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Happy New Year!! Hoping you guys all had a fun New Year’s Eve and are still making the most of this long holiday weekend. How nice is it that New Years’ fell on a Friday this year? The long weekend has been so great for catching up and preparing for the first full week of January. Something about January always feels new and exciting. Plus I always look forward to our fresh Healthy January recipes…they bring with them so much color!

I will say that tomorrow is going to be bittersweet. With the holidays behind us, the beginning of January can always be a little sad. The good news is that we actually have a lot to look forward to this month! We’ve got recipes focused a bit more on health, the days are slowly getting longer, the Super Bowl is the first week of February, followed by Valentine’s Day, and then my cousin’s wedding in March!

My family all went snowmobiling on New Year’s Eve, then we spent the night at home. It was super low key…I was in my PJ’s by ten. I ended up talking to Asher for a full hour, just the two of us. Twas’ actually so perfect. We plotted out my mom’s birthday and our delayed “Christmas Day”…which at this point is going to be a wintery girl’s day with Christmas movies (she’s very adamant we watch all the movies).

On New Year’s Day, I tested out a new recipe for the coming week (it’s a fun one). I also made a pot of my slow cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup, and at the very last minute…made a big pot of Chili and two loaves of Beer Bread. My mom has been dying for a good pot of chili for weeks, so I finally decided to make some for the whole crew. Mom will only eat chili Cincinnati style, over angel hair pasta with lots and lots of cheddar cheese on top. I love any chili, but Cincinnati style will always be the best. Complete comfort food.

And then, I started in on writing this post. I’m aiming to get my head back above water before the New Year craziness sets in.

How about you all? I’m pretty sure everyone is excited for 2021. I know this past year was hard, but there were silver linings in 2020 (like little Oslo). Many people had more time to focus on taking up something they’ve always wanted to do, or spend more time doing something they love. Like cooking and baking!

People took up cooking like never before. We heard from so many of you who said that cooking/baking was such a savior for them in 2020. Baking with kids, sharing a group chat with friends about recipes, and attempting new dishes. It was all amazing to see. A true silver lining in a very weird year.

Question: What did you love most about 2020? Tell me one thing!! For me, it was sharing recipes with you all and being able to watch so many of you make them daily. And also, more time at home and more time with family.

Anything you’re looking forward to in the coming year? It can be hard to transition from holiday mode back to real life. But as always I hope HBH can be a bright spot in everyone’s day and fill your homes (and families) with even more delicious food than in previous years!

In case you missed it, this past week I shared the 25 most popular recipes of 2020…as picked by all of you. These are the recipes that you guys made the most over the past year. I’m so excited that the number one and two recipes were my family’s favorites too! In addition, I shared all of my Favorite Healthier Recipes to help kick off the New Year and provide lots and lots of recipe inspiration.

Coming up this week on HBH, we’ll be starting the week off with a warming Indian inspired recipe with a little Thai twist thrown in. Then, something sweeter for Tuesday to bake up on cold winter days. On Wednesday we’ve got a “better than take-out” style recipe, followed by a quick chicken dinner on Thursday. And for Friday…honestly? I have no idea what Friday will be. Probably something chocolatey, because even though it’s January, we all still need chocolate in our lives.

1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

watching…Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness. I’m not usually a huge Harry Style’s fan, but I kind of love this video. The message…old school vibes, and happiness. It’s just what we all need.

cooking…Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Marsala.The perfect Sunday night dinner with a side of pasta and garlic bread. PS. you can watch me make it on Instagram here.

living in…my Entireworld Sweatshirt. I got this back in December and have worn it every other day since. It’s So comfy and perfect for long cooking days.

ordered…the Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Boots. Got these for my mom for Christmas and I can’t wait for them to get here. They were on backorder all December, but finally shipped! So excited for her to get these, I think she’ll love them for wearing around the house. And honestly, I might need a pair too!

listening to…The Lady Gang. Their Best of the Year episode is full of TV shows, movies, products, and music they loved from 2020. Love this episode!

ordered…so many Edible Flowers/Herbs. These are my favorite come winter days. They add so much happiness and color to just about any food.

living in…my & Other Stories Hoodie. Lots of loungewear these days, but this is such a cozy weekend hoodie for around the house or running errands.

wanting to watch…Bridgerton. Have you seen it? I feel like everyone is talking about this show this week.

living in…these Pointe Studio Cotten Socks. I never used to have nice socks, but these have converted me for good. So warm, breathable, and comfortable. Plus cute!

always cooking with…my Staub 11 inch skillet. It’s by far my most used skillet.

loving…Martha Hunt’s wintery look. Simple, but still cozy. I love the fun pop of color the boots add.

listening to…Daphne Oz on More Than One Thing podcast. Loved learning more about Daphne and I can relate to so much of her story.

reading…Jennifer Aniston’s Architectural Digest Story. This is from 2018, so it’s old, but scroll through the photos of her house at the time. It’s so pretty. I love that moody bathroom.

burning…Boy Smells Broken Rosary Holiday Rituals Candle. It doesn’t smell like the holidays to me, but it is the perfect cozy winter candle.

ordered…Diptyque Vanille Mini Candle. So excited to try the Vanille scent, but wishing it was a larger candle.

wanting to order…the Benjoin Candle. I just discovered this scent while grabbing the link for the Vanille. It sounds incredible and yes, I have a candle obsession.

2. The Most Popular Recipes of December.

Frosted Mistletoe Margarita |

Most popular: Frosted Mistletoe Margarita

Wow. I didn’t know a drink could be so popular. I only shared this the Sunday before Christmas and within that week, SO MANY of you guys made this. It’s so funny, I just never know what makes a recipe so popular and what makes them just ok. So often the ones I’m expecting to flop, end up being your favorites…though I do LOVE this drink too. I know Christmas is over, but this is a great winter margarita to make. It’s always delicious with pomegranate juice too!

Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka |

Runner-up: Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka

YEAH! For once we’re all on the same page here. Oh, how I love this pasta. It’s the easiest to make and one of those recipes that everyone truly loves. The secret? Basil pesto and plenty of cheese on top. My one tip? Serve this with a side of garlic bread. Nothing is better.

Also have to mention: Easy Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

If you didn’t get to make these over Christmas, you’ve got to make them this month. They’re perfect…buttery, soft, and fluffy. They’ve got cinnamon sugar and are frosted generously with vanilla spiced frosting.

Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Marsala |

Ok. Last one: Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Marsala

This was the 4th most popular recipe, but so close behind those cinnamon rolls. Have to mention it because it’s the perfect winter dinner. The balsamic mushrooms and creamy sauce are everything delicious.

3. All my 2020 Skincare FAVORITES…

These are the products I have been alternating between for the last year. I love each and every single product. I feel like I’m talking about them all the time. But my skin really has changed since I began using less products and more of the same really great products on repeat. These are my most used of 2020.

4. Favorite Questions of the Week.

q: Best dinner to impress a date?
a: Spicy pesto pasta Alla vodka with a side of homemade garlic bread (I clearly love these two recipes). Honestly, nothing is better. If they love meat, go the extra mile and make meatballs too. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a really good chocolate chip cookie…browning your butter will make them so much better. Or that molten chocolate crackle pie I shared.

q: Are you from Cleveland or just luckily a Browns fan?
a: We’re from Cleveland, but my family moved to Colorado when I was in 8th grade. All of our extended family still lives in Cleveland, so we go back to visit all the time. Still feels like home when we’re there.

q: What are your goals/intentions for 2021? Food show perhaps?!
a: Haha! Yes! That’s been on my dream list for a while. Who knows, maybe 2021 is the year!?! But aside from that, I have a list of so many things I’d love to accomplish this year. Finishing that big project that currently feels very overwhelming, working on HBH product (so excited!), that TV show, and more than anything learning to manage my time and our small team better. I’m horrible at delegating, but I really need to get better at it. I need to delegate the tasks that don’t require my attention so I can focus on the things that really do. Like creating new content for you guys! It’s hard! I would also LOVE to be more organized this year!

q: Do you ever want to get married?
a: Yes!!! But I don’t think any time real soon. I don’t feel like I’m in any hurry and I’m loving the place I’m at in life right now. I feel like that will happen when the time is right, so not stressing about it.

q: If you HAD to have fast food, what would it be?
a: I’m not sure if this is considered fast food or not, but I remember the fries from Penn Station back in Ohio being pretty darn delicious. And then, a DQ blizzard for sure…I’d get Reese’s peanut butter cup or cookie dough.

5. Weekly Goals.

I’m not a resolutions person at all, but I love setting goals and I have so many things I’d love to accomplish this year, both little and big.

I say this every January, but I think weekly goals feel so much more doable, exciting, and so much less daunting. I love the idea of coming to the end of the week with two to three solid goals checked off my list. Weekly goals challenge me to hold myself accountable and I kind of love that.

My goals for the week ahead:

1. Spend two days this week working on a project with a deadline that is fastly approaching.
2. Take more time at night for me…this will be hard, but even if I can squeeze in ten minutes, that will be an improvement.
3. STRECH! This might be my biggest goal, but I need to stretch for a few minutes every day. It’s so important and I feel how tight my legs are after hiking. Thinking of trying a Melissa Wood Health yoga sculpt. Do any of you follow her routines?

Question: What are your New Years’ goals? Big? Small? Are they personal goals or work-related?

6. Favorite Wintery Photos from Christmas Break.

Asher and Oslo


Mom, Dad + Oslo

Mom, Oslo + Merle

Red and Oslo

Just Oslo…all bundled up

Asher and Oslo

Abby and Oslo

7. Favorite links I’m loving…

Joanna Gaines Opens the Door to Her Family Farmhouse…to be expected, the prettiest, coziest family home.

The Best Sweet and Savory Breakfast Recipes…for all the upcoming weekend brunching.

How To Shape the Perfect Brow…I love a good thick eyebrow and these tips are so good.

5 Tips to Have the Most Productive Day Ever…absolutely love these tips.

2021 Beauty Capsule…all the products you need this year.

23 Dinner Ideas For Anyone Trying To Eat More Veggies In 2021…yum, these all sound so good!

50 Things You Can Do to Be Healthier and Happier in 2021…love so many of these.

The Everygirl 2021 Planners Available at Targetthese planners are so cute (and affordable). Not sure which to get!

13 Ways to Cleanse Your Life…if you’re looking for a New Years’ refresh.

7 Renovation Trends to Look Out For in 2021…I’m currently all about making the coziest home space.

Beauty Products Organization…how to finally get organized.

These Home Trends Will Dominate 2021…love those moodier tones.

8. Cozy Winter Style Finds…that are not leggings.

9. This week’s dinners…

30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice | #instantpot #easyrecipes #healthy

Monday: 30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice

Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce | #dumplings #potstickers #chinese

Tuesday: Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce

Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup | #chickensoup #kale #healthyrecipes #winter

Wednesday: Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup

Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes | #sheetpan #salmon #healthy

Thursday: Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes

Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula | #pizza #healthy #burrata #easyrecipes

Friday: Artichoke Pesto and Burrata Pizza with Lemony Arugula

Homemade Vegan Twix Bars | #vegan #chocolatebar

Saturday Sweet: Homemade Vegan Twix Bars

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower | #healthyrecipes #Indian #cauliflower #30minutes #easyrecipes

Sunday: Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.

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  1. Hello HBH team! I love your recipes! And I always read your 9 Favorite Things posts. I also am from Ohio and live in Denver now, so wanted to pass along a fantastic Colorado businesses that I thought you’d like. Since you love candles – I do too – check out Bespoke Provisions:
    I don’t work with/for them – but as a fellow candle lover thought you should check out a local business – woman owned and totally natural with the most lovely smelling essential oils. The wood wick sounds like a campfire! Enjoy!

    1. Hey Debbie,
      Thank you so much for reading along and your kind message. I love a good candle, thanks for the recommendation-just ordered a few! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  2. Love the family pics! Your authenticity shines through your food, style, and family. Thanks for sharing. You bring joy to people around the world, including far off Uruguay (where I am). And everyone I have pointed your way has become a fan. 🙂 I hope you and yours have a fabulous year. I am sure you will make it so. Maria

    1. Hey Maria,
      Thank you so much for your super kind message and reading along! I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes:) Happy New Year! xTieghan

  3. The best thing about 2020 was absolutely all. The. Food. I made new food like never before. 😍

    Thanks Teigan, for all you do. I’ve been a fan of yours for probably 5 years. That’s a nice long time.

    1. Hey there!
      Thank you so much for trying the recipes and following along! I am so glad you have been enjoying them:) Happy New Year! xTieghan

  4. I didn’t realize you were originally from Cleveland…I must’ve missed the Browns mention. I have lived in Northeast Ohio for 21 years and am also a Browns fan. You are definitely correct about the yummy fries at Penn Station and the DQ peanut butter cup Blizzard is my fave as well! Thanks for sharing your favorite things with us each week…I enjoy your content immensely!

    1. Hey Kristen,
      Thanks so much for reading along today and your kind message! Yes, from Cleveland and love a good DQ blizzard! Go Browns! xTieghan

  5. Loved to hear you like cooking,my brothers wife,cooks vegan,Im a carnovore, love itallan dishes,and mexican,would made excellent chef,but things got in way,had a heart transplant,in 1995 24 years out doing good, Also love soup making and baking though,takes special person to do this,liked ice carvings too.Take care David McBroom

  6. I didn’t know you were from Ohio and when you mentioned Cincinnati chili I perked up! We live in southern Indiana and love Cincinnati chili unfortunately I only get it when we go to Ohio! Could you share or point me in the direction of a good, true Cincinnati chili recipe please??? My family will be forever grateful!
    Thank-you so much!
    Happy New Year,

  7. I’ve discovered your website at just the right time in my life. Staying close to come these days and being someone who loves to cook, I’ve been trying out many of your recipes. As a matter of fact, I’m making your baked chicken tacos for today’s football gathering at my house. I have to admit that when I first saw how young you were I was dubious about your cooking skills, but I quickly found out that “this girl can really cook!!” Thanks for all the creativity and fabulous meals. I’ve been telling all my family and friends about you!

    1. Hey Judy,
      Thank you so much for your extremely kind message and following along! I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021! xTieghan

  8. Hi Tieghan,
    How cool is it that your mom loves Cincinnati style chili! I am a transplant in Cincinnati, and while I do not love the traditional way of eating it (over spaghetti) I love it in a burrito (called chilito) or in the dip form. Have you had either? Amazing for the superbowl!
    The best thing about 2020 was learning new things and getting better at my job. I have been teaching for 20+ years and felt like a new teacher all over again this year having to learn and adapt for online learning. But it was a good thing. And I probably would never have gotten to this new level of technology without being forced !

    1. Hey Susan,
      Thanks so much for reading along today! I haven’t had the chili either of those ways, but sounds quite delish! So glad you have been able to adjust to teaching during these times. Happy New Year! xTieghan

  9. I found Melissa Wood early this fall! Where else can you take pilates classes for less than $10 a month. I love doing her classes 2-3 times per week. Little movements for big results is more or less her motto. And I like her focus on moderation/recovery. I used to do all HIIT only and became injured. – Jen in Chicago

  10. I have been doing Melissa Wood Health workouts regularly since March and they are great! She uses a
    a mix of Pilates and yoga that is appropriate for all levels and she gives tips on modifying for pre/post-natal or beginners. The Power workouts are quite challenging! She adds new videos every week which vary from 10 minutes to 45 min, so you can always find time to squeeze something in and you won’t get bored. I definitely think you will like it – and it’s very affordable.

  11. Love all of your photos and totally digging Asher’s adorable sweater!
    My best moment of 2020 is that I took on a new job at a local magazine, and I wasn’t looking for a job… it quite literally landed in my driveway one day via a neighbor who is the founding editor and thought I would be a good fit… I decided to go for it despite self doubt and feeling like I am not qualified. I haven’t looked back!
    We are making your tortellini soup today! It’s gross and cold and damp and a good soup day.
    Oh, and like you, I don’t do fast food, but I am always down for a DQ blizzard- mint oreo for this girl!
    We made your gingery coconut sweet potato rice stew the Friday evening and loved it! I love anything with fresh ginger.
    Happy New Year- wishing you and your family the best!

    1. Hey Cassie,
      Thanks so much for reading along today! Congrats on your new job, how exciting!! I hope you love the tortellini soup and oh yeah that blizzard sounds so good! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  12. Happy New Year and what a fantastic blog to kick off 2021, thank you for sharing. In answer to your questions, for me one of the best things about 2020 was spending more time at home to do some of the things that always get pushed to the bottom of the pile. I grew some vegetables and did more gardening in general and I loved it. Plus making salads with home grown veggies was so rewarding and they tasted delicious. As for January 2021 goals, my first one is to complete night school sugar flowers 3 course which I started last year. I have 3 projects left to do. The other goal is less interesting but needs to be done and that is to clean my oven. I did bake your fluffy cinnamon rolls which were lovely, however I forgot to take a photo so I will be making them again next weekend. Have a great week 🙂

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thank you so much for reading along and your message! A vegetable garden sounds so awesome! Good luck with your 3 projects and happy new year! xTieghan

  13. Every Sunday I look forward to my morning coffee and a “BIG” dose of Nine Favorite Things! Thank you for starting my week off right!

    1. Hey Elizabeth,
      Thank you so much for reading along, I am so glad you enjoy the posts! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  14. One of the best things that I love most about 2020 was finding your blog!!! Honestly Tieghan ,I have done so much more cooking and baking since I started making your recipes( And also eating a ton of cheese and prosciutto!!) Thank you so much for all that you do to inspire people to get cooking/ baking !!

    1. Hey Clare,
      Thank you so very much for your kind message and following along! I appreciate you being here! Happy New Year! xTieghan