This and That

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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!


  • I celebrated a birthday this week. It was a good day that ended with ice cream.
  • My allergies are going crazy this year. Anyone else? Maxwell has bad allergies too.
  • Movies to look forward to this summer.
  • We are going to plant our garden this weekend. Are you doing a garden this year?


  • New this week, a family favorite, a classic dressing and salad, and the best dessert.
  • Did you see my BIG NEWS? I am so glad it’s finally out in the open!! Make sure you sign up for my Cookie Club so you are the first to hear about updates! I will also be sharing special cookie content, giveaways, and more!
  • I planted flowers with my dad this week. We also made cinnamon rolls.
  • I finished Firefly Lane and A Million Little Things. Good shows, but so many tears!
  • Classic black dress.
  • I am going on a girls trip to Cabo next week. What book should I take? I need a fun beach read!
  • The best travel or every day pants. They are so soft.
  • Cute swimsuit cover up and a sandal sale.
  • What glimmers have you seen lately?
  • Love this top and fun sweatshirt.
  • Talk less and listen more.
  • Beautiful dessert!
  • I really want this bag for summer. Love all of the colors.
  • A few favorite recipes for Mother’s Day: one, two, three, four, five!
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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. Beach read Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens! She has 2 additional books This Time Next Year and Before I Do! Enjoy Cabo and must visit Cabo Wabo coconut shrimp!

  2. hey y’all- great list! Yummy food and cute clothes. Cute family pic. Love that sweatshirt. Such pretty flowers to. Mission impossible looks so good. Maria – have fun in Cabo!

  3. Emily Henry’s books are good beach reads. Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld was recently recommended to me. Have a great trip!

  4. I’ve been reading your “this and that” for a while now and I cannot express how much I dislike it. All you seem to do is consuming and travelling without awareness towards the environment, disregarding the fact you might be leaving a dirty blueprint behind for your children. You buy plastic toys for your kids made by child labour and exploitation of the weak and poor. Then you celebrate it with some plastic food, filled with palm oil and far too much sugar. This cannot be a “way of life”, this kind of inconsiderate ignorance. I would have thought that people living in this Great Nation would also have a great level of education and interest