This and That


  • All of the ski resorts are closed but I have done some back country skiing. It always feels good to get out in nature. I like social distancing skiing.
  • The boys have been getting dressed in their school uniforms this week because they said they don’t want their school clothes to go to waste. Works for me. One day, Maxwell dressed like a cowboy though, ha! I guess they are tired of pajamas.
  • Wow, this guy is amazing!
  • My kind of news channel.
  • I want to make homemade donuts with the boys. We are missing our favorite treat.


  • New this week, a breakfast that tastes like cake and a 5-ingredient meal.
  • I made my favorite chocolate chip cookies on Instagram and shared a ton of tips! I saved the videos in my highlight bubble at the top of my profile, CC Cookies! Check them out! The recipe is in our cookbook!
  • J. Crew is having a spring sale. Here are a few things I am loving: this pretty top, this pocket tee, these jeans, this dress, sunglasses, and this swimsuit.
  • What are you doing for Easter this year? I need to hurry and order some stuff for Easter baskets (lots of cute stuff here and it’s on sale). We will do an egg hunt in our yard and make a special dinner, but do we dress up? Maybe new sweats:)
  • This looks dreamy!
  • How to Host a Digital Dinner Party!
  • If you are looking for longer shorts, I am loving these and these.
  • If you don’t have flour or if you are running low, make this dessert! Always a favorite!
  • TV talk! The season finale of This Is Us was good. The glimpses into the future always leave me with so many questions! And A Million Little Things, WOW, that was a loaded episode! I am sad we have to wait so long. What should I watch now? I don’t think I can do Tiger King…ha!
  • Love this simple top!
  • This Instagram account is bringing me joy.
  • Pretty pastels, but still cozy!
  • 10 Tips to Keep Your Produce Fresh.
  • These are happening this weekend.
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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. Maria I too am thinking of what to make for Easter. I usually have my whole family but this year it will just be my husband and me. I’d love to see a blog on Easter recipes for 2-4 people.

  2. The snowy mountain picture at the beginning of your blog is b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!!
    America…gotta love her majesty!!
    Hope you all are staying safe & healthy during these scary times….❤️

  3. Hello, I just saw that King Arthur Flour is doing a video on making your doughnuts at home (no doughnut pan required).
    I am using your cookbook a lot these days…No way I can choose my favorites!!! Thank you for your five ingredient meals. They are a blessing when I can only be brave enough to shop once every 12-15 days.

  4. hey y’all- great list! The clothes look so cool- love the swimsuit! And the food looks yummy!!

  5. Thank you for linking to that Good News instagram account! I hadn’t heard of it but now following – so nice to read something positive for a change!

  6. Hi Maria, thanks for all that you share! I always get great ideas from your posts. Here’s a bit of my ‘this and that’ – recently found this beautiful Etsy page with collage kits for both adults and kids! Something fun to do during quarantine time : )

  7. I loved Some Good News with John Krasinski! His last guest was super sweet. It, of course, made me misty-eyed and the father-daughter at the end, hilarious! What a neat guy for doing this!