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  • We got a lot of messages about the pizza oven, you wanted to see a photo, so here you go. I built the oven out of fire bricks, mortar, and grout. I use hard white oak for the fire. It is working really well. We baked more bread this week. I want to try naan or pita bread to go with chicken tikka masala.
  • I got our camping trailer fixed up so I took the boys on an overnight campout. The boys loved it and the view was beautiful.
  • I am really excited about these Dutch ovens that are made out of recycled bicycles. So cool!
  • MLB starts tonight. The stadiums will be empty but players will still hear the crowds.


  • New this week, the perfect summer cookie, a recipe everyone needs, and basically summer in a bowl.
  • We picked a lot of blackberries this week, so we made jam.
  • What are your family rituals? Read the comments for lots of fun ideas.
  • It’s time!
  • I’ve been doing these workouts and they are hard, but in the best way! Oh, and I got some new workout shoes and I’m loving them!
  • Make sure you go enter our Instagram giveaway. It’s a GOOD one!
  • Added this to my skin care routine and I’m loving it. This too!
  • I have to try this!
  • Ordered these for the home.
  • My kind of lunch.
  • Have you tried La Croix’s Limoncello flavor? I’m obsessed.
  • Love this dress and the colors will transition into fall. Just add a cardigan or jean jacket!
  • Making this for dinner tonight and I am already excited!
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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. hey y’all- great list! Yummy food. That pizza oven looks amazing! good job Josh. And a dutch oven made out of bicycles? crazy stuff

  2. I’ve seen the potato chip fritatta before & thought if I’m going to be cooking the onions for 30 minutes, I might as well slice potatoes while they’re cooking. What are you going to do with the lovely baskets? I often see baskets that I’d like to buy, but then I don’t know what I’d put in them, or where I’d put them. Have a great weekend.

    1. I love baskets for organizing. You can use them for blankets/throws, shoes, toys, laundry, books, etc.