This and That



1. The boys loved Halloween! I think it is Caleb’s favorite holiday.  Maria never dresses up, but Caleb got her to dress up this year! She was such a good sport! Scroll down to see her costume!

2. I look forward to this every year. The kids crack me up!

3. Halloween is great because the pranks seem to come out from the woodwork. I love a good prank, nothing malicious or harmful, just some good scares or messing with people. This one made me laugh!

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4. On Saturday, I ran up to the top of Grandeur Peak for a beautiful sunrise. I love the mountains.

5. Have you seen this!? I have only seen one Harry Potter movie but this is great!



1. The moment you have all been waiting for…our family Halloween costume photo! Caleb picked out all of our costumes this year and he picked out Iron Man for himself, a pea pod for Maxwell, the Hulk for Josh, and a funky chicken for me! Caleb was SO excited about our costumes, I had to play along. It ended up being fun, but I think I will pick out my own costume next year:)


2. The cutest trick-or-treaters!

3. Coolest cake ever!


4. What do you do with leftover Halloween candy? Bake cookies of course! And FYI-candy calories don’t count in cookies! 🙂

5. Love this side table! I am sure Caleb would try to climb it though:)

6. Maxwell has been sleeping in a bassinet in our room since he came home from the hospital. He just turned 3 months old so we are thinking about moving him into Caleb’s room. We only have two bedrooms upstairs so they have to share. The crib is already in his room, we just need to do it! I am worried Caleb will poke and mess with Maxwell and I am worried the baby will wake Caleb up in the middle of the night. Maxwell still wakes up once a night sometimes. Any tips for us?

7. This cookbook makes me giddy! Loving every page!


8. Currently snacking on Stacy’s Salted Caramel Pita Chips! They are so tasty! And did you see the recipe I made with them? I am going to be making this one for all of our holiday parties.

9. Such a fun pizza!

10. We are still trying to adjust to daylight savings time. Both of the boy’s schedules are off, which makes my schedule off. And I am ready to crawl into bed at 6 p.m. every night. I am not sure if I can blame that all on daylight savings time though…it might have something to do with having a baby too:)

11. The perfect dessert!


12. 3 months going on 30! He is such a stud:)

13. I can’t wait for Parenthood tonight. I need to know if Julia and Joel are going to stay together or call it quits! She kind of bugs me, but I love Joel and want him to be happy! Oh, the drama!

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. I can’t even deal with the chicken costume- just amazing. The boys looked adorable! This whole daylight savings thing is a nightmare for parents! Kaylin seems like shes finally taking to the adjustment after a few too early mornings.

  2. My kids also shared a room and I was worried about the same thing when I moved my daughter in there at 3 months. But surprisingly, they adjusted just fine. My son pretty much blocked out any crying that may occur. He usually went to bed first and about an hour later my daughter would go in. I am sure they will be just fine 🙂

  3. Josh, I LOVE the kimmel prank!! hahahaha — my favourite is the little boy that obviously looks distressed but keeps saying ” it’s okay – it’s fine” hahahah SO CUTE!!
    Maria, you’re a good mom and made the best funky chicken 🙂 I’m sure Caleb loved that you guys played a long!!

  4. My sons share a room (3 1/2 and 4 mos.) They adjusted just fine my little one wakes up sometimes once a night and my older one sleeps right through it. I still have the changing table in my room and feed him in my room so not to make extra noise. They go to bed at the same time so it works out well. They have been sharing for about a month and we have never had any issues. I am sure your boys will have no problems. Happy sleeping!

  5. My 5 year old and 3 year old twins have always shared a room. We have 2 bedrooms upstairs as well. It definitely makes them better sleepers and they sleep through everything!! We did buy a video monitor to put in their room because we were worried that my oldest would try to put things in their cribs or bother them when they were infants, but no problems with that at all. Good luck!

  6. That was a good prank! In the “Halloween candy” video, that girl in the pink who started throwing things? I think I would have had trouble giving her candy back to her. I could understand getting mad, but she didn’t have to throw the plate.

    Yeah, that ladder with the shelves would be awfully tempting to a young child!

    I have two sisters and we did some room sharing over the years. It was no big deal. My sisters are close in age to me, so I don’t really remember dealing with a baby sister. I must have been fine, though. When we were in late grade school to middle school (I was in 8th grade), my family moved. We lived in a rental duplex for 7 months while the house was being built. There were 3 bedrooms in that house, but it never would have been fair for one of us to get their own room and 2 of us not. So, my parents took a smaller bedroom and us three girls shared the biggest bedroom. We had a double bed, a single bed, and a cot. We rotated out who slept where once a week. None of us really wanted to get stuck with the wooden cot, for the whole duration. It worked. Our new house had 4 bedrooms, so everyone got their own room, in the end.

  7. I’m struggling with the time change too! I’m wiped at 8pm. Also, my little babe is one day younger than Maxwell. Happy 3 months to our sweet peas! I look forward to these posts every week Maria! Have a great weekend with your family!

  8. Our 3 yo and 1 yo share a room. We moved the baby in the room at around 5 mo. It was not an easy transition. Our 3 yo wakes up and comes in our room every night and the 1 yo still wakes up once a night. We stagger bedtime, which has worked better than doing it at the same time. The only advice I have is to keep a place in your room for the baby to sleep just in case the baby has a rough night.

  9. Love Parenthood. I have a different take on Joel. He blew it with his wife and family and now he’s bothered that Julia has moved on. I do hope they get back together and work things out.

    Maxwell is growing so fast! Looks like you all had a great Halloween.

  10. Our boys share a room too! We put my youngest in the room with his big brother when he was 10 months old and could “fend for himself” a little bit! We had a small crib in our room until then.

  11. Love the family costumes, everyone looked great. I’ll have to try the chips, they look awesome. The boys are adorable!!!

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