This and That

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW This and That post! We hope you enjoy reading what we’ve been up to, what we are loving, what we are cooking and MORE! If you have any questions for us, leave a comment! We love hearing from you! Have a wonderful day!


  • We went to the Warriors game and the Giants game. 2 games in 2 days and both teams won. It was awesome. I am so glad we were able to take our boys.
  • Garden ideas. We started planting ours.
  • This basement is next level.
  • I have to get knee surgery on Tuesday to remove an infection. I will be down and out for quite awhile which is a bummer. Maria’s dad is coming out to help with the boys.


  • New this week, a delightful dessert, a spring salad, and an easy dinner.
  • We had the best time in San Francisco. It was a short trip, but we packed in lots of fun. The Ferry Building, Dolores Park, Bi-Rite Creamery, the Warriors playoff game, Mother’s Day brunch, and the Giants game. The Warriors game was definitely the highlight for me. The Chase Center was WILD and the boys cheered the entire game. It was the BEST!
  • Can wear this with so many things!
  • Gorgeous!
  • This set is GOOD! Top and bottom.
  • A must for summer.
  • Love the size of this bag. And this is the perfect farmers market or beach bag.
  • My kind of burger.
  • The prettiest dress.
  • I am having a few friends over for lunch today. On the menu, a simple avocado toast bar, this salad, my favorite fruit salad, and these for dessert!
  • Have you had braces? I did when I was a kid, but I guess they didn’t do the job because I still have an overbite and it’s causing jaw issues. So this week, I started wearing Spark aligners and so far so good. They really aren’t that bad. FYI, if you live in Utah, I highly recommend Johnson Elite Orthodontics. They have been great to work with.
  • This weekend I am making these and topping them with this! YUM!!
  • May 15th is Chocolate Chip Day! Here are a few of my favorite chocolate chip recipes: one, two, three, four, five! Don’t forget to celebrate.
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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. Great family picture…love the matching sneakers!
    Good luck with your surgery this week Josh.

    Thanks for sharing your family with us!

  2. hey y’all- great list! Yummy food- Love the family pics! I will be praying for you Josh. And u to Maria – I never had braces when I was a kid. I know a lot of people did. Hopefully the aligners will help u!

  3. Sorry to hear about your knee procedure news, Josh. I hope all goes well and that you have a speedier than expected recover. You and your boys will need to get back to wearing those awesome matching sneakers.
    Thanks to you both for another fun This and That!

  4. I enjoy reading this & that. It is nice to see the fun you have with your family.
    Have enjoyed many of your recipes & have your cook book.
    I wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery.

  5. So insanely jealous you got to go to a Giants game! We’ll be back home in CA for about a month this summer and can’t make it to a game! I’ve never seen the Dubs play but from your description, I really want to now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. First, thank you for sharing your time and talents!

    Also, I am sorry to read about Josh’s knee problems. I have not had an infection in my knees, but have endured 5 knee surgeries (athletic injuries). I hope that it goes well for him.