Nine Favorite Things 9 | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

{picking lilacs on a summer night}

Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post!

Happy Fathers Day!! What are you all up today? After spending Friday in Aspen for the Food and Wine Classic (which was amazing, more or that later this week), I decided to lay low on Saturday and get some work done and then spend the rest of the day outside. I am so low-key it’s insane, but that’s kind of my perfect Saturday. Not sure what’s in store for today, but I am definitely going to be making my dad a fun dinner and a yummy dessert. Thinking about one of his favorite recipes, Cuban Grilled Salmon and Buster Bars for dessert! What are your guys making today?

We’ve never been big on Father’s Day gifts, most because my dad literally hates gifts. Anyones else’s dad the same way? I feel like it’s kind of a typical dad thing? I’m hoping we can all have a good dinner and hang together. My brothers are all in town at the moment, just missing Creighton and Brendan…ok so I guess that’s not really all of them, but when you are one of seven kids, it’s pretty good to only be missing two!

Coming up this week I have some fun 4th of July recipes, pasta, and one of my favorite cake recipes yet! I’ll be spending the week working on upcoming recipes for the blog, as well as filming some new videos, so be sure to follow along on Instagram for some behind the scenes fun! OH, and I am SO sorry for missing Facebook Live this week, it was just too much to get in with being in Aspen all day on Friday. BUT, I will be back this Friday. What recipe would you guys like to see? Let me know!

Okok and with that, here are my nine favorites this week!

RECENT VIDEOS

1. Before starting this post, I procrastinated for a good ten minutes or so watching Miley Cyrus on Jimmy Fallon. I know, I know, seriously? But you guys, I grew up with Miley. She is less than a year older than me and as a kid I loved her. I mean, Hannah Montana anyone? Ummm, Disney anyone? <–I loved all the pre-teen shows and the Disney movies. Anyway, I totally lost interest in her when she was in her “crazy” phase, so I have been loving her new, mellower vibe. I cannot believe I am admitting this, but her new song Malibu has been on repeat in my kitchen when I am cooking. When she revealed that she quit smoking marijuana it made me so happy. I love that she wants to have a clear head and focus on what she loves most. OKok and also, does anyone else think she and Liam Hemsworth are the cutest? Yes, I am a total dork.

2. Did you guys read about this whole Amazon buying Whole Foods thing? My family and I use Amazon Prime daily. It’s been a lifesaver since we moved to the mountains and don’t have easy access to a lot of stores. I am really excited to see how Amazon and Whole Foods partner. Hoping for that 5 minute delivery!

3. Summer officially starts this Tuesday and even though it’s felt like summer for that last two weeks, I am excited for it to be official! With the sun shinning, it has me thinking sunscreen, sunscreen, SUNSCREEN. I got so burnt on my last trip to San Diego that I’m not letting that happen again. My skin is super sensitive (I did use 30 sunscreen…and reapplied several times!), so I loved this post on the 9 best summer sunscreens.

PS. here are five of my most favorite summer recipes that are currently on the blog.

Summer Garden Guacamole

Summer Garden Guacamole | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata + Toast

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata + Toast | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Summer Abundance Salad

Summer Abundance Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

No Churn Ice Cream 5 Ways

No Churn Ice Cream 5 Ways | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

4. YOU GUYS! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but my family is headed to MEXICO in 11 days (I’m not counting down or anything). Yes, Mexico, the land of blue waters, tequila, and tacos! I don’t know if any of you remember, but my family went to La Playa del Carmen in Mexico last year. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the trip because I was up to my ears working on the cookbook. It was pretty hard to miss out on all the fun, so I am excited to be going this year…even if it’s for a little shorter time than everyone else. We are headed to Puerto Vallarta and I am excited to explore! Has anyone ever been? Any suggestion and what we need to see, do, eat, drink? Let me know in the comments!

5. New videos:

Salty Peanut Butter S’more Ice Cream Cake –> this is summer in ice cream cake form…and SO good.

Simple Roasted Red Pepper Pasta –> with BURRATA. Nothing Better.

Caprese Burrata Garlic Bread –> any day is better with marinated tomatoes, basil, burrata, and toasted bread.

PS. here are five of my most favorite summer recipes that are currently on the blog.

6. I am working on a home project (I promise, more on this very, very, very soon) and have been scouring the internet and Pinterest for inspiration. Here are a few links that I loved.

How to Get That Effortless Expensive California Casual Look, On a Budget –> this post is everything. Not only does it provide amazing and affordable sources for home goods, but it’s also and incredibly honest and raw post. I HIGHLY recommend reading it all the way through.

The 7 Keys to Making Your Foyer Five Star Worthy –> the 5th photo is my FAVORITE. Those rugs are gorgeous.

This kitchen and this tile –> LOVE.

7. The 5 Most Beautiful Crudités Plates from LA Hotspots –> I love crudités more than anything. Next time I’m in LA, I will be visiting all of these eateries.

8. Style Find of The Week: loving this summery dress.

9. This week’s dinners: 

Monday: Cauliflower Al Pastor Tacos

Cauliflower Al Pastor Tacos | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday (hello SUMMER): Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad with Savory Granola

Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad with Savory Granola | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Wednesday: Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls

Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Thursday: 20 Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken with Mango-Nectarine Salsa

20 Minute Grilled Jerk Chicken with Mango-Nectarine Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: BLT and Potato Chip Lobster Rolls with Peach Salsa

BLT and Potato Chip Lobster Rolls with Peach Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Bonus Summer Baked Treat: Honey Strawberry Peach Pie

Honey Strawberry Peach Pie | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Check out all the past Favorites posts here.