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Happy Sunday everyone! We are slowly entering into late August and summer is coming to a close. It’s weird, this August has been the warmest I can remember. Temperatures have been in the low eighties during the day, which for us is very, very warm. Especially for this time of year. It’s about this time every summer that our mornings begin to turn a little cooler and our nights go from cool, to cold. This year it’s different. I’m not sure if this could be due to all the fires in the area, but I have to admit, I’m enjoying the warm temps.

With that said, the fires I mentioned last week sure are unsettling. They haven’t let up and continue to cause so much smoke and haziness during the day. I-70 near Glenwood Springs has been closed for 12 days, the longest in its history. We’re all hoping for some rain this coming week, but August and September are typically very dry months…fingers crossed.

Anyway, that’s that. How was everyone’s week? I’ve personally been prepping for fall (meaning shopping the Nordstrom sale for cozy fall knits), getting ready to head to Cleveland soon for my cousin’s wedding (need to find a dress for that), and planning some really fun work-related things for the coming weeks and holiday months ahead. All fun things!

My parents on the other hand are spending some time with my younger brother out in Tahoe this week. Which means that sadly, I will not be seeing little Asher on her birthday. I want to send her something special to help her celebrate, anyone have some fun ideas? Asher has been loving creating outfits these days, so I’m thinking just some cute new clothes from her favorite shop…Zara. But if someone has a better idea, please share!

And with that, how about a little fun fact for you guys that really highlights my dorkiness?

Here’s the story. I ran out of laundry detergent the other week, so I did what any normal adult does and called up my mom looking to see if she had any extra (the perks of living so close to your parents….staple items like laundry detergent). Obviously, that’s what all twenty-something adults do, right? Anyway, all she had was this non-skin sensitive detergent for babies, but I gladly snatched it up and now all my clothes smell like fresh clean baby clothes. I could not love it more. Like could not love it more.

I may never go back.

Anyway…

Coming up this week on HBH. We’ll have another delicious late summer corn recipe. A back to school inspired treat – that I know everyone is going to love (or at least I hope so). A simple, healthy chicken dinner. A wild card recipe for Thursday (which means I really have no idea what I will be sharing). And something perfectly sweet for Friday to round out the week.

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

watching…Vogue Beauty Secrets. Loved Kat Graham’s Hair Routine, Lucy Hale’s Everyday Makeup, and Ashley Benson’s Smoky Eye.

loving…the Magnolia fall collection. I’ve ordered this floral plate + matching pitcher, this amber vase, and this dried platycarya bunch.

baking up…my skillet cinnamon sugar peach upside down cake. Using up those summer peaches. 

loving…this warming honey cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft.

excited to try…Living Proof shampoo and condition. I’ve heard such good things and I am in need so something new.

excited to try…I’ve been into nut/seed butters lately. I just ordered this one. Also re-ordering this Be Well Crunchy Nut & Seed Blend too.

loving…this candle and this tote from The Little Market, who recently partnered with Amazon.

wanting…this silk scarf (I think it’s so pretty….but the price is scary). Instead, opting for either this simpler bandana, or I also love this bandana too.

thinking about ordering…MARU Coffee beans or Spyhouse Coffee beans to switch things up. Has anyone tried either? What’s your favorite place to order organic coffee beans from?

2. A late August Sunday dinner menu…

Balsamic Peach Spritz | halfbakedharvest.com #peach #peaches #wine #cocktail #drinks

Peach Spritz

Salted Honey Butter Parker House Rolls | halfbakedharvest.com #rolls #thanksgiving #holidayrecipe

Salted Honey Butter Parker House Rolls

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini | halfbakedharvest.com #zucchini #cheese #Italian #easyrecipes

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream | halfbakedharvest.com #summerrecipes #layercake #blueberries

Blackberry Lavender Naked Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

3. Bathroom refresh…

4. favorite questions of the week…

q: Best tips for meal prepping? 
a: Meal prep is hard, really hard! But start small. I think it can be overwhelming when you try to do a week’s worth of meals in a day. Plus, I find that most of the time at least one or two of those meals goes to waste. Plans change or you just don’t feel like eating whatever you prepped on Sunday come Thursday, you know?

So start/think smaller. If you want to make full meals, try making 2-3 meals on Sunday or Monday for the week ahead.

What I like to do is roast a whole chicken and use the shredded meat for tacos, salads, soups, etc. I also think it is REALLY helpful to have your favorite fruits and vegetables washed, prepped, and in the fridge to throw together for quick lunches and dinners throughout the week.

And lastly, mix up your favorite sauces/salad dressing to keep in the fridge. Things like a lemon pepper vinaigrette, Thai chili sauce, pesto, bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, anything you love that can help make meals exciting.

q: If you could teleport anywhere right now, where would you go?
a: The English countryside! I’ve never been to the UK and definitely want to make the trip soon! The countryside looks like a fairytale 🧚‍♀️

q: What’s your favorite sauce to dip fries in?
a: Ketchup, no question. The second choice is aioli. I never liked aioli until I made it (with avocado mayo, which I think is key), now I can’t stop. But always ketchup with fries.

q: Do you have any simple recipes with fresh figs?
a: Yes! I love figs and wish more people would be open to cooking/baking with them. They tend to turn people off, but they’re delicious! Below are some of my favorite fig recipes.

No Fuss Healthy Coconut Tart

Fall Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad

Maple Fig Tarte Tatin

Fig Bourbon Cider Smash

Fig Dark and Stormy

Fig Dark and Stormy | halfbakedharvest.con #fall #autumn #drinks #cocktails

5. latest recipe videos.

One Skillet Creamy Chicken Lazone with Herby Corn…the best use of that late summer corn is with this chicken.

3 Cheese Zucchini “Ravioli” with Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce…basically just cheesy vegetables…so delicious.

Instagram Reels:

Everything Cheddar Tomato Bacon Grilled Cheese

Swirled Blueberry Lemon Thyme Cake

Layered Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

6. a Podcast Question for you + my favorite podcast.

I love listening to podcasts while I’m photographing recipes. At times they can be a little distracting so I have to turn them off. Which often means I don’t usually get through an entire podcast every single day. That said, I still love listening to them and always learn so much. I’ve shared my favorites before, but below are a handful I seem to be listening to most right now…

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast – an oldie, but such a goodie. Not all of these episodes are for everyone, but I usually find each episode interesting, informative, and fun. They have such a variety of topics and are never boring. If you start with one episode, listen to How To Stand Out In A Crowded Space With Alfred Coffee’s Josh Zad.

Live To Eat – Candace does an incredible job interviewing people within the food space. One of my favorite recent episodes was with Tiffani Thiessen. They spoke about family, food, and farm life. It’s was a fun episode, especially since I know Tiffani myself, she’s the sweetest!

bonus: Half Baked Harvest’s Tieghan Gerard on self-taught success

Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard – we all know this one. My favorite recent episode was with Travis Pastrana.

Trove Business– Love this one for business tips and trips. You have to listen to this episode with Tezza and Cole Herrmann on what it took to build the Tezza App (5M+ downloads) and a successful working partnership as a married couple.

bonus: Half Baked Harvest’s Tieghan Gerard on The Role Of Influencers & Building A Community

The Lady Gang – Honestly, this one is just fun. It’s my “guilty pleasure” podcast that I listen to when I need to de-stress a little. These girls keep things light-hearted. I find their back and forth banter to be really cute and friendly. This episode is especially funny, spoiler they talk about Taylor Swift a bit.

And now my question: What are your favorite podcasts? I need some new ones to rotate with!

7. favorite links i’m loving…

The Trader Joe’s Products Nutritionists Always Buy…need to try that peanut butter.

Inside A Classic Spanish Colonial House in Santa Monica…the kitchen is the cutest.

8 Healthiest Cooking Oils…the benefits and how to use them.

A Kitchen Backsplash Crafted From Broken Marble Remnants…this is such a cool idea and so pretty.

10 Foods That Will Boost Skin Glow…eat all the avocado everyone.

Inexpensive Products on Etsy…I love shopping Etsy. Do you have any favorite shops?

9 Things to Do When the Sunday Scaries Set In…I need to focus on #4.

3 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes…yummm.

8 Surprising Habits That Are Holding You Back…from having a truly healthy relationship.

Take It From a Home Education Pro…how to set up your homeschooling space.

You’ll Want to Order a Loungewear Sets…loving this set and this one too.

The Fall 2020 Boot Trend We’ve All Been Waiting For…all the flat boots for fall.

Disney Is Selling a ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Mug That Is Fit for the Pumpkin King…and I want it.

Here’s What to Know About Voting by Mail, State by State…everything we need to know.

This Cold-Weather Backyard Addition Is in High Demand…we need this.

Clean and Cool Fruit Pops for Hot Summer Days…just what we need.

Tested 4 Famous Chicken Tender Recipes…and they found a clear winner.

Everything You Need to Know About Changing Careers in Your 20s…rule No. 1 is not to check out of your current job.

Essentials for A Healthy Mouth…read this, oral health is so important and this encouraged me to floss more often.

This New Online Tool Is Great for Home Repairs…learn how to fix everything.

8. Transitional dresses for a late summer/fall wedding….

I mentioned that my cousin’s wedding is coming up. She has chosen a garden party theme. I’ve been on the lookout for some casual but cute dresses to showcase here. Here are some of my favorite pics for summer to fall transitional dresses.

And also…beauty finds from the Nordstrom Sale. 

9. this week’s dinners…

One Pot Lemon Basil, Corn, and Ricotta Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com #onepot #easyrecipes #pasta #summer

Monday: One Pot Lemon Basil, Corn, and Ricotta Pasta

Oven Fried Coconut Shrimp with Thai Pineapple Chili Sauce | halfbakedhavest.com

Tuesday: Oven Fried Coconut Shrimp with Thai Pineapple Chili Sauce

Weeknight Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: Weeknight Sesame Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Rice

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas with Chipotle Peach Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

Thursday: Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas with Chipotle Peach Salsa

One Pot 4 Cheese Caprese Mac and Cheese | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: One Pot 4 Cheese Caprese Mac and Cheese

No Churn Fudge Brownie Coffee Ice Cream | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday Scoop: No Churn Fudge Brownie Coffee Ice Cream

Swirled Garlic Herb Bread | halfbakedharvest.com #garlicbread #herbbread #homemadebread

Sunday Night Bread: Swirled Garlic Herb Bread

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

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  1. I just picked up that Living Proof set! Pretty excited as I am almost out. I love love the dry shampoo and have been having good luck with the shampoo/cond (enough to commit to the jumbo lol)!

  2. If you have straight/lightly wavy hair try the Living Proof In Shower Styler!! All their products are amazing, but I recently got into that one. I’ve lived 23 years with hair that air dries completely straight and can finally wear my hair wavy without heat. LIFE CHANGING.

  3. I always love your Sunday posts! My current fave podcast is Literally! With Rob Lowe. If you like Dax Shepard, you will probably like this, too. You should make a list with links to all the podcasts on which you have been a guest for readers to check out.

    I made your Involtini last week — but with eggplant because that’s what I had in the garden — and my husband said he could eat it everyday!

    1. Thank you so much Megan! I am so glad you enjoyed that recipe!! I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes and posts! xTieghan

  4. One of my favorite Etsy Shops: Tumbleheart Studio images and adornments. High quality products all handmade.

  5. Podcast: Stuff You Should Know. So good, funny, and a wide variety of topics – something for everyone.

  6. I’m so glad you reminded me of your Involtini recipe! We have zucchini, basil, and tomatoes coming out our ears right now, and we were in dire need of different recipe to use up the zucchini especially! I’ve baked it into bread and biscuits, layered it into enchiladas (the guys’ current preferred method), breaded it in slices to make “chips” (coconut lime panko is especially tasty!), added it to pasta sauces and stir fries… whew! Ijust added your Involtini to the menu for later this week! Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Obsessed with Dr. Amy Robbin’s Podcast- Life, Death and the Space Between. She has an approachable style to such a hard topic. Her interviews are fascinating and she is so relatable. You must check it out!!!

  8. Favorite podcast is Christopher Kimballs Milk Street. Always informative, interesting, and of course, about food! 😄

  9. I always love reading your Sunday posts! I’m in Denver and the smoke has been awful. Keeping our fingers crossed for rain and cooler weather here as well.

    I would try Corvus beans (https://www.corvuscoffee.com) – their beans are great and they’re a Colorado coffee roaster!

  10. I used to run a coffee shop and I live and die by Thanksgiving Coffee Co. out of Fort Bragg, CA – this coffee tastes like home to me 🙂
    https://www.thanksgivingcoffee.com
    I especially like Paul’s Roast, the Kona blends, their Cause Coffee’s, and any of their Ethiopian sourced (they have jammy, berry, fruity sort of undertones!)

  11. Spyhouse coffee is from Minneapolis and it is great coffee!
    Come for a visit …. they make the best Lavender Latte I have ever tasted!!

  12. Hi Tieghan,
    I love the Sunday posts! All of my friends think I am so “in the know” and I tell them it is
    from reading your Sunday posts – and I tell them to subscribe!
    We love Yield Coffee for a smaller company with a great mission.
    If Asher is crafty you could get her a Cricut machine, beading kit or a DIY kit, as in make your own
    soaps or candles. That age is really into the “how to”.
    And I live in Cincinnati, and I think most of Ohio is having a cooler August than normal, while the West is having more of our usual weather. Oh, how this year has been a tricky one!
    **If you ever want to make a video for high schoolers on following your passion or do a zoom call on that topic, let me know. I teach a business and marketing program and looking to change my in class speakers to remote guests – which may open it up in a whole new way! Best, Susan S

    1. Aw i love that!! I am really glad you have been enjoying my Sunday posts and I hope your friends do as well!! Also, please email me at the below address about this! I know I cannot take on another project right now, but hopefully sometime in the future! xTieghan

      contact@halfbakedharvest.com

  13. Just got some MARU and it was delicious! I also love Larry’s Coffee: https://larryscoffee.com

    As far as podcasts, I like Get Together, which is all about community building. Tom Collicchio has a new one called Citizen Chef that’s pretty good, and Starving for Attention from Richard and Jazmin Blais is an interesting look behind the scenes of the food entertainment industry.

  14. Tieghan…another great post. Thank you for the no-churn ice cream recipe…the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget so to be able to make this is such a treat!
    1. Asher’s b-day….one time my hubby gave me a gift box subscription to Stitch Fix….I know there are other brands out there, but if she loves clothes, this was SO much fun getting a box of 5 pieces to try on!
    2. Love the dresses….but the Sigmund Dress with that slit…is a statement dress, love it! Enjoy the wedding, be safe on your travels.
    3. Thanks for the coffee house links….giving me some ideas for Christmas gifts…I’m also seeing the posts from others with recommendations, I’m thinking a gift basket with all kinds to try 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Mary Ellen! That is a really great idea to get her a little subscription like that! Love it! xTieghan

  15. Hi Tieghan!
    I saw that you like The Nightmare Before Christmas mug! I just made NBC masks! Want one? My masks are free because I feel this pandemic is beyond our control and that people should not be denied a mask. So if you want one, let me know.

    1. Hi Anna-Therese! Thank you so much for offering, that is so sweet of you! I would much rather that mask go to someone that is in more need than I am though! It is super amazing what you’re doing! xTieghan

  16. Maybe little Asher would like to play with cutout paper dolls? When I was a child we spent hours with them, trying different outfits and making up stories. Enjoying your blog, thanks!

  17. Fantastic Sunday post as always! Hands down the best coffee company I have ever purchased from is Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee in Massachusetts. They roast their blends and single origin beans to perfection every time. Also, the company truly gives back to the farmer/producers. Coffee is not easy to produce sustainably (cutting down rainforest) or fairly (low and often unfair wages) but Dean’s Beans has always made it a point to support both the farming communities as well as ecosystems. It really is delicious coffee produced thoughtfully.

  18. Tieghan props and salutes for HBH, and recipes and the books, all the way. Best organic coffee beans come from Good Coffee (https://goodwith.us/). Congrats to your cousin, and if you’ll be in Cleveland for more than a minute, email me for info about where to eat and shop (I grew up & went to law school there).

    1. Hi Kate! Thank you so much! I grew up in Cleveland as well and I love going back to see all of the new stuff that comes up! Thank you so much for the offer! xTieghan