This and That


  • We have four new baby chicks! They boys love them already.
  • March Madness has been mad this year, so many upsets. Our brackets have definitely been busted, but we are still watching.
  • They really are killer whales.
  • I usually let Maria talk about the recipes, but I have to share this one because it’s my favorite.
  • This kid is awesome.


  • New this week, the most epic cookies, a kid friendly meal, an easy side, and a classic that is a MUST make! And a new video on Instagram.
  • It’s been a rough week. Long story, but I hurt my shoulder exercising and have been in severe pain all week. I can’t move my neck, sleep, or really do anything. I went to the doctor and I am doing physical therapy so I hope it gets better soon. Every day it feels a little better so I am hopeful.
  • The perfect Easter dress! I also love this dress and this one! I am excited for dress season.
  • Spring is a good time to organize the kitchen and pantry. This is a good set! And my favorite glass canisters are on sale. Check out all sale items here.
  • This cake makes me happy. And the boys really want to make this one for Easter.
  • Live more like a minimalist. Love this list!
  • Desserts for Passover: one, two, three!
  • Shirt or skirt? Or maybe both?
  • So soft! Perfect for every Easter basket.
  • Designers share their best tips to refresh a space. I have a few rooms that need a refresh!
  • Florals! Love this top and this one!
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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. Thank you for including Passover desserts 🙂 You almost never see that anywhere, so it is appreciated.

  2. hey y’all- great list! Love the pic of the boys- oh so cute! they are getting so big. So sorry Maria about your shoulder- I will be praying for u. Cute floral tops.

  3. I too am grateful for you including Passover recipes–don’t see them often on any food blogs (except kosher ones), so much much appreciated. That first cake looks like the one!

    And how do you protect the baby chicks? Do you have a cage that is bird/vulture proof AND fox proof? (Do you have those predators around you?) I have heard too many stories like that to feel gutsy enough to try chicks. But they are so cute

    1. I hope you love the cake! We have a chicken coop. They are safe with heat lamps, nice and cozy!

  4. LOL, too funny to see the person who shared a pantry tour showing EIGHT stand mixers linking to an article about minimalism. Ha! We all evolve over time, I’m not judging, just remembering. Obviously it made an impact on me when you posted a picture of your pantry back when you built your house, since I still remember it! I just remember thinking it seemed pretty wasteful to me, to have multiples of something that large and expensive. I’m no minimalist, so I can totally get behind buying one of every color of something like little bowls or dish towels, things that will actually get used in multiples, but a small appliance that can’t be used 8 at a time seemed. . .excessive in an otherwise rational home. Or maybe you also teach baking classes in your home, where multiple participants need a mixer at the same time? That would make sense. I have no idea why the thought of eight stand mixers has stayed in my memory for so long! Sorry for the crazy comment, the different choices we all make are just so fascinating.

    1. Also pretty bold of that article to assume everyone can put $49 in savings PER DAY. Are you kidding me? We’re not all millionaires.