Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
After all the excitement from last week’s big wedding, it actually felt good to jump back into a regular workweek. Oh man, hosting a 200 person wedding is certainly a big undertaking…and I didn’t even do that much! The bride, the groom, and the parents did the majority of the work. And thankfully, we had cleaners at the barn all day on Sunday. By Monday morning 90% percent of the clean-up/put back together had been complete. It’s safe to say that come Sunday evening everyone was pretty tired…but also so happy! The wedding was beautiful and everyone had an amazing time. Even the cakes I was so nervous about seemed to go over well. I don’t think we could have asked for it to turn out any better. More wedding details below.
I am such a creature of habit, so it was nice to have my workspace back. And me being me, I jumped right back into things. I’m currently working to get ahead in preparation for the launch of HBH Super Simple in just over a month. I finally received the very first hard copy this week, and you guys?
I AM SO EXCITED!
It’s always nerve-racking to open up the first hard copy, but even though I had my worries, the cookbook looks better than I thought it could. I officially can’t wait until October 29th when I get to share the book with you guys. The other day I gave you all a big sneak peek inside on Instagram. I am so nervous to release this book, but my fingers are crossed in hopes that everyone loves it! Keep your eyes peeled for some bonus material coming very, very soon!
In other news, my parents helped my younger brother Red to set up his new house out in Tahoe this week. It’s so fun to see Red growing up and taking on new responsibilities. Word on the street is that the family is spending Thanksgiving there. That should be interesting with our crew. I’m so excited for him, I hear the house is pretty cool.
Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be kicking off the official start to autumn with truly my most favorite salad recipe yet. Next, we’ll move on to the first pumpkin dish of the year. Then a super cozy vegetarian take on a classic comfort food, and a bowl of healthy soup. We’ll finish up the week in the best way possible, with cake! Lastly, on Saturday we’ll have our first Halloween cocktail.
Nothing not to love!
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1. All the Wedding Weekend Photos.
You guys have been asking and asking for these photos all week long and I finally have them for you! These are not the photographers, just my own personal photos that I snapped on my phone throughout the weekend!
(Brendan and Lyndsie the Thursday before the wedding)
(Asher and Merle)
(Red and Hailey)
(all the cakes!)
(chocolate peanut butter cake)
(lemon coconut cake)
(fridge before the wedding)
(before the craziness)
(and they are married!)
(Amber and I swapping photos)
(all the cakes and cupcakes)
(the cutest little Lake Berry)
PS. since everyone on Instagram has been asking, hands down, the favorite cake was the chocolate peanut butter layer cake. Second place was the chai pumpkin, and third was the lemon coconut.
Question: what would have been YOUR favorite cake? Dying to know!
2. My Favorite Fall Cocktails…
Because fall is my favorite season to share new cocktails!
PS. who’s excited for this year’s Halloween cocktails? New one coming Saturday!
3. My Favorite Pieces from Sèzane fall Collection…
4. Questions of the Week:
q: How did you and your siblings get your names? Love the uniqueness.
a: That’s all my moms doing! She’s always loved unique names and said that she looked at tons of baby name books to find our names. Other than that there isn’t a meaning behind any of our names…which are Creighton, Trevor, Brendan, Malachi (Kai), Tieghan (me!), Redmond (Red), and Asher.
Fun fact 2: Asher was going to be named Zeppelin until my grandfather vetoed it. And thank God because Asher is very much Asher!!
q: Do you go shopping for yourself or do you have someone else do it?
a: I rarely do the grocery shopping. It’s normally my dad, who works with us at HBH, who does most of the shopping! I make a detailed list and he shops. He has all the produce guys on favorites, and they call him when something cool comes in.
q: How do you stay motivated to create?
a: Honestly? At this point, a lot of my motivation is driven by you all! I feel so lucky to have such an incredible community and I love providing for YOU guys. It excites me and makes me so happy when you all love a recipe I share!! Also, I really love what I do. I love creating recipes, I love styling food, and I love making things look pretty! And I’m just a driven person. I have a pretty clear vision of what I want and I’m not one to give up easily so I keep pushing forward!!
q: What’s your favorite flower?
a: Currently loving dahlias SO much. I also love ranunculus!!
q: How many KitchenAid mixers do you have?
5. Newest Videos:
Weeknight 30 Minute Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs…if you’re looking for a cozy curry, this one is so GOOD.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar and Zucchini Soup…healthier than the average broccoli cheddar soup, easy, and so delicious.
6. Just a little THANK YOU!
I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone. Your outpouring of kindness, support, and love makes working every day easy, and not feel like work at all. And I love so much seeing your Instagram photos. It’s certainly one of the favorites parts of my day!
7. A Few Links I Am Loving…
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman reveal their California country home…and it’s so pretty. love that la cornue range.
4 easy ways to clean up your Instagram feed…and reasons why you should.
Ina Garten shows off her garden just in time for fall…it’s my dream to have a garden like this.
the best Providence restaurants…for your fall foliage road trip.
this buttery, herb-infused pasta dish…looks and sounds so good.
the best podcasts we’re listening to now…some new ones to try.
55 best fall porch decorating ideas…all so cute. what’s your favorite porch? I especially liked #2 and #22.
28 best kids Halloween movies on Netflix…I honestly love Halloween so much.
3 reasons to get out of town this weekend…if you have the fall travel bug.
7 changes to make in your office if you want to be better at your job… I surely love a clear desk.
a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house in New Hampshire is for sale…and it is so unique.
25 famous women on how they get their best ideas…an inspiring read.
13 things anyone can do to get glowing skin by Monday...if your skin needs a reset.
so, you’re building your first team… here are 5 things to know before you do.
Jennifer Lopez just walked the Versace runway…wearing that Versace dress.
Kate tries the 5 am club…so you don’t have to.
Kourtney Kardashian’s kids’ new playhouse is a childhood fantasy… I mean? it’s a house. with real windows.
8. All the Fall Handbags I am Loving…
9. This Week’s Dinners:
Wednesday: slow cooker french wine and mustard chicken
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.