Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

Happy Sunday guys! Feeling much more upbeat and positive today than I was last Sunday. While I still wake up every morning and say to myself, “Is this really our world? I feel like I’m living in a movie”. I’ve found my own ways to cope. I did a better job of removing myself from the media this week and really stayed hyper-focused on work. It was nice. Social media can be great, but when consuming it too much, especially with everything being shared right now, it can be overwhelming and stressful. So I made a conscious effort to focus where I need to, and step a little farther back from social media…

That said, I also made a huge effort to resume more of the HBH blog and Instagram content that I feel like people expect from me (and hopefully look forward to). It felt so nice to be sharing recipes and cooking with you all again. After almost a week off from sharing, it really made me realize how much I love this community we have, and how much I really do LOVE sharing my recipes (and life) with you guys. I know I say this all the time, but sharing here in this space really does feel like sharing with family!

Anyway, it was a better week and I’m excited to tackle the new week ahead! I’m in the kitchen testing and photographing new recipes all of this week in prep for our family vacation the first week of July. My family always does a summer trip, and always somewhere tropical…because in the winter it’s all-mountain towns!. In previous years we’ve gone to places in Mexico and Costa Rica, but with COVID, we’re staying in the US and heading to Key West. Are any of you planning any summer trips within the U.S? I know some families are planning smaller trips and others are just staying put at home.

Coming up this week on HBH…lots of summery recipes! Sharing a new 15-minute pasta, a berry-filled buttery treat, the simplest skillet chicken dinner, a fun scallop recipe, and the perfect Father’s Day brunch dish. Saturday’s cocktail post is still up in the air. Do you need a new cocktail for Father’s Day weekend? Do you have suggestions on what type of cocktail you’re looking for? Let me know!

And this week’s personal favorite recipe? Giant. Salted. Espresso. Hot. Fudge. Cookies. YUMM!

Question: What was your favorite recipe that I shared this past week?

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Have a great Sunday guys! If you’re looking for something fun to make…my blackberry lavender naked cake is always a Sunday favorite.

1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

loving…Vintner’s Daughter. I’m using their essence + serum (solely) and my skin has never been better!

wanting…this vintage rug and runner for the studio. But it would be a pretty big splurge…should I make the purchase? Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

obsessed…with these sandals I just ordered. Again, a splurge, but I love the seashell detail.

excited to try…more Puerto Rican food. I have been following Illyanna Maisonet for inspiration.

wanting…to make my breakfast grilled cheese (but for dinner because I LOVE breakfast for dinner).

pre-ordering…Living Lively by Halie Thomas (who is 19 and has such an inspiring story) and In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen.

loving…my new Salt Shop handmade aprons. Comfy + cute (almost too cute to get dirty).

watching…Friday Night Lights. For the millionth time over. It’s just comforting. And good.

loving…these linen napkins from Terrain. So sweet and dainty. Perfect for summer.

thinking about ordering…this salad bowl

obsessed…with candles. I just ordered two new scents, St. Al and Hinoki Fantome.

2. Summer 2020 Bucket List

  1. Make tie-dye shirts with Asher…to be very honest, I’m not into the current tie-dye trend at all, but this would be so much fun to do with Asher!
  2. Make pink watermelon lemonade…with a shot of vodka or maybe switch it up and use tequila.
  3. Finish the studio space…I just want it to finally feel complete. I also need to organize the pantry.
  4. Freshen up my personal home…I’d love to get my house a little cuter and littler cozier.
  5. Get off Instagram for 24 hours.
  6. Summer movie marathon…please tell me your favorites. I need suggestions.
  7. Update the greenhouse…we need a new one, the search is on…
  8. Order new sheets…because that’s what adults do. What are your personal favorites?
  9. Make Ice Cream…a summer must. What is your favorite flavor?

Question: what’s on your summer bucket list? I would really love to hear!

3. Favorite Father’s Day Gifts.

4. Favorite questions of the week…

q: Who’s your biggest food/cooking inspiration? Love your recipes so much Tieghan!!
a: My biggest sources of inspiration are my family, the seasons, and exploring different food cultures. Honestly, I just go back and forth with my family (mainly my sister in law, Lyndsie) on ideas. They are really my biggest source of inspiration and are always steering me in new directions. I also LOVE deep-diving into different country’s foods. Very excited to explore some Puerto Rican and Spanish food this week.

q: What do you enjoy more, cooking savory recipes or baking sweet recipes?
a: It depends on my mood and what season it is! Currently, I’m loving baking with all the summer produce. So much color. I also love baking in the fall because it’s “cozy”. And then cooking savory recipes I almost always love. So it’s kind of equal. I can’t say I love one more than the other. It just depends on the day!

q: Will you do a post on all your favorite cookware, bakeware, and other kitchen items?  
a: I would, but I honestly keep it so simple. Staub skillets and cocottes are my go-to when it comes to cookware. My stand mixer, food processor, and blender are my top used countertop appliances. I bake with USA baking pans and either glass Pyrex dishes or ceramic bakers (a lot from Staub or Williams-Sonoma). Oh, and I have been using my cookie scoop all the time (and just order two additional sizes).

q: Favorite blueberry recipe? I picked about 5 pounds today!!
a: Blueberry picking! That sounds amazing. I am jealous! A few of my favorites are these blueberry thyme tarts, this simple blueberry burnt basque cheesecake, my blueberry lemon layer cake, blueberry lemon thyme cake, and this blueberry smash. Oh, and my blueberry chamomile galette too!

5. Latest recipe videos.

Basil Chicken Saltimbocca with Marinated Tomatoes + Burrata…think of this like chicken parmesan, but better.

25 minute Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles…the weeknight dinner you need. It’s easy + quick + good!

And on Instagram stories…

Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken…summer comfort food. Exactly what we need these days.

Spicy Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Garden Vegetables…my favorite weeknight curry right now.

Homemade Goldfish…with double the cheese + extra crunch.

Crispy BBQ Beer Battered Cauliflower Nuggets…SO GOOD.

Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata…Nothin’ boring. Just all the good things.

Giant Salted Espresso Hot Fudge Cookies…my favorite cookie. Ever.

6. A few more cookbooks written by POC…

7. Favorite links i’m loving…

The Pork Chops You’ll Make Again and Again…well these sound delicious. I’d add peaches for summer.

How To Support Black Women in the Workplace…an informational read.

Liam Payne Calabasas Home…complete with a teahouse and a waterfall. Wow.

Inside an NYC Family’s Adirondacks Lodge…Unique and pretty. What a wonderful summer home.

Ready to Publish Your Website…read this SEO checklist first.

Tools to Shift Your Mindset…even when in the worst mood. Need this.

A Leafy Backyard Compound in Clinton Hill…behind the walls of an onetime shoe factory is a lush garden shared by families.

Why You Should Make a PPT (People, Places, Things) List…to live your fullest life.

Anti-Racist Reading List..such a good resource.

8 Ways to Be Actively Anti-Racist in Your Daily Life…a helpful read.

24 Closet Organization Items…with shockingly good reviews on Amazon.

Reading Recommendations…from 15 Black thought leaders and creatives.

7 Wine Gifts Dad Will Love for Father’s Day…something special to sip and savor.

Samira Nasr Is the First Woman of Color to Run Harper’s Bazaar...an inspiring Sunday story.

18 Black-Owned Jewelry Lines…exited to order from a few of these new to me brands.

19 Powerful LGBTQIA+ Leaders on Instagram to Follow and Support Now and Always…listen, learn, and advocate.

On the Farm with Tennessee’s Bloomsbury Farm…love this farm tour.

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Foodie Dads…go for the Maldon Salt Bucket, it’s my favorite.

Ask an Expert…how to take back your time and get more out of your days without running yourself ragged.

How to Talk About Money With Your Significant Other…no matter how stressful the times are.

The 17 Best Organic Skincare Brands…and the holy-grail product pick from each.

Bedtime Stories at Breegan Jane’s Home Are About Standing Up for Others…love these children’s books.

30+ Black-Owned Businesses to Support Now and Always…I already love Briogeo and Blk and Bold.

Exactly What I Do on Payday to Manage My Money…if you need some money management guidance.

8 Things Not to Say to Your Partner While Staying at Home…and what to say instead.

Master These 5 Skills if You Want to Move to Management…if you’re looking for a raise.

8. Favorite Summer PJ Sets…

Adore these sweet, dainty styles for summer.

Bonus: Love these summer beach bags from Etsy.

9. This week’s dinners…

Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata | halfbakedharvest.com

Monday: Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata

Cajun Pepper Shrimp with Creamed Corn Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com #shrimp #summerrecipes #corn #30minutes

Tuesday: Cajun Pepper Shrimp with Creamed Corn Orzo

Spicy Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Garden Vegetables | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: Spicy Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Garden Vegetables

Crispy Beer Battered BBQ Cauliflower Nuggets | halfbakedharvest.com

Thursday: Crispy BBQ Beer Battered Cauliflower Nuggets

Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes | halfbakedharvest.com #healthy #summerrecipes #easy #dinner #greek

Friday: Greek Orzo Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes

Giant Salted Espresso Hot Fudge Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday: Giant Salted Espresso Hot Fudge Cookies

Homemade Goldfish | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday Snacks: Homemade Goldfish

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

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  1. My favorite summer movie is Sandlot…. no matter how old I get, it will always be my go to summer movie.

  2. I will be so excited to see what Key West inspires you to make!! So much fun! We are taking a family trip too, going up to Flathead Lake, MT. It is SO pretty and one of my favorite places……also, give me ALL the huckleberries! Have a safe and fun trip!!

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