This and That


1. Last week we got to go to the NCAA tournament with some friends. What a blast! We were there for the Harvard vs. New Mexico. We are lucky the tournament comes to Salt Lake every three years or so. Hopefully the Utes basketball program will get back to a great basketball program. I think we are headed in that direction.

2. I saw this saying the other day and thought it was funny. ” Dear Children, I only take credit for the first 9 months. After that, you were exposed to your father.”

3. Tell me if you ladies do this to your husbands or if you guys have found yourself in this situation. Last week Maria asked if she should put cinnamon chips or chocolate chips in the cookies. She knows chocolate chips are my favorite. Of course, I said chocolate chips!  Then she said, wouldn’t you rather have cinnamon chips and I said not really. Then she said, well I am making cinnamon and you don’t have to eat them. Sheesh! I thought she wanted my opinion. Apparently, she just need my approval.



1. I’ve officially gone mad while watching March Madness. We went to two first round games-the Harvard vs. New Mexico game was awesome! Harvard messed up my bracket, but it was fun to see an upset. Speaking of upset, I am still upset about Illinois’s loss to Miami. It was an intense game and even Caleb was yelling at the TV. They came so close and my heart still aches thinking about it. I get too emotional when watching my Fighting Illini.

2. My kind of Easter egg! Sprinkle fans, check out these Easter eggs!


3. My current snack of choice is kettle corn. Josh makes the best kettle corn and luckily he doesn’t mind feeding my addiction:)


4. Yesterday I did a Live cooking segment on KUTV. I made our Macaroon Nests-Nutella and Lemon! It was fun!

5. I was named one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Babble. Thanks! I am honored to be on the list.


6. I’m kind of in love with my new cookie jar from World Market. Now, I just have to figure out how to get the cookies into the jar. I always eat them too quickly!


7. I love a clean kitchen! I am glad I got a picture because it didn’t last long. Caleb opened up the tupperware drawer and emptied every single item in the drawer. And then I messed it up by baking cookies. It was nice while it lasted.

8. So excited for Sarah’s new cookbook-More Peas, Thank YouThe book is filled with fantastic family friendly vegetarian recipes! From one pea to another, congrats!!

9. 150+ Links for everything you need to know about food blogging. Bookmarked this one! There is always more to learn!

10. On Monday, I am attending a special event in celebration of Albion Fit’s Grand Opening at City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City. And good news, you are all invited! If you don’t live in Utah, leave now, you can still make it:) Attendees will enjoy a free Albion Fit headband (while supplies last), access to Albion’s newest collections, $20 off any one-piece swimsuit or top/bottom swimsuit combo or $20 off any fitness top/bottom combo. There will also be a special Albion Fit swim fashion show and fun raffles! To redeem the $20 off promotion, readers must give the name of your blog as the code at checkout. I am in love with ALL of Albion Fit’s apparel. It’s my favorite! The store is located on the upper level of City Creek Center, on the northeast end right next to the Allen Edmonds store. The event is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. I hope to see you there! Make sure you come and say hi!

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. So cool that y’all got to go to a game! I’m a kettle corn fanatic!

    Josh- we’re asking your opinion…but we really want you to just agree with us ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Josh forgot to mention that they weren’t just cinnamon chip cookies, they had oatmeal and toffee…and I made him chocolate chip cookies two days before:)

  2. I loved His comment about the nine months and being exposed to the father! My husband is always saying, “Just wait til our kids get older! They are going to drive you crazy!” Time will tell, I guess.

    Love the cookie jar and I’m totally with you on there not being many that make it in there. Oh well! At least we like them ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I can totally relate with the clean kitchen photo!! Everytime I get it nice and tidy, I know it’s not lasting long, lol!

    Just got my first few suits from Albion Fit and I can not say enough about them!! Wish I was able to come down for their grand opening, I am a huge fan. Say hi for me!!


  4. Hi Maria,
    I’m upset that Illinois lost as well. I grew up in Illinois but currently live in Ohio. I think my oldest son and I are the only Illini fans here ๐Ÿ™‚ One year, just for something different, I bought my two nieces some OSU clothing. My brother, who still lives in Illinois, got so mad. He said “what are you trying to do…get my two daughters killed?”. Needless to say, my brother takes his sports seriously.
    I really like your kitchen. It looks so clean and contemporary. Mind telling me where you got your glass canisters? I’m wanting to replace mine but can’t find any that I like. Thanks.

  5. I love your kitchen. I’d kill for a pot-filler over the range! I don’t see a microwave! Do you not have one?

    I love World Market, but sadly, the one in our town closed about 4 years ago.

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