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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 great day!


  • We had a great Christmas, we didn’t get much snow, but we are still skiing as many days as we can while the boys are on break. We even got Maria’s dad up on the slpes with us.
  • We always take down our Christmas tree and decorations the day after Christmas. How about you?
  • If you have leftover ham, here are two good soups for you to make, one and two.
  • Has anyone seen The Boys in the Boat? That is the movie I want to see.


  • On the blog this week, the Top 10 Recipes of 2023 and Our Favorite Recipes from 2023! Make sure you check out both posts, there are so many good recipes!
  • We had a nice Christmas at home. We opened presents, made brunch, and watched basketball and football all day. I hope you had a wonderful holiday.
  • I wanted to say thank you for all of your support this year with my new cookbook and for continuing to make our recipes. We appreciate you taking the time to leave reviews and comments on our recipe posts, it is so helpful for our business. Thank you for following along on Instagram and for reading This and That every week. We are grateful for you!
  • I had to make sure today was Thursday, ha! All of the days are blending together, but I really love this week. It’s nice to relax after such a busy month.
  • Loving this new cookbook with lots of dinner ideas!
  • I started watching Black Cake on Hulu and so far so good!
  • Pretty in pink.
  • 50 easy things you can do to be healthier and happier. I also like this list of 100 simple ways to improve your life.
  • A good end of the season sale. This is also a good sale and Nordstrom’s half yearly sale is happening!
  • New Year’s Eve appetizers: one, two, three, four, five.
  • If you have any recipe requests for 2024, leave a comment and let us know. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!
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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 read the boys in the boat & saw the documentary.
    Outstanding. I am sure the new movie will be terrific.
    Happy new year,
    Nelson, nh

  2. My friends were so happy to get your cookie cookbook for Christmas from me, we are having a baking party tomorrow! I’m so excited. I am making your chocolate Crinkle cookies which I haven’t made in forever!

    Happy New Yesr!

  3. Hi, it looks like you’re having a wonderful time! I take my trees down around the middle of January. I love to make soup so I will be checking out your ham soup recipes. The boys look so cute in the pjs. Hugs,

  4. I like finding healthier recipes, less sugar, less dairy. Always look forward to Thursdays and reading your This and That.

  5. hey y’all- great list! Love the pics of the boys!! Yummy food! Glad y’all had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year!!

  6. Hi,
    You said you took your holiday decorations down the day after Christmas. Why would you want to do that in the middle of the holidays? The week between holidays is a special time . Families and friends are together, taking down the decorations says holidays over. The decorations just add to that wonderful feeling. January 2nd is soon enough to put away the magic.

    Thank you, we enjoy your lovely site and tasty recipes!

    1. That is our tradition. We put our Christmas up the day after Thanksgiving and take it down the day after Christmas. It doesn’t mean we still aren’t celebrating and enjoying time with loved ones.

  7. Thank you for sharing so many great recipes with us, Maria. I make one or two per week! I love that the ingredients are real food and mostly items I keep on hand in my frig and pantry. Your instructions are easy to follow with no fussy steps. I always have an extra copy of your cookbook on hand to give as a gift. I just received two copies of the Cookie book and will enjoy sharing them with my baking friends. All best to you and Josh for continued success. -jan PS I love how your boys are great brothers to each other!

  8. Would love to see an occasional gluten-free baking recipe. Also blackberries. We tend to have a lot of them in our garden in summer and I’m always eager to try out new ways to use them in recipes.

    We leave our christmas tree and decorations up at least until Jan 6th, which is epiphany day and is celebrated over here. But we only decorate and put the tree up a few days before christmas.

    Have a wonderful time with your family, thank you for all the inspiring work you do and a very happy new year!

  9. I forgot to check out This and That yesterday so I’m checking it out this morning. So mixed up on my days. Have fun skiing. Planning on making your cheesy ham and potato soup tonight. Happy New Year.

  10. My friends whom I bought your cookie cookbook for Christmas had me over for a baking day! It was so much fun! Four of these recipes are from your book! xo
    Aw tried to include a pic!