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


  • Sorry, I missed last week. I took the boys to Flaming Gorge to go camping. It was unreal, one of our favorite trips ever. We went fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, and saw lots of bighorn sheep. It is a beautiful place. If you ever get the chance to go, do it. Here are a couple of photos.
  • The Choco Taco is gone for good. Sad.
  • There are only a few days left of July. How did that happen?


  • New this week, an easy appetizer, the perfect summer meal, a no-bake treat, and one of my all-time favorite recipes.
  • We went on a family hike up Millcreek Canyon. We did the Salt Lake Overlook trail, so beautiful!
  • Love this casual dress! It has pockets!
  • New colors! I really want the new blue and lavender.
  • The zucchini struggle is real. I can’t keep up. If you drowning in zucchini too, check out all of our recipes HERE. I think I’ve made this one 5 times already, ha!
  • Love the detail on this blouse. I also like this top and this one.
  • Easy habits that will change your life.
  • I finished season 4 of Virgin River. Anyone else? Like always, I want more!
  • Love these bowls. Great for gifting or keeping for yourself:)
  • This salad looks amazing.
  • I want to go back to Austin so I can eat all of the things.
  • My blender was struggling so I upgraded to this blender. It is SO good. I have been using it to make smoothies every day, basil vinaigrette, and pesto. Our garden basil is going crazy right now.
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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. 1st – what a fun trip!! 2nd I LOVE Virgin River – have not seen the latest season yet, but may have to today. 3rd – How can you handle both you and your husband in the kitchen. I live with my sister and she is the cook-aholic. It is “her” passion, not mine. If I cant make it under 30 minutes (prefer 15 or less – LOL!), it wont happen. My passion is my hands – crafting, building, fixing. It’s a great pairing and is most likely making our mom rool over in her grave – HAHAHAH!! Thank you for a beautiful share!

  2. hey y’all- great list! love the Utah pics- oh so pretty! Cute clothes. Are the boys ready for school to start?

    1. Thanks! The boys don’t even want to think about school, ha! They love summer so much.

  3. Hi Maria!
    Thanks for the Great Zucchini recipes~
    Our family favorite zucchini dish is baked in a buttered, covered 2 quart casserole dish. It is made with 2-3 thinly sliced small zucchini, sliced tomato wedges from 1-2 medium tomatoes, and a large thinly sliced sweet onion, and fresh parsley to taste, with 2-3 Tablespoons of cubed butter, grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, and Kosher salt to taste. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour. Stir every 15 minutes- Take off the cover for the last 15 minutes or so until golden. It has been a family favorite for over 50 years.

  4. Josh, thanks for the gorgeous pictures. I’ll probably never get to visit Utah (one of 9 states left on bucket list) so I appreciate your sharing your views.

  5. Can I ask approximately where you camped and which area you were in at Flaming Gorge? We are headed west and I just added this to our trip thanks to you!!