Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Corn Slaw.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
(I made my 6 ingredient tomato soup!)
Welcome back to yet another summer Sunday favorites post. We may only have a few weeks of summer left before fall sets in, but I’m soaking up these remaining dog days of summer. Well, at least that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s been challenging to keep my head above water later. Especially with the release of HBH Super Simple this October. But slowly and surely I am learning something new every day…I’m trying my hardest to work “smarter, not harder”.
Have you guys heard that one before?
I’ve listened to some of the people who I look up to most in the business world give this advice. I know it’s something I need to work to strive for every single day. Sometimes I do things the hard way, the long way, and the not smart way. Right now my biggest focus is learning to work smarter and not harder. This means hiring help, trying to build out an incredible HBH team, planning ahead, not being such a perfectionist all the dang time, not stressing out over the little things, not overthinking every single move I make, and just pushing forward. Let me tell you, it’s HARD. But when I start second-guessing myself, or working on a task that is not worth my time, or just plain being way too much of a perfectionist, I stop and say, work smarter, not harder.
Seems like such a simple thing to do, right? I’ve found it to be super helpful just to pause and reevaluate what I’m doing in the moment. It helps to redirect my thoughts and in-turn work smarter! No real reason in sharing this other than it’s what I’m currently thinking and working on!
If you guys have any tips for me, let me know. I truly love hearing your thoughts and ideas!
In other news, this week was all over the place. New recipes are coming, fall planning is in full force, and I’ve been working on bonus material and events for the cookbook’s release. I’m so excited for the months ahead!!
Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be sharing a new instant pot recipe that’s great for summer, but even better for the busy fall nights ahead. We’ve got something sweet and cheesy switching things up on Tuesday. A new go-to skillet salmon that takes minutes to make. A delicious one-pot meal that’s perfect for using up the summer corn. And we’ll be ending the week on a very sweet and buttery note. I couldn’t be more excited to share!
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, soaking up the end of summer sunshine. And of course, enjoying this Sunday’s Nine Favorite Things!
1. Inspiring Me on Pinterest.
(photos via pinterest)
Question: what inspired you this week?
2. Catching up on Instagram…and Other Things.
I know so many of you who read HBH daily also follow along on Instagram, but I wanted to do a quick update on everything I’ve been sharing on IG. Instagram has really become the space where I am able to easily share new recipes, how-to videos, behind the scenes actions, and so much more! I LOVE interacting and talking with you all through comments and DM’s. I know I say this often, but it’s my FAVORITE.
So, Instagram stories. I have been sharing so much on my stories lately. A few recipe highlights include…
The ever so popular blueberry basque cheese, which I have now made sooo many times. It’s just so easy and a real show-stopper!
I made the jammy cherry tomato pasta with crispy rosemary lemon chickpeas and gave you all my secrets for getting EXTRA crisp chickpeas.
I baked up this easy, healthy…ish sneaky zucchini chocolate chunk coconut bread. It’s a favorite, and certainly, a great way to rid yourself of any extra zucchini you may have.
And finally, my heirloom tomato cheddar tart with everything spice. I make this every year. Obsessed with this recipe.
Make sure you are following along on stories. Most of the recipes I’ve been sharing, I also make step-by-step on my Stories. I made the healthy coconut tart this past Friday, and also my favorite tomato soup. It’s so much fun to cook with you guys and I love that IG stories easily allows me to do so.
Other recent stories have included videos and photos like the ones below…
Also! Many of you had been asking about a way to save your favorite HBH recipes and we now have that feature available. You may have noticed, but at the bottom every recipe there is a “save to recipe box” button. Just click this button twice and you’ll be able to save all your favorite HBH recipes in one place. It’s so easy to use and super convenient for accessing your most loved HBH recipes. Please let us know what you think! We want to make sure HBH is working amazingly for YOU guys.
Thing one…very excited to share that Food and Wine has included Half Baked Harvest Super Simple on their list of 18 Essential New Cookbooks for Fall 2019. YEAH! So honored to be on this incredible list and cannot wait to share HBH Super Simple with you all this October. If you haven’t ordered yet, you can pre-order your copy now on Amazon! We have lots of fun stuff coming your way this fall!
Thing two…In addition to Instagram stories, we have also been releasing new HBH Presents videos on IGTV every week. This past week my video with Lauren and Hannah from The Little Market went live. I think this might be my favorite video yet. So much fun cooking with these two! Make sure you grab the recipe for the Paloma Mocktail over on Lauren Conrad.com and watch the full video below or on IGTV!
Question: We are planning more HBH Presents videos for the fall, what would you like to see more of with these videos? Any special guests you would love to see me cook with? Any recipes you’re dying to watch me create? Please let me know!
PS. If you want to catch up on all the IGTV videos, you can watch them all right here.
3. Early Fall Decor and Kitchen Finds…
Because I just can’t help but be excited for my favorite season to arrive. Here are some of the decor and kitchen finds I found at Terrian.
4. Questions of the Week:
q: #1 thing you want in your kitchen right now?
a: This is super specific, but I am dying to replace the white panel in the back of this cupboard with either vintage wood or a hand-painted wood panel. Working to think up something super pretty. Any ideas?
q: What was the hardest part about starting your own business?
a: It’s mine, so at the end of the day everything falls on my shoulders. It’s a lot to handle, 24/7 work, pressure, basically non-stop. I’ve had to learn a lot about “business” and am still very much trying to learn to trust myself and my decisions. The hardest part though has been building out a team. I’m so used to doing it all, so managing others is a bit over my head. Slowly but surely I am learning!
q: Have you had any bad cooking injuries?
a: 1. Almost burnt my eyebrows off last fall while making caramel. Not fun. 2. Sliced the edge of my finger off pretty good. Also not fun
q: Will you post regular versions of your Instant Pot recipes, please? I don’t have an Instant Pot.
a: Just FYI, with all the instant pot recipe I share, and any of the IP recipes in the new cookbook, I give an instant pot option, stovetop option, and most of the time, a slow cooker option too. I get that not everyone has every latest appliance, so I really try to make recipes easily adaptable for everyone!
q: What should I get first…a food processor or a KitchenAid Mixer?
a: If you love to bake, get the mixer, but if you only cook, for sure get the food processor
5. Newest Videos:
Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes…video says it all. These are the BEST.
Herbed Butter Heirloom Tomato Pizza…the end of summer pizza we all should be making
6. A few Back To School Recipes.
30 minute butter chicken meatballs
homemade chicken noodle casserole
instant pot chipotle cheddar corn chowder
weeknight 30 minute coconut curry chicken meatballs
broccoli cheese quesadilla with chipotle sauce
better than takeout sweet thai basil chicken
buttery pull apart whole wheat potato rolls
fruit roll ups…for back to school!
sneaky zucchini chocolate chunk coconut bread
the best chocolate chip peanut butter swirled cookie bars
double the streusel apple butter bars
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
how oils have totally transformed my skin…yes. yes. yes. love oils.
3 design ideas to bookmark from Shea McGee’s cozy new office…love this simple, cozy look.
The El Paso challenge – 22 acts of kindness…free hugs for all.
everything a co-founder of a vegan restaurant has in her kitchen…because I love looking into other people’s kitchens.
why to visit Providencia, the last remaining Caribbean island you’ve never heard of…well now I must go.
the 11 most beautiful national-park hotels in the U.S…would love to visit the smoky mountains.
Sophie Jaffe’s post-beach hydrating smoothie recipe…this sounds so good.
the 8 fall trends to shop now…certainly excited for fall fashion.
10 feel-better tricks and immune boosters…what to do if you’re feeling a cold come on.
the best gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookies…so tempted to try these.
8 essential tools to master meal prepping…for back to school, back to work, back to real life.
the Nora Ephron tomato sauce I Make every year…if you have a ton of tomatoes.
these 13 buildings redefined architecture in the past 5 years...simply amazing.
Anastasia Soare’s hilltop estate Is a design playground…wow, so pretty.
we can guess your phones battery percentage based on the desserts you want to eat…mine was ah, very accurate.
8. Transitional dresses for a late Summer wedding….
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Monday: souper creamy lemon butter cheesy zucchini orzo
Tuesday: sicilian style salmon with garlic broccoli and tomatoes
Wednesday: better than takeout thai drunken noodles
Thursday: corn, tomato, and avocado chickpea salad
Friday: spicy pesto and cheese stuffed zucchini involtini
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.
How do you find you saved recipes? Love that you can create a recipe box!
Hi Mary! Just hover your mousse over the “recipes” tab at the top of the HBH page. A drop down tab will then appear that says’ “recipe box”. Click that! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you! xTieghan
For HBH Presents, my guest suggestion is Sammy Moniz (@sammymoniz) from @FeedingTheFrasers . Other content suggestions would be: decorating for fall and/or Halloween and something locally grown and fall/colder weather vegetable recipes. When you are ready for fall that is!
Thank you Stephanie! xTieghan
One thing that helps me when I’m feeling overwhelmed and like everything needs to be perfect is reminding myself that “done is better than perfect.”
Thank you so much Natasha! xTieghan
Enough with the vintage wood. That cabinet would look cool with a handpainted background that resembled moroccan tile.
To each their own! xTieghan
Oh all that food looks fantastic.
I make that size mistake all the time as well!
Thank you Hena! xTieghan
You have fabulous whole heart recipes, love your site and your photographs are beautiful. Please add me if you send out emails.
Hi Joan! You can add yourself to the email list on the homepage of my website! It is at the bottom right. Please let me know if you need any assistance or have any questions! xTieghan
I really look foreward to reading your favorite things each week.It is fun seeing a slice of your world. Beautiful pictures and great inspiration for things to try during the week. Now I am torn between the two meatball one you posted, which one first!
Thank you so much Frances! Which ever one you choose first, I hope you love it!! xTieghan
When I was teaching, I seemed to constantly be using the “work smarter, not harder” manta with my student teachers. I always felt that the first thing they needed to learn was how to teach a concept or present a lesson in a way that would reach all the various learning styles. I always encouraged them to stop and think about the big picture before going about the work of organizing for a lesson…what do you want to accomplish and what would be the most efficient way to do that.
I remember one young woman telling me she spent hours cutting out some item that she ended up using for less than a minutes during the lesson. Clearly, she did not internalize the smarter not harder way of thinking.
I honestly use the “smarter not harder” way of thinking in just about every task I tackle in my everyday life. It really works.
I agree! I really admire that you teach that to people who look up to you.. that is so amazing! Thank you so much Nancy! xTieghan
Such informative post today, so many new projects, so exciting for the fall ( and sad for summer, I don’t want it to end.. summer went too fast!). Love all the new projects that you are doing, and that “save the recipe” idea just genius! For couple of weeks I’ve been thinking that you need to dedicate a day where you go back and remind us of al the recipes that you have out there. I know that you do that sometimes, but I think it should be on the weekly base– you create so much and I never go back..
Also, you asked about who you should team up with.. Do you happen to know Danielle Walker from Against All Grain? She is another blogger who I follow religiously and have all the cookbooks from, she has a series “Feeding Friendships”. Maybe you guys can get together? I Love you BOTH so much!
Ooo that would be so cool! I will definitely look into that and her! Thank you Nikki! xTieghan
I’m focused on getting out of debt so haven’t read Nine Favorite Things in ages because you post such tempting things.
Maybe you could use the giant vase to make a batch of sauerkraut or kombicha, or play hide and seek with your sister and hide in it?
I’d love to see more recipes without cheese. I’m trying to consume less dairy and eggs, which can be difficult with all your lovely cheesy recipes.
I like cheese on my salads and am cutting it out but looking for tasty options to add.
Why yes, I am clicking on Amazon because I need to eat so I need to cook…
Thank you so much Nan! I hope you are doing well! xTieghan
I adore looking at other peoples kitchens and there’s not enough of that online but this article did not answer any of the questions I had ?! It was just pictures ?!
Hey Laura, which article are you referring to exactly? I linked to a few!
Thanks for sharing this Teighan – work smarter not harder, is easier said than done! I can imagine how a lot of times you really cant give up your obsession with planning everything and being perfect, which is why I also get a lot of anxiety. But slowly I am realising over time, how it really IS okay to just let things be sometimes. Have been listening to many podcasts and reading some anxiety related articles lately which is a bit helpful. Rest of the time, I just take a small break from blogging and computer time and rather try recipes from other bloggers – I posted the entire tutorial for your amazing recipe for street corn and avocado “mayo” and got so many readers asking me about it. Of course I had tagged you in every post thanking you for the genius recipe but it just made me so happy! Your recipes are so different and they work out every time. Keep up the good work and never stop inspiring us.
I am so glad you posted that, thank you! It is such a great idea to take some time off and try other peoples recipes! Thank you so much Sheenam! xTieghan