This and That


  • We had a nice, laid back Thanksgiving. We did a nachos bar and it was awesome! Not sure if we will do it every year, but it was nice to mix things up.
  • We got a ton of snow so we went sledding a few times. We can’t wait to go skiing! The boys are going to take ski lessons every Saturday.
  • Have you seen The Peanut Butter Falcon? It is such a great movie. We also watched Aladdin with the boys. It was good.
  • Do you do Elf on the Shelf? Our elf hasn’t come yet because we are feeling lazy, ha! I guess we should let him make an appearance soon.
  • The Utes have a big football game tomorrow. I hope they can win the Pac 12 championship! We are making pizza! GO UTES!


  • New this week, I updated the most popular recipe on our site! Don’t miss the new photos and tips! I also shared my Cookie Baking Essentials, make sure you check out this post before you start Christmas cookie baking! Plus, one of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies! And come back tomorrow because I have another cookie recipe for you. Tis’ the season for COOKIES! YAY!
  • It’s December!! How did that happen? We had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving and now it’s time to do all of the Christmas things! It’s going to be a crazy but FUN month!
  • Practice gratitude every day.
  • I’ve been living in these.
  • I keep this in my purse. It’s a winter must!
  • Do you like egg nog? The boys love it so we bought some but they aren’t drinking it fast enough…mainly because I won’t let them drink it all, ha! So I think I need to make an egg nog recipe. Maybe these or possibly something new. Any suggestions?
  • Adding this to my Christmas list.
  • Super soft sweater.
  • If you live in Utah, come to my last cookbook signing of the year at Jolley’s in SLC on Saturday. I will be there from 11:00-1:00 pm. Jolley’s is the CUTEST store and I am bringing cookies:)
  • Did you score any good deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? My shopping is done and it feels so good! If you are looking for gift ideas, make sure you check out our gift guides for women, men, and kids! And if you need the perfect gift for anyone, gift our cookbook๐Ÿ™‚
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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. I make eggnog every Christmas Eve. It is basically my ice cream recipe, before freezing. I beat 6 eggs until frothy, add about 1 c sugar, 2 t vanilla, 2 c whipping cream, 4 c milk, beat together and refrigerate until ready to drink. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to the top when serving. This is how my mother in law made it.

  2. Maria
    I am also an avowed cookie baker. I have done four cookie bars for wedding and just finished a baking spree for a holiday home tour. A recipe I always use I got from you several years ago. It is for Chocolate Toffee Almond cookies with sea salt. I think I got the recipe as an advance treat for ordering Cookie Cravings. I get rave reviews for it and suggest you put it out there again. Thank you for giving my baking such inspiration.

    1. I forgot about those cookies:) They are so good! I will have to post them! Thanks for the reminder!

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