This and That


1. Sorry I missed last week. Sheesh, I’m a slacker!


2. We went to Pittsburgh to visit our friends at DeLallo last week. Wow, what a company! I am always interested in business, no matter the genre. I have found most successful companies focus on quality and character. DeLallo is the best company I have visited with regard to these two components. I was extremely impressed with their company. If you don’t have Delallo products on the shelves in your store, ask for them! They are awesome! You can also find them online.


2. While we were in Pittsburgh, we went to a Pirates baseball game. Maxwell enjoyed his first Major league baseball game. Thanks to DeLallo!

3. I am not a Math genius, but I think Math is the most important subject in school. Here is a little video I thought was neat about what Math does for us outside of Math skills. Maria better watch this because she always complains about Math. It wasn’t her favorite subject. I hope our boys like it.

4. We received our new iPhones. I am so happy to be back to the iPhone, switching to the Android was a big mistake. Maria told me not to give up my iPhone, I should have listened to my wife. ๐Ÿ™‚ We both got the iPhone 6 and are loving it so far!

5. Yesterday, I went for my first run since my ankle injury. I never knew running could be so hard. I ran 3 miles in about 30 minutes. So I don’t know if you can even call that running, but I did it. My ankle hurt, both knees hurt, and my back was sore. Taking 7 weeks off from physical activity really set me back. Getting old is not fun!



1. Last week we traveled to Pittsburgh for a blogging event with DeLallo. It was Maxwell’s first time on a plane and he did great! He slept 98% of the trip:) We had a great time! We went to dinner at Butcher and the Rye, to the Pirates baseball game, and got to shop at the DeLallo store, the BEST store on the planet. I am in love with all of DeLallo’s products and wish I could have fit the entire store in my suitcase. Good thing we can order the products online!


2. We also made homemade pasta and pizza. Ok, I didn’t help because I was snuggling with Maxwell, but everyone else made amazing pasta and pizza and I devoured it! It was a fun trip with lots of good food and friends! Thanks DeLallo!

3. Now this is a piece of cake!

4. Let’s talk television. I am so happy my shows are back on. Did anyone watch Nashville last night? I won’t say anything in case you haven’t watched it yet, but I am SO glad it’s back! Parenthood is on tonight and I will be tuning in. I am sad this is the final season though:( I keep saying I am going to quit watching Grey’s, but I just can’t quit it. And has anyone watched Fixer Upper on HGTV? It’s my new obsession. I love their taste and want to move into every house they fix up!

5. I am loving this cookbook and this one!


6. We are sad summer is officially over, but we are looking forward to fall. Bring on the pumpkin, football, apples, sweatshirts, and fall colors!

7. I made another batch of these cookies yesterday. I can’t stop! I need help!


8. 7 weeks old and he is still one happy baby!

9. Guess who turns three on Saturday? That is right, our Caleb! How did that happen? He wants to go bowling for his birthday. We asked where he heard about bowling and he said Caillou. I should have known:) We will give it a try!

10. I want a slice of this pizza…or maybe the whole pie:)


11. I started running again! Yahoo! I discovered that I need new running shoes though. It’s been awhile. I usually go with Brooks. What are your favorite running shoes? I need to go shopping!

12. I left my boys this week to get a pedicure with a friend. Best mama break ever!

Maria Lichty

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. A few things-
    I love Fixer Upper and I totally agree I want to live in every house they do – especially their house!
    I am a runner, too, and I always run in Brooks. Have you seen their new ombre collection of shoes? I had to buy a pair of purple transitioning to blue shoes.
    Josh – glad you are back running. Some of us actually run at a regular pace of about 12:30 mile, so running a 10 minute mile is definitely still running.
    Happy early birthday, Caleb!

  2. I usually go with Saucony ProGuides, but tried Brooks Ravennas last year for my first marathon. I don’t know it if was the extra training or the shoe, but I lost two toenails on my right foot. This year, I switched back to Saucony and haven’t had any problems. I say go for Brooks since that’s what works for you.

  3. I love Mizuno running shoes! I always get fitted for a pair each time I get a new pair. Just to see what’s out there. And having someone tell me which shoes to get helps me greatly!

    Josh, 3 miles in 30 minutes is definitely running. That’s fast for most people!

  4. I LOVE fixer upper ! It is filmed in Waco Texas which is a small college town. My husband grew up there and all my in-laws still do. I keep looking for houses, streets and families that I recognize. The designs are wonderful and those small town renovation prices are unbelievable.

  5. Glad you guys had a good trip! And yayy for a mama break Maria!! Pedicures are amazing. I’m making cookies tomorrow – happening. Brooks are the best IMO. I fear trying another brand

  6. Fixer Upper is my favorite too! I even watch the repeats I love it so much. I would almost move to Texas just to have them do my house. They have a great sense of humor and I like the way they always incorporate their children into the episodes!
    Glad you all had a wonderful trip. Your boys are great little travelers. Happy birthday early Caleb! Take it easy Josh!

  7. We take our 3 year old bowling. Our bowling lane has this metal apparatus thing that you can put Caleb’s ball on, center, then he can push the ball himself. It’s like a little hill so it has the momentum to hit the pins! It’s way easier!!!!

  8. Brooks are the way to go. I have tried others (not sure why) every once and awhile over the last 20 years but always end up loving my Brooks!

  9. The food from DeLallo looks great! Need to try something different.
    I go with Hoka running shoes–can get them at SL Running Company. Love the cushion of Hoka’s and my most recent pair fit like a glove.

  10. First, I didn’t even read a word and knew you were in Pittsburgh! And I am a huge Pirates fan – so jealous!
    Second, as a former math teacher (24 years), now curriculum specialist, I appreciate your support of learning math.
    Third, Fixer Upper is my new obsession. Think I could get them to come to the northeast?
    Lastly – pedicures rock!

  11. Maria — hooray for returning to running! I’ve been wearing Brooks pretty much this entire time. I always head in with an open mind, but they seem to fit me best.

    Josh — also hooray for returning to running! That first one after a layoff is definitely a bear. But I too would say that 10-minute miles are nothing to sneeze at ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. What do you mean Caleb is turning 3!!!! How did that happen? I remember the virtual baby shower, photos of you pregnant (you’ve got to get pregnant often, there’s always fantastic stuff).
    I’m happy Josh is OK, recovery is not easy but he’ll be back in shape in no time.
    Fall is here, I can’t wait for more comfort food =)

  13. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Pittsburgh. I hope you loved PNC Park. I am slightly biased since I am a life long Yinzer but it is the best baseball park and there is not a bad seat in the entire park!

  14. I have the exact shoes you are wearing! I just retired them and bought the next generation. Third pair of Brooks for me. (I’m trying to get back into a running routine too.)

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