Unstuffed Spicy Tomato Basil Shells with Whipped Ricotta.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
I’ve been looking forward to writing this post all week. I want to share with you guys all the things that are making me happy, keeping me sane, and everything we’ve been up to while hunkered down at home. I will say that it’s been a hard week, with some days being better than others. All in all, I’m really just trying to focus on creating amazing content for you guys. It’s truly what keeps me going and prevents me from stressing 24/7…though I’ve certainly had my moments of feeling scared and anxious.
But today’s post is about all the good things we have going on. Even though it’s a weird time, we still have so much good to celebrate as well. I’m going to share all of my very favorite things to do at home. What I personally am cooking. And yes, you guys, I’m also going to share my favorite loungewear basics with you all…as many of you have been asking on Instagram. So well it has been a hard couple of weeks, this post is our distraction!
Question: How have you all been passing the time and staying positive?
What have I been up to…well, thankfully I’m quarantined at home with a few of my favorite people. I don’t know what I would do without having my mom, dad, and little sister Asher by my side during this time. We might not sleep in the same house, but I will never take being neighbors with my family (we’re all on the same property) for granted again. It’s one of the greatest gifts. My brothers are a bit more spread out, with four of them in California, and my oldest brother back in Cleveland. So that’s a little hard, but everyone is staying in, staying connected through texts and Facetime, and most importantly, staying safe.
My days have been incredibly busy creating new recipes and working to share out Instagram stories for you guys. Have you been enjoying the daily step-by-step recipes on stories? I’ve been trying to develop new pantry staple recipes using the ingredients I have on hand. We’ve cut our grocery store trips down to once a week. We’re really only going when we absolutely need food. Which is very different from the norm of going daily. It’s also very hit or miss in terms of what the store will have. Thankfully we’ve been able to get everything we really need. How are the grocery stores for you guys? Are you still able to get most of your usual items?
With spring officially here…which I completely missed…but hey guys, it’s here…I’m finding it a bit of a struggle to create pantry recipes that are also springy too. I tried my best, and I have to say, I’m excited to see what you think of week’s upcoming recipes.
And with that, coming up this week…we’ll have a really fun Cuban inspired one skillet dinner, a fresh take on a simple flatbread, a new pantry pasta, the perfect slow cooker dinner, a colorful sweet potato dish, and finally, a fun cake that’s perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday. Lots of delicious (pantry style) recipes all coming your way.
Question: is there anything special you guys are looking for? Any ingredients you need to use up? Please let me know!!
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I hope you enjoy this week’s Nine Favorite Things. I hope it can bring you a little joy and distraction during these very weird times we’re all experiencing. Have a wonderful, relaxed Sunday!
In scary, uncertain times it can be hard to remember all the good things. But I’ve found a lot of comfort in focusing on the positive things that I do have. So, I thought I would share what I’m most thankful for right now…
Question: What are you all thankful for most right now?
Tip: for recipes that call for fresh berries, swap in frozen berries if you can’t get yours hands on fresh just yet.
Lemon Coconut Naked Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream
Cinnamon Sugar Brown Butter Popovers
Bursting Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake
Strawberry Chamomile Olive Oil Cake with Honeyed Ricotta
Strawberry Chamomile Naked Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins
Herby Everything Cheddar Swirl Buns
Creamy Lemon Bars with Browned Butter Raspberries
Sweet and Salty Teddy Bear Snickerdoodles
Bonus: bring spring inside with a mix of fresh flowers, plants, and dried flower too.
q: Best way to store a big knob if ginger?
a: I keep mine in the fridge for a few weeks. You can also cut the ginger into inch 1 inch knobs, peel, and then freeze. To use after freezing, simply grate the frozen ginger. It’s actually easier to grate frozen ginger than it is fresh.
q: What’s one of your biggest long term professional goals?
1. Growing the HBH team…this has been so hard for me, but it’s needed.
2. Creating an HBH show.
3. HBH products
q: How do you clean your cast iron?
a: Ah, my most asked question! My Staub cast iron is enamel coated and does not need to be seasoned before using. I don’t do anything special to clean them, that’s the beauty of cast iron…it’s easy! I simply rinse the skillet under warm water and wipe dry. If there happens to be baked-on food, I’ll rise with soapy water and use a gentle scrunch pad to release the food. Honestly, it’s so easy and I don’t ever stress about it.
And when I cook with seafood, I do the very same thing. But I always rinse with soapy water to ensure that I get the skillet extra clean and rid the pan of any seafood flavors.
Remember, with cast iron, every time you add oil to the pan you’re essentially seasoning it at the same time. As long as you’re cooking with oil, nothing should be sticking.
If you’d like even more info on cast iron pots, I did a post almost two years ago entitled My Favorite Cast Iron Cookware.
q: You can only choose 10 items for your bare pantry while under quarantine. you choose…?
a: Ok, but olive oil, salt, and pepper don’t count.
1. Pasta…but really all grains
2. Sun-dried tomatoes…but really all canned/jarred tomato products
3. Nuts…all of them
4. Beans…white + black
5. Coconut milk
6. Roasted red peppers
8. Curry paste….both Thai + Indian
9. Peanut butter
10. Chocolate…all the good kinds
Ok, I probably cheated a bit here…but this would be devastating for me!
Related: the quote inspiring me right now.
Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Ranch…everyone’s favorite taco (using pantry staples too).
Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas…plenty of flavor + color = all the good things to me.
Baby to Baby
In one week, Baby to Baby has distributed 1.5 million items to children impacted by COVID-19 around the country, but the need is growing exponentially. Help provide basic necessities to families who have no diapers, formula, or hygiene products for their children. Learn more and donate here.
You can still give blood, and hospitals need you to…
Blood banks around the country are concerned about a serious upcoming shortage, as scores of blood drives have had to be canceled. Though blood is not generally needed to treat symptoms of the Coronavirus, it’s still needed for everything else hospitals usually need blood for. There are still safe ways for people who don’t believe they’ve been exposed to the virus to donate blood. Click here to learn more.
Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor has introduced two new features, Help Maps and Groups, to give people a way to better support one another during the coronavirus outbreak. The Help Map offers a way to coordinate aid between those in need, like the elderly and at-risk, and those willing to offer some form of assistance — like running errands or dropping off supplies, for example. Groups, meanwhile, allows smaller groups to network outside of the main feed.
If you want to help your local economy, consider having someone else do the cooking once or twice a week. The restaurant industry is likely to be one of those hardest hit economically. Here in Colorado Uber Eats is waiving their delivery fee. I’ve read that Uber Eats is doing the same in many states around the country. Check your Uber app to see how Uber is handling deliveries in your state.
Help out your local food pantry…
With virus-related closures driving many people out of work, many more families are going to need help. At the same time, demand is expected to grow and pantries are struggling with supply. Especially with shoppers buying up many of the groceries that are usually donated, such as dented cans and about-to-expire perishables.
Volunteer with Meals on Wheels…
Meals on Wheels delivers meals to older people who can’t leave their homes. They are anticipating an increased demand during the outbreak as we all know that seniors are especially susceptible. This is an organization that my mom and Asher volunteer with (up here it is called Mountain Meals). Unfortunately, as HBH has grown she hasn’t had as much time to help out, but what a great way to contribute!
Support Small Businesses: a List of Companies to Support
Shop to make a difference Small Brands we’re Supporting
5 Acts of Kindness to Help The Older People in Our Lives
A Small Restaurant Becomes a Grab-and-Go Market
5 Simple Ways to Support Small Businesses Online Right Now
*Double the links again this week. Hoping you guys enjoy these!
Hallmark will air 27 original Christmas movies this weekend…I am all about this.
Copper Isn’t Just for Looks, the Material Makes for a Healthier Home…who knew?
40 shows to binge while you’re social distancing…what are you watching.
a sixty-second way to feel good…if you need a quick boost.
23 cast iron skillet recipes both kids and adults will probably love…
Daily Schedules for Your “Work From Home” and “Kids At Home” Quarantine Time…helpful guide.
The best workouts to stream…staying active is one of the best things we can do for ourselves right now.
I Have Been Working From Home for Years…this is how to do it successfully.
the Absolute Best Way to Cook Pasta…according to Too Many Tests.
6 Projects to Tackle at Home While You’re Social Distancing…need to do all of these.
A SoHo Loft Is Designed for Comfort and Creativity…love the cozy green room.
At home wellness ideas…really wanting to try a Melissa Wood workout at home.
13 herbs, oils, + supplements to strengthen your immune system…yes. please.
The Newly Revamped Rosewood Little Dix Bay…please. take. me. here.
34 Design Shows to Watch now…because we have some time.
6 Kitchen Cabinet Options…all about the farmhouse cabinet.
11 Tips for Staying Sane Working From Home…create an environment that’s productive.
How to do an at home facial…need to do this with Asher tonight, she will love it.
11 New-to Me Brands I’m Adding to My Cart for Spring…love Entireworld for cozy basics.
92 Cooking Projects to Keep You Busy…and extremely well fed.
7 Celebs in their WFH Looks…loving Lucy Hale + Ashely Tisdale’s cozy looks.
4 easy dinners…that can be converted into a salad the next day.
Best fashion uniform…because everyone needs one
30 DIY Beauty Treatments…you Can Do in the Comfort of Your Home.
5 Tips to Have the Most Productive Day Ever…love these tips.
What to Wear for Zoom Meetings? Turtlenecks, of Course…all things cozy…all the time.
We Could All Use This Therapist’s Advice…if you need help finding comfort.
15 Hobbies You Can Start at Home…use this time to do something fun.
72 Odd and Interesting Hobbies for Men…Quidditch and axe throwing?!
The Easiest Ways to Prioritize Self-Care Today…taking notes.
5 All Natural Ways to Beat Anxiety…I’m all about these.
The 20 Best Vintage Instagram Sellers…that are delivering to you.
7 design principles from Athena Calderone’s…inspiring me to redecorate a bit.
Ask an Expert…How to Get Buzz-Worthy Press Right Now, According to a Publicist.
A list of silver linings people have found while social distancing…lots of smiles in here.
The upside of all this craziness? I get to wear my favorite kind of clothes…hoodies, leggings, and basically all the cozy things. Here are my favorite picks (a few of which I literally just ordered).
Monday: Crispy Persian Rice (Tahdig) with Spiced Golden Chickpeas
Tuesday: 30 Minute Caramelized Shallot Beef Ramen Noodles
Wednesday: Garlic Butter Creamed Spinach Salmon
Thursday: Baked Black Pepper Ranch Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard
Friday: No Stir Brie Risotto with Lemon Butter Asparagus
Saturday Brunching: Berry and Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Bake
Sunday Baking: Sweet and Salty Teddy Bear Snickerdoodles
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.
Hi! I”m so glad I found this post. Reading it was just so lovely. I’m in South Africa and we are on our 7th day of lockdown. I’m working from home – I’m a sub-editor for a mainstream media house, and newspapers are still being printed LOL. I LOVE the image of the baking machine and the peonies. They are my most favourite flowers and my blog and Pinterest is called Pastries & Peonies 🙂 The cakes are beautiful!! Thanks for all the information and reading material – it is really wonderful in this time of lockdown! Have a good weekend. Lots of love, Ilse xx
Hi Lise! I am so glad you found my blog as well! I hope you are staying well and enjoying your time at home! I hope you love all of the recipes you try! xTieghan
Didn’t see you tonight in Lincoln Park, IL, so made Buffalo Cauliflower instead! Yum
Haha love it! Thank you Denise! xTieghan
I CANT BELIEVE ITS WEDNESDAY AND I JUST REMEMBERED TO READ MY FAVORITE POST OF THE WEEK 🙂 I was so stoked to remember at lunch break. I look forward to these all week! In the Corona craziness I’m also moving and renovating the “new” home so cooking is a bit of a challenge right now but these posts just give me a happy feeling. Thank you for spreading some joy and take care of yourself.
Hi Shannon! I am so glad you got around to reading it! I hope you are doing well with the move and in general! Thank you! xTieghan
I love everything HBH. I believe you are the best‼️
Do you have a blog or can you share story if your life as you grew up, and prior to HBH? I don’t mean to be invasive. I just enjoy bio of people.
Thank you for all your content. I enjoy it all.
Hi Janet! I am so glad you are loving my blog! That is so nice to hear! I have shared a little bit about growing up, but I feel as if it is similar to everyone elses’.. just with a lot of wild brothers haha! I will definitely think about it though! I hope you continue to enjoy my blog! xTieghan
Really enjoyed this post, thank you – keep up the good work ?
Shopping here has been really hit and miss, hubby got some essentials yesterday, but last week no veg, milk, fruit, meat, toilet roll, paracetamol…. Hoping thing are better at the end of the week and we can get a weekly shop to keep us going longer. Xx
Oh wow! Hopefully you have everything you need now! I hope you are staying healthy! Thank you Kelly! xTieghan
I’d like to know what is that beautiful SKRIPT font you use on your site. Is it one i can find/buy?
kind of drooling hahah thank you for sharing all of these!! great inspirations hehe
Thank you so much Jessica! xTieghan