Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.


Happy June, happy Sunday! This has been a very different week. And while it was a challenging week, I learned a lot. I slowed my pace and I discovered new-to-me POC in the home, lifestyle, beauty, and of course, food space. It has been great for me to explore and learn. I really hope you all enjoyed the stories we shared this past week.

While we’re on the topic of learning, you know what’s kind of crazy? In October it will be eight years since my mom and I published the very first blog post on HBH. Eight years. Wow, have I learned a lot!

And you know what’s even crazier? In all of those eight years we’ve never missed a blog post (other than major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving). Not one. But this week shook things up a bit. And It’s OK. I feel inspired in new ways. I’m ready to tackle the week with a fresh outlook and fun ideas for new summer content.

Speaking of summer…

I’m very much looking forward to getting back to cooking and sharing brand new recipes. My (very scattered) mind is full of fresh, colorful summer recipe ideas. A few of which I’ll be sharing with you all this week. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed sharing daily recipes with you all. I can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow.

How about you all? I feel like we haven’t been able to fully connect much this week…and it’s been weird for me. Have you been enjoying some nice summer weather? Cooking a lot? Around here, it’s been typical summer mountain weather. Beautiful and sunny in the morning, but come mid-afternoon, the summer storms begin to roll in. Sometimes I just want to curl up with a cozy blanket and light a candle. My early morning hikes have been the most beautiful. I love seeing the lush green trees and the sun rising up over the mountains. This is really the only time of day that I take for just myself and I cherish it so much. It keeps me creative, happy, and sane.

And in Little Miss Asher news (since we all love her so), she is officially out of school for the summer. This means no more “zoom” classrooms and lots of baking with the little sis. She’s very happy…and so am I! We baked a big batch of cookies out of the HBH Super Simple cookbook on Saturday during the afternoon storms. And I have to say, it was nice just to stop for a minute and hang with her one on one. She’s my favorite.

Question: what are you guys looking forward to this week? For me, it’s definitely sharing new recipes. Writing blog posts, sharing them here on the blog, and then on Instagram stories as well. Sharing food is what makes me happiest. Always.

Coming up this week on HBH, we have lots of summer-inspired recipes with plenty of color. On Monday we’ll have a fun new vegetarian recipe. Tuesday is yet another childhood favorite (loving recreating my favorite “kid” foods). Wednesday is a wild card…meaning I really don’t know yet. And Thursday will bring a fresh summer dinner salad. Of course, we’ll be keeping things light for summer. And as you would expect, it’s all about sweets come Friday. Saturday’s drink is bourbon-based and a new personal favorite. So all delicious things to come!

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Hoping everyone has a wonderful Sunday full of good food…hopefully with a little peach cobbler or blueberry cake.

1. Inspiring me.

On Pinterest… 

Note: this might just be my favorite quote of all.

Sources unknown, but all found via Pinterest. Please let me know if you happen to know the exact sources.

In Reading…

A Note from Joanna Gaines on Risk – I found this story uplifting and inspiring. A great Sunday read.

From Joanna Gaines

In Podcasts…

Debra Messing & Mandana Dayani on How To Constantly Educate Ourselves To Be Better.

2. Sixteen Recipes to Celebrate June.

Skillet Burst Cherry Tomato Summer Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs | #pasta #tomatoes #burrata #summerrecipes

Skillet Burst Cherry Tomato Summer Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette | #watermelon #summerrecipes #easyrecipes #healthy

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Pan-Fried Feta with Peppered Hone | #appetizers #easyrecipes #summerrecipes

Pan-Fried Feta with Peppered Honey

Summer Niçoise Salad | #salad #summerrecipes #healthy

Summer Niçoise Salad

Basil Chicken Saltimbocca with Marinated Tomatoes and Burrata | #chicken #tomatoes #basil #summerrecipes

Basil Chicken Saltimbocca

Caprese Prosciutto Farro Salad |

Caprese Prosciutto Farro Salad

One Pot Lemon Basil, Asparagus, and Sausage Pasta |

One Pot Lemon Basil, Asparagus, and Sausage Pasta

Garden Greens Goddess Pizza |

Garden Greens Goddess Pizza

Crispy Lemon Feta with Spiced Chickpeas and Basil Orzo |

Crispy Lemon Feta with Spiced Chickpeas and Basil Orzo

Browned Butter Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Toast Brioche Crumbs | #summerrecipes #peaches #icecream #easyrecipes

Browned Butter Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon “Toast” Brioche Crumbs

Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream | #summerrecipes #layercake #blueberries

Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

Blueberry Ricotta Chamomile Galette | #blueberries #summer #easyrecipes

Blueberry Chamomile Galette

Nonnie's 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake | #icecream #easyrecipes #chocolate #peanutbutter #summer

Nonnie’s 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

Skillet Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler with Layered Cream Cheese Biscuits |

Skillet Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler

Double Strawberry Pretzel Pie |

Double Strawberry Pretzel Pie

Blackberry Champagne Mule

3. Cookbooks by Black Authors…

Question: what are some of your favorite cookbooks, newer or older, written by African Americans?

4. Favorite Questions of the Week…

q: Have you ever considered going vegan?
a: Nope, I have not. I love cheese and experimenting with new to me foods, so this would limit that too much for me. Otherwise, I could do it. I love creating vegan recipes (and we have one coming up this week).

q: Favorite go-to cocktail for a Friday night when you’re tired and want something simple?
a: My blueberry lemon thyme smash. This fun, summery drink is so easy to make. It can be made with any berry you have on hand. And if you don’t have berries on hand, simply use a fruity jam.

q: Favorite flowers for garnishing?
a: I really love chamomile, elderflower, thyme blossoms, lavender, and delicate herbs like lemon basil or lemon mint. Other edible flowers I often use are hibiscus, pansies, dahlias, roses (I love dried roses too). There are probably more that I am just forgetting. I order all my edible flowers and herbs through Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

q: Favorite TV show?
a: I haven’t watched a tv show in years…but my all-time favorites are Gilmore Girls, Buffy, and probably Gossip Girl. Lol. Everything I watched growing up! What should I watch on a Sunday night?

5. Latest Recipe Videos.

No Fuss Lemon Tart…the easiest, most delicious, and so very pretty when topped with fresh berries.

Baked Black Pepper Ranch Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard…these are the best, and so fun for summer.

And on Instagram stories…

Southern Double Crusted Cinnamon Sugar Peach Cobbler…really the only thing you need to bake today.

6. Newly Discovered Black Owned Businesses and Blogs.

Home Decor, Pottery, Tabletop, and Lines:

Naked Clay Ceramics – love this coffee and creamer set. I can’t wait until they are back in stock.

Tracie Hervy – these pretty plates will make everything look good.

Madame de la Maison –  these plates and this kitchen towel are in my shopping cart.

The Black Home – this silverware set is beautiful.


Kenesha Sneed-Tactile Matter the prettiest print shop.

Ronni Nicole Robinson – we all love these pieces so much. I’m ordering this piece as soon as it’s back in stock. It’s just so pretty.

P-Nut the Low country Poet – artist and poet based in Charleston. All of his works make me smile.

Greg Breda – the details in his photos are truly amazing.

The Everyday Print Co – very pretty modern Afro wall art and prints.

Estelle Colored Glass – these glasses would make cocktails looks so pretty! This blush pink wine glass is perfect for summer Rosé.

Debra Cartwright – really pretty prints. Love this print and its dainty pinks.

Aurélia Durand – such pretty and unique illustrations! 

Related Reading: The Artist Reimagining What Home Looks Like for Black Families.

Fashion and Lifestyle Influencers:

Sincerely_Sheda -such a cute family-focused blogger.

Golde – superfood, health, and beauty products.

Venita Aspen – has the cutest summer charm. Love her style, positivity, and photos of Charleston.

Shades Of Pink – the sweetest blogger from South Carolina…adore her vintage style.

Ljeoma Kola – love her upbeat attitude and creativity.

Children’s Books by Black Author’s:

Hair Love by Mathew A. Cherry

Happy To Be Nappy by bell hooks

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson

Related reading: 7 Books About Race to Read to Your Kids

Question: who do you guys follow? Please leave your favorites in the comments for everyone to discover!

7. favorite links i’m loving…

Charming 1860s Barn-Turned-Home…so cute.

25 Kitchen Products That’ll Help Make Food Taste Better…I need to try some of these.

29 Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to educate yourself on racial injustice

Here’s How Etsy Is Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement…love that Etsy is doing this.

26 Comfort Food Recipes You Can Make Right Now…yum. these all sound delicious.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Transform an NYC Town House…perfect family home.

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Show AD Their New Home…this is their older home, but I still love it.

11 Fiction Books Written by Black Women to Read This Year…and 9 Black bookstagrammers to follow.

26 Small Businesses Owned by Women of Color…love, love, love this well-curated list.

30 Must-Try Black-Owned Restaurants In America..according to food lovers

The Black-Owned Design Brands We Return to Again and Again…loving these new to me brands

If You’re a White Woman Looking to Help…Ivirlei Brookes’s Viral Video Is the Resource You Need

32 Black-Owned Skincare, Hair, and Makeup…Briogeo hair is one of my favorites.

14 Great Black-Owned Businesses…can’t wait to try Harlem Candle Co.

21 Black-Authored Cookbooks to Add to Your Shelf…so many new cookbooks to order.

When Will Schools Reopen…the question all parents are wondering.

10 Novels by Black Authors…to better understand the Black experience.

The Hardest “Harry Potter” Questions About Hermione Granger…Can You Get A Perfect Score? I got 5 out of 8 and yes, I am very disappointed in myself.

8. Black Owned Soy Made Candle Brands…

Pretty Honest Candles 

Ordering the the very tropical Caribbean Teakwood Soy Candle.

KSM Candle Co

Excited to try their Cinnamon Soy Candle.

Bonus: Fashion and Beauty Finds from African American Designers…

9. This week’s dinners…

Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken | #chicken #corn #summer #easy #dinner

Monday: Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken

Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta | #pasta #italian #summerrecipes

Tuesday: Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta

Summer Coconut Chickpea Curry with Rice and Fried Halloumi | #coconut #vegan #curry #easyrecipes #summer

Wednesday: Summer Coconut Chickpea Curry with Rice and Fried Halloumi

Better Than Takeout Sweet Thai Basil Chicken | #easyrecipes #20minutes #thaichicken #ricebowl #healthy

Thursday: Better Than Takeout Sweet Thai Basil Chicken

Garden Herb Shrimp Scampi Linguine | #pasta #shrimp #easyrecipes #summerrecipes

Friday: Garden Herb Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Lemon-Thyme Vodka Watermelon Lemonade |

Saturday Drink: Pink Vodka Watermelon Lemonade

Southern Double Crusted Cinnamon Sugar Peach Cobbler |

Sunday Baking: Southern Double Crusted Cinnamon Sugar Peach Cobbler

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