This and That



1. I took the boys to the zoo lights while Maria was at a Christmas party. The boys loved it.

2. A friend got me hooked on the podcast Serial. Are any of you following this podcast?

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3.  Maxwell usually fights the bottle, but we tried letting him sit by himself in his seat or propped up on pillows and this has helped! Let’s hope he gets the hang of it soon! I do enjoy feeding him when I can!

4. Good article about happiness.

5. 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2014

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6. Brothers watching cartoons together!


7. Love the view from our evening walks!



1. I started my week with a visit to Tulie Bakery. If you live in Utah, you have to go…and get the morning bun. It is crazy good!

2. I am usually a gift bag kind of person because I am a horrible wrapper, but I might try this cozy wrapping this year! So fun!

3. Speaking of wrapping, here are some cute and free wrappers for homemade bread! Bread always makes a great gift…and I highly recommend you make my Orange Cranberry Bread. Your friends and family will love it!


4. We put up our Christmas tree and Caleb is obsessed! He checks on it morning, noon, and night!

5. Who is doing Elf on the Shelf? This is our first year and I am already out of places for our elf to hangout. Any fun ideas out there? We should have started a few days before Christmas:)

6. Love these festive cupcakes!

7. This is playing on repeat. What Christmas music are you listening too?

8. My kind of hot chocolate!

9. Love, love, love my new ring! Happy early Christmas to me! If jewelry is on your wish list or you need to purchase some jewelry for someone on your list, check out all of their stuff!

10. I went to an ornament exchange party last night. Such a fun holiday party idea! And now I have a fun new ornament for our tree!

11. Who watched Nashville last night? I won’t spoil anything, but can I just say YAY!! I am so sad it won’t be back on until February! Don’t they know that I consider myself part of their lives and NEED new shows every week? I don’t know what I am going to do with Nashville and Parenthood on break. I think I will check out this show. I’ve heard good things!


12. We bake Lime Coconut Snowballs every holiday season! One batch made…and one batch almost all gone! I think I need to make some more already!

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. We are doing Elf on the Shelf, and our son loves to try and find ,”Gingy”. We have hid him in the poinsettias. We have put him on the sled like he is sledding. We have hid him in the tree. He has swung from the light fixture. He has peeked over the tv. Today I think he will be baking some cookies or possibly building something on The Home Depot toy work bench. I have seen a ton of Pinterest boards on what to do with your elf. That might help.

  2. Your boys are too cute! And I LOVE that ring! Adding it to my Christmas list! Nashville was SO good last night!! I hate that it is on a break now!

  3. Where in Utah do you live? I am going to South Jordan for 3 days. Any amazing places I should stop at? Thanks Maria ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We are in Salt Lake. If you are looking for places to eat: Tulie Bakery, Finca, Copper Onion, Vinto, Eva’s Bakery, and Caputo’s are a few favorites! Temple Square and City Creek are always fun! Enjoy your time in Utah!

  4. You will love the Good Wife! I’m watching the current season and it gets better every year! Baby Maxwell is SO YUMMY! I think my Christmas baking line up needs to add that orange bread…yumm!

  5. LOVE the picture of Caleb & Maxwell watching cartoons! Such a sweet photo. Nashville is my favorite show. I was really happy with the decisions that were made, but worried about Deacon. Now we have to wait and wait for it to come back. So unfair!

  6. Love the picture of Maxwell and Caleb watching cartoons and also of Caleb and the tree. I want to try the Orange Cranberry bread and keep forgetting to buy the cranberries. I don’t like fall finales as I love Chicago Fire really hooked on that one.

  7. Late to comment, but YES to Nashville! I do wish they’d reign it in a bit – They have SO many balls up in the air – But maybe during the second half of the season they can streamline it a bit and let some of the characters be happy for a little while! And the end, with Avery and Juliet, was too cute (I wish that scene had been longer!).

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