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Happy Sunday before Thanksgiving! It’s crazy that Thanksgiving week is already here. But I’m very excited for things to slow down a bit and take a minute to chill and reflect. This was the first week in a while that I was not back and forth from the airport, and I have to say, it was nice to be home. My days are still packed full, but as I always say, for me, there’s nothing’s better than being home.

It’s been a BIG week for HBH, as we hit some serious milestones. Specifically, I’m excited to share that we now officially have over 1 million Instagram followers. I’m still in disbelief…but also so excited to be growing our little (not so little) HBH family! I have to yet again say THANK YOU to you all for following along and being truly the kindest readers. To celebrate, I have a really fun giveaway coming up on Instagram, so keep an out for that.

In addition to that huge milestone, I’m so excited that HBH Super Simple again made the New York Times bestseller list for the third week running. To say that I’m just feeling beyond loved and oh so happy would be an understatement. So many good things going on, and it’s all because you guys are so supportive. Thank you!

In other a little less exciting but still happy news, my brothers are all in town. And with the snow falling heavily, it’s really feeling like Thanksgiving is here! Kai and I spent a couple of days filming some new recipe videos and now it’s time to start thinking about some Thanksgiving prep. Are you guys cooking this year? Are any of you majorly prepping for the big meal today…I’m hoping so. If you need some menu inspiration, tips, and/or tricks, be sure you check out our 2019 Thanksgiving menu and guide. I can’t wait to see what you all make from HBH and HBH Super Simple this year! I plan to spend a good amount of time going through all your Instagram photos…favorite part of my night!

Coming up this week: I’ll be sharing a last-minute appetizer that’s big and beautiful. Then it’s on to a simple brunch recipe that’s my favorite way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. No post on Thursday for the holiday, but I’ll be back on Friday sharing something sweet that’s best enjoyed while decking the halls or cozied up by the fire. In addition, on Saturday we’ll have the first Christmas drink of the season…I can’t wait.

And…the first part of our Anthropologie collaboration goes live this week too!

Lastly, if you’re catching up on blog posts from the week, be sure to sign up for our daily newsletters. They’ll help you to stay up to date with everything that’s happening here, as well as fun content you’ll only get via email. And of course, if you’re meal planning today, don’t forget to check out my menu below (it’s #9 on the favorite’s list).

1. A few Thanksgiving tips.

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Tip: Chill Your Wine Quickly
Wrap the bottle of wine in a dampened towel and then stick it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. My brothers taught me this one and it works for cans too!

Tip: Tell Guests What to Bring
If you’re having guests bring dishes, assign them what bring so you don’t end up with multiple sweet potato casseroles. You don’t need to give them a recipe, just say bring a pie, bring sweet potato casserole, bring your favorite salad, etc. This just makes everyone’s life easier, trust me.

And on that note, there’s no reason you need to be making ALL the food. Make your favorite recipes, and then have friends and family bring everything else.

Tip: Take Help From the Store
Nothing wrong with mixing in store-bought and homemade. My favorite thing to keep on hand during the holidays is puff pastry (as you’ve probably guessed) for EASY appetizers (like my cranberry brie swirls) and dinners (like my turkey pot pie). If you don’t love making pie crust, don’t. Store-bought is great. Making my shredded Brussels sprout salad? PLEASE buy pre-shredded sprouts, it saves so much time!!

Question: what’s your favorite store-bought ingredient that saves time/stress?

Reader Tip: Butter is always the secret ingredient. 
Yess. Agree.

Tip: Make the House Smell Like the Holidays 
With my crazy easy, holiday potpourri that simmers on the stove all day long. You can use whatever you have on hand. The must-haves, in my opinion, are cinnamon, citrus, ginger, and vanilla. Trust me, if you’re having guests over this is the perfect thing to have simmering away on the stove. Try it at Thanksgiving. It’s a great easy fix that certainly makes people feel welcomed!

Tip: Take Inventory of What’s In Your Kitchen
Take some time to sort through everything you have…and don’t have. Make sure you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving menu, including the food, kitchen utensils, pots, pans, meat thermometer, and even the Tupperware you may want to use for leftovers.

Question: what is your best Thanksgiving tip, trick, or hack? I’d love to hear them!!

Tip: Use Square and Rectangular Baking Pans
Saves so much oven space.

2. Book signing at Williams-Sonoma NYC.

Hosting a fun event and book signing at the Columbus Circle Williams-Sonoma in NYC on Wednesday, December 11th. I’ll be signing books and cooking a few recipes from HBH Super Simple, as well as answering any and all questions. It’s certainly going to be a fun night with yummy food…and drink too! I’m looking forward to it so much and can’t wait to meet some of you!

Grab your tickets here.

Also, since we’re talking HBH Super Simple, I want to share a couple of podcasts that I recorded while in LA.

First up, Live to Eat with Candace Nelson. We talk about all thing food, family, and Thanksgiving in our conversation. Candace dug deep and got my life backstory, in addition to some fun family secrets too.

Second, With Whit with Whitney Port. Whitney got all the details on how we run Half Baked Harvest, manage Instagram, and all of my Thanksgiving tips and tricks too.

3. the best skincare and beauty gifts…

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: where did you learn to cook?
a: I’m self-taught! I really just googled any questions I had and learned mostly through trial and error! My love for food and cooking really comes from a love of cooking for others. I love making people happy through food!

q: are your cookbook recipes easily able to be made gluten-free with substitutes?
a: Yes! I would say so! You can use easy swaps like gluten-free pasta, grains, and flours. I also provide a few recommendations throughout the book, and there are naturally GF recipes as well!

q: yes or no to Thanksgiving appetizers?
a: Yes!! A lot of people don’t eat all day long and need to snack when they arrive for dinner. Plus, the appetizers will buy you time if you’re running behind. I’m sharing two new ones in the next couple of weeks that are EASY!

q: holiday gift recommendation that would be a fun/splurge for someone who likes to cook? $50-$125 ish price range.
a: An instant pot or a fun KitchenAid mixer attachment like the pasta maker!

q: are most of the recipes from the first cookbook now online?
a: Nope! Only a small handful of recipes from the books are online. Most are exclusive to the cookbooks!

5. Newest videos.

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana…the perfect cold-weather dinner.

Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna…because it’s a great time of year to be making lasagna.

6. Currently loving and wanting.

loving…my cinnamon noir candle. this is honestly my favorite thing right now.

loving…my Sorels. the perfect snow boot that’s actually comfy and cute.

wanting…to try this foundation but majorly questioning the price tag. is it worth it? also this body lotion, anyone tried it?

loving…this eucalyptus and bay leaf garland for my holiday decor.

wanting…this very fancy coffee maker. I might just need to splurge this Christmas.

loving…this festive baker (for holiday dinners) and these cozy mugs (perfect for hot chocolate).

loving…these UGG socks that kept me warm in Chicago…also these cozy socks too.

7. A few links i am loving…

a preview of every holiday movie coming out in November and December…my goal? watch them all.

15 easy (but delicious) dishes to bring to Thanksgiving…would love any of these.

Karlie Kloss tells AD about her family’s antique restoration business…loved reading this interview.

9 crockpot soups to make this winter…there’s nothing better than a good soup on a cold day.

how I get It done…designer Ulla Johnson

the coziest slippers to wear at home for the holidays…100% getting these for mom this Christmas.

how to maximize working from home…because it seems this is what everyone is doing these days.

10 Sephora products that are worth the cost…wanting to try many of these, but especially this cream.

2019 holiday gift guide…actually worth browsing.

7 recipes that prove cranberries are the real MVP of Thanksgiving…YESS. love cranberries most.

how to start your own holiday traditions…because I LOVE a good holiday tradition.

investment pieces worth the splurge…very into these.

how to host Thanksgiving in a tiny apartment…all the tricks you need.

these are the best workout leggings…I live in my leggings and needed this list.

2019 gift guide for her…another one worth the scroll.

4 easy, wild card veggie sides for Thanksgiving Day…these all sound so good.

8. Cozy and casual Thanksgiving style favorites…

9. this week’s dinners…

Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

Monday: Kai’s favorite sesame orange chicken (recipe in HBH Super Simple)

Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna | halfbakedharvest.com #lasagna #holiday #thanksgiving

Tuesday: roasted butternut squash and spinach lasagna

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana | halfbakedharvest.com #instantpot #soup #slowcooker #winter

Wednesday: instant pot pesto Zuppa Toscana (with stove-top and slow cooker directions)

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! Grab my menu here.

Red Wine Cranberry Braised Short Ribs | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #easy #dinner #familyrecipes #holidayrecipes

Friday: red wine cranberry braised short ribs

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey | halfbakedharvest.com #dates #goatcheese #thanksgiving #appetizer

Bonus Appetizer: goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates with rosemary honey

Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.

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  1. Hey Tieghan,
    I love reading everything going on with you and hearing how you’re preparing for Thanksgiving. I love all of your recipes and love sharing how amazing they are every time I cook. Do you have any plans to come to AZ for a book signing?? If not is there anyway I could send the cookbook for you to sign?? Thanks so much I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish to cook??

  2. I adore you and have been a fan from the start and have directed countless cooks to your site. Your ability to intuitively create recipes and mouthwatering photographs so prolifically is an unusual and admirable skill. But it’s disconcerting to see you wonder if you need $250 foundation. You’re in your 20s. You deserve all of these special things coming your way. You work so hard. But sometimes the really expensive things you promote diminish the talent that is the core of what you’re about. Keep up the great work as long as you get some time to enjoy it all. But I hope you don’t get sucked into empty materialism. You’re too smart for that.

    1. Hi Leanne! That is so great to hear that you have been supporting me since the start! And do not worry, there is no materialism going on here.. I have SUPER sensitive skin and it tends to be super dry with the weather conditions where I live..so I am sharing the products that help me! I hope you understand and continue to enjoy my blog! xTieghan

  3. Yay! I’m so happy for you Tieghan, that your cookbook made the NY Times Best Sellers list for the 3rd week in a row! I hope it continues all Dec into the New Year too!
    I’m also happy for you that you have over a million instagramers!
    See, hard work does pay off and your the perfect example of it! ???

  4. Loving your tip about not doing ALL the cooking for Thanksgiving!
    I would just like to add my own little tip – that you should totally play to everyone’s strengths when assigning dishes, even when those dishes may not make for a very unified menu. There’s always some random dish that a person excels at, so ask (beg!) them to bring that! Tell them which of their dishes makes you excited. It’ll make them feel so loved and appreciated and integral to the celebration, even if they’re just bringing one of the six salads on the table, you know?
    One year we wound up with citrus roasted turkey, amazing Mexican-spiced stuffing, southern-style bacon green beans, cheddar biscuits, Thai jicama slaw, pickled watermelon, classic pecan pie, and gingered peanut butter cookies. Not the most cohesive dinner, but everyone was so happy and so excited to share, and you could taste that love on each and every plate!

    1. Yes! I completely agree and I love this tip! Thank you so much Kate! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  5. The roasted butternut squash & spinach Lasagna is on my * make* list. And, I’m definitely adding the prosciutto! It sounds perfect with some crusty bread on a cold evening, ❤️

  6. So excited for Thanksgiving! I used your turkey recipe last year and I’m using it again this year. It’s PERFECT! Love your make ahead gravy too. Please tell me those cute little turkey pastries that you posted on insta stories is coming to the blog this week!?!? ?