This and That


1. We got a ton of snow and I had the best ski day ever! I also took Caleb skiing by himself and he is getting so good and comfortable on the mountain.

2. The Patriots vs. Chiefs game was crazy! I am so happy the Patriots pulled out the win. Super Bowl here we come!

3. My brother and his family are visiting and it’s so awesome having a house full of boys! They are having so much fun together.

4. Does anyone have any Scottsdale recommendations? We are thinking about taking a trip with the boys.


1. New this week, an easy sheet pan dinner and a lightened up version of a favorite! And don’t forget to get your free healthy eating guide!

2. A great basic!

3. We are having a lot of fun with family this week, but feeding six boys every day is no joke…ha! What will we do when they are all teenagers? ๐Ÿ™‚ We do have some good recipes coming your way, the little guys have all been great taste testers. And this recipe was a hit this week!

4. Perfect for traveling.

5. I am so happy A Million Little Things is back on, it is so good. I can’t wait for tonight’s episode. This Is Us is still good, but not great. I hope they kick it up a notch soon. And Grey’s…still watching. I really like DeLuca this season.

6. This will be dinner soon!

7. 10 Healthy Habits

8. Love this for adding a little bronzed glow in the winter time.

9. Great ideas for family dinner.

10. Getting this to wear with leggings.

11. Grab a pair while they are on sale.

12. 10 minutes? YES!

13. I am living in this! Super cozy!

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. Despite the fact that I am a Chiefs fan and do not share your enthusiasm with the results of Sunday’s game, I have lots of Scottsdale ideas for you! We have been during the spring the past few years and have always loved staying at the Westin Kierland Resort. It is a beautiful property and has a nice pool with a lazy river and slide. It also has tennis courts, a mini baseball field and a kids’ area where you can play ping pong and basketball, as well as a FlowRider (although based on our experience, I don’t recommend the FlowRider for younger kids!). The Westin also has an amazing dessert buffet each night in the lobby. Our only complaints with the Westin are that some years the pool has not been heated to a good temperature (last year it was fine) and they started charging for parking, which seemed unnecessary. The best part about the Westin is that you can walk across to Kierland Commons and Frisco Quarter where there are fabulous restaurants and fun shopping.
    Some of our favorite restaurants are True Food Kitchen, North Italia, the Greene House and Shake Shack. For a really special dinner, Mastro’s Ocean Club is amazing. We’ve always taken our girls there, too, and it has been a special dinner for them (they always remember the bathroom attendant!). Although it’s a bit of a drive, for breakfast, Butters Pancakes is delicious. The location we visited most often just moved and is now on N. Hayden. As to activities, we have enjoyed hiking at both the Hole in the Rock in Papago Park and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Your boys might enjoy the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. We thought it was pretty cool! We also went once to the Desert Botanical Gardens. It was very beautiful and unique but kind of pricey from what I remember. We love Scottsdale, so I hope you all will, too! I’ll definitely look forward to seeing you post about any fun places you all find so we can check them out on our next visit!

  2. Such a great This & That!!! So many great things and I agree This is Us has kinda stalled for me but love Million Little Things!

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