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(shout out to my cousin Abby for this photo of my dad and me)

Welcome to the 100th Nine Favorite Things post!! How on earth have I written 100 of these favorite’s posts? How on earth have you guys stuck around this long to read 100 of these favorite’s posts? Honestly, I have no idea, but this Sunday’s favorites post will for sure be our most exciting yet. Why? Because I’m sharing some very, very exciting news today (skip right down to favorite #1)! In addition, this post is packed with fun announcements, vacation photos, recipe videos, and all the links too.

It’s certainly a good one, which feels very appropriate for the 100th Favorite’s post!

I returned home from Costa Rica very late Wednesday night (technically it was Thursday am). I was so happy to take a hot shower and sleep in my own bed. Vacation is always fun, but there is really nothing like returning home, at least for me anyway. Home will always be my favorite place. I spent Thursday catching up on things, Friday cooking and photographing, and yesterday back on my computer. Hoping to take some time today to have a real Sunday. Hopefully, spend some time outside in this beautiful Colorado summer weather. Maybe even make this easiest summer cake as a and welcome back for my fam. What are you all up to this weekend?

Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be sharing a new summer pasta, the perfect chicken and rice bowl for busy nights, a fun noodle recipe, a refreshing peach cocktail, and something sweet to end the week. Loving these summer recipes!!

Lastly, if you missed anything from the past week, be sure to sign up for our newsletter here. Hope you’re all having the best weekend, and enjoy this Sunday’s Nine Favorite Things!

1. Half Baked Harvest SUPER SIMPLE!!


It’s finally here!! Well, almost…after two years of work, cookbook #2 is now available for preorder. The book officially arrives in stores and online on October 29th. If you follow on Instagram, you saw that I shared this news on Thursday. But I wanted to make the official announcement here on HBH as well!

I am SO EXCITED and SO NERVOUS, but mostly just excited. This book is GOOD! The title pretty much spells it all out. SUPER SIMPLE recipes, but also super delicious…and all brand new. Think fewer ingredients, fool-proof meal-prepping, easy entertaining, Instant Pot cooking, and everything in between. We’ll be sharing more details over the next few months. More about what’s inside HBH Super Simple, where book events will be held this fall, and so much more!

Now I just can’t wait for October. You can preorder on Amazon or check out our HBH SS cookbook page for other retailers and further details. Thank you to everyone who follows along with HBH. I’m so excited to give you a new cookbook that you can use every single day. And lastly, thank you for your amazing support throughout the years. I love this little HBH community we have, you guys truly feel like family!

2. Inspiring Me this week on Pinterest

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3. My Picks for Amazon Prime Day tomorrow…

4. Questions of the Week: 

q: I admire your hustle and work ethic, and consider you one of the BEST, what’s the hardest part?
a: Thank you!! Keeping up with it all! There are so many behind the scenes tasks involved with running HBH. The work literally never stops and there is always something that needs to be done. Taking breaks is so hard and shutting off is almost impossible. BUT I manage because I really love it and I can’t think of anything else I’d want to be doing!

q: What’s the best way to season a brand new cast iron skillet?
a: If your skillet has an enamel coating like Staub USA you don’t need to season it.

q: Would you ever do a behind the scenes of your shoots? Love your photography!
a: BTS are always so hard for me because it really is such a process from start to finish. What would you want to see most? Styling? Camera set up? Lighting? All of it?

q: What’s the most challenging part of running your own business?
a: Hiring and building out a team has been the hardest part! Finding the right people and managing them is certainly a whole new skill set! Second would be the constant work and feeling pressure (that I put on myself) to be always doing more. So balance is hard for me!

q: Cast iron or stainless pan? And why?
a: I am all about cast iron. For me personally, I think it makes the best tasting food and is the easiest to cook…and bake with. It’s pretty much all I use! @staub_usa is my go-to.

5. Newest Videos: 

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce…easy, fresh, super healthy, and also? addicting.

Honey, Peach, and Brie Panini with Bacon Butter…salty, savory, sweet, and all kinds of deliciousness.

Blueberry Chamomile Galette…It. Is. My. FAVORITE.

6. Photos from Costa Rica.

Well, what can I say, Costa Rica was certainly an adventure, as all Gerard family vacations are. It’s such a beautiful country and I had the best time with my family while enjoying the sunshine. We spent a lot of time at the beach, a day at Diamante Adventure park, and explored the town of Coco. I surely ate my weight in pineapple, plantains, and rice. I came home with more cocktail inspiration than I probably need. BUT, I’m excited to recreate a handful of really fun, tropical drinks.

The pictures really say it all, so…

7. A Few Links I Am Loving…

10 tips to look more expensive…when you’re on a budget.

7 tips for transforming your entryway…because sometimes we just need a refresh.

6 glorious ways to do corn on the cob…all the corn. please.

40 pitcher perfect cocktails for breezy bartending duty this summer…yum.

6 wellness steals to snatch on Amazon prime day...all for collagen.

3 reasons why gratitude will make you healthier…a must read.

fitness for summer…13 head to toe summer workout outfits.

Los Angeles’s best new hotels…the Firehouse hotel looks so cool.

the 5 top destinations for design lovers in August…would certainly love to visit Nantucket.

around the world in 80 sandwiches…all about a good summer sandwich. which are you?

17 genius apps will add more hours to your day…I especially need to use the “do not disturb”.

these restaurants define New York for me…from a Bon Appétit editor herself.

this is the only way to treat a sunburn, according to a dermatologist…good to know.

an insatiable collector’s south of France vacation home…so unique and beautiful.

8. My Favorite’s from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Summer Coconut Chickpea Curry with Rice and Fried Halloumi | halfbakedharvest.com #coconut #vegan #curry #easyrecipes #summer

Monday: summer coconut chickpea curry with rice and fried halloumi

Lemon Parmesan Salmon with Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad | halfbakedharvest.com #salmon #grillingrecipes #dinner

Tuesday: lemon parmesan salmon with corn, tomato, and avocado salad

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad | halfabkedharvest.com @hbharvest

Wednesday: italian tortellini pasta salad

Peach Caprese Salad with Toasted Garlic Naan | halfbakedharvest.com #salad #peaches #burrata

Thursday: peach caprese salad with toasted garlic naan

Brown Butter Lobster with Kale Pesto Polenta and Cherry Tomato Bacon Pan Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: brown butter lobster with kale pesto polenta and cherry tomato bacon pan sauce

Finally, check out all the past Favorite’s posts here.

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  1. Congratulations on your new cookbook! It’ll be such a fantastic endeavor for you. Love how your new cookbook is centered around simple and comforting recipes that are perfect for a family gathering or just a cozy night in. And Costa Rica, oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful! The pictures you took are exquisite–beaches, beautiful views, food, sunshine, and fun activities to do, probably had the most fantastic time there! The sunset and the waterfall pictures were absolutely divine <3

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