Nine Favorite Things.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
Hey, hi and happy Sunday everyone! We are now one week into August, how’s it going thus far? This past week, while it was busy, was great…there are exciting things in the works. Plus the week was capped off with a fun segment on The TODAY Show. We’ve also got pretty summer weather, flowers, and peaches…just a few of my favorite things.
Everything work-wise is starting to pick up with fun projects and even a very special launch coming this fall. On the flip side, everything online is feeling a little slow these days. I’m hoping it’s because everyone is out enjoying the last full month of summer. I know many of you are packing up your bags and heading out on family road trips or camping weekends, which sounds amazing! My brother Malachi is actually camping this weekend in Morro Bay, which is right outside San Luis Obispo. It looks beautiful! See his photos below…
Pretty, right? I’m only just a bit jealous. But the good news is that here at home we’ve hit that time in August when our weather finally turns from a possible thunderstorm rolling through in the afternoon, to days full of sunshine and warm upper seventy-degree temperatures. It’s absolutely perfect. The next two months are my favorite time of year here in Colorado. We’ll have summer for a couple more weeks but come late August our weather starts to turn cool at night. The leaves start to change, and fall slowly creeps in. I can’t say I’m ready for fall, but it will forever be my favorite season, so I’m excited. And as I mentioned, we have a really fun launch to share very soon! Actually, we have two launches happening very soon. We also have a special family wedding back home in Cleveland in September too!
Kind of feeling like a kid in a candy store. Just overly excited!
Question: How about you guys? What’s keeping you smiling these days? Anything you’re looking forward to in the next couple of weeks?
Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be starting the week with another skillet dinner that might just involve those summer peaches. Then I’m thinking I may share a chocolatey sweet treat…or maybe a fun appetizer? What’s your pick? Then we’ll move on to a simple summer pasta, a fun and easy salad, and of course, we’ll be ending the week with something sweet. Lots of deliciousness!
Question: would anyone be excited if I shared a S’more recipe? But S’mores with a twist?
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1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
watching…Kendall Jenner’s AD house tour. I am in awe of her house. It’s so unique, calming, and I love the neutral tones.
baking up…my cinnamon sugar peach upside down cake. On repeat.
loving…my dahlias from Flourish Flower Farm in Asheville North Carolina.
excited to try…these probiotics. I have heard so many great things about taking probiotics. Do you take them?
in need of…your music suggestions. I am horrible with music. How do I learn what I like? Where do I start? Send tips!
2. Top 9 Peach, Corn, and Zucchini Recipes…
3. New for the kitchen…
4. favorite questions of the week…
q: Do you use different skillets for savory versus sweet dishes?
a: I probably should, but no I don’t. I just grab whichever skillet is clean.
q: If you didn’t cook for a living, what would you do?
a: I’d be in fashion or interior design. I always said I wanted to be a fashion stylist growing up. Making things “pretty” has been something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. I used to put outfits together or rearrange rooms for fun. Now I put all that creativity into food. I’m very visual and as I said, I love making everything pretty and visually appealing. So either fashion or interior design!
q: What is your solution to wanting to cook delicious meals, but also having a tight schedule?
a: The HBH Super Simple cookbook. I shared so many quick and easy recipes in this cookbook. It’s perfect for anyone with a tight schedule. Another tip is to spend some time prepping food on your days off. There’s so much that can be done beforehand (like washing and chopping produce or cooking grains) to make weeknights super simple. And keep your pantry and freezer stocked with everything you need to create your favorite easy recipes quickly. You’d be surprised how much you can do with pantry staples.
q: What brand is your gold flatware?
a: It’s from Anthropologie. It’s back in stock now but sells out really fast.
5. latest recipe videos.
Easy Sheet Pan Tomato Herb Pizza…the video really says it all. Wait for the end.
Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Crumb Bars…buttery, jammy, sweet, cinnamony, and layered with deliciousness.
And on Instagram Stories
6. Inspiring Me On Pinterest.
(Photo via Floret Flower. You can also purchase these!)
(photo via AD)
Sources unknown, but all found via Pinterest. Please let me know if you happen to know the exact sources.
Question: what photos, quotes, people, places, etc. are inspiring you guys this week?
7. favorite links i’m loving…
Chip & Joanna Just Dropped Their Fall Target Collection…and it’s good. Of course.
12 Newsletters Worth Subscribing to Right Now…excited to subscribe to a few of these.
The 13 Best Beauty Buys From Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale…add them to your wishlist now.
These Fall Boots Are Already On My Wishlist…love fall boot season.
10 Things to Do If Your Confidence Needs a Major Boost…love these tips and need to work to use them myself.
16 New Trader Joes Products We’re Stocking Up On…eye that Labneh and Sweet and Spicy Pineapple BBQ Sauce.
How to Improve Your Relationship…when you’ve been stuck together for months.
6 Fall Basics…yep, guess I’m ready to start fall shopping.
Flower Personality Test…I think I am a hydrangea, how about you?
6 Tools for Rethinking Life’s Toughest Challenges…change is hard for me, so taking notes.
Another Season of Fixer Upper…I never watched this, but I plan on watching them all now.
How to Treat 10 Common Skin Concerns…all your questions answered.
10 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Your Mood…if you need to smile today.
How to Mix and Match Pillows…I love a couch or bed full of pillows so this is perfect.
Why Do I Always Think Everyone is Mad at Me…the question I ask myself all the time.
8. New Finds From H&M…
End of summer/early Fall clothing…
All the accessories..
Summer Travel/Overnight Bags…
9. this week’s dinners…
Saturday Sip: Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.