This and That


  • Salt Lake City got hit with a huge wind storm (hurricane size winds) which resulted in our power going out for days and me getting 8 stitches. Long story, but I went to get something in the van and the door blew open. I tried to grab the door and our new license plate flew out and stabbed me in the leg. What are the chances? We drove around and so many big, beautiful trees were lost in SLC. Very sad. I am grateful we are safe.
  • I am looking forward to watching this.
  • Cool, but I don’t want to walk across it.
  • Mark your calendar.
  • Made our first reel. Find the recipe here. They really are the best.


  • New this week, a peachy dessert, an easy tomato recipe, LOTS of back to school lunch ideas, and a recipe that will make your house smell amazing while baking!
  • So it’s been an interesting week, we lost our power because of a big wind storm so no school for the boys and basically no work for me. We have been camping inside our house. Josh also had to get stitches (see above for the story) and it snowed. 2020, I am over you!
  • Our garden is still ok. I am going to make basil vinaigrette and pesto with the last of our basil. We still have tomatoes too! Check out some of our favorite tomato recipes here.
  • I need this shirt๐Ÿ™‚
  • Outdated rules for healthy eating. Love these!
  • So much cheeeeese!
  • Great for layering! Lots of colors to choose from.
  • So pretty!
  • Need help meal planning? Print out our free chart and sign up for our email newsletter. Every Saturday, I send out meal ideas for the week!
  • Love this basic! Great price too!
  • YUM!
  • I can’t wait!
  • Cute top!
  • The boys requested this and these for dinner. They are in the mood for comfort food! I think I will surprise them with these for dessert. A few days without power, we deserve a good meal!
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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. Just wanted to say I made the deep dish brownie (cookies?) from the cookbook and they were SO good. I ended up using bigger ramekins and only made 6- but I’m not complaining because the portion size was bigger!!!

  2. Hi – great ideas = thanks. I do have a crazy question after seeing you holding the basil – you arm seems to have bites or ??? My hands and neck are covered in rashy bites and I wonder if I accidentally got into something like poison ivy or if tomatoes, basil and zucchini that I have been harvesting in large quantities are prickling me and causing hives. Any theories – kind of out of your wheel house but …
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  3. Hooboy, I have never seen anything LIKE that hurricane storm! We didn’t lose anything at our house, thank goodness, but there is one big tree down the road from us that cracked off at the trunk, and a bunch of fences are punched out. So I guess we can check September off the list. What will October throw at us?

  4. Sorry about the comment about bites. I have discovered the zucchini leaves provided contact dermatitis and my hair hanging down made it worse. Never knew zucchini leaves to have such an effect. Sorry again!

  5. hey y’all- great list! Crazy weather out there. Glad y’all are ok- Here in Oklahoma it has been rainy and cool the past couple of days. Supposed to warm back up tomorrow. And be in the 80’s next week. So glad we have had a touch of Fall! Have a great weekend!!