Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
The past few days have been all about prepping and planning for Autumn. Yes, I know, it’s only the beginning of August. None of us are ready to start talking fall just yet. But the thing about working in the content creation world? You have to plan ahead and always be jumping back and forth from season to season. With the busiest few months ahead of us (I think the next few months through the end of the year are going to be my busiest ever), I’m trying my best to get organized and put some new systems (and team members!) in place so that the fall and holiday season will be a little less chaotic.
As I mentioned last week, we have a photoshoot here at the studio barn in early September, followed by my brother’s wedding in mid-September, the cookbook launch in October, trips to NYC and LA in November, and then back to NYC in December. And um, yes, the holidays too! It’s going to be amazing, so much fun, and all incredible. I’m truly so excited, but I also know that if I don’t get organized now, things could get a little too crazy and overwhelming. Yesterday I actually shot my first holiday dinner of the season, and today is all about fall planning! Honestly? I’m not ready for this at all. In truth, I want nothing more than for it to be August as long as possible. Long live summer, right?
But this is where my head needs to be at the moment!
In other news, most of my family is in Southern California soaking up their summer sunshine. I’ve pretty much demanded that my dad not return back to Colorado without fresh figs. They are especially hard to find, and I seriously need them.
Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll have a new zucchini recipe that’s healthy and delicious. I’ll be sharing something herby and great for breakfast. Then on to a new summer salad and my most favorite chicken recipe that I’ve created in a while. Of course, I’ll finish up the week as usual, with the sweetest (no-bake) dessert that’s so pretty and vegan too. Can’t wait to share!
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1. Inspiring Me on Pinterest…the Wedding Cake Edition.
Somehow I was talked into making the wedding cake for my brother’s wedding next month. And when I say cake, I actually mean 3 cakes…
Not joking, Brendan and Lyndsie love my cakes and obviously when they asked I couldn’t decline. They also asked for smaller layer cakes so that they could have a few flavors instead of a massive (and probably dry) cake. Ok, smaller cakes, I can do that!
Did I mention they invited 250+ to the wedding? Therefore, I may or may not be stressing…just a little bit.
BUT, I’m excited too, and I need your help. First, what 3 cakes should I go with flavor-wise? We are thinking my coconut layer cake, blackberry lavender naked cake, and of course, chocolate cake. Oh, and Brendan especially loves peanut butter, so I may just need to make some of my peanutty treats too. Enter the wide-eye stressed out emoji face here. Send help!
Question: What flavors would you guys pick? I’m going for a very dainty cake with a wildflower garden feel.
(photos via pinterest)
Let me know your favorites!
2. My Top 10 Late Summer Peach Recipes…
3. Current Favorite Kitchen Finds from Crate and Barrel…
4. Questions of the Week:
q: Are you thinking of doing any pumpkin/pumpkin spice recipes this fall?
a: OF COURSE. Fall is my favorite! Who else is excited!?! I’m still loving summer but have already begun creating my autumn recipes. What do you want to see?
q: Do you feel bad when you test a recipe and it didn’t work and the ingredients are wasted? a: Not really because we don’t waste it! Usually, I’m not making anything that is so bad that it’s not even edible. Between family, friends, and neighbors most of the food gets eaten. We freeze a lot and anything we can’t eat goes to our local church.
q: Would you rather give up tomatoes recipes for a year or pasta recipes for a year?
a: Love tomatoes SO much, but no pasta for a year? Nope. I’d surely, give up the tomatoes…I don’t think I could live without pasta!
q: What surprising things have you learned on your journey to be a great cook/author/blogger?
a: That my recipes have really impacted so many of you in such a positive way. There are nights when I go through messages (yes I go through my DMs) and am in awe of how a certain recipe brought people together, or turned their day around, or helped them out of a funk, or was the hit of the party. It’s so amazing and it still shocks me…but makes me so happy.
q: Did you go to culinary classes or are you self taught?
a: Self-taught. Unless you count google…which I still use. Every single day.
5. Newest Videos:
Pan-Fried Feta with Peppered Honey…video pretty much says it all. delicious.
Blackberry Lavender Cobbler…for your summer Sunday baking needs.
Lemon Parmesan Salmon with Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad…best summer dinner that is easy and healthy too.
6. Currently Loving and Wanting…
loving…this rug I just got for the studio barn and am so excited about.
wanting…these Frye sneakers, but I’m super worried I will dirty them in the first hour.
loving…these dried flowers and just ordered way too many for upcoming shoots.
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
the kitchen tools our fave foodies can’t live without…can you guess which is mine?
5 signs you are self-sabotaging and how to finally quit…this is ME. my whole life.
Joanna Gaines’ new library radiates old-world charm…and it could not be prettier.
inside Margot Robbie’s homey new L.A. LuckyChap Entertainment Office…especially love the laid back feel of this office space.
the top 8 clean beauty products at Sephora…love RMS Beauty.
inside fashion designer Ulla Johnson’s bohemian brownstone…such a light-filled home.
why starchy veggies are good for gut health…all the more reason to eat those potatoes.
10 easy habits that will make you happier and healthier…all about identifying those areas of negativity.
the 10 minute yoga flow to help improve balance and posture…I especially need this.
Pottery Barn’s Newest Collection with Emily and Merrit…love this so much.
6 weeknight dinner ideas that can be served in 30 minutes…perfect for back to school time.
we can guess your favorite pizza topping based on the cookies you choose…ahh, I got bacon, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
8. The Dainty Jewelry I’m Really Into Right Now…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Thursday: 6 ingredients creamy roasted tomato soup
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.