This and That


  • Our yard is turning green and all of our flowers are blooming. We are planting our garden this weekend too. I really enjoy this time of year.
  • Did you hear about this? So crazy! Glad it ended well.
  • The best pizza in every state.
  • We usually watch a family movie every Friday night, any suggestions for this week?


  • New this week, one of my favorite recipes you need to try, a spring favorite, and a meal that is good anytime of the day!
  • Did you see I shared my all-time favorite TV shows, past and present? Check out my list and let me know what shows you love!
  • Love these for summer! One, two, three!
  • I am currently decorating our guest rooms and I have to say that picking out throw pillows has caused me some stress this week, ha! I ordered a bunch and hope they work. I found some good ones here.
  • A summer staple.
  • I am looking forward to this reboot.
  • Love these!
  • More cheese please! #7 is my favorite and so good on this salad.
  • This top is gorgeous!
  • Love this LBD. This one too!
  • The most beautiful wedding!
  • So bright and fun!
  • A few ideas for Mother’s Day brunch: one, two, three! And if you need a special dessert, try this one or this one. Impressive but EASY! And of course, my personal favorite, cookies! I also shared a Mother’s Day recipe round-up HERE! Lots of delicious ideas!
  • Flash sale at Madewell! Just put this top in my cart.
  • Josh’s birthday is on Sunday and it’s Mother’s Day so we have a lot of celebrating to do this weekend. Josh wants this for his birthday cake. I am ok with that! Have a great weekend everyone!

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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. Definitely recommend Secondhand Lions for your family Friday movie! It’s one of our favorites and all ages love it.

  2. Funny about the choice of birthday cakes! My husband would choose Jewish tea cake, a sour cream pound cake made in a Bundt pan, with a couple layers of cinnamon/sugar/nuts in the center! I hardly ever make it for him, as the grandkids wouldn’t enjoy!

  3. My daughter actually asked for that same cake for her birthday back in March! It’s SO good. I was secretly thrilled because last year she wanted a chocolate turtle cake that took me all day to make.

  4. Master of Disguise (with Dana Carvey) – family friendly movie that your boys will love (my boys do!)