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!


  • We had a blast celebrating Maxwell’s 8th birthday.
  • The summer is winding down and that makes me sad. I am trying to squeeze in one more camping trip before school starts.
  • The perfect bottle for combing the boys hair in the mornings.
  • The basement is looking good, just waiting on cabinets and then we can tackle the rest.


  • New this week, a simple summer salad, my current obsession, and the perfect summer cookie.
  • So I am not the best cake decorator, I don’t have the patience, BUT Maxwell’s birthday cake was delicious. I made the chocolate cake in our cookbook but did an Oreo frosting this time. Everyone loved it.
  • Ordering this super cute sweatshirt.
  • I taught a few cooking classes at Albion’s Soulstice retreat this week and had the best time. I met the best people and the location was gorgeous!
  • These shoes were in my swag bag at the retreat and I am loving them. So comfortable.
  • Nostalgic! And I am sure these are even better:)
  • Sweet and simple dress and I love this skirt for fall.
  • It’s back to school shopping time for the boys and I love it! Fresh notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, etc. bring me so much joy.
  • This is a good basic tee and this is the CUTEST top. I also love the detail on this blouse.
  • Three steps to making friends.
  • I want to make these this weekend…or maybe this! Both are so good.
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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. hey y’all- great list! That cake looks oh so yummy! Great job Maria!! and I can’t wait to see the big reveal on the basement!!

  2. I enjoy your weekly posts. Thank you for sharing your family with us. You serve as a healthy role model family. Keep it up. Ps. I’m a retired home ec teacher. The loss of these classes in school is a deterrent to solid family life. You are helping to lessen the effect of this loss.

  3. Thanks for all you share with us, including your family! I can’t believe how big the boys are getting! Such handsome boys! A big Happy Birthday to Maxwell!

  4. Your family is growing up so fast. I know you are enjoying every moment with your boys. I love all your recipes and appreciate having this resource when I’m stumped for what to make.

  5. Hi Maria,
    I love your Oreo-Cake! It looks really cute, with the rainbow-coloured 8 on top! And the frosting seems like a dream on chocolate cake.
    I’m “not the best cake decorator” as well – but I find all the summer cakes and crumbles with all the fresh fruit are so gorgeous on their own! Me trying to handle piping bags and frosting tips is completely unnessecary, I love it so much! 😉

    All the best to you all, enjoy these last days of summer!
    Sina from Germany