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It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW This and ThatToday, we are sharing what’s new on the blog, some fun finds, and what we’ve been up to! Please leave a comment if you have any questions or you just want to say hi, we love hearing from you. Have a wonderful day!


  • We had fun in Cabo. Every morning we got up early and walked on the beach to watch the whales, ate a lot of good food, and had fun with friends.
  • Tom Brady is retired for good. We will miss watching him play.
  • A great pre-ski breakfast or anytime breakfast.
  • For all of the Super Mario fans out there.
  • Do you see the bear face?
  • Tune in tomorrow to see our basement reveal.


  • New this week, one of my favorite things to bake, a hearty soup, and a classic pasta dish.
  • Cabo was amazing! We stayed at Las Ventanas and it was beautiful, we didn’t even leave the resort. We ate LOTS of chips and guacamole and enjoyed relaxing with our friends. The sunshine made me so happy:)
  • In my cart! I might have to add this top and this top too:)
  • The cutest bowl.
  • I got these earrings for Christmas and I love them. Light and go with everything.
  • I am not watching any shows right now, BUT I am excited for Outer Banks. The new season comes out on February 23rd. Who’s excited?
  • Making this for dinner. My kind of comfort food!
  • I love every color.
  • Pretty plates and I love this crock.
  • My birthday is on Sunday, turning 41! We are going out to dinner and the boys want to make me a special dessert. I always choose cookies over cake:) What is your favorite birthday dessert?
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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. Happy birthday, Maria! My daughter-in-law made cauliflower chowder for our family dinner a couple of weeks ago – so GOOD!

    MY favorite birthday treat is gooseberry pie!

  2. Wishing you the Happiest Birthday! I am with you, cookies over cake any day! As a Patriots fan, I will definitely miss watching Brady, but wish he retired when he won the Super Bowl with Tampa.

  3. What a beautiful dress! Happy. Birthday! As my husband says “each decade gets better & better”!

    Favorite BD dessert: Anything with lemon and whip cream. Cream is my favorite food (my hubby thinks I’m nuts. 🙂

    1. We are excited for the Super Bowl! We haven’t finalized our menu yet. The boys change their minds every day…ha! But we will be watching with lots of good food:)

  4. My husband and I were in Cabo two weeks ago along with my five siblings and spouses. We had a wonderful time and great food, including a chef that came to our house. When i retired three years ago I vowed to expand my list of recipes I would try. Most of them have been yours. They are delicious, simple and practical. Keep up the good work.

  5. Happy Happy Birthday! I’m with you – I’d much rather have cookies (with ice cream) than cake. Enjoy your celebration! 🙂

  6. That picture of you and Josh is gorgeous! I’m glad you had fun.

    Yes, add those tops from J Crew. You can never feel or look to pretty!

    Have a very happy birthday!!!

  7. hey y’all- Cabo looks amazing! Oh so pretty. That Super Mario restaurant looks oh so cool! Can’t wait to see the basement reveal. Happy early Birthday Maria!! My sister turns 48 on Saturday. These years go by to fast. I just love me some Chocolate cake- Anytime that is!!

  8. Happy birthday, I hope you have a great day. That is a really great picture of you both. I’m looking forward to the Mario movie.