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!


  • I had knee surgery on Tuesday and it went well. Now, I am just laying low, which is not easy for me to do. If you have any movie, TV, or book recommendations, leave a comment.
  • We are cheering on the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
  • Lucky kid!
  • I am bummed I am missing the boys baseball games. Maria sends me photos and updates, but it’s not the same as being there. I hope I heal quickly so I can back to playing with my boys.


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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. My husband had knee surgery in 2018 A lot of work Thinking of you heal happy love your recipes

  1. Hi Maria! Hope you are up and about and feeling well soon. I have a recommendation that will keep you enthralled for a a few hours, the mini series of Pride and Prejudice. I have watched it several times, and it is by far the best adaptation of the novel. Be sure to choose the one with Colin Firth!
    Love your recipes!

  2. Sort-of random – but I would love if you guys did a post about your garden sometime this spring/summer. I just started a few raised garden beds and I feel like you share a few photos of produce/herbs from your garden that are always thriving. Would love to see what you plant from seed/starter, your tips and tricks, etc. Or if you do it on stories make a highlight or video so it can be looked back on (I would hate to miss it – maybe you have done this and I haven’t seen it!)

  3. I’m reading a book series by Donna Leon featuring Commissario Brunetti. Always a good detective story in each book, but I really enjoy reading about his family life. The series is set in Venice, Italy. His wife and two children are featured prominently in each book. I love reading about what they are eating. Lots of kitchen scenes! Donna Leon lived in Venice for many years. I have never been to Venice, but I feel as though I know it intimately through her books. I am currently reading her latest, book 31!

  4. You may have already watched these… American Underdog – story about quarterback Kurt Warner. 12 Mighty Orphans -story of a football team from an orphanage…also based on a true story.

  5. Josh, I just started a new series called the Lincoln Lawyer, on Netflix, based on the book by Michael Connelly. So far so good. I hope you have a speedy recovery