This and That


1. The Super Bowl was awesome! Such a great comeback by the Patriots. Our house was very happy!

2. Colorful kicks.

3. We are trying to decide on a family vacation for 2017. Any suggestions? Remember, we have a 2 year old and a 5 year old.

4. The boys are loving this bedtime story.

5. More than 1,000 words were added to the Dictionary.


1. I had a wonderful birthday. Josh took me out to my favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City, Valter’s. It was sooooo good! The boys also made me a cake and we had a Super Bowl party. 35 is off to a great start!

2. The Super Bowl was epic! I am so glad the Patriots pulled out the big win. It is a great year for my sports teams. The Cubs won the World Series, the Patriots won the Super Bowl, now I just need the Warriors to win it all. Fingers are crossed:)

3. This shirt. I love the back and the sleeves. Super cute!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

4. Levain Bakery fans, good news, you don’t have to go to NYC to get the famous chocolate chip cookies. You can make them at home with this recipe. They taste just like the famous cookies, maybe even better. They are the real deal. Si made them for me this week and I am hooked! This recipe is going to be dangerous:)

5. Floral fun!

6. You had me at chocolate covered.

7. I need these tips. I tend to make a mess in the kitchen.

8. TV talk! First up, Grey’s. I am an Alex fan so I was really happy about last week’s ending. Nashville-I really don’t want any more Scarlett and Gunnar drama. Can’t they just be happy? This is Us-I love Jack! That is all. And finally, Good Wife fans, have you heard about the The Good Fight? Thoughts?

9. What if I want to live in them all? I did get Friday Night Lights and I am A-OK with that. Texas Forever and Tim Riggins forever:)

10. Beating burnout.

11. Taco Thursday? Why not? I am craving these tacos.

12. I am going to make this pizza for the boys! So fun!

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. Oh my goodness…epic is not a big enough word for  what happened in Houston on Sunday night. After learning about Galynn Brady’s illness and all that family has been dealing with since the Spring of 2015, I just wanted the team to win for Tom’s mom…forget all the other stuff. When White dove over the line for the final touchdown, it was beyond amazing. What a great way to celebrate you 35th, Maria!
    I might try those chocolate chip cookies today…we are just at the start of a big snow storm here and I need to feel warm and cozy. Thanks for the link.

  2. Come to the most beautiful beaches in the world in Florida. Cape San Blas and St. George Island. Laid back, low key, great food and you can visit beautiful, historical Apalachicola.

  3. We live in Ohio and have been taking our 4 kids to Florida for 17 yrs.  The Gulf coast beaches south of Clearwater, Redington and Indian Rocks.  You have the beach and the pool and that area is a little more reasonable.

  4. Those cookies look amazing. The women whose link you shared is hilarious in her description of the cookies. Also the spin off of The Good Wife, The Good Fight, looks like it might be good, we, my husband and I will have to watch a few episodes. Do you watch Madam Secretary? That’s a good one too. 

  5. Have you been to Tahoe? Lots of hiking and depending on the time of year, either beach fun or boating, tubing, skiing…. good music, casinos for the adults, tons of restaurants….

  6. I’m wondering where the shirt you’re wearing in the birthday picture is from. I love it! And those cookies look ridiculous.

  7. The link to the levain copcat recipe takes you to your salted caramel pretzel cookie recipe. Can you repost on instagram? Dying to make!

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