Dawson’s Creek on Amazon Prime, just something to have on while I work. I haven’t watched it since I was in high school. I have to say I am really loving the music, basically the soundtrack to my high school life:)
  • I have this in grey and it’s SO soft! Under $20 too!
  • Currently snacking on these! So good!
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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 was so disappoint when the Patriots lost, I was equally disappointed the Saints wouldn’t be in the playoffs, after what happened last year. I am now rooting for the Titans and Texans, I feel like they are the underdogs here. Those were the cutest cookies. Also I am with you on Dawson’s creek. Every once in a while I will see it on tv and it takes me right back to high school, especially the music. Oh and I am now drooling over the doughnut pic in this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You mentioned chapstick. I have been having a huge issue with dry lips and nothing was really working. So I went and found some that has worked wonders in the past…Blistex Simple & Sensitive. Within a day they will be back to normal. It’s a lip moisturizer and doesn’t have some of the harsher ingredients that keep your lips from really healing. I apply several times per day and my lips haven’t gone back to being really dry in weeks.

  3. I’ll jump on the lip balm comment too. I found lip balm in a little tin in one of the shops at Colonial Williamsburg several years ago. It’s made with honey and sweet almond oil, and I love it so much I ordered more online when my first tin was empty.

  4. I love this blog. I’m going to prepare the chickpea snack without my kids around so I can see if they’ll try it. I use Cozi (fabulous app for busy families!) to keep track of recipes. Cozi allows you to import recipes automagically on web browsers. I’ve noticed though, that for some reason, its not importing the instructions components from your recipes. Do you think that’s your html or should I report it to them?

  5. Apparently, if you are rooting for the Packers, you need to be rooting for the Vikings as well. This just feels WRONG… but if the Vikings and Packers both win this weekend, the NFC Championship Game will be at Lambeau Field! #GoPackGo

  6. You asked if there is interest in ideas to help menu planning in an email on Sundays – yes please!! I menu plan every week and have a binder of my favs and look for new ones every week … ideas sent right to my inbox, amazing!