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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 great day!

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  • Happy 4th of July. We always start the holiday with this breakfast and then go to our neighborhood parade.
  • The boys want to see the new Despicable Me. Has anyone seen it yet?
  • We went boating with friends and it was a blast. The sunset was pretty awesome too.
  • I love these shirts for summertime.


  • On the blog this week, my new favorite salad and a festive recipe for the Fourth of July.
  • Speaking of the Fourth, any fun plans? I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you need last minute recipe ideas, go HERE!
  • I attended Guy Ritchie’s WildKitchen at The Lodge at Blue Sky and it was incredible. The scenery, setting, food, and company were perfection! For dessert, we had this olive oil cake that was DIVINE. I am still dreaming about it:) See more in my video HERE.
  • This dress is on sale and going in my cart NOW!
  • I enjoyed this book. I am going to start this one! What are you reading?
  • I am sad Klay Thompson is no longer with the Golden State Warriors. The end of an era!
  • I love these for entertaining and decorating.
  • The Madewell sale and J.Crew sale are good!
  • I started the new season of The Bear, but is slooooow! I hope it picks up soon.
  • I love these shorts for summer and they are on sale! There is a matching shirt too.
  • I love the idea of a travel-inspired dinner party.
  • Our raspberries are ripe. I pick a big bowl every day. Here are a few of my favorite raspberry recipes: muffins, cake, and brownies. They are also good with yogurt or vanilla ice cream! YUM!
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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. If you like The Islanders try The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zenter and if you like Recipe for a Charmed Life try All Stirred Up by Brianne Moore. Both from my top ten list!
    I have been following your work since it was only online — a blog with recipes and so nice to see you and all your accomplishments! So many of your recipes are part of my repertoire and I love this weekly newsletter! Keep up the good work and Thank you!!

  2. The Bear is an experiential show, meant to evoke emotions and showcase the marvelous acting. It isn’t like Suits, designed to move fast with plot. Breathe. Thank you for This and that. Enjoy it. Happy 4th.

    1. I know, I just wish it was a little faster. It is picking up a little. I do love the show.

  3. hey y’all- Happy 4th! Love the pic of the sunset- oh so pretty! Yummy food and cute clothes. Have a wonderful day!!

  4. I enjoy your email. It’s like we are distant family comparing recipes, sales, and what’s going on your family.

  5. Is that your smoker? Looks amazing! I will be making your Chicken Chile Verde (Intstant pot) version this weekend – it’s my family’s favorite (and perfect when it is 100+ outside!)

    1. No, it was the oven from the WildKitchen dinner I attended at The Lodge at Blue Sky. It was SO cool. I need an outdoor kitchen like that:)

  6. That dinner sounds amazing! My dream is to go to Blue Sky someday. I am jealous of your raspberries. Enjoy for me!

    1. You definitely should visit. The Lodge at Blue Sky is dreamy and the WildKitchen dinner was so special. I wish I could share my raspberries:)