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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, please leave a comment! We love hearing from you! Have a wonderful day!


  • We had a fun 4th. The summer sure is flying by.
  • What are your favorite chips? I am currently on a sea salt and vinegar kick.
  • Our raspberries and blackberries are ready, but the boys usually eat most of them when they are playing outside, ha!
  • We saw the Minions movie and it was entertaining. The boys really liked it.


  • New this week, a round-up of the BEST pasta salads, an easy grilling recipe, and one of my favorite salads.
  • I am still tired from the long holiday weekend, ha! It was jam-packed with fun!
  • Love the sleeves. And yes to stripes!
  • I finished The Summer I Turned Pretty and watched Love & Gelato (loved them both). What should I watch now?
  • I picked 4 cucumbers from our garden yesterday. Time to make this and this.
  • Pretty skirt and classy shorts.
  • Pass me a spoon.
  • This trailer makes me happy. Can’t wait!
  • Love this style for summer.
  • Has anyone tried this cheese? I might have to get it for my next charcuterie board.
  • Are you shopping the big sale this year?
  • Made this yesterday. It really is the best.
  • Love this for an affordable swimsuit cover up!
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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 was really disappointed at how much the Love and Gelato movie deviated from the book. Sorry, but I liked the book better! I just started God’s Favorite Idiot…love Melissa McCarthy!

    1. The book is way better than the movie, but it was still fun to watch:)

  2. hey y’all- great list! yummy food and cute clothes! Ticket to Paradise looks oh so cool! I love sea salt and vinegar chips to Josh- yummy for my tummy!!

  3. Just sayin’, I saw a review of the Limencello cheese and the word, gross, was used. 🙂 I have not tried it myself.

  4. I look forward to your weekly This and That.

    A favorite with my family is your amazing recipe, Cacio E Pepe. Delicious. I found a pecorino Romano blend for the cheese and it’s amazing. My picky 16 year old asks for it.

    I wanted to share that my oldest daughter is in her last year of college this fall and she does not share my love for cooking. I ordered for her and her roommates a subscription to Hello Fresh. They love it and and believe it’s giving her confidence in her meal preparations.

    Keep up the posts. You’re doing a fantastic job.

    1. Thank you so much! We appreciate you reading every week. I am glad you love our Cacio e pepe recipe! And how sweet of you to order your daughter meals. I have heard good things about Hello Fresh.

  5. Limoncello Gouda is odd. Very lemony and not sure what to do with it other than an after dinner cheese course with fruit

  6. Will you post your picks for the Anniversary Sale? You always find things I overlooked! Love your weekly posts; thank you!

    1. Sure! I am glad you are interested. I am going into the store tomorrow to check things out in person. I will include my picks next week.