Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
Do you remember last Sunday how I shared all the pretty autumn leaves here in Colorado? Well, this past Thursday it snowed. All I have to say is that I’m cold, and sooo not ready for snow season. I absolutely hate to complain, but that’s not stopping me…because it’s just too soon for snow. You agree right?
On the positive side, Friday morning was one of the most beautiful. So freaking cold, but the snow-covered autumn trees against the blue sky and the white mountains were definitely something to stop and appreciate while hiking. So for that, I am thankful. Also thankful for my morning hikes, as they keep me going. But yes, I am still cold…because single-digit temperatures in October are just not right.
Another positive? The cold and cozy weather inspired me to make one of my top 5 favorite recipes from HBH Super Simple, the Spinach and 3 Cheese Stuffed Shells. I’ve been really excited to share this recipe for almost 2 years now. Since the release of the book is SO close, I made the recipe, start to finish, on my Instagram stories on Friday night. I hadn’t made this recipe in a while, but I was quickly reminded just why I love it so much. It’s the simplest to make and so dang good. To me, this dish is kind of like cheese-filled ravioli, but without all the work. I cannot wait for you guys to make these shells so soon!
And that pretty much sums up my week. It was cold, a little snowy, filled with cheesy stuffed shells, and as usual, packed to the brim. I’ve been running around like a crazy person attempting to do all I can before the book’s release. It’s the craziest time, but the most exciting time too!
Coming up this week on HBH…Monday’s recipe is delicious. I know that tells you nothing, but it’s healthy, warming, easy, and cozy. Tuesday is all about something sweet, and perfect for October. Then a warming bright autumn recipe, a creamy new soup, and we’ll be finishing the week up with cookies that are not only great for now, but even better for Thanksgiving. Oh, and of course, another cocktail on Saturday. It’s surely a fun one.
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Have a great October Sunday…hoping it’s much warmer where you are!
1. HBH Super Simple Bonus Pack.
The release of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple is just a couple weeks away. To say THANK YOU to you guys for all your orders (and support over the years), I put together a little bonus material for you!
If you’ve ordered Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, or if you order it now (or any time before 12/20), you can enter your receipt information and immediately receive the bonus pack. It’s a downloadable PDF with 13 never-before-seen recipes and entertaining tips. It also includes menu/tablescape inspiration for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! The bonus pack is only available for a limited time through December 20. So, if you’d like some extra HBH recipes, tips, and holiday menus be sure to enter your receipt to receive the PDF here. Yep, all you need is your order receipt.
Once you download the PDF, it is yours forever. Hoping you guys LOVE it!
Question: what recipe are you making first in the bonus pack? The slow-roasted mushroom pasta and slow cooker apple cider short ribs are certainly on my list to make this month. They’re perfect for everything…warming, hearty, cozy, SO DELICIOUS, and easy too.
2. The spookiest Halloween recipes.
Because Halloween is almost here, here are some of my favorite recipes from years past. Which ones are you making? The Jack-O-Lantern cookies are on my list of recipes to remake…and soon.
3. stocking up on these holiday items early…
4. questions of the week…hbh super simple edition 2.
In case you missed it, see last week’s hbh super simple Q&A’s…edition 1 here. Let me know what other questions you all have regarding the new cookbook!
q: Pictures of each of the recipe?
a: Yes! Every single recipe in the cookbook also has a photo to go with it. Photos are SO important to me, so I made sure to include many. Some recipes even have step by step photos as well!
a: Yes! There is an entire chapter of desserts 🙂
q: What is truly the quickest recipe in the book?
a: There are a lot of really quick recipes. One of my favorites is my grandma’s 3-ingredient appetizer. I make it every single Christmas. It’s so simple but soooo good, I can’t believe I’ve never shared the recipe until now!
q: Are there any pizza recipes? I love your pizzas!
a: Yesss. There is a chapter dedicated to pizza and pasta.
q: Will there be a section for cocktails?
a: Yes! We included a handful of seasonal cocktails…one for every season. Very, very excited about them!
q: What are the chapters?
a: in order…
- breakfast & brunch
- appetizers & sides
- salad & soup
- pizza & pasta
- chicken & pork
- beef & lamb
- seafood & fish
5. newest videos:
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Rice Casserole…a bit retro, extra delicious, and best for busy nights.
Slow Cooker French Wine and Mustard Chicken…perfect for cozy Sunday nights with the family.
6. currently loving and wanting.
wanting…this beautiful copper roasting pan. thinking it’s becoming more of a NEED and less of a want.
loving…my new instant pot. love. love. love. I upgraded, and wow, this new one is so good.
wanting…to try this pure radiance oil from True Botanicals. it’s on its way now and I can’t wait.
loving…this ICE ceramide moisturizing cream from Sunday Riley. it’s saving my dry skin.
loving…all my cozy Sèzane sweaters, which I get a million questions about.
my results were spot on, see below.
Question: what Christmas song are you?!
7. a few links i am loving…
20 of the coziest fall recipes without any meat…well these all sounds perfect.
easy black bean soup…great for weeknights.
3 cleaned-up comfort foods…yum. these sound delicious.
how two pro organizers prep their closets for cold weather…if you need tips.
all the serveware you need for holiday dinner parties…never too early to start prepping and planning.
the best fats to eat…a really informative read about healthy fats. yes, you do need fats.
several (idyllic) days in the Cotswolds…what a cozy place. would love to visit.
5 Outdoor Activities You Should Be Doing This Fall…especially love a bonfire.
11 party games you can leave out on the coffee table 24/7…because holiday entertaining is coming.
Sophia Bush shares how to make changes that matter…if you need a good interview to read.
Kelly Wearstler has built an empire by refusing to blend in…so inspired by this.
5 alternatives to pumpkin spice that will keep you caffeinated this fall...if pumpkin isn’t your thing.
5 foods you should always buy frozen instead of fresh…keep the freezer stocked with these.
an interview with Isabella Boylston…a New York ballet dancer.
20 fall basics you can snag on Amazon…loving Amazon fashion these days.
9 key nutrients you need after you workout…certainly good to know.
the prettiest no makeup, makeup…love a no-makeup look.
the coziest ways to maximize downtime…oh my gosh. yes, please. this is certainly a great way to spend Sunday.
Tuscany inspired poolhouse in LA…this home is so pretty.
8. high and low boots for fall…
9. this week’s nine favorite things dinners.
Wednesday: herby french shallot soup
Sunday Baking: parmesan popovers with crispy sage garlic butter
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.