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  • We got a snow storm this week. I am excited, the boys are excited, but Maria is not excited, ha! She couldn’t get the van up the mountain so I went to help her in my truck. I think it’s time we get a new vehicle with 4 wheel drive. We’ve had our van for 7 years so it’s probably time. Any suggestions on an SUV? I am thinking a Volvo.
  • Another reason to love Tom Brady!
  • The boys are stoked about Halloween! They didn’t really say anything about us dressing up this year…until last night, so we will see if we have to dress up.
  • We took the boys to the new Handel’s in Utah. They obviously loved it.
  • I had to get glasses this week. I am getting old.
  • Lead Together.


  • New this week, a fall staple at our house and the ultimate comforting soup!
  • I was in Park City this week for a work retreat and holy snow! It also was freezing, like -15 degrees. I don’t think I am ready for winter…ha! I had the best time with my friends though. It is always fun to get together in person.
  • Happy Halloween! Are you ready? The boys have a parade at school and we are trick or treating tonight. I am making this for dinner, a great balance to the sugar rush:) What are your Halloween plans?
  • Leopard love!
  • Pass me a bowl and a spoon!
  • I love a good oversized sweater.
  • I love watching this pretend cooking show. She makes me laugh!
  • Excited for this book!
  • Warm and toasty vibes! YES!
  • On November 16th, I am teaching a chocolate class at Orson Gygi in SLC. Come hangout and eat the Triple Trip Chocolate Cookies from our cookbook. They are SO good! Find all of the details HERE!
  • Want this top!
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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. Ha, my two boys also just mentioned last night they wanted me to dress up. I might be throwing something together today last minute!

  2. I have a Volvo XC90 & I absolutely LOVE it. I didn’t want it at first but my husband convinced me & It is awesome to drive. The best customer service I have ever had with a car dealership. It drives so smoothly and works well in the snow. I would definitely recommend the Volvo.

    1. Thanks for letting us know. We are really leaning towards a Volvo, maybe the 40 because it is a little smaller.

  3. If you can afford it, I would go with a Volvo.
    They are literally tanks (albeit nice ones) and they last forever.
    We had friends that had a secondhand one and they must of had it 15-20 years. She was T-boned once and it made a dent in the door but the frame was fine.

    Go with the Volvo.

  4. Jennifer Garner’s Instagram is so much fun. I love the Books with Birdie posts…such a literate pup she has.
    Have fun with you chocolate class, Maria. I wish I was closer to your location.
    Josh, I live in Tom Brady country and we are feeling very sentimental these days as his playing days are winding down. I don’t know if you follow his Instagram posts but there was one the other day that will melt anyone’s heart. He posted a picture of his mom and his daughter with the best caption.

  5. We bought the brand new Volvo SUV 2 years ago and had 3 brake repairs (including total brake replacement), as well as several electrical repairs with the touch screen within the first year. I don’t know if we just got a random, bad vehicle or what…but I hated it and we sold it before our warranty expired. It would have cost us thousands of dollars in repairs for just that one year. And if your kids are tall at all, they are never going to want to sit in the third row. It’s a beautiful car, but I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. I went back to a new Odyssey minivan and have been happy every since.

    1. I forgot about a few more repairs…our sunroof leaked several times (we live in Seattle, so that was a big deal) and one of the latches and seatbelts broke in the middle row. Sounds like we’re rough on our cars , but we’ve never had issues with any of our other cars.

  6. Go Subaru! Safest vehicles on the roads! My daughter was in one that rolled 3 times and they walked away without a scratch on them!

  7. We are in South Florida which is super flat so I can’t give advice for hills/snow but…My husband has a Subaru Outback and loves it! I currently have a 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 (hybrid). It is a beautiful SUV inside and out and the hybrid is a big plus we had not planned on initially. I am very happy with it but the one thing I feel they can improve upon is the infotainment center and ease of use. It does have Apple Car Play which is awesome though! With that said, I previously had the (redesigned) 2017 Audi Q7 and LOVED it. It is a 7 seater with lots of space, a great family SUV (that I didn’t need anymore since my girls went off to college). I would highly recommend taking a look.

  8. Hubby and I both converted to Subaru’s and we love them! He has the outback and I have the ascent. Great cars so far, while being in the mid price range. I had an expedition before which I loved, but new ones are way too pricey (I did have my old one for 18 years though!).

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