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Happiest Easter Sunday everyone! I don’t usually put up a blog post on major holidays, but this Easter Sunday is a very different one. I wanted to give any of you out there who may not be able to spend the day with family and friends something to read and enjoy. It’s crazy that we have all been living in “self-quarantine” for weeks now, and even crazier that this is the way we are all spending Easter. I’m slowly adjusting to what everyone is calling the “new normal”. It’s weird, right? How are you all adjusting? How are you staying connected with friends and family during this time?

I’m thankful to be home in Colorado and with family, but it’s weird to not have all of my siblings here right now. For those of us here at home, we really don’t have Easter plans, but as I type this, I’m thinking it would be fun to do a virtual family dinner with all of my brothers and cousins too. Are any of you doing this? I know so many people who have been getting together with friends through zoom and facetime. It’s actually kind of fun and different. Personally, the homebody in me loves being able to be home, being comfortable, yet still being able to enjoy time with friends.

I would love to hear how you all are celebrating today…and what you are making! So far this weekend I’ve seen lots of cinnamon crunch knots, crinkle top chocolate peanut butter skillet blondies, and the original crinkle top brownies too. Lots and lots and lots of baking, that’s for sure.

In other news, I am so happy to share that we have little baby goats running around! Layla, gave birth to three healthy little boys and I have to say they have really brought so much happiness during this time. It’s fun watching them run around, play with each other, and bond with their mom. Layla is the sweetest with them and it’s just nice to see. Always makes you smile when you catch them hopping all over the field.

Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be sharing more simple recipes that use those pantry staples. We’ll start off with a sheet pan chicken. Then move on to a fun new Asian inspired recipe. I’ll also be sharing my current go-to Mexican night recipe. And then I’ve also got a couple of new spring-inspired baking recipes that will be perfect for our days at home this month. Is there anything you’re looking to see in the coming weeks? I always love to hear your ideas, so let me know!

Also, in case you missed it, I shared my Shrimp Tinga Tacos and Spicy Strawberry Paloma over on my friend Molly Sims site. Such a fun, easy, and delicious Mexican night menu.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Nine Favorite Things and have a wonderful Easter Sunday! I can’t wait to see what everyone is cooking and baking up today on Instagram.

1. A few questions for you…

I have questions for you! I’d like to know what you all are up to, how you are doing, how you are spending your time, how you are feeling, and what you are looking forward to most? I read a post over on A Cup of Joe, which inspired me to ask you all some of the very same questions. You guys always hear from me, but I want to hear from you. So with that, let’s get to know each other a little better today.

  1. where are you currently at in the world?
  2. are you with loved ones, or are you by yourself?
  3. what is making you happy right now?
  4. what recipes are you loving most right now? tell me one savory and one sweet.
  5. how long have you been following along with HBH? what do you love most?
  6. are you working or spending your days at home doing? are you binging new shows, baking…both?
  7. what is one product or service that’s making this time enjoyable for you?
  8. what are you most looking forward to after quarantine?
  9. tell me what in your life you are most grateful for?

My answers…

  1. I am home in Colorado.
  2. I live alone in my cozy little house (that I love so much), but my parents and little miss Asher are right next door. I’m thankful to have them so close.
  3. A few things! One, the string of sunny days and warmer spring temperatures we’ve recently had. Two, you all, and your kindness and gratitude. I say this all the time, but we have the sweetest HBH community. It’s been really fun watching everyone cook and bake so much this past month. And three, working on new projects for HBH that are keeping me inspired.
  4. Oh man, there are so many. My two favorites that I’ve recently shared are spicy cucumber margaritas and my hot honey mustard pretzel chicken fingers.
  5. Well…since the very beginning of course 🙂
  6. I am working…now more than ever. This last month has been busier than all of the holiday season combined. As I said, everyone is cooking and baking up a storm. It’s been exciting to see…but very busy.
  7. This is so simple, but, candles. You guys I really love candles!
  8. A family vacation. Hopefully somewhere tropical…but not too far off the beaten path. My family loves to pick very interesting destinations. I’d just love somewhere semi-normal and very sunny + warm!
  9. So many things. So, so, so many things. First and foremost, my family and their health. We have a very large family and I’m grateful that all of us are healthy. Second, I’m grateful to be working. So many of you have messaged me saying you’ve lost your jobs. I’m just feeling so thankful to be able to work, it’s a blessing during these times.

Ok, your turn! Really excited to hear your answers!

2. If you have some extra time today….

Do some Easter Sunday baking. Here are the top 7 recipes everyone is baking right now.

Salted Cookie Crinkle Top Brownies | halfbakedharvest.com

Crinkle Top Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread | halfbakedharvest.com #bananabread #easyrecipes #healthyrecipes #chocolate #dessert

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread

Easy Homemade Pretzel Bagels | halfbakedhavrest.com

Homemade Pretzel Bagels

Cinnamon Sugar Brown Butter Popovers | halfbakedharvest.com

Cinnamon Sugar Brown Butter Popovers

5 Ingredient Honey Butter Beer Bread | halfbakedharvest.com

5 Ingredient Honey Butter Beer Bread

Herby Everything Cheddar Swirl Buns | halfbakedharvesr.com #bread #everythingspice #cheddar #easter #cheddar #bread

Herby Everything Cheddar Swirl Buns

Easiest Cinnamon Crunch Knots | halfbakedharvest.comm #quick #easy #recipe #brunch

Easiest Cinnamon Crunch Knots

Coconut Carrot Cake with Jam Swirled Buttercream | halfbakedharvest.com

Coconut Carrot Cake with Jam Swirled Buttercream

3. the spring kitchen and garden…

4. favorite questions of the week.

q: Are there any foods you don’t like, but still cook with?
a: Nope! We actually eat all the food I make, so if I’m cooking it, I like it!! With the exception of something I might make for say one of my brothers. Some of the things they request make me cringe, but I love cooking for them so I do it!

q: Is your hair naturally wavy or do you put a curling iron to it?
a: It’s actually dead straight and more like you see it in this photo, but when I take it out of a bun it has curls…that fall within minutes 🙁 I wish they’d hold!

q: Want to know more about you? Family? Collage major? Hobbies? Anything!
a: My family is everything to me! I am one of 7, so there are a lot of us. For fifteen years I was the only girl, then my mom had Asher (my little sister that you always see). I graduated from high school with an Associate’s Degree. My plan was to work in fashion, but I switched gears and started HBH. I’ve been working non-stop on it ever since…8 years now!

I am 26. And nope, I am not married. And no I don’t live with my family, but we are neighbors. My mom, dad, brother, and two cousins all are a part of the HBH team.

I hike daily. If I wasn’t cooking, I’d be working in fashion styling clothes or I’d be in interior design. I love to make things pretty!

q: Is your barn and house on the same property? Like you can go from one to another?
a: Yes! Very lucky to have my house and our studio/office space all on the same property.

5. Newest Recipe Videos.

Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes…kind of like potatoes chips, but maybe better?

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies…why have a small cookie when you can have a giant cookie?

And on Instagram stories…

Spicy Cucumber Margarita…my current favorite spring cocktail.

Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp…everyone’s go-to 20 minute dinner.

Everything Spice Cheddar Swirl Buns…simple and delicious.

One Skillet pesto Cheese Lasagna Roll Ups…cheesy pasta. YUM.

6. Quibi…your Sunday entertainment.

I first found out about this all new platform in December when a crew came here to film my brother Red for 5 days. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman (eBay) decided on the name Quibi as a short version for quick bites. Which is what this platform offers…7-10 minute shows to be viewed on your phone or iPad. It’s available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Quibi is giving a free 90-day trial to anyone who signs up in April. After that, if you decide to continue, it’s $4.99 a month. Quibi offers 40+ series in a variety of genres. Some shows are movies in chapters (Survive), some are unscripted (Chrissy’s Court) and some are documentaries (Prodigy).

Here are nine of the more talked-about shows:

Prodigy –  Eight episodes highlighting superstar athletes 21 and younger who rose to become some of the best in their sports. This is the trailer for Red’s episode.

Survive – Sophie Turner stars as one of two plane crash survivors who must make their way back to civilization.

Punk’d – Punk’d is back to torment a new generation of celebrities.

I Promise – A documentary following the public school for at-risk youth that LeBron James created in his hometown of Akron, OH.

Thanks a Million – celebrities such as Kirsten Bell, Jennifer Lopez, and more donate $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual.

Chrissy’s Court – Chrissy Teigen presides over real cases in a real court with legally binding decisions.

Fierce Queens – Reece Witherspoon explores phenomenal females in the animal kingdom.

Most Dangerous Game – Liam Hemsworth’s character is in debt and terminally ill with a pregnant wife. To make money to leave his wife he volunteers to become the target in a human hunt.

After Dark – Steven Spielberg’s not yet released spooky series that can only be viewed after dark…like the sun literally needs to be down.

7. a few links i’m loving…

17 gifts you can send to a friend you’re missing…could not love this more.

striking COVID-19 lockdown images from around the world…wow. the empty streets.

follow this 10 minute beauty routine…to look good on every Zoom call.

meet the brand that treats your body like your face…my go-to skincare brand. always.

how to strategically grow out your eyebrows…because I love a thick brow.

the jeans we’re cleaning out from our closet…and 5 we’re adding.

how to help one of the busiest hospitals in New York City…a beautiful way to give back if you can.

all the new jewelry brands…love so many of these.

45 nostalgic movies and TV shows to watch…what is your pick?

how COVID-19 has been impacting your lives…how COVID is effecting those around the world.

a modern farmhouse renovation on long island’s North Fork…love this simple farmhouse look.

what It’s like to live alone…while ‘sheltering in place’.

23 media journeys to embark on while you have extra downtime…Harry Potter for me.

5 natural dye projects to try at home…I have done this and it’s so fun.

32 items to make sheltering in place just a little more enjoyable…adding some of these to my carts.

stories from 7 moms working from home during quarantine…Sunday reading.

17 cooking projects…for a week full of delicious food.

all the cute sweatpants on the internet…never enough sweatpants these days.

8 ways to stay happy in your relationship while staying home together…if you need some advice.

homeschooling is a major learning curve…but these ideas will help you ace It.

put the scissors down…8 ways to make a change without cutting bangs.

how top chef judge Nilou Motamed is self isolating…”I didn’t expect to miss the crowds”.

the best white shoes…are you daring enough to wear white shoes?

10 genius hacks to make you perishables last longer…taking notes.

easy 20 minute recipes…if you need some ideas for the week.

8. work from home fashion finds under $200…

9. this week’s dinners…

20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp | halfbakedharvest.com

Monday: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk

Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado | halfbakedharvest.com #tacos #healthy #dinner #mexican

Tuesday: Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado

Prosciutto Caprese Puff Pastries with Peppery Thyme Honey | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: Prosciutto Caprese Puff Pastries with Peppery Thyme Honey

Greek Lemon Chicken Bowls with Sizzled Mint Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #chicken #grilled #healthyrecipes #easyrecipes

Thursday: Greek Lemon Chicken Bowls with Sizzled Mint Goddess Sauce

Slow Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Crisp Rosemary Chickpeas | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: Slow Roasted Mushroom Pasta with Crisp Rosemary Chickpeas

Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday Sip: Creamy Coconut Lime Mojito

Sunday Baking: Crinkle Top Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Blondies

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

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  1. Hi Tieghan, Glad you’re doing well and staying safe! Crazy times indeed! Going to make Taquitos tonight! Taquito Tuesday! whoo hoo

    1. Wonderful Tacoma, Washington – We call it the gritty city!
    2. With my loving boyfriend and cat who’s a bit needy, but that’s okay.
    3. My loving boyfriend and needy cat ! Oh and your cookbook!
    4. I absolutely adore your Southern chicken with hot honey, Million dollar spaghetti (confession – I don’t put as much cheese as you do) and your tarts (So. Many. Tarts)!
    5. About 2 years now and I love your pictures (especially animals and scenery)…wish I could do that!
    6. Still working part time. I love to clean with natural products. We play dominoes, listen to great music and drink craft beer or wine!
    7. Grocery delivery is awesome. We used it before so nothing new here.
    8. Our one night out every week for date night happy hour.
    9. Grateful that we have great employers that still need us! Any my boyfriend and cat! 

    1. Hi Jeanette! Wow listening to some great music and having some wine sounds so amazing! Also, I am glad you are still getting to work. I know I am very thankful I am able to haha. I hope you are staying healthy and well! AND I hope you love the taquitos!!! Thank you! xTieghan

  2. A week late but oh well!!
    1. where are you currently at in the world?
    Spring Hill, Tennessee
    2. are you with loved ones, or are you by yourself?
    Just my husband and me
    3. what is making you happy right now?
    at this moment: hot tea; in general: the sunshine and comfy clothes
    4. what recipes are you loving most right now? tell me one savory and one sweet.
    HBH creamy garlic butter chicken & corn recipe and meatballs from Publix. Currently trying to master BA’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
    5. how long have you been following along with HBH? what do you love most?
    oh gosh about a year I think? Maybe longer? Love how easy recipes are and love your holiday recipes 🙂
    6. are you working or spending your days at home doing? are you binging new shows, baking…both?
    Not currently working….soon! However, I do a lot more cooking and baking these days because I have the time.
    7. what is one product or service that’s making this time enjoyable for you?
    facetime and zoom because then I can see my family and friends!
    8. what are you most looking forward to after quarantine?
    going back to our favorite restaurants and being able to volunteer at the local therapeutic riding program again
    9. tell me what in your life you are most grateful for?
    my family and friends, my simplified planner, my blue mug, tulips, this blog 🙂

    1. Hi Margaret! Im so glad you are taking up a bunch of cooking during this time! I feel like it really helps with the stress! Also, amazing your friends and family are taking the time to zoom call each other! It makes you feel not so far haha. Thank you for sharing! xTieghan

  3. where are you currently at in the world?
    -I am in southeast Michigan
    are you with loved ones, or are you by yourself?
    -i am with my fiance and two dogs
    what is making you happy right now?
    -spring-like/themed meals, and the rare warm days, getting house projects done,
    what recipes are you loving most right now? tell me one savory and one sweet.
    -breakfast bakes/quiches or high protein meals that are not carb-dense and gluten-free muffins
    how long have you been following along with HBH? what do you love most?
    – almost two years now, during this crazy time I like that people with large followings such as yourself and Joanna Gaines are opening up more and being extra real with what they are sharing.
    are you working or spending your days at home doing? are you binging new shows, baking…both?
    I am fortunate enough to work from home although it does not take up much time. I am working out in the basement, taking care of the dogs and making a recipe every day instead of the usual large meal preps
    what is one product or service that’s making this time enjoyable for you?
    cookbooks, cooking shows and podcasts
    what are you most looking forward to after quarantine?
    returning all the online shopping that needs to be returned
    tell me what in your life you are most grateful for?
    my lifestyle. i am very grateful and fortunate for the situation I am currently in

    1. Hi Stephanie! I am glad you are able to work from home and spend time with your fiance! I feel like this time has really caused everyone to slow down.. which can be super needed! I hope you continue to stay healthy and safe! xTieghan

  4. Hi Tiegan! Love your blog especially when you talk about your family and the farm. Love your recipes and so enjoy your photography.

    The answers to my questions:
    where are you currently at in the world? I live in a suburb of Nashville TN.

    are you with loved ones, or are you by yourself? I’m married and have a grown daughter who lives nearby. She works with me a couple days a week (when she’s not teaching college English) and see her on the weekends also. I have a son in WA and a daughter (with grandsons!) who live in west TN and I can’t see them right now and it’s getting hard!

    what is making you happy right now? going to work (an essential business), my kitties, baking, reading and watching tv.

    what recipes are you loving most right now? tell me one savory and one sweet. my sisters and I are sharing my grandmother’s recipes I made her molasses crinkles this weekend and would love to try her chocolate and cream pies. Yum.

    how long have you been following along with HBH? what do you love most? quite a few years but I don’t know exactly. the photography is what drew me to your blog, but I love all the pasta recipes.

    are you working or spending your days at home doing? are you binging new shows, baking…both? I’m not at home but working like normal. When I’m home, I bake, try to draw a little every day, work sudoku puzzles, and currently I’m trying to learn the hula hoop..

    what is one product or service that’s making this time enjoyable for you? online order & pickup of groceries

    what are you most looking forward to after quarantine? walking at a park

    tell me what in your life you are most grateful for? my husband, children, and grandsons. My job that I love. My kitties.

    1. Hi Molly! That is so sweet that your daughter lives near by and you are able to see her! Also, that is so sweet that you and your sisters are sharing some family recipes! That is so special! I hope you and your family are staying well! xTieghan

  5. Hi!! Thanks for asking, here ya go 🙂
    where are you currently at in the world?
    Twin Falls Idaho
    are you with loved ones, or are you by yourself?
    My husband, my 91yr old mother and my 31 yr old son who is in nursing school and currently working in the ICU department of our hospital.
    what is making you happy right now?
    Spending time with my mom. She just moved back to Idaho with me after being gone for 4 yrs. She is very healthy but needs assistance so we decided to have her live with us.
    what recipes are you loving most right now? tell me one savory and one sweet.
    My son decided to go vegetarian and my husband and I have joined him for the most part. I found a wonderful spaghetti sauce recipe that feels meaty but uses mushrooms to get there, its wonderful. Your carrot cake with jammy frosting!! Its amazing.
    how long have you been following along with HBH? what do you love most? I think about a year, I love that you have all kinds of wonderful things on your site. And that the vegetarian recipes are abundant 🙂
    are you working or spending your days at home doing? are you binging new shows, baking…both? Im an essential worker so I am working, as is my hubby and of course my son. But since we are staying home as needed its lots of house projects!! We are starting a whole house remodel…one DIY room at a time. We just binged the 3rd season of Ozark (loved it!!!) and War of the Worlds on EPIX
    what is one product or service that’s making this time enjoyable for you? Food delivery. Since I am still working and with the limited grocery store hours, it has been a life saver. And also even though Im working it is very stressful. So food delivery, which we just never ever did before, has been wonderful.
    what are you most looking forward to after quarantine? Seeing my grandchild. He is usually here with us every other weekend and we are missing him so much.
    tell me what in your life you are most grateful for? Right now the health of my family. I worry every day that my son goes to work. He called me this am and told me one of his patience from the elder facility where he worked is in the ICU and is not expected to make it through the day. He sat with her for a while before he had to come home this morning. He has the biggest heart and it breaks mine for him. He is going to be a wonderful nurse.
    My answers…

    1. Hi Sheri! I hope you are all doing well during this time! Also, thank you to your son who is continuing to work during this time! I think I really need to start watching Ozark.. I keep hearing how amazing it is! Also, so wish we had food delivery or grocery delivery where I live haha. Thank you for sharing! xTieghan

  6. Hi Tieghan,
    I am loving these Sunday blog posts, such a fun read with such variety!

    1 & 2. I live in the suburbs of Minnesota with my husband and our 3 year old morkie Kona.
    3. Right now what is making me happy is that I am healthy and enjoying taking this time to read more and watching some Hallmark mystery shows ?.
    4. Recipes I am loving – so tough! Loving making Drunken Noodles at home (we just made your recipe last week!), and dalgona coffee.
    5. I am fairly new to HBH and just found it in the last 2-3 months; loving your instagram walking through recipes and just borrowed your cookbook from the digital library and can’t wait to delve into it!
    6. I am a Hospitality sales individual so i am currently furloughed but hope to be back to work in a few weeks. My days at home currently are full of home projects – painting, deeper cleaning, cooking and virtually connecting with friends and family.
    7. Loving the free library apps to rent books, using my sourdough starter & all of the free home workout services right now.
    8. After quarantine I am really looking forward to seeing friends and family again!
    9. Really grateful for health, my family & friends as well as the weather here starting to warm up so we can spend more time enjoying our backyard.

    We used your brunch board as our Easter breakfast inspiration as we virtually watched church on Sunday. We loved the breakfast and it was filled with such great food!

    1. Hi Becca! I am really glad that you and your loved ones are healthy and happy! I hope you continue to find joy in the little things! Also, so glad the brunch board turned out so well for you! YES! Thank you for sharing! xTieghan

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