This and That


  • The boys were very excited about football being back.
  • 7 ways the pandemic has changed how we shop for food.
  • How to help. The fires are devastating. Sending our best to everyone affected by the fires, hurricane, and anything else. It’s a hard time, hang in there.
  • Amazing!
  • The leaves are starting to change up in the mountains. I am ready.


  • New this week, a fantastic side dish, a recipe I could eat every day, and a classic!
  • I started watching Get Organized with The Home Edit on Netflix and now I want to organize my entire house. I just need to find the motivation..ha!
  • Looking forward to cozy sweaters: one, two, three!
  • My friend Gina’s cookbook came out this week and it’s good!
  • So sweet!
  • Love this dress! Bonus points for having pockets.
  • I need this in my life.
  • Are you ready for pumpkin everything? My vote is yes:)
  • Going to make these this weekend. Such a good snack! I also need to make this to use up our pears.
  • Love the fall flavors.
  • I started using this and I am hooked.

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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. From Virginia and I want to say how much I love your emails and recipes! I made the chicken tequitas for our grandkids and we all loved them! The chocolate chip zucchini brownies were a keeper too. Making them again. Thank you for the stories, recommendations of products and wonderful recipes. As a dietitian I approve! Happy Fall

    1. We are thrilled you are loving our recipes. Thanks for your sweet note! Happy fall to you too!

  2. I just purchased the Vitamin C serum. I’ve been looking at this and the 2oz bottle is the same price as the 1oz bottle today! Thanks! Always enjoy your Thursday This and That.

  3. I understand why you have ads on your site, but I wanted to let you know that recently I’ve been viewing ads for a company that sells vaping products. Were you aware of this? It doesn’t seem to fit with your image of a blog for family cooking.

    1. Oh no, I am so sorry. I haven’t seen those ads and we definitely don’t want them on our site. I contacted my ad manager to block them. Thank you for the heads up!

  4. hey y’all- great list! Love the pic of the boys – oh so cute! All the talk of the fall stuff ( clothes, food etc.) makes me ready for it to cool off more here in Oklahoma.