This and That


1. Caleb watched the show Ridiculousness on MTV for the first time and he loved it. He was cracking up the entire time and said, “I love that show, it is a great show.” I am glad he has my sense of humor.

2. This guy is unreal.

3. If you have kids watch this for sure, if  you don’t have kids it is still worth a watch.

4. Funny notes from kids.

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5. I checked on Caleb before I went to bed the other night and this is how he was laying with his monkey. Best friends forever.

6. I am still on crutches. Saturday will be two weeks since I tore my MCL. I might try to go off the crutches this weekend. I just have to feel it out. I really am sick of using them.


1. Thanks for all of your comments on last week’s This and That post. You guys come out of the woodwork:) We are glad so many of you enjoy our weekly ramblings! This and That is here to stay!

2. I haven’t been sleeping much. Pregnancy and a nasty cough are keeping me up all night. I try to fall back asleep, but most nights I end up going downstairs so I don’t wake Josh up. I started watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix. It’s kind of cheesy, but good enough to keep me entertained in the middle of the night. And Jason Street from Friday Night Lights is in it, so that’s a bonus:)

3. While we are on the topic of Netflix, I have to talk about House of Cards. Season 2 comes out on February 14th and I can’t wait. If you haven’t watched Season 1, you still have time to get caught up! Robin Wright just won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama. She is so good in the show!

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4. I’ve been sipping on Throat Coat tea. It soothes a soar throat in no time. I think it has magical powers.

5. Sundance Film Festival starts today in Park City. I am going up on Saturday to check things out. Here is a preview at some of the films. I wish I had time to see them all!

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6. A pan of baked sweet potato fries is totally acceptable for lunch!

7. I’ve been craving citrus fruits like crazy! I think I will make this salad for lunch and this cake for dessert. It’s all about balance.

8. I’m already stressing out about where our new baby will sleep. We only have a 3 bedroom house and one bedroom is downstairs. I really don’t want to put Caleb downstairs by himself. We’ve thought about having the kids share a room, but that might be difficult at first. I like the idea of this bed/crib setup, but I can just see Caleb jumping into the crib and smashing the baby:) I better keep thinking of a solution:)

9. Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties. Maybe I will try these for lunch instead of my pan of fries. It’s nice to mix things up!

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10. There’s nothing better than watching a show on the iPad and snuggling with your favorite monkey.

11. I need a plate of these peanut butter cookies and a glass of milk!

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. Is he still in the crib? Kay is…she never really tries to climb out soooo…we’ve just kept it. Sweet potato fries definitely make an awesome lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, Caleb is still in his crib. He’s tried to climb out a few times, but he is always too scared to jump down! I am glad we don’t have to worry about transitioning to a bed yet!

  2. I love Ridiculouesness! My Dad and daughter used to watch America’s Funniest Videos and would laugh so hard at that show, which kind of reminds me of Ridiculousness. Ridiculousness is much cooler though ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My kids (boy and a girl) shared their room until my daughter was 10. My son totally blocked out the crying, etc with no problem actually. It worked out great for us.

  4. I’m not saying this to worry you until your hair falls out: My little sister and I didn’t share a room and I (3 years okd) still snuck into her crib. I read her stories and let her under my blanket with me, and cut her hair once. Minor detail… But in all defense I’m sure she needed that hair cut and Im sure my mom needed a minor heart attack. . Maybe boys are different? Anyways, I’m sure it was just me (I would still cut her hair in bed again…16 years later. ) Anyhoooo congratulations and Im sure it will work out for you. Maybe all I needed was to be in the same room as my sister! Don’t hate me for telling you. Pleeeease.

    PS I’m making sweet potatoe fries tonight. Inspired by you! So thank you.

  5. Throat Coat really is magical!

    And House of Cards is AMAZING – I live in Baltimore (where it is filmed) and on top of being a fantastic show – I adore seeing places that I walk past every day (and when they were filming the second season, I may or may not have obsessed for days on how I could possibly meet Kevin Spacey and/or Robin Wright without being arrested ๐Ÿ™‚ – they actually filmed a scene a block from my apartment building and the trailers were lining the alley to my parking lot – there were guards posted who almost didn’t let me park my car! So much fun!

  6. Torn MCL, colds and pregnancy (which don’t go well together! It’s hard enough to sleep pregnant!!) You guys have had a rough couple of weeks! I love going up to Park City during the film festival. You never know who you will see! I hope your cold goes away and the MCL starts to heal!

  7. We had the same problem – 2 bedrooms up and 2 down. My son was 2 when our twins were born. We kept the twins in our room until they were around 5 months, but all three shared a room and still do. They all sleep through anything. We were concerned about our older son putting blankets or other stuffed animals in their cribs when they were babies, so we got a video monitor. He never did, but it puts your mind at ease.

  8. I totally craved citrus fruits when I was pregnant with my twins. My third I craved candy…gummy bears, jelly beans, anything sugar. I much preferred the citrus cravings. Congratulations on your exciting news!

  9. When our 3rd bedroom was downstairs, we kept the baby in a bassinet in our room as long as we could handle it (especially for nightly feedings), but then we put the baby downstairs instead of our older child. They don’t know the difference and you can hear with monitors.

  10. When we had our second daughter, she slept in our room in a bassinet for about 1 month and then went in the same room with my 2-year-old. I worried that they would have trouble sleeping together, but my oldest slept through everything. I’d try it before ruling anything out. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  11. Maria

    First of all – Congratulations!

    I love the bed/crib combo you pinned on Pinterest. I agree Caleb will feel better on the same floor of bedrooms as you and Josh and the baby.
    I think the bed combo you pinned is beautiful and given what a bright little boy Caleb seems to be, I think he will grasp quickly that the new furniture is special for the beautiful bedroom that gets to share with the baby.

    If you play up to him that he gets to be a role model for the baby and part of that is treating things appropriately (ie furniture is for sitting, sleeping etc. and climbing, jumping etc is for the playground (swing set/something we do outside – you can fill in that part of the explanation with whatever or wherever he loves to do that kind of stuff).

    I think you will be surprised how much Caleb will embrace the concept of the proper uses if things in surroundings and he will love demonstrating them to his new baby brother or sister.

    He will be a great big brother and what fun you all will have as a family!

  12. We had our first home like yours with a bedroom downstairs. We had a boy first and a girl second and they both did very well together . When our daughter was first born she slept in a bassinet in our room. Then after a few months when she was sleeping thru the night we put them together. Once you feel better you will figure out what will work for you .

  13. Congrats on expecting another bundle of joy! 2014 will be a busy year! A few things: I am also a FNL junkie, one of the best tv series ever. I will have to try House of Cards. Also, I think you are having a girl since you are craving citrus. Just a guess. Time will tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for sharing those sweet potato recipes . . . can’t have too many!

  14. Hope you’re off crutches soon Josh!
    I personally would keep the baby in my room in a bassinet until s/he is old enough to start sleeping better, then I would move the baby in with Caleb. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you will figure out what will work for you family though. So excited for the new addition !

  15. I had to smile at the thought of Caleb jumping into the crib. . . We had 3 kids in 4 1/2 years, and in one house we initially put the crib in the den. I heard a loud cry from the baby and ran in to find her on the floor with the 2-year-old having climbed in somehow and lifted her out of the crib. Never did figure out how the 2-year-old got in there. Fortunately — very fortunately — nobody was hurt. Gave me more gray hair. Good luck with the decision, I am sure you will figure it out, but I agree it is not easy always to consider what everybody needs.

  16. I love house of cards! My husband is impatient for it to come back on. I got him hooked on it last year. I was surprisingly hooked on it despite it being about politics. I love how Caleb loves that monkey. It is so adorable. I hope you are able to get off crutches soon, those are no fun to be on.

  17. I watched Hart of Dixie when Marcus was in China one time and I couldn’t sleep. Anything to keep you entertained in the middle of the night. Cheesy but had some moments.

    When do you find out what you are having?

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