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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!!

  3. I always look forward to your Sunday posts because they are so inspiring and positive!
    If you need to turn a guilty pleasure on in the background, I recommend Pretty Little Liars. It’s exactly that- a fun, guilty pleasure. FYI parts of it is mature if Miss Asher is around : )
    Thanks for another great week of posts!

  4. Hi!
    Always think of commenting, never do till you mentioned Key West! Long time reader and absolutely have been LIVING for your Sunday posts. I have lived in southwest Florida for the past 10 years and make a yearly trip down to the keys in July. It will be HOT but rent bikes, eat and drink😁
    1. Cuban coffee Queen for coffee
    2. Goldmans Deli-best bagels outside of New York! Like take 12 home to freeze.
    3. Bien on Eaton street. Get the street corn…or 2. The onions have their own sandwiche which says it all!
    4. Eaton street seafood. Lobster roll. It can and will compete with one from Maine dont care who will argue 🤗
    5. Garbos Grill- food truck tacos and chill spot to just relax.
    6. Waterfront brewery…..beer and get the shrimp risotto so unexpected but ate twice last trip.
    Soooo many others but this is my musts on all trips.

    Have a great time and enjoy tour family!

    Adrienne

    1. Thank you so much Adrienne!! I am so glad you provided all of these recommendations! I cannot wait to check out all of these places! xTieghan

  5. Boll and Branch sheets are Awesomeness!!! As far as movies go – anything with Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Matthew McConaughey, and Matt Damon. I love reading your blog newsletters and especially this one on Sunday for all the inspiration.

  6. Skip the shell sandals. The cost is outrageous for a shoe that will probably only last one season. There are a ton of really darling shoes with shells that are significantly cheaper. But on the other hand, if they speak to you and you just have to have them–well, why not!

  7. No no no on the rugs! I wouldn’t normally offer feedback or judgement on such things but you asked…. I almost feel bad offering my thoughts here because they are a bit judgey feeling, but there has to be better ways for you to spend money and yes, even still splurge a little. Rugs get stained (if you have pets, they are a target for accidents i swear!), go out of fashion, etc. You could spend $1500 on a still great rug and spend the rest of that money on a nice vacation (in the future), investments… so many things. Of course I don’t know your financial situation but I’d challenge you to find a cheaper copycat. That said, its your money and only you know what will bring you joy and where your priorities are, and there’s nothing wrong with that! The above comments are based on me, not you.

    Looking forward to seeing some puerto rican influenced recipes from you! We don’t have much of a PR influence up here in Canada so i’m not super familiar with the food and culture. It can be hard to find ingredients from some cultures up here, particularly those that aren’t largely represented in the population (I live outside of a major centre) but there’s always online shopping i suppose. I just bought a cookbook on turkish mezze dishes and am excited to experiment with those after a fabulous mezze restaurant opened up in a nearby community last year. Every dish they serve is incredible! We really do live in such an amazing time if we choose to look for all of the wonderful resources out there from around the world and be open to new tastes, influences and voices.

    1. Hi Leanne! Thank you so much for the feedback! It really is a great idea to save that and I have been seeing amazing rugs that are not as expensive! Do you have any recommendations on good shops for one also?

      I am glad you are excited for the new recipes! Hopefully I can source some ingredients that are accessible to everyone! xTieghan

  8. Absolutely love your Sunday post – give myself lots of time to read it all! I’m going to investigate a number of the books I was looking at in a couple of the articles you shared. Don’t know what your thoughts are on musical movies – watched so many with my mom & sister growing up so they are very nostalgic for me but I think worth checking out… Sound of Music; Oklahoma; South Pacific; Music Man; My Fair Lady, Camelot… Yeah, perhaps they feel like they are from “another era” but they touch on subjects that are still very relevant. Others – Field of Dreams; Tin Cup; Bull Durham; Grosse Point Blank; ANY Marvel movie (yeah that’s quite a switch from other titles but who doesn’t love a good action movie!!). Also enjoy the Mission Impossible movies – total action & escapism! : ). Thanks so much for all your posts, recipes & Instagram films!!

  9. Brooklinen sheets are great.
    I’m looking forward to this week’s recipes and I always love Nine Favorite Things on Sunday

  10. Love the blog Tieghan! You mentioned that you love diving into different countries’ foods. You’ve done some northern African dishes (mostly Moroccan) but there’s a whole continent that has a lot of different flavors. Why not try some other food traditions? Senegalese? They have an amazing peanut chicken dish that I highly recommend! Ethiopian? The injera is legendary! Congolese? Try making fufu and eating with your hands! It’s a staple in my family’s tradition and we eat it multiple times a week with sombe (cassava leaves) and pan fried fish. There are so many cultures and different foods.

    1. You are so right!! I would love to dive into all of those! Thank you for these recommendations! xTieghan

  11. Branch and Boll sheets are the best! The box they come in with the pretty ribbon is the cherry on top of the sheet sundae! I have searched far and wide and spent unholy amount of money on sheets and these are hands down my fave!

  12. Hey, quick suggestion for amazing Cuban food in Key West. Try El Siboney on Catherine St. They bring out hot Cuban bread slathered in butter- heaven! I always get lechon asado with yellow rice/ black beans and maduros. It’s a cheap, laid back, no fuss way to get your Cuban fix outside of Miami. And there are usually chickens perched in the bushes outside. Highly recommend! Also, try the flan. Yum.

    1. Ok wow my mouth just started watering! Yes I will have to try it all! Thank you so much Amy! xTieghan

  13. Happy Sunday
    I am watching top chef and fell in love with Haitian food been trying to make mufungo ha ha not easy but I have goals

    I love pretty woman and blind side
    Favorite line “big mistake” ha ha yep

    This week of your receipes I’m making
    Pink watermelon lemonade
    Basil chicken saltimboca
    Pesto chicken Caesar

    We are traveling to North Carolina to see family and move my mom out of assisted living and in to our home
    The reality of this current pandemic makes me to uncomfortable for her

    What’s bringing me joy
    My garden
    10 month old puppy
    My boys
    And my tan lines

    Enjoy your week

  14. You’re just the best, and I always look forward to your newsletter and other content! ❤️ I totally feel you on needing social media breaks. I try to stay off FB and Insta on the weekends, favoring my newspaper and coffee in the mornings, and that always helps me start the work week feeling refreshed. Enjoy your summer movie marathon! One of my lighthearted faves is What About Bob? 😊

  15. Yes! You NEED to try some Puerto Rican recipes! Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, our home was always filled with such amazing food and family. Start with arroz con gondules/pollo which is such a basic that’s served with almost every meal. Pernil (Roasted pork shoulder loaded with spices) is a holiday favorite of every boricua, though I never wait until Christmas for it. I make it all year long. And of course the easiest recipe to make is tostones (fried green plantains), that are PERFECT with any meal. You will not be sorry you tried out any Puerto Rican dishes. They’re heaven and you’ll adore them.
    P.S. I remember reading that your family loved chicken and rice growing up. Try the Puerto Rican version of white rice and chicken stew (carne guisada). It’s super easy and my husbands favorite Puerto Rican dish.
    Add 1/3 to 2/3c water to a large pot with 6+ Large chicken things/drumsticks. More water if using chicken breast.
    Add 8oz of tomato sauce, 2 packets of sazon seasoning (coriander and achiote version can be found at any grocery store), 1 carrot chopped, 1/2 jar of green olives (optional), 1/2c homemade sofrito, salt and pepper to taste. Cook medium heat for 15min. Add 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered. Cook low to medium heat for 30min until chicken cooked through. Serve over white rice with tostones on the side. HEAVEN.

    1. YES!! Thank you so much for all of these recommendations, Johanna! They all sound so good and I cannot wait to try them! xTieghan

  16. I hope you enjoy your vacation in Key West! I’m sure you already have an extensive (food) list of things to do/eat, but I HIGHLY recommend the Dark Chocolate Key Lime Bar on a Stick from Kermit’s Key West Lime Shop!! (Not an ad, I promise! I just loved it!) I visited Key West from the Northeast literally the week before all the COVID travel restrictions took effect, and it was one of the best things I have ever had, a perfect vacation treat! I have been following you for a while, and finally purchased both cookbooks as inspiration in quarantine, and have been loving all the recipes so far. Thank you also for sharing so many recommendations of Black chefs and bakers that I am now following, and I am looking forward to the upcoming Puerto Rican inspired recipes soon!

    PS Brooklinen are my favorite sheets so far, and my ice cream recommendation is complicated because I live in an area where there are a ton of homemade ice cream places, but one of my all-time favorites (actually I’ll probably go get some today!) would be a scoop of classic chocolate chip cookie dough and a scoop of coffee oreo. Combination is SO GOOD.

    1. Ah thank you so much for the recommendation! I will definitely tell my family that we have to check it out! Also, what kind of brooklinen sheets do you have? I have heard they are great! xTieghan

  17. One of my favorite movies is Bridget Jones’s Diary! I could watch it over and over =)
    I am also a fan of Pride and Prejudice-there are many versions out there!

  18. Favorite homemade ice cream is, hands down, cinnamon served with homemade ginger snaps. We first had cinnamon ice cream on a family vacation to Germany, and we were all blown away. How had we lived so long without that deliciousness?!? Now it’s a family staple.

  19. Hi Tieghan, I wanted to comment on the ice cream question – I live in Cincinnati, home to Graeters Ice Cream. I am not sure if you have heard of it, but maybe with trips back to Ohio, you have. And they are expanding, so maybe at a store in your area soon. Anyway, their most popular flavor, which happens to be very summery is black raspberry chip. Unreal. You can order it. And should
    Also Key West is amazing….try key lime pie everywhere – each place has their own spin. And Conch chowder. Way better than it sounds. You will feel as if you have left the states – I promise.
    Loyal reader and big fan, Susan

    1. Hi Susan! Yes, I have heard of it! My cousin actually went to school in Cincinnati and would tell me about it! Maybe I will order it haha. Thank you so much! xTieghan

  20. I do have a summer vacation planned – Summit County, CO! 9 out of 10 of my vacations are there! 🙂

  21. On that movie suggestion: Definitely “Captain Fantastic”, “Colonia”, “girl” and “While we were here” !
    About ice creeaaaam (yum yum, I’m on ice cream based diet all year long ahah): my all time fave is yogurt, buuuut orange blossom, pistachio and almond have changed my life 😀 But rice milk based ice cream is something too, however you need a really good rice milk! and That’s it ahah no more suggestions
    Thank you again for your work and dedication; I’m looking forward your stories & recipe every morning ! Keep going, you’re amazing ✨