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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.


(coneflowers around the yard)

Happy Sunday! Hoping you all had a great July 4th and were able to celebrate with family and/or friends. I ended up spending the day inside as we had in-and-out thunderstorms most of the day. But it’s OK, I took the time indoors to play a little catch up on some home projects, and to get myself ahead and prepared for the week ahead. I love a busy Saturday and ending the weekend feeling ready for the new week ahead.

With the long holiday weekend, I took some of this “extra” time off to finally get into a couple of home “to-dos” I’ve been wanting to check off my list for what feels like ages now. I recently ordered a few new vases and it’s really inspired me to create a more welcoming home environment, both in my personal home and our studio workspace. I’m beginning to learn that even adding the simplest touches like a few candles, unique vases, or pretty baskets around a space immediately warms it up and creates a welcoming, homey feel, which I love. And of course, flowers are always a welcoming touch too. You can never have too many flowers.

And I am now feeling inspired to tackle so many new home and home decor projects (see below). Shifting my focus just slightly the last few days has been a much-needed break for me. I’ve even been taking time at the end of the day for an evening walk around our neighborhood, which is my absolute favorite thing to do in the summer. The sun peeking through the green trees and setting over the mountains is just the most beautiful scene. Couple that with a warm summer breeze…sometimes seems like it’s straight out of a movie. Lucky for me, it’s real life. Yep, soaking up these summer evenings while we have them, they come and go so quickly.

And in other news, today is my older brother Creighton’s birthday. Not sure how everyone is planning to celebrate, but I can guarantee you that there will be lots of fun, laughs, and good food enjoyed. The perfect way to round-out to the long weekend.

Question: what has been the highlight of your family’s July 4th weekend? I’d love to hear what you’ve all been up to!

Coming up this week on HBH, we’re continuing on with simple summer recipes and sharing out a few new favorites. Monday’s recipe is my personal favorite of the week. Then on Tuesday, we’ll have something icy cold and sweet. Then on to a fun new grilled cheese that will be coming your way. And finally, we’ll round out the week with a summer berry recipe.

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1. Summer Garden Inspiration.

fresh picked flowers

(freshly picked flowers and herbs)

One of the things I’m enjoying most about summer is our garden. Ok fine, greenhouse, but I love using the word garden. Right now it’s flourishing with fresh basil, thyme, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano mint, sage, rosemary, kale, lavender, and chamomile. We have so many herbs in our garden that we really need more space. We have plenty of land for this, so I’ve been dreaming big for next year’s garden. My dream is to have something like Joanna Gaines, but the reality is we can’t have an outdoor garden here in the mountains. It’s just too cold at night. So while I’m using her garden as inspiration, I’m also plotting out a new greenhouse. Ideally, I’d like to be able to grow even more herbs, edible flowers, and heartier vegetables. Ones that can thrive in our environment.

Additionally, I’d like to have flower beds full of heartier “mountain” flowers. Flowers like Coneflowers, Russian Sage, Poppy Mallow, Daisy’s, Pansies, and Lavender, all of which are already growing around the property. I just want beds FULL of them. Picture something like the picture below, but with the flowers I’ve listed above…

Let’s just say my dad…the official “HBH handyman”…has some work cut out for him. Don’t worry dad, I have confidence in you!

And lastly, lilacs! We have three large lilac trees that bloom around this time of year, dependent on the weather. We had late snow in early June and sadly, our white tree didn’t bloom at all. Our two purple bushes bloomed, but not well. I got a few branches (which I photographed with the blackberry scones, raspberry brioche rolls, and Buckeye crunch bars), but not many. Hoping next year’s season will be better! If anyone has tips on protecting their lilac bushes from cold weather, please, do share with me!

So those are my thoughts on next year’s garden (because it’s a little too late for this year). I’d love to hear tips from you guys. Do any of you have suggestions on what we can grow in our rocky mountain climate?

Here are all the photos, accounts, and cute gardening “tools” that have inspired my new found love for growing everything I can.

All the gardening tools and vases I love most…

Instagram Accounts I am following…

@yolorenzo for the prettiest upstate New York scenes. 

@velvetandlinen her garden and farm are beautiful…love her shop too. 

A few of my favorite The Little Market Garden Baskets…

Market Basket

I use this one a lot for produce

Weave Bohemian Market Basket

This one I carry daily from home to the studio and back home again.

Palm Shopper

The perfect farmers market bag. I need this one. 

Classic Market Basket

One of my favorite baskets we have in the studio, I love filling it with flowers.

The two flower books I love…

And what I’m reading online…

The Gardening Roundup on Studio McGee.

Top 10 Gardening Tips for Beginners on Wit and Delight.

From the Garden Recipes on Gal Meets Glam.

And lastly, all the Pinterest photos helping me dream…


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

2. My Two Favorite Recipes to Make in July…

20 Minute Lemon Butter Pasta with Ricotta and Spicy Breadcrumbs |

Savory: 20 Minute Lemon Butter Pasta with Whipped Ricotta and Spicy Breadcrumbs

Best summer dinner for using up garden basil and zucchini.

Skillet Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler with Layered Cream Cheese Biscuits |

Sweet: Skillet Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler with Layered Cream Cheese Biscuits

Best simple summer dessert. Use any berries you have on hand and enjoy with ice cream! 

PS. In case you missed it, we shared The 30 Most Popular EASY Summer Recipes…if you’re in need of ideas. 

3. The Summer Table with Skye McAlpine x Anthro…

4. Favorite Questions of the Week…

q: Non-food related, but what mascara do you use? Your eyelashes always look so good!
a: I love Saie Beauty mascara so much. It one of the only clean beauty mascaras that I’ve found that really works

q: How did you learn to make you plating look so amazing?
a: It has taken a lot of years and a lot of practice and I’m still not the BEST at it. Plating is a part of how I develop recipes. Recipes come together visually in my head before I even start testing them. I am SO visual. Don’t gimme words, gimme a photo and I’m happy! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved more than anything making things look “pretty”. As a teen, I’d style clothes and always thought I’d go into fashion, but now I just put that creativity into my food styling…and I love it even more!

q: Random, but have you ever wanted to be on a cooking competition show?
a: Nope! Never! Competition shows are not for me. I’m already way too competitive with myself. Don’t need to add others into the mix too.

q: Do you play music while you cook/bake?
a: Most of the time it’s music or a podcast, but when I really have to focus it’s neither because I can get distracted, especially when I have podcasts playing.

5. Latest Recipe Videos.

Greek Chicken Chopped Salad…current favorite summer dinner.

And on Instagram stories…

Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce…this one is ALL the things.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Hot Bacon Vinaigrette…Beyond. Good.

Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies…my favorite (non-chocolate) cookie.

Melon Basil Salad with Crispy Prosciutto…summer in a salad with double the burrata.

Salted Spicy Watermelon Margarita Popsicle…boozy frozen tequila pops. These are fun!

6. Things I’m Loving, Wanting, and Excited to Try…

loving…more than anything, my morning hikes and if I can get them in, evening walks.

wanting…to explore beekeeping. I think it could be fun, rewarding, and we all know I love honey.

the podcast I’m listening to…Design Time hosted by Domino editor in chief, Jessica Romm Perez.

loving with…my lavender lemon sugar cookies. Has anyone made them? Please do!

excited to try…Fertile Alchemy Aromatic Oil. I’ve read so many great things about this oil.

ordering…this pitcher (similar, affordable options, here (larger) and here (larger)). I’m hoping to make strawberry lemonade very soon.

loving…these shorts. They’ve been sold out everywhere, but I finally found them.

watching…Jingle in July. I know, I know…but I can’t resist a good Hallmark Christmas movie.

loving…Joanna Gaines kitchen for her upcoming cooking show. LOVE this space.

re-ordering…this Coconut Milk Oat Soap Bar and Tea Tree Mint Soap Bar.

scrolling…BLK + GRN. An all-natural market place by all Black artisans.

loving…the baseball hat trend. All about a low messy bun + cute hat for easy summer days.

7. Favorite Links I’m Loving…

6 Techniques to Reduce Stress…love these techniques so much, especially #2.

Throw a Chic Summer Party…with help from an event planner

From Ally to Accomplice…how to support black women at work.

12 Home Decor and Furniture Sales to Shop Over the Long Weekend…all about this Lulu and Georgia sale.

This New Platform Makes the Decorating Process 100% More Organized…what a cool idea.

Inside a Family’s Cozy West Village Townhouse…awe, I love this space in the middle of the city.

Easy Braid Tutorials to Upgrade Your Summer Style…love these simple summer styles.

How to Build a Brand Through Storytelling on Social Media…storytelling has been key for us.

Inside a Country Retreat and Tranquil City Home…not really my style, but still so pretty and unique.

There’s No Secret Recipe for Restoring Wallpaper…but this approach is close.

30 Books That Should Be on Your Summer Reading List…which is your pick?

7 Bargain Brands to Buy Summer Closet Staples…I love & Other Stories and Topshop.

How to Make Your Current Job Your Dream Job…if you’re feeling stuck.

The Bachelorette Resumes Production…I’ve never watched the Bachelorette, but should I?

An Exclusive Look Inside Kendra Scott’s Jaw-Dropping Austin HQ…what a unique and inspiring office space.

Get “Unready” with Chriselle Lim…love an “unready” video and learning new beauty secrets.

16 Summer Grilling Recipes…yummm, these all sound delicious.

10 Two-Minute Habits That Will Change Your Life…especially love #5 and #7.

Repurpose Food Scraps Into Houseplant Fertilizer…so cool.

Curious About Freezing Your Eggs…here’s what you should know.

3 Types of Negative Mindsets That Can Cause Harm…and how to overcome them.

31 Best-Selling Kitchen Products From Target…recommending the OXO cookie scoop and Nordic Ware sheet pan.

Herbs to Boost Your Immune System…if you’re looking to bulk up your immune system.

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford talks about the hard work that led to this Supreme Court landmark ruling

8. Affordable Summer Pieces from & Other Stories…

9. This Week’s Dinners…

25 Minute Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles |

Monday: 25 Minute Thai Black Pepper Chicken and Garlic Noodles

Souper Creamy Lemon Butter Cheesy Zucchini Orzo | #orzo #easyrecipes #zucchini

Tuesday: Souper Creamy Lemon Butter Cheesy Zucchini Orzo

Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce |

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Golden Butter Fries and Garlic Sauce

Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos with Cilantro Lime Garlic Sauce |

Thursday: Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos with Cilantro Lime Garlic Sauce

Bucatini Amatriciana | #pasta #easyrecipes #italian

Friday: Bucatini Amatriciana

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

Saturday Snacks: Pan-Fried Feta with Peppered Honey

Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies |

Sunday Baking: Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies

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

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  1. Always love these roundups! Thanks so much for doing them! I’ll be making several of these recipes this week and have tons of tabs of good stuff to read 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Anna! I am so glad you have been loving my blog and I hope you continue to! xTieghan

  2. Hi, I love your blog, I love your recipes, love your food styling, I love the things you love and you inspire me to stop, and take a breath and reconnect with doing the things I love and surrounding my space with items I love!
    And you can never dream too big!!
    Keep inspiring, I dont have time to follow blogs often, but I make time for yours, and I follow you on pinterest and instagram. Keep up the amazing content. xx

    1. Aw that is seriously so amazing to hear, Tasneem! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan

  3. Love reading your weekly posts! I recently went dairy free because my baby has an intolerance and I’ve never realized how many of your recipes that I love have dairy. Do you have any favorites that either don’t have dairy or could easily be left out without ruining the dish?? Thanks!

    1. Hi Sophie,
      It really depends on the recipe, but usually my go to would be coconut milk or coconut cream. I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  4. Oh my goodness Joanna seriously is a goddess!!!! How does she do it? Aaaand how the heck did I not know she was going to start a cooking show? I feel like that kitchen is way too pretty to make a mess in! Also, your barn inspires me to dream way too big too! lol I would LOVE a space like yours to create and cook. I guess we can dream big together! haha thanks for the post Tieghan, I enjoy these Sunday posts!

  5. Part of gardening is accepting the climate you live in, that fact can be upsetting, but it can also be liberating. Beauty, like ways of living, is not a homogeneous ideal, but is diverse and many! So we can’t grow citrus trees and lilacs, but you might could grow alpine strawberries and lupines. Consult a master gardener or your area’s extension office for more detailed and localized advice. Also glass houses and cold frames are always an option!

  6. Hi Tieghan. When you trim your lilacs – either when shaping or gathering flowers – you might be cutting off next years flower buds. If so, don’t worry as the next season they will flower. If lilacs get enough sun they should bloom. They are very hardy. The only other thing that might damage them is repetitive freezing and thawing. Wrapping them in burlap might help but depending how big they are that might be very impractical. Hope that helps.

  7. I look forward to this email every Sunday but did not receive it today. I went to the website in search….
    And found it. So, I’m not sure if there was a technical glitch but wanted to make you aware.
    Thanks, as always!