This and That

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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!


  • I took the boys fishing and we had the best time. We didn’t catch any fish, but they caught lots of crawdads.
  • These really are the best. Everyone in our family has one.
  • We have been doing This and That for 500 weeks. Pretty crazy. Thanks for being here. And thanks to Maria for keeping it going. She has to remind me every week.
  • Our basement is coming along. They are finishing painting today and carpet goes in tomorrow. Then, we have to wait on cabinets.


  • New this week, a delightful quick bread, a dinner favorite, and the perfect summer dessert.
  • I got to spend tine with Courtney AND Lillie…the highlight of my week!! We could talk for DAYS! Linked my shirt🙂
  • Made these and the boys devoured them. Making this next!
  • I loved the book and I can’t wait to see the movie.
  • The Madewell sale is really good. My favorites include: one, two, three, four, five, six. And the Nordstrom sale is still going. A few favorites: one, two, three, four.
  • We’ve been watching The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals on Netflix. I have a long list of places I want to visit. I would also love a lake house or beach house, ha! Anyone want to do a house swap, you can ski and hike in Utah..ha!
  • Can’t decide on what movie to watch? Try this.
  • Podcasts to listen to.
  • These are on my must make list.
  • Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. What’s your favorite flavor? I love Moose Tracks, anything Biscoff, or a vanilla base with brownies and toffee. And you can’t go wrong with a banana split.
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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. Need to leave some feedback. I love your recipes but really don’t like your format. I have one of your books and subscribe to your emails. Honestly it’s too much to have to click on things to find out what you are promoting. Also, just my opinion, way too much personal sharing. It’s just too much, too choppy and unorganized. I joined for recipes. They are great.

    1. Really must agree. Some of my favorite recipes are from your blog, but lately have been disappointed. Want recipes with a bit of commentary, not the other way around. You should do what you want, but I have found other blogs that are more to my liking – more recipes.
      Steamy Kitchen used to also be a fav, but too many giveaways and personal stuff as well

    2. Sorry you are disappointed. Our format hasn’t changed. We have been sharing a weekly lifestyle post, This and That, for 500 weeks. If you are not interested in that post, feel free to skip Thursdays. I post 3 recipes every week so you will always have LOTS of recipes to choose from.

    3. Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you are enjoying our recipes. If you don’t care for our weekly lifestyle post, This and That, skip it and just enjoy the recipes. I post 3 recipes a week, there are lots to choose from:)

  2. hey y’all- great list! yummy food and cute clothes! and I can’t wait to see the basement reveal!

  3. Not only do I enjoy the yummy recipes, but I look forward to This and That every week! Congrats on 500 weeks! Keep it up!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS on 500 Weeks!! I LOVE This or That posts. They are the MAIN reason that I subscribe 🙂 I disagree with the negative comments about things being too personal, honestly you barely share anything at all, just the right amount or sometimes you leave us wanting more. I do agree with the one note about not wanting to click on so many links without knowing what they are. One or two per email is great for those of us who wait all week for this and know it’s going to be a bunch of surprise links but there could be a little more description instead of ‘We love these’ maybe ‘We love these travel mugs’ that way, for those who are not interested in mugs they can skip to the next line and for those who ARE but don’t click on all of the links, they won’t miss it! Sad to see two negative comments right at the top though. Don’t be discouraged and please don’t change your format just to suit them. If you have your email distribution divided into content groups they can unsubscribe from This or That and leave it to those of us who LOVE it.

    1. Thank you!! I am glad you love our This and That posts. We love sharing them and appreciate you following along.

  5. Love this and that, and watching your boys grow. I am a Grandmother so this is fun for me. Love your recipes and you. Hugs

  6. Congrats on your 500! Ever since I have found This and That I have loved it. Your recipes are great too!

  7. Chiming in: I LOVE the This and That format. Clicking on the links is like opening an Easter egg. It is so fun, and I love knowing they are things you have tried, want to try, or just love. You bring joy and beauty to this world Maria! I can guarantee there are more who love your format than don’t. Your This and That is something I look forward to every week. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jenny, you are the sweetest. Thank you for your kind words. I am thrilled you love our posts. We love sharing them with you!

  8. Saw Where the Crawdads Sing last night; you’re gonna love it! Very close to the book. I have always enjoyed and look forward to your This and That. Those that don’t can simply keep scrolling…. Congrats on reaching 500!

  9. Thank You Maria & Josh for 500 Weeks of This & That and all your fabulous recipes and shopping tips!
    I’m super busy working from home but always make time to click on your posts and recipes. They give me lots of ideas for great meals.
    I also forward some of the recipes to my daughters to get them thinking of meals they can make for one, and to add to the list for when we are all together.
    Love your gorgeous photos and your family experiences.
    Keep Up the Great Work!