Nine Favorite Things.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
(our newest little edition)
Welcome to the 150th edition of Nine Favorite Things. Not sure how I’ve written so many of these over the last few years, but I love writing them now more than ever…though they now take me much longer to put together than they ever did in the past. When I first started writing these back in 2017 I never would have thought they’d transform into what they are today. They were originally meant to be a quickie Sunday post that would take you all of maybe five…ten minutes tops, to read. I shared out a few favorite links and maybe a photo or two of Asher. These posts are now full of reading material, products I love, inspiration, recipes, and soooo many links. Basically everything and anything that’s at the top of my mind and/or inspiring me.
Throughout the week, I focus almost solely on sharing new recipes. But come Sunday, it’s fun to switch things up a bit. I love so much that many of you find these posts interesting and fun to read. These are the posts where I feel like I really get to connect with you guys and it’s such fun!
Since we are on our 150th Favorites post, I’d love to know what section of these posts you guys enjoy the most? Anything you don’t care for? Anything you’d love to see more of?
I’m very excited to share that in addition to continued recipes we’ve been working on a few projects behind the scenes the are focused more on “lifestyle” and being able to better share with you all the things I truly love most. So, that’s exciting! More to come this fall, but it feels good to feel excited! This time last year we had the anticipation of the HBH Super Simple Cookbook release. This year it’s something a little different!
And on that same note, I just read an email informing me that the holiday seasoning is going to be starting earlier than most years. Apparently, with many of us being a bit more homebound these days, it has everyone already looking ahead to fall and the holiday season. Hmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s exciting and scary. As you guys know I’m loving summer more than ever this year. It’s so refreshing to walk outside my door and see flowers, greenery, and feel warmer air. The 7 pm hour is my favorite these days, the sunsets are just too pretty for words.
That said, you all also know how much I love fall. So it’s exciting to me the many of you are already planning your autumn recipes. Those will forever be my favorite recipes to share.
Anyway, I’m rambling here, moving along…
I hope you have all had a good week! I jumped back into work after the 4th of July weekend and had a full week, but am really, really making more of a conscious effort to get out and enjoy our very quick Colorado summer. Balance is one of the things I struggle with the most when it comes to running a business. But I’m taking it day by day and trying my best. Tips and tricks are always welcomed if you have any to share!
What’s happening on your end? What are you all loving most about summer?
Coming up this week on HBH… We’ll be starting the week off with a fun new Mexican recipe. We’ll also have a delicious sweet treat, inspired by my grandpa, who will be turning 80 on the 21st! Then on to a savory, fun appetizer/side dish that’s great for summer days. And we’ll be ending the week with a new summer peach dessert (I hope, it’s not fully perfect just yet, fingers crossed).
And lastly, last Sunday’s Favorites post was never emailed to many of you on our list. So sorry! If you missed it, make sure you give it a read today. That was one of my favorite, favorites posts to put out. So much summer garden inspiration!
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1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
loving…this simple white linen dress paired with sneakers for a cute, but east summer look.
podcasts I’m listening to…The Lady Gang. Complete guilty pleasure podcast that just makes you smile a bit. Nothing is ever too serious.
loving…these espadrille slides, which normally would be a bit “girly” for me, but I’m into them.
watching…Nailed It. It’s like the Pinterest TV show.
excited to try…the flower press kit. It might be for kids, but I’m very excited about it.
ordering…this candle. It’s a splurge, but I’ve been wanting to try this one for the longest time. My candle addiction is real.
loving…Anthro’s new kids line, this little baby blanket is so adorable.
watching…The Big Flower Fight. A show all about flowers. I’m so into that.
loving…trimming the flowering herbs from the garden and keeping them in water.
loving…these white Love Shack Fancy dresses. A bit beyond my price range, but so pretty!
watching…Ugly Delicious. So excited to watch this start to finish. The trailer looks so good.
wanting…these boots and have wanted them for a while. Should I do it? Cute for around the yard, right?
2. All of the best frozen summer treats…
It’s mid-July, it’s hot, here are my favorite cold summer treats.
3. This week’s summer kitchen finds…
4. Favorite questions of the week…
q: A condiment you could never live without?
a: I have to go with hot sauce. But not going to lie, I love ketchup too. And I cook with mustard a ton.
q: How do you typically clean all your cast iron cookware?
a: I really don’t clean it. The best way to care for cast iron is to do almost nothing to it. When I’m done cooking, I rinse it under warm water and use a scrunch pad if needed to get anything off. Then I just wipe it clean. I try not to use soap much on them as it’s really not needed. The oils from cooking keep the pans seasoned. My @staub_usa cast iron is enamel coated, so I don’t need to re-season it all the time. The enamel coating also means I can cook acid, like tomatoes in my cast iron.
q: I’m renovating my kitchen. What is your favorite aspect? Or a “must-do” in mine?
a: You need to have a farmhouse style sink if you can! Doing dishes in a large sink is a game changer…and if you need to hide messes quickly it’s pretty great for that too 🙂 And don’t forget outlets on the island!! Please! We only put in 1 outlet and it’s in the worst spot. Biggest mistake.
q: What’s your go-to spice for flavor?
a: I LOVE paprika. Especially smoked. So much flavor and most everyone really enjoys it!
5. Latest recipe videos.
20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk..that summer dinner that’s almost no-cook and requires zero effort.
And on Instagram stories…
Garlic Browned Butter Creamed Corn Cheese Ravioli…simple summer dinners, I’m all about them.
Blueberry Basque Cheesecake…flaky on the outside, but creamy, rich, and bursting with blueberries inside.
Thai Basil Sesame Cashew Chicken with Coconut Rice…plus addicting salted chili honey-lime cashews.
Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza…love this pizza more than you know. Please make it soon!
6. Favorite Etsy shops I love.
I always get a lot of questions about where I get my dishes. Esty has long been a go-to source for unique pottery and vintage pieces. Here are some shops I like. Please share personal favorites with me. Love discovering new shops!!
For pretty stoneware pieces. I have the quiche plate, pasta bowls, and mugs. Love them all.
Unique, one of a kind pieces.
Just discovered this shop, but loving their collection of antique serveware/kitchen items.
For vintage enamel and other home pieces. They’re also based out of New York, which makes US shipping easier.
Love these vintage teacups, I have a few of them.
7. Nine favorite links i’m loving…
What is a “Judgement Detox” and Why Do We Need it Right Now…reading we can all benefit from.
It’s Not Too Late to Start a Quarantine Garden…love these tips…love a garden.
How You Can Take the Plastic-Free July Pledge…three easy ways to reduce your environmental impact.
A Schoolhouse Penthouse in Williamsburg…loving this kitchen.
An Editor’s Go-To Beauty Brand…I actually have all of these products and love them too.
An Airy Loft Inside a Former Church in Jersey City…this is the most unique home.
A New Place for Your Open Kitchen Shelving…love this look, but I don’t think I would want to cover up the windows.
A Sustainable Velvet Sofa…so impressed by this cozy-looking couch made out of recycled water bottles.
What’s Your Comfort Movie…I think you all know mine – Harry Potter. What’s yours?
The Benefits of Having a Smaller Wedding…if you happen to be planning your big day.
6 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes…grow lavender, it smells incredible.
Don’t Lose Out on Your Dream Home…a realtor’s tips for sealing the deal.
This Designer Built Her Family Vacation Home From Scratch…love the airy vibes of this home.
32 Energizing Affirmations for When You’re In a Funk…bookmark this for when you need a mood boost.
8. this week’s summer style finds…
9. This week’s dinners…
Saturday Drink: Blackberry Champagne Mule
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.