This and That

  • We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Just popping in today for a quick This and That! New this week, an easy treat and a decadent breakfast!
  • The boys loved every second of Christmas. They were so excited they woke up at 2:40 a.m. to see if Santa came. They fell back asleep until 4 a.m. but were up after that. We made them wait until 6 to come downstairs. We are all tired today:)
  • We did get a white Christmas! It snowed just in time for Christmas morning.
  • My dad is in town and he has been baking up a cinnamon roll storm! They are TOO good:)
  • I baked my last bast of Christmas cookies yesterday, the chocolate chip cookies in our cookbook. They are our favorite. Oh, and I made puppy chow with Peanut Butter Chex, game changer! LOVED!
  • We have more family coming into town tomorrow! It’s going to be a full house. I am meal planning to make sure we have meals ready to go! On the list: this easy soup, one skillet meal, sheet pan meal, my favorite salad for lunch, and the best mac and cheese with a big pan of this!
  • Anyone shopping the after Christmas sales? I am avoiding the mall, but I might do a little shopping online. I like this top, this sweater, this tunic, this sweater, and pajamas.
  • Any fun plans for New Year’s Eve? We are staying in with the boys, having a pizza party! It should be fun! We will probably be in bed by 10 which is fine by me:)
  • Be on the lookout for the Top 10 recipes from 2019 and our favorite recipes. I love doing these posts every year! Will share soon!
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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. Hi Maria and Josh – it’s Anne Gillem, Shelah Miner’s godmother. Just wanted to share that I made your cinnamon rolls for a big family brunch and they were devoured! The dough is so easy to work with and of course they are delicious! Happy new year to you all!

  2. Maria and Josh and sons,
    Merry Christmas!! All the best in 2020!! Beautiful Christmas pic:) I can’t wait to see what’s new next year;

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! I made Parry Rolls for the first time to enjoy on Christmas morning. Prepped them on Christmas Eve and baked Christmas morning. Yum! They turned out great! Question – do you use light brown or dark brown sugar? I’m thinking either would be fine but was wondering your preference. Thanks so much for sharing this treasured family recipe.

  4. Hi Maria – I love seeing your ideas for easy entertaining when family comes to visit. I find cooking for groups beyond my immediate family a bit daunting. Just curious, Do you make the food ahead of time or while your guests are with you? Enjoy! Happy New Year!

    1. I prep some things in advance but luckily my family likes to cook so we all have fun in the kitchen together!

  5. No solid plans for New Years yet – we might be streaming one of our favorite bands at a friend’s house since we can’t be there in person. Probably something low-key, which is fine with me after hosting Christmas. Can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

  6. hey girl -Great list- Hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year!! One of my gifts was your cookbook- yay so cool! I have made the choc. chip cookies- so yummy!!

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