This and That


  • We are getting a lot of eggs from our chickens. Fresh eggs are the best.
  • We thought this commercial was funny.
  • These are good and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Check out the reviews.
  • Sad, he was one of my favorites.
  • Caleb started playing the viola this week. We are not sure why he picked the viola, but he is excited.
  • It’s guacamole day, in case you didn’t know.


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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. Our son came home from school excited to play the viola, too. What’s a viola was our question. He was about the same age as Caleb. Now many years later a lot of money spend on violas, private lessons, travel to music camps and schools and a bachelors and masters from Juilliard he is the Associate Principle of the national orchestra of Italy, Santa Cecilia.

    1. This is AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing. I don’t know if Caleb will have that kind of success, but you never know. We have to be supportive and let them try!

  2. We are watching Ted Lasso. Highly recommend if you have not watched it! We watched Manifest when it was on NBC and it keeps you hooked. It was a bit too far fetched for me and often my husband and I would laugh at some scenes but it kept us wondering how things would play out. We are Yellowstone fans and are looking forward to the next season to start in November, always enjoy Kevin Costner! I have heard Clickbait is good as well as Money Heist. We are also waiting for The Morning Show to start its next season. So many options!

  3. We are watching Yellowstone and enjoying it – we are slow with lots of activities at night so only 1/2 way through Season 2 – but very good nonetheless. My son (who is 9) likes the cooking shows on Netflix. His latest fix is The Final Table. He also gets a good case of the giggles during Nailed It. We also just watched The Secret Benedict Society, it was good, kind of reminded me of Lemony Snicket.

  4. Maria, I would start baking the Pumpkin Bread, which is to die for, then the muffins, so you wouldn’t have to share the Pumpkin Bread!

    Oh, I would invest in some noise cancelling headphones, lol

  5. I seem to remember when I had hens, that super fresh eggs did not hard boil well – you have to let them sit for a few days in fridge or room temp before they actually “hard boil” when you cook them. Do you find that true?

    1. Ours hard boil well, but I am not sure if we have hard boiled them the same day we got them from the coop. We only have 4 chickens so we wait until we have too many and then hard boil them. They peel great though!

  6. I watched Yellowstone and really liked it. I gave Clickbait a chance but gave up after episode one. I’m now watching The Morning Show. It’s really good.
    We are patiently waiting for Ozarks, Stranger Things and Dead to Me to returns. Oh and Emily in Paris!