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  • Maxwell got his cast off and he is a happy camper!
  • No screen Sundays. I don’t think I could do Sunday because of sports, but I like the idea of picking a day.
  • Cool story.
  • I like to make special breakfasts for the boys, even on school mornings. Maria has them help her with the meal chart every week. Sundays are usually extra special when we have more time. This week they want smoothies and scones.
  • I am trying to fit in as many ski days as possible before the season is over.


  • New this week, a great meal prep meal and one of my all-time favorite cookies!
  • The first day of March meant lots of snow for us, but the forecast is showing some hope for sunshine soon. My fingers are crossed.
  • A few floral skirts I am loving for spring. One, two, three!
  • I have been busy spring cleaning and redecorating a few rooms. It feels nice to freshen up the the place! I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 years since we built our home.
  • My favorite easy meal!
  • Such a pretty kitchen.
  • Love this in white. This top is pretty too!
  • Going to bed early is my favorite. And when I say early, I mean being in bed by 9, sometimes even 8:30! I usually watch a little TV, but I always try to be asleep by 9:30 or 10. This changes a little in the summer, but when it is dark and cold, I am ready for bed. I do get up at 5 or 5:30 every day so I need to hit the pillow early. Are you a morning or night person?
  • I want to try this magical sauce.
  • Do something nice for someone.
  • Loving the green!
  • These pastries are stunning!
  • Do I even watch Grey’s tonight? It is the goodbye to Alex and I am NOT ok with it.
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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. Def a morning person! I go to bed by 9ish and up by 5, too….quiet time before everyone gets up (with my coffee) is my favorite.

  2. hey y’all -great list! Love the pic of Maria and the boys, so cute! I am a night owl but sometimes
    I fall asleep watching a movie-ha But sometimes I do get up early, either get my husband ready for work or we do have a 6 month old boxer puppy, so you can never sleep in- but he does love his naps and so do I-ha

  3. I am for sure a morning person. Nothing feels better than getting up and getting a lot done before the rest of the world is up! Now the hard part is getting to bed on time!

  4. I love the picture of Maria and the boys-so good. I’m a night owl but I pay for it in the morning as I need to be up by 6:30. I love to knit and crochet so it is the only time that I can do after work and dinner.

  5. I love your This and That posts. I thought I’d read you stating that you are a vegetarian at some point in the past. Do you mind if I ask if you still are? If so, I’m wondering if you’ve ever spoken/written about that? Thinking more specifically how you follow that while cooking meat, etc for the rest of your family? I am not vegetarian but I’m trying to be much more plant based. On the evenings that I make a meatless meal I’ve struggled with whether I should make something with meat for my kids. (I am aware that they can have a balanced diet without meat.) If this is something you are comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. Thank you! I am a long time reader and I look forward to This and That each week.

    1. Yes, I am a vegetarian. I have been for about 20 years. Josh and the boys eat meat. Josh makes most of the meat in our home, but I will fix it for them if I need to. That doesn’t bug me. Luckily, the boys don’t mind vegetarian and sometimes we add meat to their meals, but they will eat beans, eggs, hummus, quinoa, lentils, etc. which are all great sources or protein. We try to feed them a little bit of everything! Let me know if you have any other questions:)