This and That


  • Over the break, the boys and I hiked Grandeur Peak. We went up the west face, which is not easy, but the boys were determined. There was a 3400 feet elevation gain in 2 miles. The total hike was 6 miles. We hit snow at the top, but that didn’t stop the boys. They were troopers. I am so proud of my little buddies.
  • What are your favorite family board games? We need some new ones.
  • These are pretty awesome.
  • Need a new book to read? Here are lots of ideas.


  • New this week, a classic cookie you guys have been asking for for years, a personal holiday favorite, and a holiday MUST!
  • Don’t forget to sign up for the 12 Days of Cookies!
  • Our Christmas tree is up and our house is officially festive…but I am actually a little sad because we can’t host any holiday parties, cookie exchanges, or fun brunches. Sigh. We did do a holiday bucket list to make the month fun for the boys.
  • So fun! I need them all.
  • So many of you are making this!
  • I watched the entire second season of Virgin River in two days. I couldn’t stop watching it, but now I am sad it’s over. I want season 3 now! Have you watched it?
  • 100 ideas for Elf on the Shelf.
  • Love this for snack boards and decor! I might do a little hot cocoa set up too!
  • This is in my cart. And I think I will add this too! So pretty!
  • This is going on my dinner menu.
  • I bought several of these to give as little gifts. You can’t beat $1. Of course, I will include homemade cookies🙂
  • YUM!
  • Love the button details.
  • This weekend I am baking these and these!
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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. This year we have been playing Sleeping Queens and Dragonwood. My 8yr old boy can’t get enough of Dragonwood. My daughters 10 & 12 love it too. It is only 4 players (great for your family) but your youngest might prefer Sleeping Queens which is super fun too. Not quite as challenging as Dragonwood but a great change from Candy Land. Haha
    Highly recommend both!

  2. Hi Maria! I binge watched Season 2 of Virgin River also! I watched them all in one night. I just couldn’t help myself . I think I’m going to start reading the books to fill in the time until Season 3!!

  3. My kids are 9 and 6 and our favorite games to play are Qwirkle, Qwirkle Rummy, Phase 10, and Settlers of Catan Jr.

  4. I watched Virgin River last year and didn’t realize there was a 2nd season til i saw your post on Instagram. And have now watched the 2nd season and look forward to the 3rd.
    Your molasses cookies look so good, might be making those today.

  5. My nieces and newphew love Ticket to Ride-First Journey, which is great for kids and adults. The adults also play the other versions of Ticket to Ride, which older kids can also play.

    We also love all versions of Spot It!, especially the holiday and Harry Potter versions.

    For a little more brain challenge, we love Set.

    Happy Holidays!

  6. I’m totally binging on Virgin River! Love it. Next for me will be “Firefly Lane”, on Netflix 12/31. It was one of my favorite Kristen Hannah books, so I’m really excited about this one! 🙂