This and That


  • The 4th of July weekend was one big party and we are still going strong because my brother and his family are visiting.
  • It’s time to make things even.
  • I really never thought of shoes as a collectors item, but some are very pricey!
  • We are watching the NBA finals but aren’t tied to either team. I love the Suns coach and Giannis. I just hope it’s a good series.
  • I finished the second season of Lupin. It’s such a good show.


  • New this week, a sweet summer favorite, an easy grilling recipe, and one of my favorite salads!
  • These are so comfortable! I want more colors.
  • Who’s going to watch the new Gossip Girl? I am going to give it a try.
  • Beautiful blue, one and two!
  • Our zucchini is out of control. Every time I go outside I swear there are at least five new zucchinis. I made a few new zucchini recipes that will be on the blog soon and of course this famous bread. You can find all of our favorite zucchini recipes HERE.
  • I will take two scoops.
  • Love this tee and this casual top.
  • That frosting!
  • I have been doing a lot of hiking this summer and I need new shoes. Any recommendations for good trail shoes?
  • The button details are lovely! Can wear this with so many things!
  • The most anticipated new books in July. Have you read any good books this summer?
  • I am kind of loving this look!
  • I am headed to Seattle this weekend for a fun girls weekend. Where should we eat and what should we do? I haven’t been on a plane in a LONG time and I am feeling a little nervous. I better bring a good book or watch a movie!
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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. I have the Columbia Newton Ridge Hiking Boots and I love them! I personally bought a half size bigger because I like to wear thick hiking socks, but they do run true to size otherwise.

  2. Hi Maria,

    I recently purchased the Merrell Moab 2 hiking shoe from Zappos. They come in low and mid as well as ventilated and waterproof. I bought the low ventilated in Olive. They are on sale right now at Zappos.


  3. Hiking Shoes! I’ve tried a ton of them, and keep coming back to Hokas. The speedgoat waterproof one is perfect for all kinds of hikes! Love them so much! Have a great time!

  4. I’ve read SO many good books this summer! Here’s my top 5:

    Pack Up the Moon – Kristan Higgins
    Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Golden Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
    That Summer – Jennifer Weiner
    The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah

  5. Malibu Rising, the Guncle, 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Anxious People, Midnight Library, and 7 Days in June are my recommend to everyone reads lately. People You Meet on Vacation was cute and quick, but not 5 star IMO.

  6. I live in Seattle and you NEED to eat at Salty’s in West Seattle. I promise you won’t regret it. Try to get a reservation at sunset, so pretty!!

  7. His, hers and kiddos, I highly recommend a Netflix short series titled “Penguin Town.” It is fascinating, amusing and a series your entire, adorable family will absolutely love. 🙂