This and That


  • Merry Christmas! I am taking the boys skiing today. There isn’t a lot of snow, but they still want to hit the mountain for a bit and I am ok with that.
  • We watched the movie Safety on Disney+. It’s based on a true story and we all liked it. We are looking forward to watching Soul on Christmas, it looks good.
  • My favorite player and his incredible comeback story.


  • New this week, one of my favorite holiday appetizers and a classic soup.
  • Happy Christmas Eve! What cookies are you baking for Santa? The boys picked these and these. They wanted to make sure he had options, ha! I am ok with that!
  • I love this basic!
  • What are you reading? I need a new book. Maybe this one or this one?
  • Cute sweater.
  • We are making cinnamon rolls today. And for Christmas brunch tomorrow, the boys requested the buttermilk pancakes from our cookbook (they are the best), breakfast casserole, fruit salad, and chocolate milk..ha!
  • How fun is this dress? Want!
  • Adorable!
  • Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! It will just be the four of us this year, but the boys are excited and they really make every day magical. We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday filled with love.

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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. Merry Christmas Maria! Beautiful picture of you and your family. As a long-time follower your boys are growing up so fast. I’m making your stuffed mushrooms tomorrow. I read In Five Years, it was good. I highly recommend The Four Winds โ€“ Kristin Hannah (she’s a wonderful author.) Thanks for another year of fabulous recipes. Cheers to 2021!

  2. Merry Christmas, Maria, to you and your beautiful family. Thank you for all the hard work you do during the year to bring us such wonderful recipes. Many of them are filed in our favorites folder where they are easy to find. Thank you as well for sharing your family with your readers. Its been fun watching the boys as they grow up and share special times with you and Josh. Happy New Year as well. I think we will all be relieved to put 2020 behind us! Take care and stay healthy.

    1. You are very welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying our recipes. Thanks for your support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love your “This and That”. Thank you for your posts this year!!!
    In Five Years is a good read!!! I think you would like it a lot.

    Stay safe and warm,


    1. I am so glad you enjoy these posts. They are fun for us to share. I am glad you liked In Five Years! Merry Christmas!

  4. The Alex Smith comeback is nothing short of remarkable.

    The Silent Patient was probably the best book I read this year. So good!

  5. Wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for all the tasty recipes – so many have become our very favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for what you do! God bless!

  6. Maria, Josh and boys,
    Merry Christmas!! Happy New Year!!
    Thanks for your hard work to make some awesome recipes. All the best.
    A fan,