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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 drove to Durango, Colorado for a little vacation and it was great. We went on a few hikes, rode the train, and visited Mesa Verde National Park.
  • Have you gone on any cool trips this summer? Share in the comments. We are always looking for new places to visit.
  • Ice cream sandwich taste test. I agree with the winner.


  • New this week, the best summer salad, a 20-minute meal, and a recipe so many of you have been requesting:)
  • I love the idea of a capsule pantry. Find my kitchen staples here and some easy recipes that use pantry staples here.
  • I finally saw Where the Crawdads Sing movie and I really enjoyed it. Read the book before you see it:)
  • Stripes, perfect zip-up, and cute dress!
  • Currently watching the new season of Dream Home Makeover on Netflix. I love everything Studio McGee does.
  • Maxwell is turning 8 tomorrow and he requested the chocolate celebration cake from our cookbook. It is the BEST chocolate cake. I think I am just as excited as he is:)
  • Question, do you like ice cream with your cake or just plain cake? I am team ice cream.
  • I love everything about this dress. This one too!
  • I am intrigued. I love chickpeas so I want to try them.
  • Cute top.
  • How do you like your watermelon? Cubes for me, but the boys like sticks. And this salad is my favorite.
  • I am not ready for fall, but I am excited about these boots and this coat.
  • Ok, I am off to bake a cake and more zucchini bread because I am determined to use it up. Curious, what is your favorite zucchini bread? Classic, chocolate, lemon, or chocolate chip? I’ve made them all and love them all:)
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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 agree they really are the best ice cream sandwiches, my grocery store stopped selling them and I can’t find them anywhere 🙁 Happy 8th Birthday to Maxwell, that was fast! I’m a cubed watermelon person for sure, and cake and ice cream is always a winning combo, like choc & pb 🙂

  2. Happy birthday to Maxwell. I can’t believe that he is will be 8 years old already. My youngest daughter turned 8 on July 29. My son turned 17 on July 30. My middle daughter turned 15 on July July. That is a lot of birthdays all atone time.
    My husband and I went to Texas last week to visit out land we bought in Texas. There are 2 mountain ranges and our property is in the middle. We will build a house on it soon. My husband and I retire down there after our youngest daughter graduates from high school, she is in 3rd grade this fall.

  3. hey y’all- yummy food and cute clothes!! I can be team ice cream or plain. If we have ice cream in the house and cake i will have both! Happy Birthday Maxwell!!!

  4. Loved Where the Crawdads Sing and I hadn’t read the book. It was a very good movie so I’m sure the book is great, too.

  5. We were in Durango last weekend too! We traveled by Harley across the Million Dollar Highway, CR 250, and little trips around the area to avoid the rainy afternoons. Our next trip will be closer to Gunnison, CO to see Black Canyon and follow the Gunnison river.

  6. Happy birthday Maxwell. Chocolate cake is the best. I like the classic zucchini bread bread but usually try different recipes also.

  7. We went to Charlotte, North Carolina in early June. We live in Montana.

    My parents were celebrating their 50 th wedding anniversary.

    Very fun city with lots to do.

  8. We visited Beaufort SC and took a boat to St Phillips Island.. lots of trails on the island, but even better St Mary’s GA and Cumberland Island. So much variety on the island, you can camp on the island under a canopy of stunning live oaks and there’s even wild horses on the island. Some really good restaurants in St Mary’s but not much else.

  9. I’m going to randomly stop by sometime when your cars are there!!! Seriously, would love to have the boys come over this week and hand out with aida. Maybe I. The pool for an hour or so or something small. I know he’s younger but we want him with other kids a little before school. Give me or Marc a call. That peach salad looked OLED amazing. Where did you find peaches?