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By Maria Lichty

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It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW This and ThatToday, we are sharing what’s new on the blog, some fun finds, and what we’ve been up to! Please leave a comment if you have any questions or you just want to say hi, we love hearing from you. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Baseball season is here. I am coaching Caleb’s team and Maxwell’s team so it’s going to be a busy spring.
  • Our ovens quit on us so we got new ones this week. We went with Sub Zero Wolf. We also got a new gas range top with a big griddle in the middle. I can’t wait to use it for grilled cheese, pancakes, French toast, and more.
  • I took the boys to see the new Mario movie. We liked it.
  • Have you been to Handel’s? Their coconut cream pie ice cream is really good.


  • New this week, a fun and delicious recipe, a dinner classic, and an easy weeknight meal.
  • Slides and sandals.
  • The boys gladly donated their Cadbury Mini Eggs from their Easter baskets so I could make one last batch of cookies.
  • Becoming your best self.
  • What is (or was) your favorite mall food? I rarely go to the mall, but I lived at the mall when I was a teenager. Soft pretzels were my favorite!
  • Classy summer shorts and basic stripes.
  • I am still watching Grey’s and it feels like a completely different show. Well, the drama is kind of the same, ha! I am not a quitter so I keep watching:)
  • I want to make these ASAP!
  • Weekend bag!
  • Do you sleep with white noise? Our boys use a sound machine, but I like the room QUIET.
  • Very into this salad.
  • I want this shirt in every color. Love this one too.
  • I’m going to the Warriors vs. Kings game in California with Josh this weekend and I can’t wait. Go Warriors!!
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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. hey y’all- great list! yummy food and cute clothes. I wish we had a Handel’s where I live in Oklahoma. Looks amazing!!

  2. When I signed up for your site, I was led to believe that I would get recipes for clean, eating or healthy recipes. That is not really the case. I’m quite disappointed.

    1. Sorry you are disappointed. We share healthy recipes and comforting, more indulgent recipes. We believe in balance!

  3. Handel’s is the best ice cream. It originated in my home town, Youngstown, OH. Enjoy. Butter pecan is one of my favorites. But I have several favorites Wish we had in NY, I miss them.

    1. Oh fun! There is new one by our house and I think we will be there all summer so we can try all of the flavors:)

  4. When I was in school (the 60’s) the only food places at the mall were Orange Julius, Topsy’s Popcorn & Cake Box bakery (where my sister worked). Our Macy’s, which was standalone, sold candy & pastries – their doughnuts were epic!

    1. Wondering if I can use malted milk balls instead of Cadbury candy (I’ve never tried them). Thanks

  5. If you’re coming to Sacramento I have all your food stops for you!
    1) Majka for pizza
    2) Faria for morning pastries
    3) Kau Kau for Hawaiian
    4) Fieldwork for beer (a wine bar, 58 degrees & holding, is around the corner)
    5) kin Thai street eatery for Thai
    6) ginger Elizabeth for for sweets (you have to go here!)
    7) The Rind for all things cheesy
    8) Temple, The Mill, or Chocolate Fish for coffee
    9) hook & ladder, Magpie, beast & bounty for something on the nicer side
    10) doughbot or milk & money for doughnuts
    11) bacon & butter for brunch
    12) Bambi vegan tacos for great vegan food
    13) kasbah for Mediterranean
    14) Estelle has pretty desserts and is right by the golden 1

    This is a little best of list, I hope you find some yummy food here in Sac! (Go Kings )

  6. Omg Handels! I grew up walking to their original location. You have to try Chocolate Pecan – it might be their most popular flavor (it at least certainly is in my family). My mom has almost gotten into a fight with someone in line over it when they were running low.