Nine Favorite Things.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
Happy Sunday! I’m writing today’s Favorite’s post late Friday night, after a 16+ hour day in the kitchen working on wedding cakes. To say that I baked a lot of cakes would be an understatement. And yet I still have some to finish up in the morning before the wedding kicks off. In an effort to streamline the baking process and keep the cakes extra delicious, I ended up sticking with three flavors. I baked so many batches of my lemon coconut layer cake, chocolate peanut butter cake, and last fall’s chai pumpkin cake. It bummed me out that I couldn’t do more flavors, but seeing as I’m only one human, I did my best. I can’t say I’m madly in LOVE with every cake, but I will say I’m very pleased I didn’t have any huge disasters throughout the baking and decorating process.
I’ll have to share all the final details this week, but all in all, I’d say the wedding cakes were a success. Not perfect by any means, but hey, nothing’s ever perfect. I’m accepting them for what they are and calling it all a success.
In an effort to actually get to bed at all tonight, I’m keeping today’s favorite post very short and sweet. But back to normalcy next week.
And speaking of next week, here’s what’s coming up on HBH. We’ll be starting Monday off with a warming new autumn pasta, then we’ll share a fun post full of my favorite autumn recipes. On Wednesday we’ll move on to a new harvest salad. In addition, we’ll have a new mushroom recipe that’s a twist on an old school classic. And finally, on Friday we’ll be finishing the week up with a sweet autumn dessert that’s chocolatey and SO GOOD.
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Above all, have a great Sunday and enjoy these golden September days! PS. what are you cooking and baking today? Anything fun for fall?
1. Inspiring Me on Pinterest This Week.
(photos all found via Pinterest)
2. Autumn dinners…perfect for Sunday night.
bonus bread: swirled garlic herb bread
3. My Favorite Soup Bowls…
Because it’s almost October, and October is the beginning of soup weather.
4. Questions of the Week:
q: What’s your go-to recipe? The ones that everyone loves?
a: The super simple ones!! So certainly the gumbo that’s in my new cookbook (out October 29th), my beer bread, harvest salad, slow cooker butter chicken, my lasagnas, chili (making some today!), any of my pastas, and my cakes…or cookies!
q: Would you do a holiday recipe series?
a: What does this mean exactly? I LOVE the holidays and have really fun things planned for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. But I’m curious what you guys are looking for most when it comes to holiday content? Easy recipes? Menu guides? Party tips/prep tips? Gift ideas? Fun desserts? Drinks?
q: Favorite meal to make when you have company? Something simple, but impressive?
a: Above all, I really love to do lasagna or similar baked pasta. If feeding a lot of people I can make 2-3 ahead of time and then have them baking while guests arrive. I can also do one vegetarian, one meat-based, and then something fun and different if making a 3rd. This way there’s a main course option for everyone!
q: Do you ever go out to eat or always cook at home?
a: When in Colorado we almost never go out. I’m constantly making new recipes so it just doesn’t make sense. But when traveling, yes!
5. Newest Videos:
Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos with Ranch Slaw…truly quick, easy, saucy and perfect.
Pesto Polenta with Thyme-Roasted Mushrooms and Chickpeas…perfect dinner to slowly ease into the cooler days ahead.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette…not your average boring salad.
6. Something fun for Halloween.
I got Jack Skeleton and you know, it wouldn’t be my first pick, but it’s kind of growing on me.
Sooooo….what did you get and what are you going to be for Halloween this year?
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
these country homes will have you dreaming of the simple life…when can I move in?
the best pumpkin products you’ll find at Trader Joe’s this fall...I especially love that pumpkin butter.
psst Trader Joe’s just released a ton of new fall items…if you really LOVE Trader Joe’s…and pumpkin.
7 architecturally inspired runway set designs from New York fashion week…my favorite was Ralph Lauren.
5 retailers that will reward you for recycling your old clothes…how could you not love this?
crisp gnocchi with brussels sprouts and brown butter…this. sounds. so good.
8 fall candles to burn…if you’ve had it up to here with pumpkin spice.
six rising stars in the design world to know now…if you love interiors.
how to volunteer with animals in need…and why you should.
this fall fruit Is secretly super healthy…gimme all the cranberries.
fall weekend ideas that don’t cost a ton…a fall movie night sounds perfect.
inside an eclectic, storied loft on the Bowery…I certainly love a cute, cozy NYC home.
8. A Few Cozy, Cute Fall Pieces…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Wednesday: homemade chicken noodle casserole
Sunday night football recipe: baked sweet potato parmesan tater tots
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.